Canyonville, OR — On Thursday, June 22, Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries will unveil a co-branded donations trailer featuring support by the Cow Creek Tribe and Seven Feathers Casino Resort for local workforce development programs.
Seven Feathers Casino Resort is underwriting the expense for the nonprofit to update three donation trailers which vary in lengths from 23 to 45 feet long. The branded vinyl wrap on the Goodwill donation trailer to be unveiled at the event features a panel recognizing Goodwill’s Veterans Preference Program, which provides job training and transition services to veterans in Douglas and Jackson counties. The tractor-trailer combination runs a roundtrip route from Jackson to Douglas counties along I-5 weekly, covering more than 24,000 miles each year to transport items for operational support of stores in Roseburg and Sutherlin from the Southern Oregon Goodwill regional headquarters in Medford.
Robert Van Norman, Tribal Board member; John McCafferty, Business Operations Officer; and Shawn McDaniel, Casino Resort General Manager, will attend the unveiling. Al Turner and Charlie Lewis of the Veterans’ Administration, who partner with Goodwill for the Transitional Work Experience program, will attend the short ceremony as will members of Goodwill’s Veterans Preference cohorts in Jackson and Douglas counties and Goodwill staff members.
This is the first year of the partnership. Goodwill launched the Veterans Preference program in September 2016. Last year, Goodwill provided on-the-job work readiness training and skills assessments to 256 veterans, 48 of which participated in the VA Transitional Work Experience program in Jackson County.
For more information about Southern Oregon Goodwill services for veterans, see www.sogoodwill.org/programs/veteran-services.