Job Match Q&A with Ryan

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Today’s Job Match Q&A introduces us to Ryan. Ryan came to Goodwill ready to shed his past and start a new chapter. Our Employment WORKS program helped him overcome challenges and focus on the future and all it can offer.
  1. What is your first name, where do you work, and what is your job title? Hi, my name is Ryan and I am a cashier at El Pollo Loco.
  2. What was your biggest barrier to getting back to work? My biggest barrier to getting a job was overcoming the obstacle of my felony record and gaps in my employment history. Sometimes it can be discouraging when employers don’t give you a chance because of your past. Also, I struggle with my ADHD and I am still navigating how to manage it.
  3. How did Goodwill’s  Employment WORKS program help you get back to work and maintain your job? The Employment WORKS team has helped me so much. My Employment Specialist coached me on how to speak with employers about my background. We rehearsed interview questions and I learned how to be transparent with potential employers while letting them know I am ready to move forward with my life and focus on the positive.
  4. What is it like being a cashier at your job? I love helping people and always do my best to get my customers’ orders right. I am that employee that will take an extra 30 seconds to ensure the order is correct. I also enjoy it when I can help customers save money by offering different options on the menu.
  5. How is working improving your quality of life today? I now get to spend and have money to do the things I want to learn and do. I want to start learning how to DJ and my job allows me to have the money to be able to try new hobbies.
  6. What is your final message to anyone contemplating getting back to work?Steve Jobs once said “It is better to make bad decisions and to fix them than to not make any decisions at all.” I guess what I am trying to say is get out there and try to learn a new job or skill because it will be better than not trying at all.

Job Match Q&A with Heather

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In today’s Job Match Q&A, we get to know Heather. Heather was connected to Goodwill of Orange County’s Workforce Development programs through Employment WORKS, a supported employment program providing individualized job placement and retention services to adults living with mental health diagnosis. Dive in to the six questions below to get to know Heather and her journey to finding meaningful work. 1. What is your first name, where do you work, and your title. My name is Heather. I am employed at Bath and Body Works as a Sales Associate. 2. What was your biggest barrier to getting back to work? After being unemployed for more than 8 years due to an injury to my hips, my biggest barrier was being able to find a job with specific physical requirements because I cannot stand, sit or walk for too long. Another barrier I faced was having a large employment gap in my work history. 3. How did Goodwill’s Employment WORKS help you get back to work? Employment WORKS helped me overcome these barriers by working with me on finding a job tailored to my physical limitations. They also helped me create a resume that highlighted my skills. I was provided with interview clothing, shoes, and a hygiene kit. Once I began working, my job required a dress code and the program provided me with Walmart gift cards to purchase the clothing I needed. It is cool that I am able to receive ongoing support while working. My Employment Specialist and Peer Support Specialist has provided me with several additional resources, including a gas card and a one-on-one budgeting session to help me save. 4. What is it like being a Sales Associate at your job? It is fun! I love working in sales and being able to do that while prioritizing my physical limitations is great. I receive compliments from all my co-workers consistently and my manager has told me, “You are very strong at sales”. Receiving such positive feedback definitely keeps me motivated to continue working. 5. How is working helping your life today? Having a job gives me something to do and gives me purpose. I enjoy having a routine and interacting with people. It has also helped me be more confident in myself and has helped me create friendships with my co-workers. Once the pandemic gets better, my manager plans on doing an outing with the team, which I think will be fun. We currently have small office lunches, whenever there is a birthday. I am happy with this job and grateful to have found it. 6. What is your final message to anyone contemplating working or volunteering? Just do it! You will be able to put some money in your pockets, meet new people and make friends, and it will give you something to do.

Rachel’s Triumphant Return to Work

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When the pandemic put many jobs influx, the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce held one job without question. Rachel loved her job at the city chamber office. Through Goodwill’s Community Based Services program, she was matched with her perfect job back in 2016. She is integral to the operation of the office, managing member renewals and new member letters, scanning and sending expense reports, ensuring all documents and packets are prepared for the weekly Network Connection Luncheon, and so much more. Due to Rachel’s health condition, she was not able to return in-person for work for longer than anticipated. In Rachel’s absence her job coach Adrienne would work Rachel’s scheduled shifts while also providing remote services for Rachel so she continued to have routine and purpose in her days. Throughout the pandemic, the Yorba Linda Chamber continued to hold a spot for Rachel – to them, it was her job, and her job only. Rachel at the city chamber office After several long long months, Rachel was finally able to return to in-person programming and work. Rachel was over the moon excited to return to work. I think the picture says it all – Rachel is beaming.

How Content Creators Can Work with OC Goodwill in 2022

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If you are a content creator wondering how you can collaborate with Goodwill of Orange County, you are in the right place! Over the years we have collaborated with several amazing creators who have shared their passion for thrifting at our stores and making an impact in our community through engaging social media content. We love seeing the creativity that each creator brings to the table and being able to support our community. While the way we collaborate with creators is constantly evolving, our goal to increase mission understanding and the true purpose behind our stores remains constant. Take a look at a few examples of some incredible partnerships we’ve been proud to be part of: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT OC GOODWILL’S DISTRIBUTION CENTER!  As part of our OC Goodwill Insiders program, take a journey to our distribution center and experience the magic that happens to get donated goods out to Goodwill’s thrift stores. See our commitment to sustainability and our mission in action. Coramonster's Instagram post about goodwill Fellowfashionista's Instagram post about goodwill SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING– IT’S A LIFESTYLE! We love seeing your thrift finds and the true power of a sustainable lifestyle! We are always excited to collaborate with fashionable creators who can encourage their community to shop secondhand. Whether through thrift hauls or special opportunities to style store endcaps or models for a charity fashion show, we love to showcase your unique style! butterfly and sparrow's  Instagram post about goodwill Create with kimmy's Instagram post about goodwill PROMOTE OC GOODWILL’S MISSION: HELPING PEOPLE FACING BARRIERS FIND AND KEEP JOBS.  Goodwill of Orange County exists to serve others and ensure every individual, no matter the disability, past or work history, has the opportunity to feel the purpose, pride, and dignity that comes with having meaningful employment. Through our digital partnerships and campaigns, we hope to spread awareness of our community impact and get more people in on the Good. KESHIASIH's Instagram post about goodwill We value your creativity and would love to partner with you! To learn about our tiered influencer program and how you can apply to be a part of it, please email kaitlynp@ocgoodwill.org if you would like to connect any further. We look forward to collaborating with you soon!