Glenn Miller, a Goodwill Donation Ambassador, treats every donation he receives like a gift. A gift he is happy to help pass on to other Veterans with similar stories to his own.
Eight years ago, Glenn, a Vietnam War Veteran who served in the Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971, was new to Las Vegas. The year was 2009, and Las Vegas was struggling with the worst economic downturn to ever strike our community. Glenn, who had worked as a Licensed Respiratory Therapist in Wyoming before the economic downturn, could not find work in Las Vegas. Downtrodden, he soon found himself on the street and homeless. It was a bleak time for Glenn and many others like him.
Fortunately, great organizations like U.S. Vets, whose mission is to provide housing, employment, and counseling for Veterans, got Glenn off the street and provided him with housing. Having enjoyed a long-term partnership with U.S. Vets, Glenn was introduced to Goodwill by way of a hiring event.
Goodwill hiring events bring together local employers and job seekers. At the Goodwill Hiring Event, Glenn met several local employers, but he also caught the attention of the Goodwill Retail and Operations team. Glenn impressed the Goodwill team so much he was hired on the spot. Eight years later Glenn continues to impress Goodwill’s Retail and Operations team who call him “One of the greats!” in our organization.
For Glenn, work is special, because Glenn knows that every time a donor pulls up, he gets to unload gifts that will help his fellow Veterans. Founded five years ago, Goodwill’s Veterans Integration Program exists to help Veterans and their families find employment, advance in their careers, and ensure long-term financial stability. Goodwill offers these services for free thanks to your generous gift of gently used goods.
“I love my job and I am very grateful for the opportunity” Glenn will tell you. The fact is, we are grateful to have Glenn be part of the Goodwill family.