Category People

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 […]

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 of Orange County’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 […]

Announcing Two New Goodwill Board Members!

Goodwill of Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. Bob Kurkjian, Executive Director of Bob Hope USO and Jody Hudson, CFTA, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at First American Trust are the newest members to join our Board. They both have a profound passion for […]

Tackling the L.A. Marathon Together: Tynisha & Michael’s Story

She was a first time marathon runner ready to tackle a new challenge. He was an avid runner, ready to beat his best time at his third L.A. Marathon. Together, they were a perfect match. Tynisha Johnson, a job developer and interpreter at Goodwill of Orange County, has known Michael Agyin for a long time.  […]

Getting Back to Her Feet: Robyn’s Story

In 2010, Robyn E.’s life changed in her sleep. At the age of 50, she suffered a stroke caused from sleep apnea, a chronic condition in which breathing stops and starts while sleeping. Now requiring assistance with her daily activities, Robyn moved in with her parents. As she settled into a new routine and new […]

After a Paralyzing Rugby Hit, Bunk Tackles Life with Positivity and Joy

After a hard tackle in a rugby match, Alec ‘Bunk’ Wurth knew everything had changed the second he hit the ground. Getting hit by an opponent was nothing new to the avid athlete, but in 2006, this one particular hit would take Bunk’s life in a drastically new direction. The art teacher to special education […]