Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Inc.
January 28, 2010
My name is Patricia Masullo. I was laid off from my job in 2004. In 2005, I was introduced to Goodwill Industries, after I had taken a computer class at a local community college; a class which I felt I got very little out of. Goodwill began their first computer class in Gaston County and I was given the opportunity to attend. The people who worked there were very encouraging and I knew that I would get something valuable out of it. My confidence level elevated as I took the class and actually gained experience that I knew I would need to become employed with a good company. In fact, after I graduated, within nine days I had two job offers. I took one of the jobs, but Goodwill continued opening doors and giving me more opportunities that I wouldn't have thought I was qualified for. I began working though temp services and I was told about the job that I currently have that has become not just a job, but a career. Since I have been involved with Goodwill I have been given opportunities to speak on behalf of this wonderful corporation; including telling my story to many others in order to encourage them that Goodwill does offer valuable training; and more importantly builds self-esteem and confidence in the person,to help them realize that they are a valuable asset to a company. In fact, after a year of my introduction to Goodwill Industries, I was presented with the "Cornestone Award," for my accomplishments. Not only does Goodwill touch the lives of the person who attends the classes, it touches the lives of that person's whole family, as they see them become accomplished and settled into a satisfying career.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
gaining the experience and self-confidence that I needed to find and enjoy a career.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
meeting so many people that have made such a positive impact on my life and on others lives. It has made a huge impact on my entire family, as they have seen me move from an unemployed person to one who can support her family and enjoy her career.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
kind, encouraging, supportive, and determined to see me succeed. I never felt like I was alone.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
change the lives of so many who have displaced due to the economic situation.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I received counseling and changed my career.