Let’s Put The GIVING Back In ThanksGIVING!

Thanksgiving has always been known as the holiday where we should give thanks for what we have. But what if we shifted the focus to the other half of the word for a change? What if we focused on the GIVING just as much as the thanks? Barbara Bush once said, “Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.”  We are beyond blessed to be surrounded by great organizations that are doing everything in their power to help those in need whether financially, physically, spiritually, or emotionally. Below are a few of the organizations that the Godshall staff are participating in to help build up the community of Greenville.

 
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The Meyer Center of Greenville – Carol Tribby
“I give and volunteer at The Meyer Center in Greenville.  Their vision is to help children living with disabilities reach their maximum potential.  For over sixty years, the Meyer Center has provided a one-of-a-kind environment that immerses their students in a world of learning. While my volunteer work there is year around, I am especially involved during their school year.  We had a Family Fun Night this year, which was a lot of fun for the families of the children who attend The Meyer Center.  I can’t go there without seeing the smiling, happy faces of the kids we serve, and our community is blessed by the work that is done there.”
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Brookwood Church – Feed the Homeless or Less Fortunate – Richard Heard
I am fortunate to lead a men’s bible study group at Brookwood Church every Monday night. Our group sponsors/leads a “feed the homeless or less fortunate” meal on the first Saturday of every month at 3:00pm off Hammett Rd just off Poinsett Hwy. It’s an outdoor event and we bring chairs, tables, and tents and feed between 85-200 people every meal. (Brookwood has this feeding on the other Saturday’s of each month as well.) We supplement the other group feedings as needed and likewise, they assist us as well. It’s a great way to show that we care, to spread God’s word/love, and bring some happiness to those less fortunate. In addition, we provide community service projects such as home repairs on an ongoing basis.
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The Family Effect – Hannah Spellmeyer
When I first moved to Greenville, I joined the Junior League to meet other women. The impact we’ve had as an organization and its subsequent impact on me over the last four years has been enormous. In addition to providing thousands of volunteer hours and countless grants to deserving organizations, the Junior League of Greenville stays true to its mission of developing the potential of women through our volunteer efforts. From parliamentary procedures to managing significant budgets to making fundraising asks to handling difficult conversations with poise, The Junior League is an organization that gives back to its community and its members. Although I had known about the Family Effect for some time, my first exposure to volunteering there was through the Junior League. I’m honored to have joined their Board of Directors this year. The Family Effect’s mission is to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse through evidence-based programs. Their programs include a home for young men who are coping with addiction as well as an inpatient rehab facility for mothers where their young children can stay with them and receive early treatment for emotional and behavioral issues related to an addicted parent. At the Family Effect, we believe our community is stronger when families can heal together.
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The Salvation Army – Shawn Kinard
I was recently introduced to the Salvation Army and the amazing work they have been doing for people for over a hundred years. I used to think all the Salvation Army did was ring bells around Christmas time, but I quickly learned they do so much more! The campus here in Greenville has men and women’s shelters, adult rehabilitation programs, ministry programs, and so much more! I got to serve in their dining hall a couple of weeks ago and met some of the participants in their rehab and housing programs. The men and women there were so appreciative of all that The Salvation Army is doing for them and said they don’t know where they would be without it. I’m excited to get more involved and would encourage anyone looking for an organization to check out The Salvation Army!
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Read Up Greenville – Katherine Ericson
I was the Logistics Co-Chair for the inaugural year in 2016.  LOVE this charity – it is so important that Lee Yarborough brought this event to Greenville, SC.  It is a Young Adult Literature Festival that was held in August at the Peace Center.  Close to 30 authors came to talk to avid readers – ages 10 and up through adults.  These authors are like rock stars to young readers.  The passion and encouragement they gave for the youth of the Upstate to read and write was just amazing.  We had over 200 attendees in the first year from all over the southeast and plan to grow it even larger in October 2017.  Reading is so important to me.  When I was a child and my mom would say lights out, I would take a flashlight and continue reading under the covers!  I have seen children want more out of life because of the books they have read; I have seen children want to travel the world because of the books they have read; I have seen children want to invent and challenge themselves in their careers because of the books they have read; and most importantly, I have seen children become comfortable with their individuality because of the books they have read.
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Sponsor a Child – Cathy Boggs
Since baseball does not count as a charity, I have to give more money than time.  We sponsor an 8-year-old child named Diego in El Salvador and give monthly to help his family provide education, birthday presents, holiday gifts, etc.  We keep an ongoing “pen pal” relationship and will continue to sponsor him until he graduates.  I want my kids to appreciate all they have and realize we can make a difference in another part of the world.  We will eventually do a mission trip as a family to finally meet him in person and see first-hand the difference we made in a family’s life.
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United Way – Rebecca Faulk
Greenville is blessed to have many diverse and strong charitable organizations, so for me, it is hard to pick just one. I love giving to and being involved with the United Way of Greenville’s efforts in the Upstate. They have a strong team, a great support system, and fully vet the organizations they disburse funds to. It makes me feel confident that, since I do not have one organization I specifically donate to, my money and efforts are being spread to several organizations in need of assistance.  
 Loaves and Fishes – Ana Davis
I have been a volunteer board member for the last 7 years and this has been an eye opening experience for me and my family. I came from Colombia, South America almost 20 years ago and never thought that there were hunger issues in Greenville County or in this country. I was completely wrong! I have seen so many cases through my involvement with Loaves & Fishes. Childhood hunger is a real issue in Greenville County. 49.5% of our children are eligible for free or reduced lunches. I have been so blessed to be able to serve on this board and I highly encourage you to get involved in any capacity–as a volunteer rescuing food, coordinating a can food drive within your church, your community or your business, or just being aware of what we do.  When you see a situation of anyone ready to throw away food or anyone experiencing hunger, you can just give us a phone call and we will take care of it or refer you to the right organization. What Loaves & Fishes does is a beautiful thing. They not only feed the hungry, but they rescue food and put those two pieces together making a huge impact in this community. There are only 5 people on staff and what they do every day is incredible and a blessing to all of us!

