Southern Oregon Goodwill® hosted an awards luncheon on Thursday, April 5 at the Running Y Resort for community members, Goodwill team members and volunteers to recognize achievement in employment and personal growth. The awards luncheon, titled Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration, honored Goodwill program participants who overcame odds and found their full potential through work, community support, or education in 2017. We also celebrated a community partner, who helped us achieve our mission, and Goodwill employees of the year for embodying the Goodwill mission.
Shae Johns, President & CEO; Don McCall, Story of the Year; Amber Wagner, Job Coach; and Rich Ortiz, Director Workforce Development.
Don McCall was named Story of the Year in Klamath County. McCall, who sustained a traumatic brain injury as a young adult, is a team member at Wendy’s in Klamath Falls. He came to Goodwill for employment training and to seek a job in the community. Goodwill paired him with the perfect employer where McCall is a favorite among his coworkers and regular diners. McCall also is a regular speaker for the Klamath County District Attorney’s office, sharing his life story since his accident to the people participating in the DUI task force programs. His is a story of inspiring personal determination.
Klamath Community College (KCC) is the 2017 Community Partner of the Year for partnering with Goodwill to create the Klamath Center for Education and Training (KCET) in 2017. Goodwill staff administers the GED exam preparatory and other adult basic education classes at KCC.
Shae Johns, President & CEO, Kevin Lockett, Employee of the Year, and Rich Ortiz, Director of Workforce Development.
Shae Johns, President and CEO, Jennifer Moffett, Employee of the Year; Tracy Hoehn and Dave Robison, Vice President of Retail and Operations.
Kevin Lockett (KCET/Goodwill job coach) and Jennifer Moffett (Goodwill retail production associate) each received the honor of Goodwill Employee of the Year (2017).
Shae Johns and Rich Ortiz pose with the 2017 Story Behind the Store honorees for Klamath County: Jennifer Moffett; Kevin Lockett; Julie Murray-Jensen, Vice President of Enrollment and External Affairs, KCC; and Dave Jensen, Board member, KCC.
The Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration is an awards and community outreach program and is one of five similar events in Southern Oregon Goodwill’s region, which covers Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, and Klamath counties in Oregon and Siskiyou County in California. The events are made possible thanks to corporate sponsorship of local companies such as Klamath Community College, US Bank, Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Propel Insurance.