Laura has donated more than 300 volunteer hours, starting out as an instructor’s aide in computer classes before transitioning to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. With the help of South Everett ESOL instructor Janice Powell, Laura has created a successful talk-time sessions, in which twice a week she meets with ESOL students to facilitate conversations around American culture, idioms, speech patterns and analogies.
Five years ago, Theresa was in line to get into the annual Glitter Sale. She was tired of waiting and eager to shop. There had to be a quicker way in. Perhaps, she thought, if I volunteered, I could get in faster. The following year she signed up to volunteer and attended a training seminar. Little did she know her whole mindset would change that day.
Juliana Santos grew up in Brazil. As a girl in her home country, she learned English and experienced difficulties that many of our students face. As an adult in Brazil, she taught English. When she and her husband moved to Seattle less than two years ago, she was introduced to Seattle Goodwill through a new friend who was taking classes. In February of 2015, she began volunteering in our Seattle Job Training and Education (JTE) Center, and has since donated over 600 hours of her time.
Boeing is a longtime partner of Seattle Goodwill, and supports our work in a variety of ways. One way they support us is through a volunteer group known as the Boeing Human Resources Career Foundations Program (HRCFP), led by employee and Seattle Goodwill volunteer Charles Bridges, Boeing HRCFP participant.
Kristi James and Massimo Tumini are volunteer models for our Vintage Fashion Collection — and walked the runway in our 2015 Glitter Gala and Fashion Show. Kristi learned about the volunteer opportunity, and was thrilled to learn that people of all shapes, sizes, and ages were invited to participate. After modeling at a few fashion shows and returning “ecstatic about how much fun it was,” she convinced her husband Massimo to join.