Goodwill NCW donation attendant wins community award
A donation attendant at the Ashwaubenon Retail Store and Training Center is a shining example of Goodwill NCW’s mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment, and his incredible journey of overcoming obstacles has earned him a prestigious community award.
In 2012, Cuyler Crump sustained a traumatic brain injury due to drug and alcohol use, which led to him being unemployed for more than two years. Cuyler wouldn’t let that stop him from pushing forward and being successful.
Through the support of Curative Connections, an assisted living program in Green Bay that helps families, seniors and people with disabilities find support and care due to aging, dementia, brain injury or other disability, and the Brain Rehabilitation and Wellness program there, he began vocational work at the Ashwaubenon Goodwill.
Cuyler’s journey with Goodwill began in the apparel department, where he quickly picked up on details such as sizing and colorizing. After only four weeks with Goodwill, store team leader Rosa McMorrow said Cuyler mentioned, “I knew I wanted to be a part of the Goodwill team.”
At the end of his six-week work experience, Cuyler applied for a role as a donation attendant, interviewed and was offered the job. He has been a Goodwill NCW team member since Nov. 1, 2019.
“I have a feeling that I’m exactly where I need to be,” Cuyler said.
His dedication, perseverance, succession of victories and drive earned him the Top Effort Award for Community Employment through Curative Connections.
“He’s so deserving because he really embodies what the award is about,” said Corey, placement specialist with Curative Connections.
“Cuyler’s amazing smile and customer service are on display every time he works at our donation doors as he continues to impress our donors,” Rosa said. “Cuyler is a shining example of our mission that we strive to achieve every day. With a few tools, hard work and training, Cuyler was able to overcome his barriers to employment and find his place on our team. Thank you, Cuyler, for all you do.”