Jason Tobey

I spent my high school years growing up in a small town in Northern California. Though I was a good student, there were very few resources to help me choose a financially feasible course to college, so I decided to join the United States Marine Corps. I served in the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1997 completing many tours including Desert Hope, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Jason Tobey

I spent my high school years growing up in a small town in Northern California. Though I was a good student, there were very few resources to help me choose a financially feasible course to college, so I decided to join the United States Marine Corps. I served in the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1997 completing many tours including Desert Hope, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

After my honorable discharge from the military, I expected that my service would make me a sought-after candidate. Instead, I found that both companies and society did not always look favorably upon this first Gulf War or the servicemen or women involved.

After changing jobs a number of times and exploring a number of industries, I decided to go back to school and focus on interior design and architectural design. I developed a passion for green and universal design for all and envisioned creating a design firm focusing on these two areas.

I first started looking for a position when I graduated in 2009, but at the height of the economic recession, there were no positions available. It was at this time that I found out about Goodwill of Orange County and their microenterprise development program. The 15-week course provided valuable information about getting a business started. Each class had a guest speaker that I not only learned from, but also used as a networking resource.

While I was taking the course, I was involved with the local American Legion post in my area and recognized an opportunity to meet their security needs for their facility and their events. Using the knowledge I was gaining through Goodwill’s future business owner’s course, I temporarily changed my course and began developing Semper Fi Security, Inc.

Jason Tobey performs security duties at an area building.Semper Fi Security provides many services, such as parking and traffic control as well as greeters and watchmen. For the American Legion Post, it was able to ensure proper membership, sign-in of their guests and parking control. In addition to myself, Semper Fi Security has been able to provide part time positions for eight additional veterans. With a recent contract for vessel charters, boating and entertainment companies, I expect to hire many more former veterans and their immediate families.

I continue to be active in Goodwill’s services by participating in the follow-up membership program Goodwill Business Connections. While my dream is still to design a better world through architecture and interiors, I am enjoying building a new business that provides opportunities for veterans and their families that are adjusting back into civilian life and looking to receive positive gainful employment.

Cheryl Godwin

I received my bachelor’s degree in business management in 1991 from North Carolina State University. Since I had already been working part time for a company, I was given a full-time position after receiving my degree. I continued to work there for 18 years, and I was promoted multiple times.

Cheryl Godwin.

I received my bachelor’s degree in business management in 1991 from North Carolina State University. Since I had already been working part time for a company, I was given a full-time position after receiving my degree. I continued to work there for 18 years, and I was promoted multiple times.

My husband, Major Dale Godwin, was activated for 9/11 duty in 2006 with the U.S. Army National Guard. We then made the decision that I would resign from my corporate position to spend that time nurturing our two teenage children.

Our son is just recently graduated from college, and he’ll be starting his new career. Our daughter has just completed her first year of college. Now that we have crossed those major hurdles in our lives, it is now time for me to get back into the workforce, contribute to our family and my individual financial goals. There was one obstacle, though — I’ve never had to search for a job.

One day at work, my husband was given information on Goodwill Industries International’s Operation Independence Program, and he told me about it. I have truly been in awe of the services they provide for free to assist job seekers with resume writing, computer training, skill training and support. I have prepared my résumé, I’ve been given job leads to research and apply for, and I am currently taking the Microsoft computer training package.

When I come to the Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont training center, I see so many people who once had a dim outlook on their jobless situation. Now, they have hope and confidence that they will be empowered with skills and resources which will lead to employment and financial independence. The military and their families make such great sacrifices to maintain freedom and liberty for all, and it is so good to see that this program embraces us and provides us assistance.

Paul Basel

Happily, I can say that I am one step closer to my goal of going to college, thanks to the Community-Based Work Adjustment program at Goodwill® in Columbus, Ohio.

I have Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism. It has created some challenges for me in finding employment in the past. Still, I have a strong work ethic and wanted to find a job.

Paul Basel

Happily, I can say that I am one step closer to my goal of going to college, thanks to the Community-Based Work Adjustment program at Goodwill® in Columbus, Ohio.

I have Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism. It has created some challenges for me in finding employment in the past. Still, I have a strong work ethic and wanted to find a job.

My commitment to hard work has helped me accomplish some goals in the past. For one, I have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America. After that achievement, I decided my next goal would be to find a job in order to save money for college.

