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Wet Seal clothing company hires special needs fan as model

Karrie Brown’s dream came true last month when her favorite clothing company, Wet Seal, asked her to model for them.  The 17-year-old high school junior isn't like most other models –  she has Down Syndrome.  "It was really fun," said Karrie, who describes her style as "biker chick."

Karrie’s mom has started "Karried Away," a non-profit foundation that aims to help young people with disabilities find meaningful employment. "I just want people to understand my daughter is very capable of doing other things," she said, noting that many young adults with Down Syndrome have difficulty finding work outside the service industry.

For Karrie, the future is an open book.  “On some days she wants to model more clothes," says her mom, while "other times she wants to be a librarian."  Karrie also dreams of meeting Ellen Degeneres and dancing with her on her daytime talk show.

 

Marty,

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Lenovo's CEO shares his $3 million bonus with employees again

For the second year in a row, Yang Yuanqing, computer maker Lenovo's CEO distributed his $3 million bonus to 10,000 junior level employees.  These employees are located in 20 different countries, but mostly (85%) in China.  The payout is about $325 which is a typical month's pay for a worker in China!

“He believes that he has the responsibility as an owner of the company, and the opportunity as our leader, to ensure all of our employees understand the impact they have on building Lenovo.”, said Gina Qiao, senior vice president of human resources at Lenovo.

This makes many people wonder... is Lenovo accepting applications for employment? :)

 

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Jon

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Sweet Beginnings, honey company gives inmates a second chance

Brenda Palms Barber's honey-products program, Sweet Beginnings, has hired 275 recently released inmates since 2007, giving these men from one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago a second chance.  These men, exiting the state prison system with little formal education or job skills, are being taught the art of beekeeping, how to take care of the bees and harvest the honey, and the business of selling the honey at farmers’ markets.


Ex-convicts working for this program receive a tremendous boost in self-esteem, some money in their pocketbooks, repaired credit ratings, an understanding of the rewards of hard work, and very importantly, a first job which makes moving on to future jobs so much easier.  Sweet Beginnings has a prison recidivism rate among its employees of about 4 percent – far below the national and state averages of 65 percent and 55 percent respectively.

 

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Burglarized game shop receives incredible support

Brenda and John Romero grew up in Ogensburg, NY which is a town of about 10,000 on the St Lawrence River.  Both of them make video games, and have worked on such titles as Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake.  A Local game shop in Ogdensburg called "I Got Game" had only been open a month when it was burglarized and wiped out completely. 

 

Brenda and John wanted to do whatever they could do to get the shop back on their feet.  Brenda made a plea on her Facebook page which read “Game Devs-HELP? Donate a signed copy of your game?.  She also posted a picture of the burglarized shop.  Epic Games, which is a powerhouse in the gaming world saw the post and reached out to donate games to the store, as well as others the Romeros knew offered to donate as well. 

 

The store said on their Facebook page “We would really like to thank everyone for being so kind and generous”. “We appreciate all the cash, items and time that have been donated to the shop in the past town days.  When this incident happened we really had no idea how we were going to be able to stay open but with everyone’s support it looks like we will be okay.”

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours!

 

Jeremy

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"Have a pint, change the world" at Oregon Public House

Local brews and local charities are coming together at the Oregon Public House.  This is the nation's first non-profit pub.  Roughly $1 per pint sold goes to local charities.  In the first two weeks of business, the pub raised $2034.80 for charity!

Ryan Saari is the founder of this amazing pub and has rightfully created the motto "Have a pint, change the world".  He said that during hard times, people stop giving, but alcohol sales go up so…. why not solve both challenges?!

Wonderful charities and great beer?  I'll drink to that!

 


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Jon

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Man turns in a very "sweet" resignation letter to pursue dream job

Life is so short.  Kids grow up wanting to be astronauts and archeologists… ok well I wanted to be an archeologist :)  Probably because of all those Indiana Jones movies.  It is so special when you see people pursuing those dreams…especially when they pursue them in style!

Meet Chris Holmes, a 31 year old working a boring (I'm guessing) job as a Border Agency Official at London's Stansted Airport.  His dream job - making cakes!  So after his cake business started growing, on his 31st birthday, he baked a cake for his employer, with his resignation letter written as icing on the cake!

Chris Holmes, aka "Mr. Cake" stated, "... Having set up a cake company, I thought I would leave them with a memento that would be a nice way of remembering me. I had the idea six months ago so I've kept it to myself since then."

