We at Goodwill of Orange County have a history of reaching out to this country’s service men and women, a commitment that was recently recognized by California State Senator Lou Correa. Senator Correa (who also serves as Chair of the Senate Veterans Committee), Goodwill of Orange County, and the Black Chamber of Commerce recently honored individuals, organizations, and businesses for their outstanding dedication to the veteran community at an event held at our Fitness Center in Santa Ana just prior to this month’s national Veterans Day celebration.
Goodwill of Orange County was among one of the honorees, as we continue to welcome veterans of any era, as well as through a Beyond Jobs grant for unemployed and underemployed women. Last spring, we also promoted a special Boots to Suits Veteran Program where we gave U.S. veterans and active military members $50 towards clothing and accessories to help prepare for employment. Veterans also received career counseling during their visit.
The recent recognition placed us in good company with the following fellow honorees:
- Gregg James, an advocate by providing services and resources to veterans who distributes flags to returning veterans as a small token of his gratitude to them.
- Pastor Frank Orzio, a retired Marine Corps Sergeant and Purple Heart recipient, works with the Wounded Warrior Ministry and provides counseling support to veterans.
- Community Action Partnership of Orange County provides ongoing food, utility assistance, and emergency services to veterans.
- Disneyland Resort started the Heroes Work Here in 2004 as a way to recognize the hard work, dedication, and loyalty to serve ones country honorably. Disneyland Resort also has the Casting Our Veterans Program which is a recruitment tool that Disney uses to provide a new chapter in a veteran’s career.
- Kimberly Clark’s Junior Military Officer places veterans in the Fullerton location for an 18-24 month period to work at several locations which can lead to full-time employment.
- Medtronic works with Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Businesses to strengthen Medtronic’s ability to carry out their mission to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend lives.
- OneOC, formerly known as the Volunteer Center of Orange County, works with Veteran’s First to recruit, train, and support veteran volunteer leaders who will support ongoing service efforts, veteran engagement, and veteran services.
As veterans move from military to civilian roles, they face several unique challenges which currently include a strained economy and massive unemployment rates. We’re hoping to alleviate a small bit of stress by providing training and job placement support. We place a high value on the people we serve and we are grateful for Veteran’s service to our country.