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November 12, 2012

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## Goodwill of Orange County ##

Goodwill of Orange County Receives Recognition for Outstanding Dedication to Veterans from Senator Lou Correa


SANTA ANA, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2012 –California State Senator Lou Correa (Chair of the Senate Veterans Committee), Goodwill of Orange County, and the Black Chamber of Commerce honored individuals, organizations, and businesses for their outstanding dedication to the veteran community. The event was held on Weds., Nov. 7, 2012 at the Goodwill Fitness Center in Santa Ana.

“It is important that we take care of our veterans first,” said Senator Correa. “The brave men and women that sacrifice themselves to protect our freedoms should be given priority. I am honored tonight to have the opportunity to recognize the outstanding dedication that each of the honorees have shown to serving our veterans.”

Goodwill of Orange County was among one of the honorees, as the organization continues to welcome veterans of any era, as well as through a Beyond Jobs grant for unemployed and underemployed women. Frank Talarico, Jr., president and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County was on hand to accept the award and noted, “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.”

Last spring, Goodwill of Orange County also promoted a special Boots to Suits Veteran Program where the organization 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.

Additional honorees included: Gregg James is an advocate by providing services and resources to veterans. Mr. James 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.

Talarico adds, “Veterans are just one of the populations poised to receive job training and employment services from Goodwill career counselors. Each year, Goodwill of Orange County helps thousands of individuals overcome barriers to employment. Job developers work closely with program participants to help them realize their talents and dreams in addition to developing successful job skills to then apply to their career search. All services are aimed at assisting participants with job interviews and ultimately gain employment.”

About Goodwill of Orange County Now in its 88th year, Goodwill of Orange County is in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to get and keep jobs while finding purpose, pride and dignity. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve independence through the power of work, Goodwill is most famous for its donated goods thrift store model where much of the revenue is generated to fund mission services. Goodwill maintains leadership in creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower individuals to be productive and independent. These programs and services offer added appeal since providing these tools to reach economic independence places fewer demands on public resources. As an integral part of the community safety net Goodwill has committed to doubling the number of people it serves to close the gap on unemployment among the region’s most underserved individuals. The organization has consistently received a four-star rating, based on organizational efficiency and organizational capacity from Charity Navigator and in 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands.

For more information on Goodwill of Orange County, please contact Katherine Ransom, Sr. Director, Marketing and Communications at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or