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Discover Goodwill Southern & Western Colorado

C onn e c t ing Empl oy e e s t o t h e Mi s s i o n of G o o dw i l l


Possibilities Participants Honor the American Red Cross May/June 2014

Possibilities participants pose with Red Cross representatives to showcase their hand-crafted banner celebrating Red Cross’ 100 years of service in Colorado. The banner was prominently displayed outside of Possibilities during the month of May to commemorate Red Cross’ “Turning the State Red” campaign.

Discover Goodwill Celebrates Life-Changing Value of Donated “Stuff” Discover Goodwill’s April 24 Annual Dinner drew a crowd of nearly 800 Goodwill employees, supporters and program participants, who gathered to celebrate individual and agency award winners and learn how stuff changes lives. Discover Goodwill President and CEO Karla Grazier and Board Chair Chris Odell defined “stuff” as the household items sitting idly in peoples’ closets and cupboards, which when donated to Goodwill help put people to work—over 6,200 individuals in 2013 alone. Home Depot received the Discover Goodwill Award and devoted Discover Goodwill board member and financial supporter Alan Steiner received the Foundation’s Guiding Light Award. Discover Goodwill’s first-ever Emerging Leader Award was presented to college student Tommy Newsom, who organized community donation drives supporting victims of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. Tommy’s efforts garnered over 26,000 pounds of material donations valued at nearly $20,000! The evening’s top honors went to four standout individuals, who have made remarkable progress in their personal and professional lives—including Helms Legacy Award Honoree and Discover Goodwill Residential Services Case Manager Sheryl Smith. Ten years ago, Sheryl ended a destructive relationship and was faced with raising her kids alone while recovering from a debilitating accident.



Since securing employment with Discover Goodwill, Sheryl has reclaimed her life and found her calling helping other at-risk individuals achieve independence. Congratulations to Discover Goodwill’s individual award honorees and special thanks to our Annual Dinner’s contributing sponsors, listed below: Individual Award Honorees: Helms Legacy Award Honoree—Sheryl Smith Achiever of the Year—Jamie Lockyer Community Employee of the Year—John Lydell Independence Award Honoree—Rochelle Ortega Annual Dinner Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: ANB Bank Platinum Sponsor—Kirkpatrick Bank Gold Sponsors—Ent, GE Johnson Construction Co., Colorado Industrial Recycling, CarpetCare Craftsman Silver Sponsors—Holland & Hart, 5Star Bank, Vectra Bank Bronze Sponsors—Benefit Services Group (BSG), BBVA Compass, Jay Dee, Inc., Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, Pennica Financial Group, Olson Plumbing & Heating Co., Waxie Sanitary Supply, Memorial Hospital/University of Colorado Health, Sun Office Solutions, MSEC, Warehouse Options, Craddock Commercial Real Estate, Springs Waste Systems

Break Free This Summer With Makes a Healthy, Happy Living Difference Everything I Do

in Someone’s Life

Take charge of your wellbeing with Discover Goodwill’s free and healthy activities brought to you by your Work Culture/Fun Committee! We are committed to supporting your physical and emotional health by incorporating the seven primary dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual) into your daily life. To help you get started, the committee is publishing a monthly calendar featuring employee activities that promote overall health and wellness.

As a sneak peek, June activities include: Zumba®fitness classes, hiking, running, yoga, walking and volunteering in the community. So lace up those tennis shoes, grab a co-worker, pick an activity (or two, or three…) and join the fun! We’re also including free community activities for your entire family to enjoy. Monthly calendars will be distributed to each worksite and also are available on SharePoint.

Donate Your Change, Change a Life

Top to bottom: Achiever of the Year Jamie Lockyer; (L-R) President & CEO Karla Grazier, Helms Legacy Award Honoree Sheryl Smith and Board Chair Chris Odell; Independence Award Honoree Rochelle Ortega and her family; (L-R) Board Chair Chris Odell, Community Employee of the Year John Lydell and President & CEO Karla Grazier.

