Goodwill Industries of Arkansas Honored with a Goodwill® Advocacy Leader Award

Rockville, MD – Goodwill Industries International has named Goodwill Industries® of Arkansas (Little Rock) as its Advocacy Leader in 2011.
The award recognizes a Goodwill® agency that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to advancing Goodwill’s policy and advocacy efforts to further Goodwill’s mission of helping people secure employment and build stronger communities. The agency is also recognized for building strong relationships with federal and state policymakers.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is honored for engaging lawmakers and urging them to support Goodwill’s legislative platform. This legislation allows Goodwill to continue to provide important job training and career and community-based services that people need to live more independent lives. The Little Rock Goodwill is active in coalitions that serve a diverse set of Arkansans including people with disabilities, youth, working families and people with criminal backgrounds. Due to its positive relationships with lawmakers, the agency has hosted visits from many policymakers so they can see first hand how Goodwill strengthens families and communities.
“The Little Rock Goodwill works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of Goodwill’s mission of improving people lives through the power of work,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Through its advocacy work, people are getting the critical community-based services they need to build their careers and their independence.”
At a reception in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 11, Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas accepted the award on behalf of his agency.
“The Little Rock Goodwill knows the importance of educating policymakers and the public on Goodwill’s mission of helping people find employment,” said Itzkowitz. “We’re honored to receive this award and will continue to be a passionate advocate for Goodwill.”
The reception was part of Goodwill Industries International’s fifth annual Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.