Cleaning Olympics Held
in Rockford, Illinois
Goodwill provides custodial services at the Federal Courthouse in the Northern District of Illinois. Coinciding with the Olympic competition in Sochi, Russia, Goodwill’s Custodial Contract Services recently held its Cleaning Olympics in Rockford, Illinois. On February 28, the much-anticipated medal ceremony was held amid other closing festivities. Medals were awarded for events like the Lobby All Around, Jury Room Relay, Terrazzo Floor Routine and others.
Special guests attended the closing/medal ceremony, including Honorable Judge Thomas Lynch from the Federal Bankruptcy Court, Shawn Lewellen from General Services Administration (Goodwill’s customer), and several tenants for whom the Goodwill employees keep the building so clean. Judge Lynch said, “People involved in court proceedings here can be under a lot of stress. The comfort and cleanliness of this building helps them feel better.” Mr. Lewellen added, “Everyone loves being in such a great environment – one that you all created and keep up. It’s amazing to come to work every day for me because you are so joyful to be here working.”
Jill Boepple, Goodwill Director of Environmental Services & Business Development, organized this second annual event and although it is a tremendous amount of work, she said it’s worth the effort. “We have a lot of SourceAmerica participants in our group. SourceAmerica is the national leader in creating job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. One of the goals of that organization is to graduate participants from the program so they can go out into the community to work. In fact, Diane F. is one example of the program’s success. Her last day was at the closing ceremonies on a Friday and she starts a full time job with benefits at Lowes on Monday!” Diane said, “I’m wonderfully grateful for this experience. Federal Court – that’s big! Everyone was so patient with me as I went through training. This is an amazing team and I will miss them.”
Dwight Ferguson, Goodwill Vice President of Food and Environmental Services, said the event serves multiple purposes. “It improves teamwork and morale. Also, we can assess skills and time management. This helps us refine our training as well as cross-train. Finally, by involving personnel from the courts and other building tenants, we are educating them about Goodwill being here and taking care of them and their environment,” he said.