Contributed by Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Long-time community employee, Stephanie Mitchell has a multifaceted story to share. Employed by Kroger for the past 15 years, Mitchell is thought of as a “model” employee – friendly, hard-working and punctual. She has developed a local fan base at the Kroger store where she works, with customers choosing to wait to go through her checkout line.
Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, a long-time partner of Goodwill, sponsors the job coaching assistance Mitchell receives to help ensure her ongoing success in the community. Beyond her job however, Mitchell has accumulated quite a track record in terms of community outreach and volunteerism in her 33 years.
For many years, she has been an active performing member of “Hands In Harmony,” a group supported by Hamilton County DD Services, which performs music using sign language as a primary means of expression. The group has entertained audiences throughout the Tri-State area for many years, performing at community events, schools, and other locations.
Mitchell loves listening to country music favorites and strumming her guitar, but she also participates in many other activities, from dancing and swimming to roller coaster rides and boat cruises. She also is a travel enthusiast who loves to camp and has explored many parts of the United States on her adventures.
But what makes Mitchell such a fascinating person goes beyond her personal achievements. It is the fact that she chooses to dedicate a large part of her time to volunteering to help others. Beyond her volunteer efforts in support of Goodwill, Mitchell has also been a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other community organizations.
“Stephanie’s story is one of the best stories we can share,” said Leslie McCurley, Goodwill Assistant Director, and Mitchell’s friend. “Stephanie’s story is all about someone who is a vital part of community life.”