First Annual Holiday Giveaway

Owner/Director Ramona Mathany gives amazing gifts to each of the 30+ employees she has each year during the holidays and truly enjoys it. This year, she not only gave physical and monetary gifts to her employees but she also wanted to give the gift of giving. Each branch received $500 to distribute to people in need anyway they wanted. Some branches adopted families for Christmas, others bought gifts that were needed in their community and delivered them. The Portland office decided to head down to the area where one of our co-workers homeless cousin lives to give people what they really want/need during this cold holiday season.

The experience was overwhelmingly rewarding. Giving is truly receiving. This will become an annual tradition here at All Star Labor & Staffing. We put together a video so we could share it internally but decided to share it publicly as well because the day brought such joy!

An amazing side note – that co-worker who has a homeless cousin paid $100 out of her own pocket to by a homeless veteran a new cell phone so he could keep in contact with his family.

#PureJoy #GivingIsReceiving #BestDayEver #BeAnAllStar

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Why Choose All Star?

The owner/director of All Star Labor & Staffing, Ramona Mathany has an extensive background in Professional Employer Organizations (PEO). She organically branched off into staffing in 2009 because she saw a need in the industry for a full-service agency in an effort to help employers build successful companies and employees build successful careers. All Star Labor & Staffing now has four locations to serve you: Portland, Albany, Salem and Bend, OR.

All Star Labor & Staffing is the answer to your staffing needs because of their innovative approach to the staffing industry. Each applicant that desires to work with All Star goes through a screening process with our placement staff. The screening process is tailored to the industry and can be customized for each individual client.
While we recognize that the market for staffing is highly competitive, we are confident that we serve every client AND candidate with what we call the spirit of excellence. Therefore, it is our goal to ensure we are serving our clients above and beyond their satisfaction.

To ensure only the highest level of quality, applicants are screened throughout the interview process with employment reference checks, skill and proficiency testing (as applicable), drug screening, behavioral assessments and safety orientations. Once a candidate has successfully passed all aspects of our screening process, it is then that they will be correctly matched to a client for employment.

Industries Served
· Clerical / Administrative
· Landscaping & Landscaping Maintenance
· Hospitality
· Manufacturing and Production
· Construction
· Industrial
· General Labor
Call All Star to see how they can help you, help your business.

Give a man a rod – not a fish!

Give a man a fish

Give a man a fish


I was reminded recently of the old proverb – “ Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

I can’t get that proverb out of my head as it is a pretty optimistic take on poverty. At All Star Labor & Staffing part of our mission is to be a second-chance employer and we see miraculous transformations in people every day. I began to think about the proverb and how it compares with what we do here. We have people come through our door who are so beaten down from their past experiences that they have very little faith in their future. Everyone who comes in seeking employment is coming from their own set of circumstances and sometimes those circumstances are dire. Our staffing coordinators work from a place of love. We have been recruiting and staffing since 2009 and throughout that time our staff has seen and heard thousands of horrific as well as inspiring stories from our applicants. Through hearing their stories, we are more committed than ever to finding the right employment situation for each individual.

So let’s break this down. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.” This part we are on board with. To us a fish represents that first interaction when a prospective employee walks through our door for an interview. We want to make each individual feel comfortable and our staffing team wants to know how to help – so we offer lattes with any kind of flavor you can think of and then we offer a big, delicious apple. The coffee and apple are just part of our “fish.” The second is the interview. By finding out what that person really wants and needs, we can begin the second part (our ideal) – “teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” You can’t just teach someone how do something without helping them develop the tools they need to sustain it. Why would you teach a man to fish but not give him a rod? For example; if someone comes to us with limited labor skills and we only send him out on occasional and seasonal general labor jobs – what does that do for his lifetime? Nothing, it is not sustainable. But if you send him out for those jobs while simultaneously teaching him skills needed for hospitality jobs such as serving, you can teach him the right set of tools to use for an entire lifetime. That is what we do here.

If you need help getting the right boots for a job, we will show you how. If you need help finding the right clothes to make a good impression with your employer, we will show you how. If you are out there thinking that there is no help available, or afraid to hope or are too nervous to walk through our door, please reconsider. It would be our honor to provide you with a fishing rod.

Our Spirit Of Excellence

Spirit Of Excellence

Spirit Of Excellence


You may have heard the term before but are not quite sure what it means. For people of faith, it may make you think about being empowered to walk in the excellence of God – as I walk in His excellence, His Spirit will enable me to radiate His glory. While that is truly beautiful, I think there can be many interpretations of what the spirit of excellence can mean for individuals depending on the situation. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that we have a weekly meeting where our fearless leader gives us some words of wisdom. This week she wanted to renew our commitment to The Sprit of Excellence and remind us of what it means to her and how she wants to see it implemented in the way we do business every day.

Now, we have all seen something with the spirit of excellence. Something that is truly beautiful and inspiring and in a lot of cases brings you to tears. For example, the first time Ramona Mathany saw her daughters dance team preform she was completely awe struck. In that moment when the lights were dimmed and all twenty of the young women started to spin and dance in perfect unison, the magnitude of team dedication hit like a bolt of lightning. This team is the spirit of excellence she thought. Every team member was just as important as the other, each completely trusting and relying on each other to be in sync when needed and then to be the solo when the time came. Each person presented themselves in a way that was a positive reflection for the entire team. Ramona knew her daughter was religiously practicing and was totally dedicated but seeing it come together like that in one perfectly in-sync dance was truly amazing. She had heard people in the community talk about how good the dance team was and the usual reply was that of – “well of course , that’s who they are.” That is when it struck that she wanted to bring this spirit into her work. She wanted to hear positive things about her business with the same response – “well, that’s All Star.”

At All Star Labor & Staffing we implement the Sprit of Excellence using the five key characteristics outlined below. These characteristics can be shaped into your daily life or your workplace if you so wish.

1. Honesty – Do you speak with full honesty to our customers, employees and each other? If yes, then you are demonstrating excellence in your communication.

2. Keeping Agreements – Beyond honesty is keeping your agreements. Are you doing what you committed to do? Can you be relied upon to keep your word? If yes, then you are demonstrating excellence in your follow through.

3. Follow the Rules – Part of the agreement you make with All Star is to follow the rules and expectations of the company. Are you doing what is expected of you, in the manner asked of you? If yes, then you are excellent at what you do.

4. Hold Each Other Accountable – We each need accountability, for ourselves and others in order to keep the quality of the company at the highest level. Do you see something that does not align with the company’s expectations? If yes, have you said something to that person? Finally, are you open to hearing another person keep you accountable? If yes, to all of these, then you are demonstrating excellence in accountability.

5. Learn from You Experience – Finally being able to learn from your experience; being able to recognize when something needs to change, and making that change is a vital skill to achieving the spirit of excellence. If either you are self-correcting or have been asked to correct a behavior by changing the behavior to meet the expectation set for you, you are showing that you can learn from your experience. You are demonstrating the spirit of excellence.

At All Star Labor, we know that nobody is perfect. Perfection is actually a ridiculous thing to strive for. Everyone makes mistakes, it is how you handle yourself when the mistakes happen that really matters. Living the Spirit of Excellence at work is the only way to truly work as a thriving team. If you have worked with any of us and you think we could have done better, we hope you let us know. It helps us keep us on our toes and in the Spirit!