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Jul 16, 2022

Employee Spotlight: Hilda Thompson

Hilda ThompsonRetail Production Worker,
Years of service: 8

Hilda has been of service to Goodwill Industries of West Michigan for 8 years and brings such joy to her role that it's contagious. When we asked her if she had a role model she responded with, "Myself". We can't help but agree that Hilda is a great role model! Each week during our Wednesday morning huddles, it's Hilda who provides us with an inspirational quote. She probably doesn't realize her impact and that many times, it's her words that carry us through our week.

Hilda provided us with a few words of her own wisdom... "You can't reach what's in front of you until you let go of what's behind you.", "Aim for your dreams but don't lose yourself along the way." When asked if there were any inspirational quotes that have meaning to her she said, "I have learned not to allow rejection to move me."

A few things you may not know about Hilda...

She's a Great-Grandmother, she LOVES to dance, and she encourages anyone who might be struggling or feeling down to KEEP LOOKING UP

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

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Success Story: Valerie

Valerie came to Goodwill’s Career Center looking for help in securing a job. She needed to earn money to maintain her livelihood and avoid foreclosure on her home. 

Valerie’s advice for others seeking work is to visit the Goodwill Career Center. “I always tell them to call Goodwill,” Valerie said. “I tell them how I was treated. Thank you, LaTonya, personally for helping me.”

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Goodwill awarded Barrier Removal and Employment Success grant

Goodwill was recently awarded a $568,595 Barrier Removal and Employment Success (BRES) grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to provide vocational certificate training in HVAC, forklift, and customer service.

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Employee Spotlight: Harold Brown

Harold is an exceptional leader who shows kindness and compassion to his team and everyone we serve. As maintenance manager, Harold is a team-player, supportive, and held in high-esteem by his fellow employees. He has been employed at Goodwill for ten years.

Harold reminds us, “Be kind to one another… get up, go to work, treat people with kindness, go home … repeat.”  

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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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