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Goodwill Mission Stories

At Goodwill we strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve through the Power of Work. Our mission has remained strong for 100 years and without you, it simply wouldn't be possible. Thank you for supporting our mission!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 8, 2019 3:55:46 PM

Trevor

Trevor, a Project SEARCH intern at the Milwaukee County Zoo, completed his first rotation In December 2015. He worked in the Commissary department where he was responsible for helping fill food orders that were delivered to the animal buildings. He would also clean the hay barn and other areas around the building.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 8, 2019 3:49:49 PM

Mikayla

Mikayla’s first rotation was in the Aquatic and Reptiles Center. She was very thorough when performing her tasks and took ownership of them. Her tasks included cleaning the cricket bins, harvesting and hatching brine-shrimp (sea monkeys), preparing lizard and tortoise salads, and cutting fish for the Amazon River tank and Pacific tank.

The manager, Billie, mentioned on more than one occasion how helpful it is to have an intern there, especially when they are short-staffed.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 8, 2019 3:45:27 PM

Dan

Dan’s many talents were demonstrated during his first rotation in the Flamingo Café (Food Services). He helped clean the dining room daily and restocked cups/utensils/condiments/chips, and some food prep which included making popcorn, cotton candy, warm pretzels, pudding cups, and grilled cheese.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 25, 2019 2:40:50 PM

Crystal

Crystal was a young teen mother when she began working at Goodwill. Faced with the challenges of a baby to care for, her job attendance began to suffer. After talking with the Goodwill management team, Crystal focused on how to improve her situation and entered Goodwill's Career Path program.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 25, 2019 2:33:54 PM

Ron

For Ron, working at Goodwill is the best job he's ever had. He's seen first-hand how Goodwill saves lives. As a Director of Goodwill's Supply Chain, Ron oversees an operation of 75 people, and each person has a story to share. For some it's about transformation, for others it means overcoming hardships as well as gaining dignity and independence.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2019 11:47:29 AM

Keishla

Barriers to employment can take many forms. For some, child care or transportation issues can make it difficult to find or keep a job. For others, it may be a language or literacy issue. Serving people with disadvantages is a part of the Goodwill mission, and Keishla is an example of what happens when barriers are broken.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2019 11:34:16 AM

Bryon

It takes a truly remarkable person to turn the pain of a devastating accident into a lifetime of advocating for others and working toward finding a cure for paralysis. That person is Bryon Riesch.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2019 11:31:50 AM

Creighton

Before coming to Goodwill, Creighton and his family were uncertain where his life was heading due to his intellectual disability. Through the Power of Work, Creighton is a shining example of how meaningful work has transformed his life. 

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 23, 2019 12:12:44 PM

King

King participated in Goodwill's Project SEARCH internship program. He now works at Home Depot where he continues to inspire customers and coworkers with his positive attitude.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 23, 2019 11:56:15 AM

Gail

As a single mother with three special needs children, Gail found success at Goodwill and overcame a number of challenges. She now has confidence in herself and a job she loves.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 15, 2019 4:02:13 PM

Tiffany

For someone with a criminal background, finding a path to work can be difficult. Getting an employer to take a chance is often one of the biggest barriers. For Tiffany, work was the way to independence, but the path was not easy.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Apr 10, 2019 3:45:25 PM

Willie

Willie is proof that you can change the path of your life and not allow a past criminal record to determine what you can achieve. As Willie shares, “I’m not defined by one bad  act,  or one good act. It all defines who I am.” Goodwill has helped Willie with that journey.

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