"They wanted to take a chance on me. They saw me as a worthwhile person." – Shelley, Bank and Finance Skills Training participant (2011 Participant of the Year)
What are you are looking forward to enjoying this holiday season? Maybe you're ready for a relaxing break from work? Perhaps you're excited to gather with family and friends who live in distant cities?
While your plans may be modest, for the thousands of unemployed Minnesotans looking for work, these simple joys may be out of reach. For many, especially those who face obstacles and cannot find stable employment, the holidays are a time of even greater stress, sadness and lack of self-worth.
That's why we encourage you to Share GOODWILL this holiday season with a financial contribution to Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota.
While you may know Goodwill/Easter Seals by our Goodwill stores, we are much more than that. Each year, we work to create life-changing impact for thousands of people in your community, people like Shelley.
Just over three years ago, Shelley was unemployed, homeless and a single mother of three children. Following treatment for addiction, Shelley was ready to get back into the workforce. She began a bank and finance skills-training program through Goodwill/Easter Seals. Following her training, Shelley secured a job as a teller with U.S. Bank. "They wanted to take a chance on me. They saw me as a worthwhile person," remembers Shelley. Today, Shelley is able to give her children a safe, comfortable home and she truly enjoys going to work each day.
As a state leader in preparing people for work, Goodwill/Easter Seals helps put people to work by providing training and support necessary to achieve their employment goals. With financial support from the community, we help thousands of people who work hard every day to overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency, barriers such as mental illness, disability, unemployment and lack of housing. Through our training and support services, we give people the tools they need to achieve a better life – we help put simple joys within reach.
This holiday season, Shelley and her family will experience some of life's simplest joys, thanks to generous contributions from people who chose to Share GOODWILL.
Will you help put simple joys within reach for more Minnesotans? Will you Share GOODWILL with a financial gift to Goodwill/Easter Seals this season? Act now! Send your contribution or donate online to help thousands of Minnesotans get a good start to 2013.