OPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY ORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITY ORTUNITY INDEPENDENCE INDEPENDENCE INDEPENDENCE N- INDEPENDENCE INDEPENDENCE independence independence independence independence opportunity opportunity opportunity opportunity opportunity HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE UIDANCE HOPE OPE HOPE HOPE PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE PRIDE JOB-TRAINING JOB-TRAINING JOB-TRAINING JOB-TRAINING pride pride pride pride pride pride DIGNITY DIGNITY DIGNITY G- DIGNITY 2016 The Power of Work Awards ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR Charles Haas With a smile on his face, Charles Haas arrives every Monday morning at the Goodwill Resource Center in Westminster, MD, enthusiastic and ready for whatever activities are brought his way. Charles was not sure what he wanted to do after high school. He enrolled in Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley’s transitioning youth program. The program connects high school graduating youth with disabilities and other barriers to career exploration opportunities and job-training. With the help of the team at Goodwill, Charles began a part-time job as a courtesy and cart attendant at Weis Markets. Charles’ hard work, positive attitude and motivation in the transition program quickly prepared him for more responsibility. It wasn’t long until he found full-time work as a bakery assistant at Max and Ruffy’s, a local dog treat bakery. Always eager to learn new tasks, Charles’ employer finds him to be one of the most reliable and hardworking employees in the bakery. “Goodwill trained me and gave me the skills I needed to find a job,” said Charles. “Without Goodwill, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Charles also takes time to participate in and give back to his community whenever possible. When not at Goodwill or his job, Charles participates in track and field events at the Special Olympics; volunteers at Carroll County’s cold weather shelter in the winter months and SERRV; and advocates on behalf of Goodwill. JOB-TRAINING e INDE SUPPORT JOB-TRAINING