Shoppers’ generosity abounded in our retail stores during March. All nine retail centers and the outlet store invited customers to round up their purchases to the next dollar in support of Discover Goodwill’s employment programs. Stores raised an amazing $20,142— making March the most successful “round-up” campaign to date! The Grand Junction Retail Center earned its first round-up championship title and received breakfast burritos in recognition of their hard work. Cashiers who rang up the highest percentage of round-up donations received a cash prize. Congratulations to all of our retail

Woodland Park Retail Center Associate Pamela Higgins is a two-time winner and one of 10 cashiers who received a cash reward for bringing in the highest percentage of donations during the March fundraising campaign.

centers and their extraordinary employees for connecting the community to our mission. Winning Cashiers: Cañon City – Carey Lancaster, Circle – Holly Arnold, Fountain – Sage Sadowski, Grand Junction – Roy McGlochlin, North – Fred Murphy, Outlet – Kim Heusler, Powers – Katharine Cobb, Pueblo – Andrea Ruybal, West – Cherry Elder and Woodland Park – Pamela Higgins (Two-time winner!) GOODWILL DISCOVERIES


Quarterly Managers Meeting Highlights Organizational Changes Presenter: President and CEO Karla Grazier Karla announced the Ops & Sales division will transfer supervision of the Facilities department to the Finance department, effective immediately.

Laundry Video Presenter: VP of Marketing and Communications Melissa Lyby Melissa showed a video produced from the Fresh Start Commercial Laundry focused on special training wage certificates utilized by workers with significant disabilities. If you are interested in viewing this video or would like talking points regarding special training wage certificates, please contact the Marketing and Communications department.

First Quarter Financials Presenter: Chief Financial Officer Dan O’Rear Discover Goodwill saw an increase in net revenue during the first quarter, partly due to savings from the delayed Retail Support Center opening, additional contracts earnings and increased utilization in Possibilities and Residential Services programs. Let’s keep up the good work!

Process Improvement Presenter: Director of Learning and Development Gary Smith Gary unmasked a new superhero, “Kaizen Girl,” who is crusading for change as a welcomed and necessary factor for our continued growth. Kaizen Girl unveiled how to count our steps in the name of process improvement to make us more efficient and effective in our daily operations. The L&D team is making its way throughout the organization supporting process improvement initiatives and activities.

New Employee Orientation Presenter: VP of Partnerships Bonnie Martinez Bonnie presented an innovative way for managers to engage with new employees by asking questions that start with their new “friends”: Who, What, When, Why, Where and How. Managers were challenged to regularly share stories about how they use their newfound friends to interact with new staff.

In-Store Fundraising Presenter: VP of Discover Goodwill Foundation Jeanne Conder Retail Centers are primed for upcoming “Donate Your Change” activities in August and October. This year’s first campaign ran in April and was a huge success—exceeding $20,000 in contributions— thanks to the support of our devoted retail staff. (Read more on page 3.)



Purchasing Update Presenter: Director of Finance Indy Frazee Indy stressed the importance of submitting invoices to accounting in a timely manner. Finance anticipates many exciting changes this year—including a standardized ordering process, a consolidated and approved vendor list, and implementation of new requisition software that will make it easier to order and track expenses.

UltiPro Update Presenters: HR Systems and Project Specialist Brian Michaux and Finance Manager Eric Blakesley

Brian and Eric introduced our new HR software called UltiPro. The centralized system will replace Automatic Data Processing (ADP), ABRA and Benefits Connect systems. Parallel payroll runs will occur in May and June to ensure data accuracy before transitioning exclusively to UltiPro.

Safety Update Presenter: VP of Workforce Development and Community Programs Denise Krug Safety is everyone’s responsibility! In order to educate all staff on safety measures, mandatory training sessions are being conducted, along with an instructional video available on Brainshark. Many fun and informative activities are planned for employees focused on workplace safety— including special showings of the blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games” at various locations. (See page 5 for times and dates.)

Celebrate Diversity! Discover Goodwill is rich with diversity, as illustrated by the varied backgrounds and interests of our employees and program participants. Learning about and celebrating our cultural differences will help us recognize and embrace each others’ distinct values, beliefs, orientation and abilities. In the spirit of fostering a workplace where equality and mutual respect are valued, we will be publishing an annual calendar highlighting events, activities and celebratory dates to help us all gain a better understanding of our unique backgrounds and experiences that make our organization such a wonderfully diverse and rewarding place to work.

