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Jul 16, 2022

Employee Spotlight: Cynthia Williamson

Cynthia WilliamsonRetail Production Worker,
Years of service: 14

We had a great time sitting down and chatting with Cynthia. She has contributed 14 years of service to Goodwill Industries of West Michigan. We are so grateful to have her as part of the team. When we asked her who her role model was we couldn't help but notice the way her face lit up when she said, "Charlie!!!" Charlie is Cynthia's partner and the two met while working together at Goodwill. Cynthia offers words of wisdom for others by saying, "Try to stay positive.... work through your fears. Life can be a struggle but just stay positive."

When we asked Cynthia what is something people don't know about her, she started laughing and said, "I like to dip hotdogs in peanut butter!" It was impossible not to smile at that. Outside of her time in service to Goodwill, Cynthia enjoys walking her dog Bella to the dog park with Charlie.

Thank you Cynthia for all you do! We are proud of you and happy to have you on the team!

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Success Story: Kaylyn

Kaylyn’s career coach, saw something special about her from the beginning. “Kaylyn has a strong desire to succeed. She's hungry, and once she finds her thing, she'll be a world changer,” Joe said.

“Goodwill placed me in a work experience that was focused on assembly which not only helped me learn to work as a member of a team, but also show me the importance each person on that team,” said Kaylyn.

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Employee Spotlight: Jaime Hughes

Jaime brings enthusiasm and an eagerness for learning to her work as accounts payable specialist at our corporate headquarters. Employed at Goodwill for 3 years, Jaime began her career with Goodwill working in our electronics recycling department before transitioning to her current role. 

Jaime loves it at Goodwill. “I like the people here. They are very human. I’ve never worked at a place like this before – it’s so great.”  

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Business Development Director named 
Innovator of the Year

The annual award recognizes and celebrates the most innovative ideas of the lakeshore area. Nick Carlson championed and coordinated Goodwill’s unique joint-venture partnership with HydroBlox Technologies, a plastics recycling company that manufactures products that aid in stormwater drainage infrastructure.

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HydroBlox Technologies and Goodwill Industries of West Michigan announce plastic recycling partnership

“In keeping with Goodwill’s focus on sustainability and the triple-bottom line, we are excited to launch a new business line that diverts landfill-bound plastic, while also providing good-paying jobs,” GIWM President and CEO Jeanette Hoyer said. 

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Goodwill VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers provide free tax assistance to low- to moderate-income workers and families eligible for significant state and federal tax credits.

Make a difference! Help working people claim and keep all the refunds they are entitled to.

No accounting experience required! Volunteers receive FREE IRS training and certification.

Flexible hours! You can volunteer for day, evening, and/or Saturday hours in any of our tax-prep sites.

Call 231-722-7871, ext. 8482 for more information.


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