Contest Awards $10,000 to a Deserving Charity
ROCKVILLE, MD— Goodwill Industries International is one of four nonprofits eligible to receive a $10,000 grant from The Charles Schwab Corporation through a contest this week on its Charles Schwab Facebook page. The contest, part of Charles Schwab Volunteer Week, runs through midnight on Sunday, May 26.
Other finalists include the Boys & Girls Club of America, The Salvation Army and Teach for America. Each organization has posted a video on the Schwab Community Services Contest tab on the Charles Schwab Facebook page, describing the mission of the organization and the people they serve. Fans are encouraged to vote for the organization of their choice. The one with the most votes at midnight on Sunday, May 26, will receive the $10,000 grant, with the runners-up receiving smaller grants for their participation ($5,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place and $1,000 for fourth place). Vote for Goodwill by visiting this page.
“Schwab Volunteer Week is truly a celebration of the esprit de corps and culture of service throughout our company,” said Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation and senior vice president, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. “It’s not only about the service we provide on behalf of our clients day in and day out, but what we can do for our communities as a whole that energizes us and gives meaning to our work.”
The Goodwill video on the Schwab page features Jim Barnette, Goodwill’s 2012 Achiever of the Year. Jim Barnette has multiple disabilities, including being legally blind and having mild quadriplegia as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage in infancy, and is happy and successful as a result of his long standing tenure as an employee for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (Portland, OR).
“Your donation to Goodwill changes lives,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Goodwill provides job training programs and community-based services, such as child care, financial education, youth mentoring and transportation to people with disabilities and disadvantages through the revenue from the sale of donated goods.”
During Schwab Volunteer Week, Schwab employees will also volunteer for Goodwill agencies on a series of projects, including financial education workshops and physical activities such as light construction, remodeling, painting, serving food and working on landscape and garden improvements.