Today is GIVING TUESDAY!

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, Tuesday, December 1, people around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

This Giving Tuesday at Goodwill NYNJ, we are putting a spotlight on Veterans. According to the New York State Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for Veterans in New York State is 7.6%, compared to the national average of 6.5%. (2014)

Each year, Goodwill NYNJ works with hundreds of Veterans who face many challenges to employment and transitioning to civilian life. Your support will help us empower these men and women who served our country to find career paths which suit their talents, strengths, needs, and goals.

Get ahead of the game! Give today to honor #GivingTuesday, and to make an impact in the life of a Veteran.

YOUR SUPPORT TRANSFORMS LIVES – Meet Jonathan

Jonathan-Cruz

Jonathan’s lifelong dream of acting on stage and screen took a detour by way of the U.S. Navy. When his enlistment ended, armed with a Bachelor’s Degree and excellent communication skills, Jonathan was excited to begin a new career as a civilian. Unfortunately, he hit many roadblocks. Finding fulfilling work, with a living wage, was discouraging. Being separated from his wife and child, who lived in the Dominican Republic, made life even more challenging.

Through Goodwill’s veterans program, Operation: GoodJobs, Jonathan secured a front desk position at a major hotel chain. He was able to save enough money to move out of his parent’s home, find his own apartment, and reunite his family here in the States.

Jonathan is now able to care for his wife and child and has a job he enjoys, with an added bonus – working nights enables him to pursue his acting career during the day. Jonathan’s perseverance has paid off – he has appeared in several independent films!

SOMETIMES A HAND UP IS ALL FOLKS NEED TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS IN THEIR LIVES!

Give today to empower more Veterans like Jonathan, and join the #GivingTuesday community!

For more information about the services Goodwill NYNJ offers to U.S. veterans and individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, please visit the Goodwill website 

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