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McHenry Goodwill launches 'Let's Go to Work!'

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois’ “Let’s Go to Work!” program kicked off in McHenry recently at the Goodwill Retail Store, 2006 N. Richmond Road, McHenry.

“Let’s Go to Work!” is a program that provides employment in a supportive work environment with job coaching, training, and case management for program participants.  Participants in the “Let’s Go to Work!” program sort and package items, as well as merchandise items in the retail store.

According to Goodwill Northern Illiinois, this program is collaboration with McHenry East High School and Johnsburg High School. Goodwill provides work opportunities and pays the students as they are completing their school transition program. Dr. Dan Johnson, Superintendent of Johnsburg School District 12, states, “

“We are fortunate to be able to take part in the program and feel that it is extremely beneficial for our students in shaping their future,” said Dan Johnson, superintendent of Johnsburg School District 12. “We are excited to be able to offer this enriching program to our students.”

Twelve participants work in the program three days each week. McHenry’s Goodwill Store Manager, Ed Antczak, states that,

“This program is a win-win,” said Ed Antczak, McHenry’s Goodwill store manager. “To see the dignity and respect that the participants feel through the power of work is priceless. And knowing that the work they are doing is helping to raise money to fund Goodwill’s programs that impact the lives of many in the area is an additional value.”

This is the third location for the “Let’s Go to Work!” program for Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. Goodwill plans to collaborate with other organizations in the future to bring the “Let’s Go to Work!” program to all communities that they reside in. 

“Goodwill has provided our students an incredible jumping off point into the world of competitive employment,” said Tom Geraci, teacher at Johnsburg High School. “They have done this by offering positions that match student strengths, interests, and needs with the needs of their business. Their staff has been outstanding, and our students love being a part of their work for the community.”

For more information on the “Let’s Go to Work!” program, contact Courtney Geiger at 815-987-6226. 

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