Goodwill Blog

Da'Shawna's Story

March 8, 2017

Da'Shawna had been dealing with some tough times and her grades in school were struggling. Heading into her senior year, there was no guarantee that she’d be able to graduate unless she figured out a way to get her studies back on track during a pivotal time in her life.

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Goodwill Ambassador Spring 2017

March 1, 2017

Give people an opportunity to move forward and you’ll often see their success take off.

That’s true for Brycen Smith, the featured student in this issue of the Goodwill Ambassador. He’s learning aviation manufacturing in our Youth Aerospace Program (YAP) and is earning college credit through Everett Community College. His life is taking off. Looking back on his difficult childhood, Brycen saw YAP as an opportunity to change the direction of his life and build a successful future.

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Square's Story

February 28, 2017

Square, who had a conviction history and resorted to using drugs and alcohol to cope with the tragic loss of two daughters, was homeless and living in Pioneer Square in Seattle when she made a commitment to herself.

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Donald's Story

January 20, 2017

At 65, Donald Lambert isn’t a traditional student. He takes classes at Renton Technical College and Seattle Goodwill, sharpening his writing skills and preparing for more advanced college classes.

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Annual Report 2016

January 16, 2017

As you spend a few minutes reading this annual report, you’ll see evidence of the impact we’ve made together. Through personal stories, you’ll hear how the Goodwill family helped people overcome barriers and achieve their goals.

“Breaking barriers” is our theme because it represents students’ progress and success. They overcame barriers such as limited English, lack of job history and adjusting to a new culture.

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Anja's Story

December 13, 2016

Anja left nearly everything behind when she moved from her home in Germany to the U.S. in June, 2010. Anja’s husband, who was in the United States Army and had lived in Germany while serving for more than 30 years, was being relocated to Bremerton.

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Let’s Get to Work: When Potential Employers Ask Illegal Questions

October 1, 2016

Employers should only ask questions related to your ability to do the job they are hiring for. Here are some tips for handling questions that may help you answer honestly and safely.

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How much is my donation worth?

September 29, 2016

Your donation means the world to us! But you can receive a tax deduction for donations of goods and cash.

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Goodwill Ambassador Fall 2016

September 1, 2016

Luis Rattia thought of Goodwill as a place to donate unwanted items, and an organization that helped poor people. He soon learned how much more Goodwill has to offer.

Fairly fluent in English, Luis had an advanced degree when he moved to Seattle in 2015 from Caracas, Venezuela. He was taking English conversation classes at the public library, trying to find work and build a network of friends. The staff at Casa Latina, a services resource for Latinos, referred Luis to Goodwill.

“Goodwill was really, really helpful for me. I went to job training classes and they helped me write a more American-style resume," Luis said.

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To be job search ready, you need to be prepared

September 1, 2016

A successful job search requires you to be perpared. This comprehensive check-list will help you make the most of your job search efforts.

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