Indiana Congressman Honored by Goodwill® For His Commitment to Providing Opportunities for All People

Congressman and U.S. Representative André Carson of Indiana (D-Ind.) is one of nine members of Congress who received a Goodwill Industries International Policymaker Leader Award this week. The award honors elected officials who support Goodwill’s public policy agenda. Awardees were announced on Thursday, April 19 at Goodwill’s annual advocacy event in Washington, DC.
Nominated by Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana (Indianapolis), Rep. Carson was selected because he is a strong advocate for providing opportunities for all people, regardless of history of background. One of his most noteworthy highlights was his involvement with the AbilityOne program, the largest source of employment for people with disabilities. As Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana worked through the renewal process of the program at the VA hospital, Rep. Carson initiated and secured bipartisan support for the effort.
He has also positively responded to the local Goodwill’s request to maintain its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and Nurse-Family Partnership funding. This will ensure that older workers are receiving fulfilling work, and that their families are receiving the support that they need.
“Congressman Carson is a true advocate for the Hoosiers we serve and employ. He understands the importance of changing lives by empowering people to increase their independence and reach their potential,” said Kent A. Kramer, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana. “It’s an honor and a privilege to recognize the congressman for his support.
Since 1902, Goodwill has been helping people find jobs, build their financial stability, earn paychecks, and enhance their skills. This work has helped millions of people build their careers and experience the pride and sense of community that work brings.