In a way, we are all "Chris Holmes" if when are not pursuing our dreams.  Life is short, go after your dreams, and become your own "Mr. Cake" :)  You can grab one of his cakes at http://mrcake.co.uk!

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Man buys 193 homes to prevent them from foreclosure

Tom Roeser is on a mission to save Carpentersville, Ill.  He is the 60 year old CEO of the town's largest employer, Otto Engineering which makes communications gear.

Carpentersville was hit hard by the recession and showed signs of becoming a crime ridden wreck.  Once houses started going under, crime started rising.  Broken windows and graffiti started becoming a common appearance. 

Roeser cares deeply about his town and wasn't going to let it go down.  Unfortunately, he couldn't get any help.

"It really was neglected," said Roeser. "I went to the town, the county; I went to Habitat for Humanity; I told them that we needed to do something about this neighborhood. I couldn't get help from anybody."

So he took matters into his own hands.  He bought up 193 foreclosed homes, fixed them up, and sold or rented them out at discount rates.  It's starting to work - crime is going down, other neighbors are improving their houses and people are staying.

Roeser is not expecting a profit from all of this work.  "The plumbers make money, the electricians make money, everybody makes money and the people get a new home at cost," he said. "I come out of it whole."

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Unemployed teen gets generous offer from restaurant owner

Jhaqueil Reagan, an unemployed 18 year old, was walking outside in the freezing cold to a job interview in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He saw Art Bouvier, who was spreading salt on the iced pathway in front of his Cajun restaurant, Papa Roux, and asked him how far it was to his destination.  Art said it was about seven miles and he should definitely take the bus.  Jhaqueil said "thank you" and continued walking.

Later on, Art was driving with his wife and they saw Jhaqueil still walking on the long journey to his interview.  Art stopped the car and told Jhaqueil that he would drive him. 

Jhaqueil told the couple that he was on the way to an interview at a thrift shop and that he could not afford the bus ride.  He said his mother passed away and he was left to take care of his two younger siblings.

After hearing the story and understanding Jhaqueil's work ethic, Art offered him a job at his restaurant and said he would double the kid's salary if he gets the thrift shop job!

"My heart’s just racing right now. I’m just too excited, just excited to start.", Jhaqueil says.

Art posted the story on his Facebook page and the story went viral with over 15,000 likes!!  The local public transportation company, IndyGo, saw the story and gave Jhaqueil a free one-year pass!!

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Couple chooses to live without money

Mo' Money, mo' problems? One couple in Berlin, Germany thinks so! Raphael Fellmer, his wife, and child have lived without money for over two years!!!  Two years!  This is not because they cannot find work, but because they choose to. They believe that society can be better without money.

Fellmer decided to embark on this journey after college.  He wanted to raise awareness for how wasteful our society can be.  To spread his ideas, Fellmer and a group of friends travelled from Europe to Mexico without money!  How'd they do it?  They did small jobs for people and good deeds.  They eventually got a ride on a sailboat in exchange for crew duties.  On his trip, Fellmer met his wife and they quickly had their child.

Now the happy couple lives in Berlin money free.  Fellmer says he's not lazy as many people claim.  Instead he says, "I’m working 40 to 50 hours a week on projects for the good of society.”

The couple does small jobs for people - gardening, etc… in exchange for goods, food, and living space.  Germany offers free universal healthcare so they have medical expenses covered.  They managed to find a gynecologist while his wife, Nieves Palmer, was pregnant.  The doctor assisted her in exchange for gardening work.

Fellmer calls this working together for goods and services "collaborative consumption". 

“We have not only a surplus of food but of housing,” Fellmer says. “Everything we need is already there. We just need to make the connections.”


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Jon
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Woman retires after 44 years without taking a single sick day

Can you imaging working at one employer your entire life and NEVER taking a sick day?!  44 years?!

Meet Deborah Ford, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Detroit who has delivered mail for 44 years straight.  She has such genuine dedication to her work. 

When asked if she has ever been sick, she says "Well little minor illnesses, but you shake it off.  You'll feel better when you get there."

"Didn't you want to go to your mailbox and get a letter?", she continued, "When you go to that mailbox to get a letter, I want to make sure you get one."

Well said Deborah!  She will retire with 4,508 hours in sick leave which will give her a 5% increase in pension.

We at Good World News wish you a wonderful retirement Deborah.




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