On Thursday, April 19, more than 100 representatives from local Goodwill® organizations across the United States — including executives, board members, program participants, and other advocates — met with Members of Congress and staff for Goodwill’s annual Advocacy Day. Advocates discussed three key topics including: protecting federal funding for job-training and workforce development programs; expanding the charitable giving deduction to all taxpayers; and opportunities for Goodwills involved in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training program.
A Virtual Advocacy Day was also held to allow those who couldn’t join us on Capitol Hill in person, to help amplify our message. There were over 200 unique tweets using #GoodwillOnHill and more than 300 letters sent to lawmakers via the GII Legislative Action Center. View the infographics shared demonstrating Goodwill’s impact on Twitter @GoodwillCapHill.
Prior to hitting the Hill, advocates attended a breakfast rally where nine members of Congress were named GII Policymaker Leaders, along with Deanna Gulliford the director of public affairs at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota (GESMN) (St. Paul), who received the GII Advocacy Leader Award. The recipients were selected for their work and support toward advancing Goodwill’s mission.
The six U.S. Senators and three members of the House of Representatives joining the list of 46 Goodwill champions who have received the award since 2010, include:
The annual advocacy event provides a great opportunity for the Goodwill network to come together with one voice to educate lawmakers and staff about Goodwill, equipping them with the information they need to make informed decisions when drafting legislation, and influencing their votes on policies that affect Goodwill and the people and communities they serve.