CANYONVILLE — Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries unveiled a trailer at a ceremony last week that featured the new Goodwill logo and signage and recognized the support from the Cow Creek Tribe for Goodwill workforce development programs. The ceremony was held at Seven Feathers Casino Resort.

“We opened up a corporate sponsorship opportunity with local entities who also share the values of Goodwill’s mission to enable employment and create opportunities for employment,” said Julie Fletcher, Goodwill’s director of marketing in Southern Oregon.

Through this program, Seven Feathers Casino Resort is assisting Goodwill with expenses for updating three donation trailers with vinyl wrap. The 45-foot-long trailer unveiled last week hooks onto a tractor or big rig to travel the interstate between Goodwill facilities in Southern Oregon.

The idea to place signage on the trailers arose after Goodwill recently updated its logo, messaging and programing. The nonprofit wanted its trailers to act as moving billboards to reflect those changes.

Seven Feathers contributed about $8,000 for materials and labor toward the recently unveiled trailer. The vinyl wrap on the side of this trailer will recognize Goodwill’s Veterans Preference Program.

“This is (Seven Feather’s) way to share its corporate giving philosophy and how it’s investing back into community programs,” Fletcher said.

With help from corporate entities, Goodwill can invest more funds into job training programs like its Job Connection program as well as its veterans and family stabilization programs.

In Roseburg, Goodwill opened a new facility in April 2016 on Stewart Parkway that combines both a retail store with a workforce office. This new complex supports Goodwill’s mission of enabling employment.

“Combining the Job Connection and the workforce development office to the store lets the community know Goodwill is more than just a secondhand store,” said Tehren Randleas, Goodwill’s director of workforce development in Douglas County.

The Roseburg Goodwill office provides a variety of services for veterans and others seeking employment including interview classes, work experience opportunities, writing resumes and employment related activities. This office also has a bank of 10 computers with assistants.

“If you need to use a computer, come down to the Job Connection and we’ll help you do that,” Randleas said.

This office also has an employment specialist who works on behalf of job seekers to help veterans or referrals find the best fit in employment. This specialist peruses the job market daily to find out who is hiring while making contacts with employers to provide experience as well as jobs.

“We try and create those bridges between employers and job seekers,” Randleas said.

The Veterans Preference Program began in September 2016 and offers all Goodwill services to veterans without referrals. It also provides veterans with one-week advance notice to apply for Goodwill jobs before the job notices are released to the general public.

Since 2017, Goodwill has seen 595 attendees to its Roseburg Job Connection site. Of those, 153 have been veteran visits with those numbers reflecting the number of visits and not the number of individuals.

For more information, visit the Goodwill complex at 2455 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg or call 541-677-0275.

Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached at 541-957-4216 or vwestbrook@nrtoday.com.

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Vera Westbrook is the education, nonprofits, and arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4216 or by email at vwestbrook@nrtoday.com.

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