We are always blown away by the incredible ways some of our graduates pay it forward. We are going to share a story of a very cool donation one of our grads helped us score that will serve our staff and students for years to come.
When we moved into our new office space at Liberty Place in early July, we were excited to learn we would have a room that would serve as a break area for our students. A quiet place where they could sit and relax after a rigorous morning of class and eat their lunch. Tricia quickly chose a sunny yellow color and asked her friends to help set up the room with a counter, stools, and a shelving system for plates and utensils. One thing that was missing though was a fridge for everyone to store their lunch and drinks.
That’s when 2014 New Choices grad Cynthia came to the rescue. Cynthia, who liquidates returns at Clark Associates, a commercial restaurant supply company, came across an industrial refrigerator that had been returned for minor blemishes to its exterior but worked perfectly fine.
“I always like to look for ways to give back to Tricia and New Choices,” Cynthia said. “I understand the struggle many women go through because I was a displaced worker and needed to find gainful employment and New Choices helped me to do that.”
Cynthia said her journey to New Choices was kind of accidental, as she was directed to the program when she went to Career Link when her prior employer was planning to close its doors.
“I was looking for a scholarship to go back to school, and they told me about New Choices. It opened doors for me and helped me to prepare a resume, hone my interviewing skills, and market myself to potential employers effectively.”
So, when Cynthia learned that New Choices needed a fridge, she started to research a program through the Clark Associates Foundation that helps non-profits receive equipment donations. She discovered that New Choices indeed qualified for the program. We moved the fridge in a few weeks ago, and now our current class gets to enjoy a lovely place to eat their lunch.
Thank you, Cynthia, for showing us incredible kindness and friendship. We are most grateful!!