With my eye on overcoming my disabilities and learning some work and social skills, I started in the Community-Based Work Adjustment program at Goodwill Columbus. While in the program, I became an intern in the maintenance department at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. The conservatory is a premier horticultural and educational institution showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and a signature collection of work by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Paul Basel at work at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH.
Paul Basel at work at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH

My supervisors let me clean, paint, make repairs, and setup and tear down before and after scheduled events at the conservatory. The work was interesting to me, and it allowed me to work on my skills of interaction and socialization with others.

My supervisor was impressed with my work, noting my attention to detail, punctuality and positive attitude. He also praised my ability to positively interact with co-workers. When the internship was complete, I was offered a part-time job in the Engineering and Maintenance Department. I proudly accepted.

I feel like I have made a great deal of progress toward attaining my goals while participating in the Goodwill program. Now I am saving some money and am one step closer to going to college.

Richard Castillo

In 2008, I moved from Connecticut to Athens, GA, after separating from my wife. I moved to be closer to my daughter. Being new to the Athens area, finding a job was hard. One of my friends told me about the Goodwill® of North Georgia Career Center. He told me that they could help me with my job search.

Richard Castillo

In 2008, I moved from Connecticut to Athens, GA, after separating from my wife. I moved to be closer to my daughter. Being new to the Athens area, finding a job was hard. One of my friends told me about the Goodwill® of North Georgia Career Center. He told me that they could help me with my job search.

When I visited the career center, I was greeted by Gilbert who was fluent in Spanish. He explained to me all the services that Goodwill offers. Gilbert mentioned that Pilgrim’s Pride, a local poultry company, was hiring. He helped me put a résumé together and told me how to apply. I got the job at Pilgrim’s Pride.

Richard Castillo
Richard Castillo stands in front of the facility where he works.

Some time went by, and I decided that I needed more money to support me and my daughter. I revisited the career center in 2010, since they helped me land my first job. They told me about a recruitment fair that was coming up for line workers.

I attended the recruitment fair and met with Janet at Perimeter Staffing. She hired me as a line worker. I started the job almost immediately. After 2 weeks of working on the line, I was moved to a forklift operator position. I have been able to make more money now, and I am given more responsibility.

I was really helped by the people here at Goodwill. They really motivate job seekers.

Candace Cameron

I graduated high school in 2004, and shortly afterward I had my daughter. I was unemployed, in debt and limited in my financial resources. I was really down and out, and trying to find my way so that I could be secure.

I’ve always been strong and open-minded to everything. This past year, I looked to other resources, and my mom recommended me to go to a credit counselor.

Candace Cameron headshot

I graduated high school in 2004, and shortly afterward I had my daughter. I was unemployed, in debt and limited in my financial resources. I was really down and out, and trying to find my way so that I could be secure.

I’ve always been strong and open-minded to everything. This past year, I looked to other resources, and my mom recommended me to go to a credit counselor. He told me I should head out to the grand opening of Goodwill Industries® of the Southern Rivers‘ Goodwill Success Center.

Candace Cameron works on a computer at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers.
Candace Cameron works on a computer at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers.

When I heard of Goodwill, I thought of clothes — not of financial help. I found out that you can get financial services, and my taxes can be done for free. Goodwill has helped me to clear some debt and start saving.

I met a great support team that cares about me. The team encouraged me to get my CNA license, and now I will work through a temporary agency called Westaff, which I love. I am able to save money, and I’m now more at peace.

I’m happy I found the Goodwill Success Center, and I love the classes that I’m taking. I will graduate in February 2011, and I will start taking classes at the Georgia Military College in March 2011 for business administration. You can never stop learning in any situation – it’s up to you if you can be happy and live your life as a better person.

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Rudy Batilla

About four years ago, I had trouble finding a job. Then Goodwill® of San Antonio came around. They really helped me to get on my feet by giving me the training I needed. But that’s not all – they then helped me understand how to manage my finances.

About four years ago, I had trouble finding a job. Then Goodwill® of San Antonio came around. They really helped me to get on my feet by giving me the training I needed. But that’s not all – they then helped me understand how to manage my finances.

I had a vision for my future and wrote it down. I shared that vision with my case manager at Goodwill. My credit score was terrible – in fact, it was 535. With Goodwill’s help, I eventually earned a score of about 730. That help included a three-day class that taught me about finances and improving my credit.

Rudy Batiilla stands in front of Goodwill's grounds maintenance building.

Once my finances were under control and my credit was solid, we worked together to plan for a vehicle and eventually a home for my family that was within my budget.