 

Do you have any charities or organizations you like to give to or serve with?

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Degree or No Degree? That is the Question!

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When you graduate from high school, you encounter the proverbial fork in the road.  Go to college and pursue an advanced degree or move straight into the work force?  For those who choose to go to college, your chosen field of study can say a tremendous amount about who you are and your outlook on life.  For myself personally, I am a firm believer that any degree field should have an ROI (that’s return on investment for those of you not in business!).  Let’s face it, college is extremely expensive these days. It places a large financial burden on both you and your parents.  I highly doubt any parents want to spend $70-$80K for a college education and have their child study Western Civilization only to move back home and work in a coffee shop (although I hear Starbucks has great benefits!).  I’m not saying everyone has to be a doctor or lawyer, I’m merely saying that your field of study should at least mirror your life’s aspirations.  Because of my business background (thank you USC-Upstate), I have a hard time investing money into something that doesn’t pay a dividend, much less pay for itself at least.

There are non-traditional degrees as well.  These typically include associate’s degrees along with specialized certifications.  As a Technical and Engineering Recruiter, I routinely encounter candidates from both the traditional bachelor’s degree path as well as the more non-traditional associate’s degree path.  Obviously the traditional degree holders are your engineering and management candidates.  Those with associate degrees are typically CNC/CMM programmers, mechanical drafters, and designers.  These are all highly specialized and sophisticated career fields.  I’m not here to say that one path is better than the other, but I have always been impressed with the degree of knowledge/expertise that comes from some of our technical/vocational schools in the area.  These candidates typically are currently working while going to school in the evening and possess a very strong work ethic.  These people are taken very seriously and are admired by hiring managers.  The same rings true with engineering candidates.  Several universities across the Southeastern U.S. yield some of the very best engineering talent in the country, if not the world.

What does this say about people in the work force who do not hold a degree?  From an early age, most of us were taught that you have to have a college degree to enjoy success and financial gains, yet many people continue to grow and thrive in the U.S. workforce without a degree.  According to an article in Forbes, 68% of Americans 25 or older do not have a bachelor’s degree.  Some of these include very powerful business leaders such as Sir Richard Branson, Walt Disney, Mary Kay Ash, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Rachael Ray, and Steve Jobs – just to name a few.  So why is it that these individuals were able to thrive without any form of advanced degree?  It can be argued that these people all started their own businesses and didn’t need degrees since they were entrepreneurs.  Qualities they all possess include innovation, drive, and creativity to make their individual businesses successful.  As someone that works with numerous companies across several industries, I’m starting to notice a trend.  While companies publicly require a college degree, I believe that they secretly desire experience instead.  Having both seals the deal!

 

Written by: Chad Hardin, Technical Recruiter     

An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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An employee’s health has a tremendous impact in their productivity at work. That is why educating employees on staying healthy and taking care of themselves is necessary in the workplace. Making healthy decisions such as smart eating choices, incorporating exercise in their life style and maintaining a good mental health through stress management programs are critical for employees and organizations. Healthy employees promote success and provide a return on investment for the company. In order for companies to promote health and wellness within the organizations they should keep in mind the following initiatives:
Create innovative programs that are fun for the employees. Exercise challenges are very attractive and fun to develop. A very popular practice is providing a pedometer so employees can measure the number of steps or their walking distance per day.
Promote healthy meals for company events and meetings. Whether it is a company meeting or a fun event, companies should encourage employees to eat right by offering healthy and tasty options.
Create a healthy environment. Designate areas that are smoke-free in and around the company’s premises. This will protect all employees from being exposed to secondhand smoke and will protect those who are allergic to smoke.
Provide incentives. Let employees know that good healthy choices are rewarded by giving them gifts such as gift cards to sports stores or  healthy grocery stores, healthy food baskets, gym memberships, etc.
Communication. Provide different sources of information with wellness initiatives. Use social media posts and websites about fitness and nutrition to educate employees on the latest information on wellness.
Commitment. Most importantly, the development of a comprehensive wellness program is only possible if there is a commitment from top management and willingness from employees to get involved.

