Jerzy’s Story: Finding a base to achieve his dreams


Jerzy is a young man with high aspirations. Born and raised in Gabon in Central Africa, he earned his Master’s Degree in business administration at City University of Seattle but struggled to find employment after graduation. However, his work with CityU’s ENACTUS team put him on our Employment Program’s radar screen.

Back in 2012 Jerzy worked with Rhonda Kopelli, our Director of Employment and Training, to create a business plan for the Millionair Club Charity’s new job readiness programs. In the meantime, he earned his Master’s Degree in business administration with an emphasis on sustainable business and graduated in July of 2014.

Unfortunately, Jerzy struggled to find employment after leaving school. He remembered the Millionair Club Charity’s employment program and decided to reach out for help.

“I went through the application process and I was put in the system. [Rhonda] found me the job at Diamond Parking,” Jerzy says.

Diamond Parking Services hired Jerzy full-time in January of 2015 as a valet. The job allows him to pay rent, buy groceries and take care of other living expenses. That doesn’t mean he’s done advancing his career, though. Jerzy still desires to work in his chosen field of study.

“Long term, I want to go into the environmental field and the green movement. I’m into marketing research, data analysis and marketing analysis. This is what I want to do,” he says.

Jerzy is actively sending out applications for jobs and internships in sustainable business. He understands the challenge of securing a job in today’s employment market, but in the meantime he’s thankful for the Millionair Club Charity and recommends our organization to people he encounters who are struggling to find work as he once was.

“Thanks to the Millionair Club, I’ve been able to find a job. I believe it helps me live and take care of myself and pursue my dreams,” Jerzy says. “I’m very passionate about the environment.”

Fierce fundraising results in new Shower and Laundry Center

CWL blog article photo

On Friday, May 8 hundreds of guests celebrated the city of Seattle’s spirit of philanthropy at the 31st annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon fundraising event at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel. The theme of this year’s party was “Seattle Icons,” which included tables decorated to honor icons such as Pike Place Market, Seafair, Boeing, and of course, the Millionair Club Charity. A record-setting $632,000 was raised that day on behalf of our organization!

This was our third time being the beneficiary of this high energy event. What made this year particular special was the matching grant we received from the Harnish Foundation to upgrade our Shower and Laundry Center. Our goal was to raise at least $150,000 during the “Raise the Paddle” portion of the auction so we could ultimately get at least $300,000 for the upgrade project.

The good news? We got it! Beginning as soon as possible, we will begin construction to add more showers, sinks, washer and dryer machines, new air ducting and a laundry chute. We estimate we can triple our current capacity of helping more men and women become job-ready!

Watch a video about the Shower and Laundry Center:

We would like to thank the volunteers from Serve with Liberty, a community-oriented service program of Liberty Mutual, for handling many tasks on the day of the event. The following sponsors deserve recognition for their commitment to rebuilding lives in our region:

CWL 2015 sponsorship tree


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