Four days week, Dan Anderson makes the rounds at Minnesota Power.
“I pick up cardboard on the floors,” he said. “After lunch I pick up paper, bottles…anything like that.”
He’s known as “Dan the Recycle Man.” And he’s been a faithful employee for thirteen years, a participant in Goodwill’s Community Employment Program.
“He’s a man that has humor, work ethic and he’s a great man to be around,” said co-worker Pat Connell.
Dan is just one of a hundred people in the Goodwill Program, designed to give people with mental or physical challenges the opportunity to be productive employees.
Connell has worked with Dan for years and says his job is a vital part of their company.
“It gives back to the community, helps with environmental issues and the presence gives a good feeling to everyone,” she said. “Dan has a million friends. You can’t not smile when you see him.”
She adds he’s one of the most popular guys in the workplace, and he’s made a positive impact on everyone around him.
“I think employees have an appreciation for diversity, and for those who want to be self-sufficient and be successful in their lives.”
If your business would like to take part in the program, you’re asked to call Doug Carlson at 218-722-6351. There is an invitation-only event this week where current partners in the program will be on hand to answer questions and share stories about their participation in the program.