by Valerie Clark
Public Relations Specialist, Goodwill Duluth
Like anyone, David probably has a bad day every now and then. But to see his great positive attitude and never-ending smile, you’d never know it!
Dave has been working at Goodwill for about 15 years, and the 36-year-old currently works on the downstairs sorting line with work supervisor Tammi. He enjoys the position.
“She’s a great boss and I know what I’m doing,” Dave said. “She likes the way I work.”
He says he’s learned a lot through working at Goodwill, where people with disabilities and others with barriers to employment can gain the basic skills and experience they need to succeed in the workplace. For example, Dave has learned that it’s OK to ask for help with work tasks.
“If I have a question, I’ll ask,” Dave says. “If I can’t lift something heavy, I’ll just leave it in the cart and let somebody run it back to the furniture department, or I ask for help.”
In addition to a steady paycheck and a chance for increased independence, his job gives him a purpose, Dave says.
“It gives me something to be active in, because there’s not many jobs out there for people,” he explains. “I feel bad for the people that don’t have a job right now. That’s why I’m here to work, to make money, to work with my co-workers. It makes a very big difference. I feel sorry for the people that don’t have a job, that don’t live on their own.”
Dave has also learned many different work skills during his time at Goodwill. He’s been involved with the Choremasters lawn care crew in the summer, and has worked on the docks, with the transportation department, and in the furniture/electrical mechanical department. He’s even run the freight elevator a few times.
“I’ve done several jobs here,” he said.
Dave likes to stay busy in his free time too. He bowls and plays golf and softball, and enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.