April 6, 2021

Goodwill’s Luis Banuelos Receives 2021 Spotlight Award for Direct Support Professional

Waking up at 2 a.m. to work the early morning shift supporting adults with disabilities, Luis Banuelos is a role model and inspiration to us all.
Luis Banuelos training a person with disability

March 26, 2021

Sharing Goodwill: The Power of Food

Whether Roasted Pork Loin, Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, or a Southwestern Salad, one thing is clear after listening to Bill Bracken: there is power in cooking food for others.    Join Goodwill of Orange County’s CEO, Nicole Suydam, on this week’s Sharing Goodwill podcast: a platform for uplifting stories of hope and good. This week, we are...
Bill Bracken

February 16, 2021

Goodwill Helps This Sentimental Watch Find Its Way Back Home

While cleaning out her home in the fall of 2020, Elsie Nakamoto discovered a watch with some wear and tear along its black strap and gold face. Assuming that it was just an older accessory that had reached its end, she donated it to her local Goodwill of Orange County store alongside a stuffed animal, notebook, and other small items....
Man with his sentimental watch

January 4, 2021

Goodwill Partners with High School Inc. to Spread Holiday Cheer to Santa Ana Families

The holiday season looked and felt a little different for many families and students here in Orange County this year. In Santa Ana, many students come from low-income families struggling to make ends meet, even more so now in this economic crisis. For those living under the federal poverty line, the holiday season can be...
A man dressed up as Santa Claus handing over holiday basket to a person inside a car

December 18, 2020

Donating is Always in Style: Goodwill of Orange County Partners with Nordstrom Local in Newport Beach to Collect Gently Used Fashion

Goodwill of Orange County is excited to be the nonprofit partner of choice at Nordstrom’s latest neighborhood service hub in Newport Beach! Called Nordstrom Local, the location serves as a convenient services hub for online order pickup and returns, express alterations and more. Store services include: Online order pick-up Alterations and Tailoring Services Easy Returns...
Donation boxes filled with clothes, toys and other items

October 29, 2020

Employee of the Month Four Times and Counting

In July of 2005, John Wong, an #OCGoodwill Supported Employment Program Participant, became a part of the Job Options team at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Since that first day, John has worked well with his co-workers and his team and he continues to carry a positive attitude day-in and day-out. He learned his tasks quickly,...
John Wong 4

October 16, 2020

The Impact of a Job Coach

An open letter from Liz and Greg Iorio, parents of #OCGoodwill Supported Employment Program Participant Ben Iorio, about how his Goodwill job coach has positively impacted Ben’s life. Dear Goodwill of Orange County, I am writing to you about my son, Ben Iorio, who is on the autism spectrum and his job coach, Carlos Linos....
Poster on the Impact of a job coach