The old saying “it never rains on the golf course” was never truer than it was on May 3. Heavy rains and the threat of storms didn’t stop 144 golfers from completing a round of golf at the annual CLT Charity Golf Tournament at Ballantyne Country Club in South Charlotte.
Hosted by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the event raised funds for the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center, which trains people to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the construction industry. According to local construction coalition C3, roughly 80,000 workers will be needed through 2029, and Goodwill is proud to provide access to opportunities for meaningful employment through its construction and trade skills training courses.
Funds raised will directly support classes such as Construction Basics, HVAC and Blueprint Reading & Estimating by allowing the organization to implement new technologies, such as virtual reality and drones, in its courses and diversify training methods to meet adult students where they are and support their goals to enter the workforce, upskill or change careers.
The golf tournament raised more than $75,000 to support the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center, which is important because services are provided to participants at no cost to them. In addition to training classes, participants receive wrap-around services such as basic needs, referrals, resume prep, interview skills and career coaching to support the whole individual.
We are so grateful for our partnership with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and presenting sponsor American Airlines for their commitment to community and for helping people see possibilities, seize opportunities and prosper!