Three Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota participants honored by Microgrants

We’re excited to announce that three Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota participants were named 2014 grantees of the year from Microgrants, one of our partner organizations.

MicroGrants gives $1000 grants for low-income people of potential to invest in their lives. With a belief in eliminating poverty through work, the grants are designed to help people increase their income either through small business development or getting and retaining stable employment.

De’Angelo Johnson

Investments are usually made in three areas: education, small business development and transportation.

The three were chosen from a pool of nearly 500 MicroGrant recipients from 2014. Goodwill-Easter Seals is honored to know that of those 500, three of our 15 grant recipients were chosen as grantees of the year.

The three participants honored by Microgrants are:

-Michael Hughes (Re-entry program – nominated by Sarah Tomlinson), for outstanding courage.

-De’Angelo Johnson (FATHER Project, nominated by Susan Ortner), for biggest steps forward.

-Rouny Phoutthaphaphone (Hennepin Moving Forward program, nominated by Rashad Denman), for biggest steps forward.

The three were honored at an event along with six others at the MicroGrants’ Grantees of the Year Awards celebration. Congratulations to all for their hard work and accomplishments. Their stories are very inspirational and will soon be featured on the MicroGrant website.

Each recipient received an additional $200 and a certificate from MicroGrants.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has been a proud partner of MicroGrants since June of 2012. Since then over 45 of our participants have been recognized as people with potential and awarded a $1000 MicroGrant to assist them in moving forward in their education, jobs, or business development.

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