2014 Volunteer of the Year
Sophia Mazon, a CSRA high school student, is a well-respected, reliabe volunteer assisting in the Goodwill Augusta administrative offices. Her olunteer service routinely enables Goodwill staff members to docus their efforts on other tasks while Mazon takes care of clerical needs.
2014 Community Partners of the Year
Carlyle Place, a retirement community in Macon, each month brings together a group of residents who not only enjoy the time they spend together, but who also perform a valuable service for Goodwill: these volunteers comb through bags full of donated jewelry to untangle necklaces, match earring and sort out more valuable ornaments from costume pieces. Their efforts allow Goodwill to recoup greater value from the generosity of donors.
Goodwill International presents national award to Goodwill?s Volunteer Services
GForce, the Volunteer Services division of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, was honored during the Goodwill Industries International Delegate Assembly recently as the Goodwill International Volunteer Program of the Year.
GII presented the national award during the organization’s annual meeting on June 29 in Austin, Texas. GForce was chosen for the award from among entries from 165 autonomous Goodwills across North America.
This is the second Goodwill International volunteer award in as many years for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA. Fred “Cab” Stitt received the prestigious Elsine Katz Volunteer Leader of the Year in May 2013 from Goodwill International.
“These awards are an exciting and humbling recognition of the thousands of hours that hundreds of private citizens give each year to help Goodwill reach a broad range of constituents,” said Ivey Hall, Volunteer Services Director for Goodwill.
In 2013, the more than 900 Goodwill GForce volunteers contributed more than 38,000 hours of service, including serving as instructors for Job ConnectionSM and Goodwill Corporate University classes, providing partnerships with local schools and assisting interns placed within Goodwill. GForce volunteers also teach English as a Second Language classes and coordinate volunteer ministers for chapel services in five cities across Goodwill’s 35-county service area.
“Our organization’s Volunteer Services are a key to the achievement of our life-changing outcomes,” said James K. Stiff, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA. “Their freely given time and talents assist Goodwill in advancing its mission, and the program encourages those volunteers to become vital, strong supporters of our organization through their hands-on participation in that mission.”
2013 Volunteer Leader of the Year
In October 2011, Goodwill began a partnership with True North Church n North Augusta, S.C., to expand the reach of the Buena Vida Program through volunteer-led English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. During that time, Nicole Juhan recruited and trained additional volunteers to sustain these classes. Under her leadership, the original three volunteer teachers have continued to work with students on a weekly basis while Juhan has recruited nearly two dozen additional volunteers to provide one-on-one assistance with students.
"Nicole is an amazing individual, very helpful, friendly, personable and always will to go an extra mile," said Elsa Bustamante, Goodwill's Hispanic Services Manager. Her undaunted dedication to sustain Goodwill's conversational English has contributed significantly toward removing language and cultural barriers experienced by Hispanics who speak little to no English.
Classes are offered year-round at the Job Connection at the Helms College, Augusta Campus, and Juhan has taken her "lessons" outside the classroom. Some of her regular students can often be found working alongside True North volunteers at a community garden. This provides a unique opportunity for students to practice their new language skills in the real world and enjoy the fruits of their labor with free fresh fruits and vegetables to share with their families.
"We are so grateful to have volunteers like Nichole helping to spread the mission of Goodwill to students and other volunteers. Her dedication to the ESL program is a true testament to her spirit of servant leadership," said Ivey Hall, Director of Volunteer Services.
Since starting with the program in 2011, Juhan has led volunteers to donate more than 1,300 hours to classroom time, with 181 ESL students in fiscal Year 2013.
2013 Community Partners of the Year
Each week, dedicated ministers from four communities spend about 15 minutes leading a chapel program for the staff, students and trainees of Goodwill. This brief spiritual time lasts far beyond the 15 minutes by bringing our Goodwill family together to celebrate, comfort and pray with one another. The chapel program was started in 2005 with help from Bob Moon, a dedicated Goodwill board member and senior pastor at Martha Bowman United Methodist Church in Macon. For the past eight years, the program has continued to grow and services are now offered in three cities, with additional services starting in Dublin and Lake Oconee. The program is a voluntary benefit and all employees, clients, students and volunteers are invited to participate.
We are very grateful to our Goodwill chapel leaders for the time they take to spend time with our Goodwill family.
Volunteer of the Year
2012 Cabb Stitt
2011 Stephen Denton
2010 Russell Reams
2008 Newell Ledbetter
2007 John Eric Fischer
2006 Robert Kirby
Volunteer Group of the Year
2011 Episcopal Day School
2007 Youth Challenge Academy from Camp Long
2006 Ingleside Baptist Church Youth Group
2008 Goodwill Industries International Volunteer Group of the Year
Youth Challenge Academy from Camp Long
2008 Goodwill Industries International Business Partner of the Year
Cox Communications (Cox GoodBooks Reading Adventure program)