by: Amy Share, Grants Manager at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
March is Women’s History Month, and we’re excited to highlight a valued supporter of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s mission, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Legacy Foundation.
The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Legacy Foundation helps provide access to opportunities that foster self-sufficiency, especially for women. As a grantor of the Goodwill Career Navigation program since 2018, they have created lasting impact for those pursuing equitable access to career opportunities. Last year, Goodwill supported over 340 women through career navigation.
Antonia “Toni” Voliton moved to the Charlotte area in 2010 seeking economic opportunities and stable schools for her children. After being employed in social work supporting those with mental illness, she was soon introduced to Goodwill’s services and was inspired by her Career Navigator to become one herself.
“I was so excited to begin my career journey at Goodwill. I figured out very quickly, that my social work background would be an asset to my role. Eight years later, I remain in my position, helping participants to develop essential employability skills and gain family sustaining employment.”
Support from Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Legacy has helped ensure Antonia’s work can continue, providing customized one-on-one coaching and aiding participants to bridge the skills gap to pursue the life they want to achieve.
“This is why grants are essential in executing Goodwill’s mission. Those who provide grants help Career Navigators provide our varied participants current, beneficial career guidance.”
Thank you to the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Legacy Foundation for continuing to support team members like Antonia and our Career Navigation program. These services are vital to providing a clear path for participants to pursue career opportunities, advance and thrive.