Congresswoman Pingree Recognized by Goodwill Industries®

ROCKVILLE, MD – Goodwill Industries International is pleased to honor Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) as a recipient of its National Policymaker Award for 2011.The award recognizes an elected leader who has clearly demonstrated support for the public policy priorities of Goodwill®.
Rep. Pingree was nominated by Goodwill Industries® of Northern New England (Portland, ME) for her advocacy on behalf of the Goodwill mission in supporting job creation and employee rights and wages.
“Congresswoman Pingree has provided support for Goodwill on a professional and personal level during her first two years in office,” said John Watson, interim CEO for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. “She has shown her support for legislation that funds and supports job development and training, community service and volunteerism, including the Unemployment Extension in 2010 and the Direct Care Workforce Empowerment Act. In addition, she spent many hours of her personal time meeting with program participants who were unemployed, encouraging them to stay focused and positive.”
“For nearly 110 years, Goodwill has served this country and helped those who just need a little support getting by and who deserve the opportunity to succeed,” said Congresswoman Pingree. “Goodwill of Northern New England is an important part of our communities, and we should all be grateful for the good work they do.”
At a reception in Washington, DC, on Monday, April 11, 2011, Rep. Pingree was recognized and thanked for her ongoing concern for issues relevant to Goodwill. The reception was part of Goodwill Industries International’s fifth annual Advocacy Day.