Washington, D.C. – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate in the Washington, DC metropolitan region jumped from 3% in February of this year to 8% in July – a 5% spike in just five months. As part of its support for longtime partner Goodwill of Greater Washington (Goodwill), GEICO doubled its annual financial contribution to assist with additional job training programs and services.

This funding will lead to sustainable employment and self-sufficiency for many people in the DC region with disabilities or disadvantages – those most affected by the pandemic.

“Goodwill provides much-needed community support through its educational programs and services, and GEICO is proud to be a partner – especially during these times,” said GEICO Regional Vice President Scott Markel.

Goodwill’s support from GEICO has included not just financial gifts but also a long series of material donation drives that have consistently been the largest and most successful community drives in Goodwill’s history. The sale of those donations has resulted in even more revenue to fund Goodwill’s programs.

Goodwill’s mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment. It is only through the generosity of individuals and companies like GEICO that Goodwill’s mission can be fulfilled.

For more information visit www.dcgoodwill.org.