Twenty Years and Many Jobs at Goodwill

by Valerie Clark
Public Relations Specialist, Goodwill Duluth
vclark@goodwillduluth.org

Jim has had so many different jobs at Goodwill that it’s hard for him to even remember all of them.

“I’ve been doing a lot,” says Jim, who has worked at Goodwill for 20 years. “Clothes baler, cardboard baler, runner, working on the belt, sorting, presort, and so many other jobs, too.”

During his two decades at Goodwill, Jim says, he’s learned a lot and has been given many new responsibilities.

“When they first had me start working on the clothes baler, they had someone show me how to do it,” Jim said. “I caught on. Anytime that person can’t make it or is not here, I take over.”

Jim also has a community job through Goodwill. He does recycling at Minnesota Power every Monday and Friday.

He has learned a lot about a wide variety of jobs during his time at Goodwill, but his favorite thing about working here is his co-workers.

“I started seeing more people that I didn’t know, and started making friends with them,” Jim said.

Jim lives with his mom in Superior. In his free time, he enjoys taking vacations with his family, visiting Madison or the Twin Cities. He likes to take bike rides around Superior.

Another hobby that Jim enjoys is photography. A fan of the Twin Ports’ natural beauty, some of his favorite subjects include ice sculptures by Lake Superior and the waterfalls at Amnicon Falls and Pattison Park. Others have started to take notice of his photography — the Minnesota Power Credit Union has published some of his waterfall photos in its calendar.

In July, Jim successfully earned his driver’s license. His brother is going to help him to start shopping for a car, which surely will lead to expanded photography trips to capture the beauty of the local area!