Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe (second, right) is pictured receiving his Community Leader of the Year award while standing with (from left) Janet McCarthy, Goodwill SOLAC President and CEO; Harry Saltzgaver, Goodwill SOLAC Board Chair; and event host Pat Prescott.

Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe (second, right) is pictured receiving his Community Leader of the Year award while standing with (from left) Janet McCarthy, Goodwill SOLAC President and CEO; Harry Saltzgaver, Goodwill SOLAC Board Chair; and event host Pat Prescott.

 

The Women’s Foundation of California recently awarded Goodwill SOLAC with $105,000.00 to provide low-income women with Certified Nurse Assistant training during the evening and weekends.  Pictured center are Surina Khan, Executive Director of The Women’s Foundation, along with the staff of the Foundation.

The Women’s Foundation of California recently awarded Goodwill SOLAC with $105,000.00 to provide low-income women with Certified Nurse Assistant training during the evening and weekends. Pictured center are Surina Khan, Executive Director of The Women’s Foundation, along with the staff of the Foundation.


The Women’s Foundation has awarded Goodwill SOLAC a grant of $105,000 to underwrite the new evening Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.) training program for low-income women who either cannot attend training during the day due work or to child care issues. This grant covers all costs for the students matriculating through this training program. Students attend class every Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 3:15 pm to 7:15pm and on some Saturdays at Goodwill SOLAC and at a local clinical training site for a total of 18 weeks. Financial literacy coaching is also provided for each student during the training. At the conclusion of the training, the students sit for the State of California certification test to become C.N.A.s and are scheduled for interviews with potential employers. The first C.N.A. evening class with 9 students recently graduated on August 9, 2016. Three additional C.N.A. classes will be supported through the funds from the Foundation. These C.N.A.s are eligible for follow along Goodwill SOLAC job retention services for up to five years to assist them to get additional nurse training to move up the career ladder to economic self-sufficiency. Goodwill SOLAC wishes to thank The Women’s Foundation of California for their support and for believing in the power of work!

 

Goodwill SOLAC recently donated $10,000 to the Long Beach Police Foundation to support their commitment to building a safer community. The donation was officially announced during the Long Beach Police Awards held June 8. Shown on stage during the check presentation are (from left) Long Beach Police Foundation President Bruce MacRae; Goodwill SOLAC Board Chair Harry Saltzgaver; Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna; and Goodwill SOLAC Board Member Josef Levy.

Goodwill SOLAC recently donated $10,000 to the Long Beach Police Foundation to support their commitment to building a safer community. The donation was officially announced during the Long Beach Police Awards held June 8. Shown on stage during the check presentation are (from left) Long Beach Police Foundation President Bruce MacRae; Goodwill SOLAC Board Chair Harry Saltzgaver; Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna; and Goodwill SOLAC Board Member Josef Levy.

 

Goodwill SOLAC employees and board members join local community leaders for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening celebration for the new Edgar & James specialty store in Redondo Beach.

Goodwill SOLAC employees and board members join local community leaders for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening celebration for the new Edgar & James specialty store in Redondo Beach.

 

(Far right) Gerardo Medina is shown holding the Goodwill Employee of the Year award presented by (from left) event host Pat Prescott, Goodwill SOLAC Board Chair Harry Saltzgaver and Goodwill SOLAC President Janet McCarthy.

(Far right) Gerardo Medina is shown holding the Goodwill Employee of the Year award presented by (from left) event host Pat Prescott, Goodwill SOLAC Board Chair Harry Saltzgaver and Goodwill SOLAC President Janet McCarthy.

 

2016 Community Award Recipient Terry Geiling is shown giving his acceptance speech during the awards event.

2016 Community Award Recipient Terry Geiling is shown giving his acceptance speech during the awards event.

 

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna is pictured standing before a gavel that he used to officiate the Goodwill SOLAC Board’s Oath of Office.

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna is pictured standing before a gavel that he used to officiate the Goodwill SOLAC Board’s Oath of Office.

 

(From left): Assemblyman Mike Gipson is shown presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Ben Espitia, Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill SOLAC, during the organization’s 2015 Employer Appreciation Luncheon.

(From left): Assemblyman Mike Gipson is shown presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Ben Espitia, Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill SOLAC, during the organization’s 2015 Employer Appreciation Luncheon.

 

A customer at Goodwill’s Southwood Village Grand Opening is shown cutting the red ribbon with giant scissors while a celebratory crowd of Goodwill staff and board cheer.

A customer at Goodwill’s Southwood Village Grand Opening is shown cutting the red ribbon with giant scissors while a celebratory crowd of Goodwill staff and board cheer.

 

Carmel Goodwin – Achiever of the Year, Supported Employment


On February 18, five individuals who once faced barriers to employment but now have transformed their lives through our job programs were recognized at Goodwill SOLAC’s Annual Awards Event, hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Eileen Frere.

A Goodwill employer and community partner were also honored for making it possible for many of our participants to find jobs that have enabled them to lead self-sufficient lives. Additionally, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell attended the awards event to preside over the induction of the board members of Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC).

Charles Hunt – Goodwill Employee of the Year

Charles Hunt – Goodwill Employee of the Year

Harbor Regional Center – Community Partner of the Year

Harbor Regional Center – Community Partner of the Year

Johnnie Mendoza – Graduate of the Year, Continuum of Care

Johnnie Mendoza – Graduate of the Year, Continuum of Care

U.S. Security Associates – Employer of the Year

U.S. Security Associates – Employer of the Year

Tiarra Berrera – Graduate of the Year, Healthcare Academy

Tiarra Berrera – Graduate of the Year, Healthcare Academy

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell

 

All Women’s, Children’s & Men’s Clothing For Only 2 Dollars! Two days only: Fri, January 30 – Sat, January 31. 86% of all sales go back to funding our Mission of providing education, training and support services for people with barriers to employment. This is an annual event so if you miss this year’s sale, we will be doing it again in 2016. Join our e-mail list and get up-to-date information on upcoming sales and promotions!

 

Pictured at Goodwill SOLAC’s Employer Appreciation Luncheon are (from left) Ben Espitia, Goodwill SOLAC’s Director of Workforce Development; Eileen Rasmussen, Certified Nurse Assistant Graduate; Marschall Fisher, Employment Program Participant; and Robert Sainz, Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department.

Pictured at Goodwill SOLAC’s Employer Appreciation Luncheon are (from left) Ben Espitia, Goodwill SOLAC’s Director of Workforce Development; Eileen Rasmussen, Certified Nurse Assistant Graduate; Marschall Fisher, Employment Program Participant; and Robert Sainz, Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department.

 

Culinary arts Extravaganza

Pictured at a demo table at the Culinary Arts Extravaganza and Job Expo at Cerritos College, which was organized by Goodwill SOLAC, are (from left): Worldwide Produce Sales Representative Greg Shavitz; student volunteer Kimberly Ziccardi; Worldwide Produce Corporate Chef Mark Tydell; and Cerritos College Chef Instructor Michael Pierini.