Goodwill launched EmpowerOne in 2017, with a goal to provide a network of services that would allow individuals with disabilities to follow their own path to employment in the community.
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!
Goodwill Store Manager Tyneisha Stroud, or TY, as she’s known, served in the Air Force from 2001 to 2006, enlisting just after high school. Ty joined the military hoping to gain some direction in life.
Goodwill is proud to support and employ veterans like Stephen Gielczyk, HR Generalist at Naval Station Great Lakes. He is one of six siblings (out of eight) that enlisted in the Navy, saying that he never considered another branch of service. Over 40 years ago he joined the Navy, spending 30 of those years traveling all over the world!
Sarah Urban, IT Programs Manager, spent ten years in the military, a journey that began in 1994 shortly after high school.
Daane Hoffman enlisted in January of 1999. Before getting orders to Naval Station 32nd Street in San Diego, he completed his basic training and Radioman A-school at Naval Station Great Lakes. Now 20 years later, Daane has returned to the base, but this time as an employee of Goodwill.
Steven Morimoto served in the military for six years as a combat medic. However, like many Veterans, Steven found it very challenging to transition to civilian life. Then he found Goodwill.
Daniel, who works at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Westchester, IL, is not someone who shies away from a challenge. Being born prematurely led to Daniel having some developmental challenges, including a speech impediment and learning disabilities, but that did not stop him from accomplishing more goals than most people could dream of.
Geri E. walked into the North Riverside Workforce Connection Center (WCC) in February of 2019 seeking support with returning to the workforce after having been retired for a year.
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.
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.
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.
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. Now Crystal enjoys a healthy work-life balance and providing for her son. When you shop and donate to Goodwill the revenue from the sale of donated goods helps people like Crystal overcome barriers and gain independence.