My name is Margaret Connolly-Watson and I am a volunteer with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. I live in Windham, Maine with my husband and two sons. I became involved with Goodwill when I lost my job in 2010. During this time, I realized I wanted to focus my career search working more one on one with individuals in the community.
During my employment search I became acquainted with Robert Minnet of Goodwill Workforce Solutions in Portland. I expressed my desire to work more hands on with people and had a passion to serve others in my community. I wanted to empower people to overcome obstacles in their lives.
I became involved as a volunteer with the Good Guides Youth Mentoring Program in Portland. The program assists teens to overcome obstacles within their family, school and community. As a Mentor I assist a youth with any difficulties she is experiencing. Providing support and guidance to the Mentee is extremely rewarding. I assist in creating goals and empower her to accomplish them. Having the “can do” attitude has been a big part of my life and I am extremely excited to pass this on to my mentee.
I also volunteer as a facilitator for the Unemployed Professional Network Group at the Portland Career Center. I facilitate the discussions about job leads, networking opportunities and career exploration. Group members come together to lend support and realize they are not alone. I help members realize they are resilient, strong and capable of getting through anything.
I have developed a deeper understanding of myself and the career path I am meant to take. Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has helped me successfully navigate change and to take action. Any good action I take is a choice to move forward and be successful.