Category People

A Name Worth Knowing: Chef Dore

Chef Dore Sommers is a name worth knowing. He is the Executive Chef for First American, an influential partner to Goodwill of Orange County and the kind of person who leaves an impact on everyone he meets. Chef Dore enthusiastically welcomed three Goodwill program particpants to his team back in 2015 to work alongside him […]

One Extraordinary Day: Timothy’s Story

March 24 was an exhausting, but successful day for Timothy. It took just one day for Timothy to find a job. But it wasn’t easy. The day began with Timothy meeting his Goodwill of Orange County Job Developer. She drove him to the One Stop Employment Agency in Downey. There, after a successful interview, Timothy […]

Five Questions With: #OCGoodwill’s COO Corrine Allen

Getting to know Goodwill of OC’s own retail guru and infectiously sweet COO Corrine Allen. Name: Corrine Allen Title: Chief Operating Officer Years working at Goodwill of OC: 18 What is your favorite part about working at Goodwill of Orange County? No two days are ever the same. There is always excitement and change. What do […]

Finding Confidence in His Abilities: Jaime’s Story

Jaime has been a part of the Goodwill of Orange County family for more than 15 years. He is enrolled in Goodwill’s Ticket to Work program, an employment program for people with disabilities and Social Security disability benefits who are interested and excited to get to work. The goal of this program is to help […]

Chevron Partners with Goodwill To Provide Purpose, Pride and Dignity

What makes a partnership powerful is a shared vision between both parties; working in unison to accomplish one goal. From the start, Chevron Corporation embraced Goodwill’s mission of putting people with barriers to work. Back in June of 2015, Chevron began employing three Goodwill Supported Employment program participants with disabilities to work alongside a job […]

She’s been dialed in for 30 years as the face, and voice of Goodwill

Wendy has been an integral part of Goodwill of Orange County for 30 years. She is the first face people see when they visit Goodwill’s Career Center in Santa Ana. Her smile greets everyone who has come to Goodwill seeking employment, training or assistance with their resume. Wendy’s warmth and genuine love for people makes […]

Adam’s Story: Growing Independent with Goodwill

In 2012, Adam came to Goodwill or Orange County ready and eager to work. He started in Goodwill’s Day Activity Program where he gained valuable experience working in the community at one of Goodwill’s stores in Anaheim. Adam worked in the store for three years, learning the ins-and-outs of how to be successful in a […]

Skills for a Lifetime: Froylan Imparts Wisdom to Thousands

After the last customer paid, and the last article of clothing was hung on its rack, that’s when Froylan started his day. Making his way through Goodwill’s retail stores on the night shift, he meticulously tended to the floors, countertops and restrooms, ensuring each storefront was ready to welcome customers for the next day. He […]

Take Your Best #OCGoodwill Halloween Selfie

Earlier this month, Goodwill of Orange County invited a group of local bloggers to a fun Halloween event at the OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin. The hashtaggers and tweeters were challenged to a fun game of “Halloween Selfie Bingo” where they snapped selfies throughout the store with one-of-a-kind costumes and seasonal décor. The bloggers who […]

Finding the Ability in her Disability

Rosemarie Samson defines success simply: a loving family and a fulfilling career. Born deaf, the Philippine native questioned whether she would find her idea success, but she was willing to work for it. The first part the equation came easy — she married a man she loved in the Philippines and welcomed a daughter shortly […]