DuBOIS — In 1990, Ray Donati became CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania, a financially struggling organization employing only 75 associates. Today, it is financially strong, employing 650-plus associates with a mission of meeting life challenges through opportunity, training, education and work.
Having spent his entire career helping individuals and families improve their lives, Donati was presented the 2018 DuBois Area Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday’s Greater DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s Business Bash and Awards Ceremony held at the DuBois Country Club.
“Many people don’t know this, but I was told one time he went to the bank and offered his personal vehicle just to make payroll,” said Jaycees President Randi Johnson. “He had a dream that he wanted to make a reality and he made it happen. This vision and drive turned the organization around and made it the success it is today.”
Donati oversees the operation of 25 retail stores and an online sales operation.
“He brought the agency from brink of closure to becoming a vital part of our community,” Johnson said.
Donati, 67, has a diverse background in helping families find employment, training, and education.
“He has experience in helping with family counselling and family centered services,” Johnson said. “He has worked with state, federal and local organizations to help people succeed in their own lives.”
The closing of the Jaycees Creed states that “service to humanity is the best work of life.”
“This statement does not begin to describe this gentleman’s passion to serve the community,” Johnson said. “His community service, along with his professional experience has led him to help our community in multiple ways. He started a school to work program with area schools, Brockway, DuBois, Clearfield, Curwensville, and Brookville, helping teach skills to students with disabilities to give them opportunity for gainful employment.”
Donati’s community service is very prominent in the DuBois area and the state of Pennsylvania, Johnson said. He is a current member of Penn Highlands Health Care Board of Directors, the current Chairman of Christ the King Manor Board of Directors. He is a past Chair of Pennsylvania Association of Goodwills, a past member of the DuBois United Way, a past member of the DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce, a past chairman of Pentz Run Youth Services, and the past chairman of the Clearfield County League on Social Services.
He is also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Bernard Parish in Falls Creek. He is a member of the Parish Council. He is a Fourth Degree Member of Knights of Columbus of DuBois, Designated Warden of the Knights of Columbus, and part of honor guard for Knights of Columbus.