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As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we will be sitting down with 12 people who have helped shaped Goodwill’s history.

Dr. Marsha Berry is one of our longest tenured employees, and when she began her career with Goodwill 36 years ago, we only operated two retail stores – one in... Louisville and the other in Lebanon. Today, our organization oversees 67 stores across the commonwealth.

“By growing retail, it allowed us to also grow our programs. Since the beginning of Goodwill, we’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit for serving the community.”

Meet a Goodwiller! Victoria is a senior store manager and oversees our Corbin, Barbourville, Somerset, Berea and Burnside stores. She has been with Goodwill since 2014 and says, "What I love most about my job is the work/life balance. Goodwill encourages all employees to take time for our ...mental health to ensure we're our best self to better serve our community!"

Fun fact about Victoria: She is obsessed with Dolly Parton and true crime!

As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are both humbled and proud to invest and reinvest in Kentucky communities. Yesterday, we celebrated the grand opening of our new store in Crestwood, and we are so grateful to have the community’s support. 💙

Hazel has worked with Goodwill for nearly two decades and is currently a production clerk at our Okolona store.

Last August, Hazel received a letter that she needed to vacate the home she has lived in for 25 years. The home belonged to her stepfather who had fallen ill, and they were ...seizing his assets to pay for his medical care.

Goodwill Career Coach Kaycee Ackaway helped Hazel navigate the process of purchasing a home, and Hazel was able to close on it earlier this month!

Kaycee said, “This is a huge deal because Hazel has no credit, but our wonderful partners at First Financial Bank were able to get her approved for a loan through other methods.”

Congrats, Hazel!

#MissionMonday #SecondChances #HomeOwnership

We are so excited to introduce Catherine Holbrook (@bringingsewingback) as a content partner! Catherine is a Kentucky native who discovered a passion for sewing back in 2014.

Her husband was in the first year of his four-year long residency program when she decided she needed a hobby. ...Christmas was just around the corner, so she asked her mom for a sewing machine. She swears it was love at first stitch!

In the wee hours of the night, you could find her whipping up one-of-a-kind purses, pillows, baby toys, ect. She was having so much fun!

But, the thought of sewing clothing intimidated her. It wasn’t until January of 2019, after the birth of her second child, that she started focusing on creating her own wardrobe. What began as a knack for refashioning garments from Goodwill, quickly turned into self-drafting her own patterns and sharing her sewing journey with others on Instagram.

Swipe to see some of her Goodwill transformations. 🧵

We are LIVE from our Elizabethtown store (2003 N. Dixie Highway) for a Customer Appreciation Day! Our Morehead, Paris and Pikeville stores are also celebrating today 🎉 Stop by any of these stores until 1 p.m. for refreshments, door prizes and giveaways!

Meet a Goodwiller! Tonia Owens is our regional manager of career services and began her career with Goodwill in 2020. When asked what she loves best about Goodwill, she said, "The leadership I have encountered, how Goodwill makes a difference and the relationships I have built with my ...colleagues and clients."

Tonia loves to cook and has an English Bulldog named Miss Milly who really understands her!

Spotlight #7.

This Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the following stores will celebrate the anniversary of their openings with customer appreciation days:

Elizabethtown (26 years), Morehead (17 years) Paris (12 years, pictured) and Pikeville (6 years).

Please make plans to stop by and join in ...the celebration. We will have refreshments, giveaways and more! 💙

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Victoria is a senior store manager & has been with Goodwill since 2014. "Goodwill encourages all employees to take time for our mental health to ensure we're our best self to better serve our community!"

Fun fact about Victoria: She is obsessed with Dolly Parton and true... crime!

Due to inclement weather, we are closing our Paducah, Mayfield and Murray stores at 7 p.m. (2/1).

As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are both humbled and proud to invest and reinvest in Kentucky communities. Yesterday, we celebrated the grand opening of our new store in Crestwood, and we are so grateful to have the community’s support. 💙

Hazel needed to vacate the home she had lived in for 25 years. Kaycee, career coach, helped her navigate the process, and Hazel was able to close on it earlier this month! Previously, Hazel had no credit, but our partners at First Financial Bank helped get approved for a loan.

Chief Operating Officer Rena Sharpe has been named to the Bingham Fellows Class of 2023 by Leadership Louisville. The topic is "TALENT: Pathways & Pipelines," focused on building a future-ready workforce.

Congratulations, Rena!

Read more: http://bit.ly/3j0W30N

Tonia Owens is our regional manager of career services. When asked what she loves best about Goodwill, she said, "How Goodwill makes a difference and the relationships I have built with my colleagues and clients." Tonia loves to cook and has an English Bulldog named Miss Milly.

For the fourth consecutive year, we are happy to partner with the Lexington VA Health Care System to provide $30K in Goodwill vouchers. Thanks to the VA Center for Development & Civil Engagement for helping us better serve Kentucky Veterans!

Tekeya had a 'full-circle' moment when her employer, Calhoun Construction, assigned her to work on our Opportunity Campus. She graduated from our Power of Work program and was hired by Calhoun 6 weeks later. The Campus is her 3rd job assignment!

Pictured with CFO Mark Hohmann.

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