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Ana was born and raised in Colombia, South America.  Ana has been in the United States for eighteen years and is now an American citizen.  She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources and Management.  Ana’s wealth of knowledge comes from a background in international business, human resources and finance.  Her community involvement spans from serving on the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes, Greer Relief Agency, The Greer Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Human Resources Association (SHRA). Ana has been with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2004 as a Recruiter and was promoted in 2010 to the Human Resources/Business Manager. She is a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Greer, SC and is married to Jerry Davis.  Together they have one son Chase (23) and twin daughters Kayla and Jessica (16).

May Your Good Be Better And Your Better Be Best

It’s that time again. The time where we look back on the past year, see what we’ve accomplished and what we can improve on in the coming year. Whether it be at work or at home, we all can admit we have areas we know we can improve on that will not only better our own lives, but also the lives of those around us. Below are the resolutions our staff has made for the year 2015!


I’ve always been a huge perfectionist. I got it from my dad unfortunately. This trait can be helpful in most parts of my life, but in others, it’s a huge hindrance. I’ve noticed as I look back on my life, there are many things I wish I would’ve done but never did because I feared I wouldn’t be good at them. Well this year I’m changing things up!  I stole my resolution from the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey. My resolution for 2015 is to not be afraid to try new things (aka say yes more)! And so far I’ve done very well. I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet but have always thought it was too hard to do. This past weekend I decided to learn. It is super difficult and I’ve wanted to quit about 5 times already. What I hope to obtain from this resolution is that it’s okay to not be perfect. As Annette Funicello says, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”  – Shawn Kinard


I have made a commitment not to hit the snooze button in the morning this year. Falling back asleep for 10 minutes and waking up only puts you in a bad mood to start your day. Instead I have set my alarm 15 minutes earlier and have been riding my exercise bike listening to sports talk radio. I am 2 days in and feel GREAT! – Mike Bays


“Today, I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.” – Dr. Seuss. I never stick with New Year’s resolutions so this year I am quantifying them! Numbers and lists to check off work better for me than vague statements:

  • Read 2+ books per month
  • Camp 4+ times this year
  • Involve myself in something with my church other than just attending
  • Exercise 3+ days per week
  • Drink 6+ glasses of water per day (this is a huge challenge for me) – Katherine Ericson

I try not to make resolutions because I know I will break them before the month is over. Instead, I continue a vow I have had for many years. I always try to be a better person in whatever areas need improving that come to my attention. I also try to do something good for someone else without them finding out about it. If they find out, it doesn’t count. – Tanya Henderson


I am a big believer in New Year’s resolutions and I always make them. I have personal goals, family goals and work goals. It is very important for me to have personal and family goals as the majority of my energy and time go to my work. Without them, I would not achieve all I could for myself and family. Last year a personal goal of mine was to run a 1000 miles, but did not quite make it – 900 and change is what I did! My oldest brother has had this goal the last two years and has accomplished it both times. I am trying again this year and am on track so far.  A family goal I have is to continue to eat healthier and make healthier meals for my family.  I don’t care about carbs or fat; I care more about local food. Local food from small farms is so much healthier for you than food from commercial farms. It is also better for the earth and the animals. Another family goal I have is to participate in a couple of triathlons with my daughter and go camping with my son.  I also look forward to setting work goals with our fabulous team at our annual planning session coming up. – Ginny Beach


From a professional standpoint, I would like to improve and grow my local business network, both from the client and candidate standpoint. In order to achieve this outreach, I’m plan to beef up my LinkedIn profile using the information from our seminars this past year. From a personal standpoint, I plan to get back involved with a men’s Bible study group at my church. – Richard Heard


I make New Year’s resolutions every year with varying levels of success. I write down my resolutions (and goals) every year and read them every day. I also give myself a reward of some type for each week and month that I actually achieve my goal. I have an article that I have saved which reminds me that when I fail, I should not just give up but start over. – Carol Tribby


IMG_1747Working at Godshall to help people find new jobs and change their lives constantly reminds me of how blessed I am and what a wonderful life I have. I have an amazing family, a cute new husband, a brand new puppy and bountiful opportunities ahead. My goal for 2015 is to wake up every day and just be thankful. When things seem to be moving along at a very positive pace, I have a hard time remembering how many wonderful blessings there really are in my life and tend to focus a lot of my efforts on the few and far between negatives. This should not only be a 2015 resolution but something to guide me through every single day! – Rebecca Faulk

What are some resolutions you have for 2015?