At age 57, Dennis came to Southern Oregon Goodwill® to pursue his dream job. He was frustrated doing landscaping jobs when he wanted to work with computers. Dennis’s social interaction barriers, characteristic of Aspberger Syndrome, often left him misunderstood. He found his way to Goodwill Employment & Training office in Siskiyou County, where he met Hannah Schneider.
She saw his potential and collaborated with Far Northern Regional Center and Mountaineer IT, a Yreka small business, to create a paid working experience. Mountaineer IT’s Chris and Lloyd Thompson helped Dennis gain interpersonal skills with customer service and hands-on computer training.
Dennis was able to obtain IT certifications from what he learned on the job. Reflecting on his experience, Dennis said, “Goodwill changed my life for the better. My self-worth went up.”
Now more than ever, Americans need digital skills to land the jobs they want and advance in their careers. Technology-based jobs can offer 18% higher wages than those not requiring digital skills. Goodwill now provides digital skills training to help bridge the gap between job seekers and the computer skills needed for the emerging job market. Your generosity can help Goodwill serve more people, like Dennis, in significant ways:
- $100 can help FOUR students to take the digital skills assessment tests to determine their digital literacy and to chart their training path with Northstar online courses.
- $200 can help ONE student complete classes and sit for the exam to earn credentials from the National Retail Federation for Levels 1 through 3 — foundations of retail to advanced customer service and supervision.
- $500 can underwrite TWO students to complete the Northstar Digital Skills suite of seven classes in Microsoft programs.
Through your generous financial gift to Goodwill, in 2020 more than 5,000 people in Southern Oregon and Northern California will gain skills and find meaningful work. You can read more about Dennis and other success stories in our 2018 Annual Report, www.sogoodwill.org/annual-reports.
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Where will your contributions go? Read more about Goodwill’s local Employment and Training programs. If you have questions about your financial gift, contact Julie Fletcher, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, at 541-772-3300.
Why Give to Goodwill?
Your financial gift to Southern Oregon Goodwill strengthens your local community and helps put people to work. 85 percent of your financial gift supports our mission services and programs. Give today and help write the success story of someone tomorrow.