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Celebrating National Cleaning Week with Mark Mason

Did you know cleaning can actually boost your mood? That’s right! According to a study, the act of cleaning releases endorphins into your body that can decrease stress and anxiety by 20%. All week, we’ve been highlighting some Palmetto Goodwill Services team members who go above and beyond to ensure their worksites are safe and sanitary. So, as National Cleaning Week comes to a close, we’re taking a trip to Orangeburg to visit Mark Mason, a member of Goodwill’s custodial team for over 6 years.

Mark performs essential custodial services at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Orangeburg and is a participant in Goodwill’s AbilityOne program. When we asked why cleaning was so important to Mark, he responded “Cleaning is important to me because it keeps people safe from germs.” Of course, Mark’s answer is more relevant than ever as we recently passed the one-year anniversary of South Carolina entering a stay-at-home order during the start of the Covid-19 outbreak. He advises others to be “consistent and efficient in everything you clean.”


Recently, Mark was able to take advantage of Goodwill’s laptop recycle program which allowed him to work towards obtaining his GED from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. When he’s at work, Mark enjoys “Consistently meeting new people and enjoying the people I work with.” Outside the job, Mark’s hobbies include writing poems and reading.

We are extremely grateful for individuals like Mark who help to fulfill our mission and keep our community healthy and safe. National Cleaning Week serves as a reminder to thank individuals who perform essential custodial services, and practice cleanliness in our own living spaces.

Check out our blog for a full-recap of our National Cleaning Week celebration. To read yesterday’s post, please click here.

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