Klamath Falls, OR — Southern Oregon Goodwill® Industries will honor the achievements of people who are building a better future through education and vocational training at a Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration awards event on Thursday, May 11, at Running Y Resort.
Goodwill will recognize Jonathon Carle, the first student to earn his GED through the Klamath Center for Education and Training, an adult-education partnership between Goodwill and Klamath Community College. Jonathon found the support he needed to seize a second chance at reaching his educational goals. He’s now taking classes at KCC and aiming to transfer to a four-year college. He is the 2016 Story of the Year for Goodwill in Klamath County.
In addition, Goodwill will honor Lori and Gordon Reeves, owners of Thrifty City, as the 2016 Community Partner of the Year. Thrifty City is a work experience site offering individualized training, assessment and accommodations to ensure Goodwill job-training clients can succeed. A Goodwill Employee of the Year also will be named.
Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall will read a proclamation recognizing May 7-13 as Goodwill Industries Week and honoring the economic impact of Goodwill in Klamath County. Goodwill served 300 people in Klamath County in 2016, placing 20 people in community jobs with 18 local employers at an average wage of $10.03. The total economic impact of Goodwill through wages paid to employees, clients and people placed in community employment was $1.4 million last year.
The Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration for Klamath County is one of five similar events planned between March and July in Goodwill’s Southern Oregon region that covers Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in Northern California. The event is made possible thanks to local sponsorship by Klamath Community College, Superior Office Systems and Ryan Weider, Windermere Real Estate, and regional sponsorship by Propel Insurance and Buffalo Imports. It is one of 232 events held nationwide during Goodwill Industries Week.
The Goodwill Story Behind the Store celebrations will honor Goodwill program participants who overcame odds and found their full potential through work, community support, or education in 2016. Each event will celebrate a local Story (client or employer), a community partner, and a Goodwill employee of the year. The events will also commemorate Goodwill’s 50th anniversary of service to communities of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Goodwill was founded locally in 1967 in Grants Pass, OR.