“After high school, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Austin states. Austin is one of our E-Commerce Assistants who is dedicated to listing the best finds on shopgoodwill.com for our customers.
Austin’s self-discovery journey started 7 years ago when he started at Goodwill in the Work Adjustment Program exploring the work he was interested in. “I scanned books in E-Commerce and working in this area sparked my interest to learn more about E-Commerce. A part-time position opened after I had completed the program. I applied and was hired. A year later, I took the full-time position. Goodwill has taught me a lot about my self. Patience is one of the main things. For example, being patient in situation when it is needed in my position. Before Goodwill. I doubted myself a lot and working here I have gained confidence and my self-esteem has boosted.
Austin’s work in E-Commerce has been exceptional and we are proud of being part of his journey to discovering the work he loves. When you support Goodwill through shopping in our stores or giving donations you are giving back to your community through individuals who need to develop critical job skills to be successful in the work they are passionate about.
Giving people hope for a better future is part of our mission at Goodwill. Every day we serve individuals in our job training programs who need encouragement and a support system to show them they can achieve their hopes and dreams. Beka is an outstanding example of an individual we serve who appreciates the support system she has found at Goodwill.
“When I first came to Goodwill, I was struggling with personal issues. In the first few months of the program, I questioned my work and was nervous to talk to people. Getting back into the workforce was a challenge after being off for a couple of years. Through the support systems at Goodwill, I am proud I have been able to break through the barriers of social anxiety. Goodwill has helped me with my confidence and social skills throughout the program. Going forward, I would like to continue to learn new tasks, increase my hours, and do more volunteering in the community.”
Goodwill’s job training programs are changing lives every day by giving individuals an opportunity to gain valuable job skills necessary to be successful in today’s job market. Your support means the world to individuals, such as Beka, who are given a chance to create a better life for herself and her kids.
Hardworking. Dedicated. Caring. Flexible. All describe Matt who is in our Pre-Vocational Training Program. It is likely you have seen Matt stocking new bins in our outlet store or at the donation door of our retail store accepting donations with an energetic can-do spirit. Matt’s willingness to do what is needed will make him a great asset for any organization he wants to work for in the future.
“I wanted to learn new things at Goodwill. One of the skills I have learned is clocking in and out. At first, I was nervous about asking questions but now I have the confidence to ask. I like to keep busy during my shift and I try to keep a positive attitude and be kind to everyone. I am now ready to try something different and find work in the community. I am interested in stocking at a retail store.”
You make a difference in Matt’s life by shopping or donating at any of our 21 retail locations. You give individuals like Matt the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and a chance to succeed in today’s job market and be the best version of himself.
Thank you for your support!