Did You Know? June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month! LGBT Pride Month was established to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have on the world. Groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other gatherings. The last Sunday in June is designated as Gay Pride Day. Juneteenth (June 19) is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note: This date is two years after signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; however, the Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to a lack of troops to enforce the executive order.



Celebrate Milestone Years of Service 1 Year Alexander, Mark Barker, Dawn Barreras, Raymundo Baty, Cassandra Benjamin, Jedidiah Brownlee, Lamonte Burns, Thomas Calhoun, Michaela Carriger, John Cervantes, Jr, Adolfo Clanton-Austin, Cheryl Cobos, Sherry Cochran, Alice Coulter, Crystopher Courtaway, Eric Denson, Lavon Doran-Harris, Morgan Downing, William Elder, Cherry Garrett, John Harris, Tiffany Hermance, Christopher Honaker, Byonca Horrell, Mark Irick, Matthew Jackson, Laurie Jackson, Stacy Johnson, Angela Johnson, Erica Kimble, David Krebs, Bobbie Lyons, Erin Marks, Leanne Martin, Jr, Carl McWade, Toni Mitchell, Michael Morin, Allison Owens, Robert Pfaff, Carl Queen, September Raymond, Donald Rivera, Giavanna Rosado, Keith Schreck, Daniel Schreiber, Jessica Selk, Danielle Signorello, Anthony Smith, Douglas Stephenson, Lisa Travis, Rachel


Tripp III, Edward Vinson, Rovelle Weems, James Wilcox, Michelle Wilkinson, David Williams, Angel Zarate, Patrick

3 Years Caldwell, Antony Chess, Virginia Collins, Tommy Dee, Fitzgerald Gallegos, Soventino George, Apiffanie Grohn, Rodger Hutchinson, Susan Jeffery, Jessie Latona, Katherine Lopez, Inell Lott, Laverne Nagy, Charles Samate, Destynie Skolasinski, Erica Taylor, Angela Thomas, Delores Vaughn, Robert Vitzthum, Larry Walker, Yolanda

5 Years Brown, Andrea Carson, Lisa Dodge, Ursula Henline, Paul Jenson, Douglas LoPachin, Michael Parman, Donna Ramirez, Phillip Rhoades, Debby Taylor, Naomi Wright, Virgil

10 Years Houston, George Manley, Edith Mee, Edward Roseburrow, Latour

15 Years Kang, Chong


Stay Safe and Let the Games Begin! Your Safety Task Force reminds everyone that accidents are preventable by announcing Discover Goodwill’s inaugural “Safety Games” focused on keeping our workplace safety conscious and injury free! The month of June kickstarts summer-long safety activities, referenced below. So let the games begin and may the safety odds be ever in your favor!

June 2 - Tribute Buttons Safety sponsors will deliver tribute buttons to staff and will be looking to award stars to button-bearing employees caught in the act of practicing safety. Employees have until August 22 to earn as many stars as possible to increase their chances of winning prizes at a future celebration. If you work at a location without a designated sponsor, you are encouraged to call Discover Goodwill’s safety hotline at 719.867.1122 to report your safety efforts and earn your stars.

June 2 - Video Contest Calling all aspiring directors, actors and comedians … this is your time to shine! The Safety Task Force is launching an employee safety video contest featuring you as the starring cast and production crew. Watch for details and plan to join in the fun.


SAFETY GAMES June 16 - Safety Toolboxes Safety sponsors will deliver red toolboxes to all worksites, which employees are encouraged to use for reporting safety DOs and DON’Ts in your office, workplace or program site. Entries will be collected monthly and one lucky winner will be awarded a grand prize. All award winners will be included in the employee newsletter and email notifications sent company-wide.

June 20 and 22 - Free Movie The Task Force will be airing the first “Hunger Games” movie night free for all employees, their families and friends. Popcorn and slushees will be offered as complimentary concessions. The movie will air at 9:00 p.m. on June 20 in the rear (north side) parking lot at the Garden of the Gods campus. A second showing will be offered at 7:00 p.m. on June 22 inside the new Retail Support Center. More details will be shared as the date nears.

Discover Goodwill May-June Employee Newsletter  
Discover Goodwill May-June Employee Newsletter  

Discover Goodwill May-June Employee Newsletter