In 2012, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes (GWFL) assumed leadership of Goodwill’s role on the NAP, which began in 2008 with Goodwill Industries International. Although it is a local Goodwill affiliate, GWFL represents the NAP on a national scale. The GWFL team will continue the work to connect SRAPs with the nationwide network of Goodwill affiliates and will lead the NAP Networking Committee to help SRAPs develop mutually beneficial relationships with a wide variety of organizations. Other significant initiatives include planning and conducting of regional AgrAbility workshops, coordinating at least two webinars per year, and providing AgrAbility staff with expert information on visual impairments, one of the specialties of their organization. The GWFL 2-1-1/LifeLine Contact Center will answer the phones for those seeking AgrAbility assistance and information outside of traditional business hours, providing a 24/7 live answer for NAP callers.
JoBeth Rath is the Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired., As such, her main goal is to connect individuals who have barriers to employment with the training and support necessary for them to become employed, and be positive contributors to their families and communities. JoBeth studied business management at Purdue University and human resource management at SUNY Empire State College, becoming a senior professional in human resources. JoBeth was a facilitator for the BEST Center at Genesee Community College, and currently leads the GWFL Workforce Development initiatives, including participation in the National AgrAbility Project.