So much has changed in my life over the past four years. I have the strength I need to achieve my dreams. The job alone has built my self-confidence and, with the help of my finances, I can see my dreams coming true. My life is better, and the lives of my wife Gina and our twelve-year old, are better as well.

I’ve come so far and I’m totally in a daze about the changes in my life. Goodwill is there to offer whatever it takes to help a person become successful on their own.

Jeans to Jobs: Goodwill® Launches the Donate Movement to Encourage Donating with Purpose

Goodwill Industries International, a leading social service enterprise, today launched an education movement to raise awareness about the importance of donating used items and the positive impact those items have on people and the planet. To commemorate the launch, Goodwill announces the first-ever Donate Challenge with an online Donation Impact Calculator to help consumers quickly and easily determine the social and environmental benefits of their donations. Goodwill will be launching the Donate Movement with partner and leading consumer brand, Levi Strauss & Co.®.

New Donation Impact Calculator Quantifies Positive Result of Donating, Translates Goods into Job Training and Employee Placement Services

ROCKVILLE, MD (June 28, 2010) — Goodwill Industries International, a leading social service enterprise, today launched an education movement to raise awareness about the importance of donating used items and the positive impact those items have on people and the planet. To commemorate the launch, Goodwill® announces the first-ever Donate Challenge with an online Donation Impact Calculator to help consumers quickly and easily determine the social and environmental benefits of their donations. Goodwill will be launching the “Donate Movement” with partner and leading consumer brand, Levi Strauss & Co.® Lorie Marrero, Certified Professional Organizer (R) and creator of The Clutter Diet® , will serve as spokesperson.

“We’re grateful to the thousands of people every year whose donations translate into much-needed job training and placement services. However, there is still more we can do,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Many used items that could be turned into valuable community services are ending up in landfills. The ‘Donate Movement’ will help consumers understand the far-reaching positive impact of donating.”

Donation Gap and Impact

Consumers already have a strong desire to donate and help others. According to a new survey [1] from Goodwill, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of consumers donate to support causes they believe in. Despite their generosity, seven in 10 (71 percent) admit on occasion they’ve chosen not to donate their unused clothing. In fact, for every one article of clothing donated, consumers have at least 30 more articles of clothing ready to be donated. According to the online Donation Impact Calculator, donating 30 articles would fund more than four hours of a job search class for one person. If just 1,000 people each donated 30 items, 1,000 community members would each receive more than four hours of a job search class.

D: New Universal Symbol of Donating

As part of the movement, a new “Donate” icon is designed to raise consumer awareness of the power of their donated goods. Comparable to the recycling symbol, the new “Donate” icon will soon appear on everyday products, ultimately becoming the universal symbol for donating. The “Donate Movement” bridges Goodwill’s mission of building strong families and vibrant communities with environmental sustainability. As an environmental pioneer for more than 105 years, Goodwill hopes that this movement will encourage people to make available for reuse and repurpose items they no longer need.

Donation Impact Calculator Quantifies Value

Goodwill’s Donate Challenge, which officially launches the “Donate Movement,” calls on all consumers to donate to their local Goodwill store or drop-off bin, and visit donate.goodwill.org to learn how donations become valuable community services. The web site’s Donation Impact Calculator will show consumers how donated goods become jobs, for example:

  • one bicycle, one coat and one DVD provides a person with one hour of on-the-job training
  • one working computer provides 5.3 hours of career counseling
  • six shirts and two pairs of jeans provides one hour of a job search class

Join the Movement

Businesses have partnered with Goodwill to support the “Donate Movement to help impact positive social change and environmental sustainability in communities everywhere. Levi Strauss & Co. recently changed the product care tags in Levi’s® jeans to include instructions about ways consumers can reduce the environmental impact of their clothes after they leave the store. The new “Care Tag for Our Planet” encourages consumers to wash less, wash in cold, line dry and donate unwanted clothing when no longer needed, keeping as much as 6.7 billion pounds of clothing and textiles out of landfills.

“The Care Tag for Our Planet partnership started an important dialogue about donating jeans to protect the environment and support local communities,” said Michael Kobori, vice president for social and environmental sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co. “We’re thrilled that Goodwill is now expanding the ‘Donate Movement’ nationally so even more companies and consumers join the conversation about reuse through donation.”

Join Goodwill in donating responsibly. Learn more about how donations help your community and the planet at http://donate.goodwill.org.


An online study of 1,000 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, conducted on behalf of Goodwill Industries International by Kelton Research in June 2010.