December 11, 2019

The Importance of Your Donations

Purpose. Pride. Dignity. These three words are the foundation that Goodwill of Orange County’s mission was built on more than 95 years ago. Making a donation to Goodwill helps fuel our mission and change lives in our community. When an individual with a physical disability is given his or her chance to thrive in the...
Two ladies hugging at Goodwill of Orange County

December 5, 2019

Ethan’s Life Changed Through the Power of Work

Soft-spoken and shy. Those were the two words most often used to describe Ethan – that is, until he was given the opportunity to work. In January of 2018, Ethan was selected to be a part of Goodwill of Orange County’s Project SEARCH program, a one-year training and education program in partnership with UCI Medical...
A man poses in a commercial kitchen as he chops vegetables

November 20, 2019

Sharing Goodwill Episode Two: Jennifer Friend of Project Hope Alliance

“I believe very much that we need to not only meet the basic needs and educational needs of our kids, but we need to make sure that they have the ability to have inspired passions and things that they care about that are meaningful to them and poverty takes that ability away.”– Jennifer Friend, Sharing...
Nicole Suydam with Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance

October 29, 2019

Spooktacular Last-Minute Halloween Costumes at #OCGoodwill

In need of a last-minute Halloween costume? How about a masquerade mask or a witch’s broom? Goodwill of Orange County has plenty of tricks and treats, So be sure to stop in before loading up on sweets! #OCGoodwill has spooktacular themes and accessories for all your costume needs! And best of all? All Halloween merchandise...
Collage of haloween poste

October 25, 2019

Natalie’s Pursuit of Recovery Continues at the Goodwill Fitness Center

During a fateful skiing accident at age 16, Natalie Buchoz’s life was forever changed as a spinal cord injury left her paralyzed from the neck down. “I learned quickly that my new life was going to be filled with incredibly difficult daily challenges,” said Natalie. “Many people take for granted the small tasks we do...
Natalie Buchoz at Goodwill fitness center

October 15, 2019

Five Questions With: #OCGoodwill’s President and CEO Nicole Suydam

Name: Nicole Suydam Title: President and CEO Years working at Goodwill of OC: One year on October 15 What is your favorite part about working at Goodwill? Seeing the impact of our work directly as people with disabilities and other barriers are working throughout our Goodwill locations, always with a smile and so excited to be working. What...
President and CEO Nicole Suydam's photo

October 11, 2019

Blake’s Life Changed Through the Power of Work

There are many defining characteristics of Blake. He is smart, kind and determined. His cerebral palsy is just one of several features that make him the person he is. With a degree from Chapman University in Legal Studies and a drive to work, you would think it would be easy for Blake to find a...
A man smiling at his office

September 19, 2019

Fall into Fashion this Season with #OCGoodwill!

Snap out of summer mode because it’s time for fall – and even more exciting fall fashion! Check out the fall fashion trends we have our eyes on with pieces discovered at some of our local Goodwill of Orange County stores! GETTING CATTY Leopard is a timeless print that reigns the fashion jungle during the...
Leopard printed half shoes and ladie's top

September 13, 2019

Miles’ Hard Work Leads to Promotion

Miles is a capable, driven young man, who at 30 years old, wanted to work, but was having no luck finding employment. He did not view his cerebral palsy as a limitation, but many of the employers he was interviewing with did. That all changed in 2015 when he met Jay and Sammer, the owners...
A man smiling at his office

September 5, 2019

Two Exceptional and Compassionate Bank of America Student Leaders Intern at Goodwill of Orange County

Earlier this summer, Goodwill of Orange County partnered with Bank of America to provide an inside look at the organization through an engaging internship for two local high school students through Bank of America’s Student Leaders program. The philanthropic program offers young people in Orange County an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills...
Two local high school students at Goodwill with Nicole Suydam