Goodwill® Presents Advocacy Awards for Goodwill Agencies and National Lawmaker

Goodwill Celebrates Award Winners at Annual Advocacy Event in Washington, DC

ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International honored five Goodwill agencies and one lawmaker with advocacy awards, recognizing their commitment to advancing Goodwill’s mission of helping people build careers and gain employment. Awards were presented to a representative of each Goodwill agency during a reception in Washington, DC.
Since 1902, Goodwill has been helping people find jobs, build their financial stability, and strengthen their families and communities. This work has helped thousands of people build their careers and experience the pride and sense of community that work brings. Goodwill’s services include job training and community services, such as help in writing résumés, and providing job interview advice, financial education and mentoring. Last year, more than 9.8 million people benefitted from Goodwill’s services.
Five Goodwill agencies received Advocacy Awards for their work in advancing Goodwill’s mission with local and national lawmakers and their staffs.

“The five Goodwill agencies receiving Advocacy Awards are recognized for their tireless work on behalf of the people Goodwill helps each day, who are trying to build their careers,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We thank them for sharing the positive impact of Goodwill’s mission with lawmakers and their staffs.”
Goodwill Industries International is also honoring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) with a Policymaker of the Year Award, for his work on behalf of expanding opportunities for people with disabilities and his support for Goodwill’s job training programs.
Goodwill is grateful for the support of Sen. Harkin and his work on behalf of people with disabilities and their families,” said Gibbons.
The five Goodwill agencies accepted their awards at a May 15 reception in Washington, DC. The  The reception was part of Goodwill Industries International’s eighth annual Advocacy Day.
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada, with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes 2013). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,900 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill agencies 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 service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, more than 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. Goodwill channels 83 percent of its revenue directly into its programs and services. Visit Goodwill online at www.goodwill.org, Facebook.com/goodwillintl and Twitter.com/goodwillintl and @GoodwillCapHill.
CONTACT:
Charlene Sarmiento
Public Relations Program Manager
Goodwill Industries International
240-333-5590
charlene.sarmiento@goodwill.org