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Edwardsville Woman Has Drive to Help Others

Shawn McCue, of Edwardsville, is always on the move. As a supported employment specialist for MERS/Goodwill, she's in charge of finding jobs for people in need. That means McCue is on the road a lot — driving from employer to employer looking for job leads, taking clients to training or finding them business attire for interviews. For all the hard work, McCue recently received the Local Hero Award, the nonprofit's honor for employees who go beyond the norm. Read the rest at

News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work

Nonprofit Recognizes One of Its Own

Tenia Buchanan spent years shopping at Goodwill to provide necessities for her children. On a whim, she said, she applied for a job and 15 years later, as the store manager of the Fairview Heights store, she is now considered a local hero by the nonprofit. "I was a welfare recipient, a low-income parent looking for a job. When I started here, I never thought I would find myself in this position 15 years later," Buchanan said. "I've been very blessed with an opportunity of a lifetime." Buchanan's climb from store cashier at the Cahokia store to managing the Fairview Heights location took hard work and years of training, she said. It ultimately landed her the Local Hero Award, given by Lewis Chartock, CEO and President of MERS/Goodwill. Read the rest at