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Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local events and promotions.

This year, we recognize the amazing journey taken by two of our program participants who have overcome challenges in their lives to make positive contributions to themselves, their families and their communities. You can make achievements like these possible for people in your community by shopping and donating at your local Goodwill or by giving a financial gift.

If you’re currently looking for work, we invite you to attend our first-ever Virtual Career Fair or join an in-person event at a Goodwill agency near you.

Celebrating 62 Years of Goodwill Industries Week

Rev. Edgar J. Helms

Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 as a way to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about their mission of “helping people with disabilities help themselves.”

Today, the garden parties and teas of the 1950s have been replaced by moon bounces at family fun days and donation drives on college campuses. The church bulletin ads of the 1960s are now Facebook, Twitter and e-mail blasts to Goodwill supporters.

This year, Goodwill Industries International will continue to extend its on-the-ground career services with its second annual Virtual Career Fair, taking place on May 6-8, 2013.

Jim Gibbons

“At Goodwill, we’re committed to helping people earn a living and improve their lives, families and communities,” says Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

“Goodwill Industries Week provides us the platform to thank the public for its continued support of our mission — putting people to work.”

Group of African-American construction workers look at blueprint

2013 Goodwill Industries International Award Winners

Tyres Dickson

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TYRES DICKSON
2013 Achiever of the Year

“With the help of Goodwill, I am now able to fully accept God’s will for my life and future. I hope to help pay it forward by being an inspiration for others through telling my story to whoever will listen.”

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J. Jhondi Harrel

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J. JHONDI HARRELL
2013 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year

“Through each step of this [recovery] process, Goodwill has been there to support my efforts with moral support and encouragement. The accomplishments which I have been able to achieve would not have been possible without them.”

Read J’s story »

View a slideshow featuring all 2013 award nominees

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