When you spot a Goodwill truck on the road, you may just be spotting Mike: one of our awesome truck drivers!
Mike’s journey with Goodwill Tenneva began in July of 2019 when he joined the West State Street team in Bristol as a Donations Processing Associate. In this role, he was responsible for grading and pricing donated items, and meeting with the Transportation team on their stops at our stores. Our transportation team makes frequent stops at our stores, bringing wares from the Processing Center and collecting salvage items and recyclables. Mike became interested in the process and decided that he wanted to make a career change. Before long, he was given a chance to join the Transportation & Logistics team as a Truck Helper.
In this role, Mike’s responsibilities included visiting all of our retail locations, collecting salvage items, textiles, and recyclables, as well as transporting wares to stores from the Processing Center.
In late 2022, Mike was promoted from Truck Helper to Truck Driver.
“Goodwill gave me a job when others wouldn’t take a chance on me, which really meant a lot to me. I was on probation and had a history of substance use, and Goodwill worked with me and gave me a chance. Today, I’m living a clean lifestyle, I’m on the right track, learning a lot, working with great people, and doing what I love. I couldn’t ask for much more.”
Mike is one of the kindest, most hard-working people you’ll ever meet. He is also a proud Veteran, having served in the Gulf War.
The next tome you pass a Goodwill truck on the road, be sure to give a wave!