Goodwill® Awards Georgia Woman for Her Volunteer Service

Maryann McGuire Receives Goodwill’s 2017 Volunteer Mission Leader of the Year Award
ROCKVILLE — Goodwill Industries International is pleased to recognize the long-time volunteer service and commitment of Maryann McGuire, the recipient of its 2017 Volunteer Mission Leader of the Year award.
McGuire primarily works through Goodwill’s GoodBIZ program at Goodwill of North Georgia. In that capacity, she coordinates with entrepreneurs, assesses opportunities, produces curriculum materials, and develops marketing items and programs. Having spent her career in a variety of positions with Coca-Cola, McGuire utilizes her knowledge of the business industry to set up opportunities for program graduates.
In one case, she worked with a participant who had a great gift for storytelling, but limited sales experience or business knowledge. McGuire assisted in writing a business plan with the woman, who now has a career as a wellness coach, teaching laughter yoga.
“Through all of her support and her time, Maryann McGuire remains humble about her contributions and achievements,” said Raymond Bishop, president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia. “For her, the point is not to get something in return for her service, but she is genuinely deserving of recognition for her work.”
The Volunteer Mission Leader of the Year award is given annually to a Goodwill volunteer in appreciation for outstanding leadership and service to a local Goodwill organization.
“My experience volunteering for Goodwill has impacted me incredibly,” said McGuire. “I have so much respect for people who start their own businesses, and the guts you have to have to put yourself out there.”
The award was presented this week at Goodwill Industries International’s annual Delegate Assembly in Louisville, KY.
About Goodwill of North Georgia
The mission of Goodwill of North Georgia is to put people to work. The nonprofit has provided services in the region for more than 90 years. In fiscal year 2016, Goodwill of North Georgia provided job training and employment services to 49,691 people and helped 20,903 people find jobs or start new businesses. The organization currently operates 59 stores and about 58 attended donation centers. Revenues generated from Goodwill’s retail program help fund job training and placement programs. For more information about Goodwill of North Georgia, visit
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services. To learn more, visit
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Summer Dunham
Director of Public Relations
Goodwill of North Georgia
Phone: (404) 554-9541
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Lauren Lawson-Zilai
Senior Director, Public Relations
Goodwill Industries International
Phone: (240) 333-5266
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