Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries honored successful community employment at an awards luncheon, titled Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration, on Thursday, March 8, in Roseburg.
Goodwill recognized Scott Holland, who with skills gained through Goodwill programs and his inspiring personal determination, found a job he excels in at Papa Murphy’s in Roseburg. He is the 2017 Story of the Year for Goodwill in Douglas County. Papa Murphy’s is the 2017 Community Partner of the Year for opening their doors to employing Holland and other Goodwill graduates. Employment Specialist Lea Bonney was named employee of the year, but was unable to attend the event.
The story of Scott and his work at Papa Murphy’s was showcased in a video that debuted at the awards luncheon.
Lance Reyes from Propel presented the Community Partner of the Year Award to the team from Papa Murphy’s: franchise owner Micki Waters, area manager Brad Davis, and store manager Nicole Bonner. They posed with Story of the Year winner and Papa Murphy’s employee Scott Holland and Goodwill President & CEO Shae Johns.
Douglas County Goodwill workforce development and retail teammates celebrate Scott Holland’s Story of the Year win, as both teams have supported Scott in his journey from training to community employment.
Vice President of Retail, Dave Robison, makes the connection from donations to employment in his “Journey of the Jars” presentation to more than 80 attendees on Thursday, March 8, at the Danny Lang Event Center on the Umpqua Community College campus. Similar events are upcoming in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. The March 8 event was underwritten by sponsorship of SignCraft Identity Solutions, Papa Murphy’s, US Bank, Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon, and Propel Insurance.
The Goodwill Story Behind the Store celebrations honor Goodwill program participants who overcame odds and found their full potential through work, community support, or education in 2017. Each event will celebrate a Goodwill graduate as Story of the Year, a community partner, and a Goodwill employee of the year.