Goodwill Employee Receives National Volunteer Award

Edward Timley NPVSA | Goodwill Corporate

(MACON, Ga) - Edward Timley, custodial manager for Goodwill of Middle Georgia, was surprised with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at Goodwill’s employee appreciation celebration during Goodwill Week at Anderson Conference Center in Macon.

Timley received a signed letter from President Trump, a certificate from the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service and a special lapel pin. The letter read, in part, “On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your service to your fellow Americans and those most in need. Through your dedicated service, you have ensured the continuation of America’s unparalleled commitment to improving the lives of others.”

Timley is Custodial Manager at Goodwill, where he has been employed for eight years. He sees volunteering as a manifestation of patience, compassion, open-mindedness and unselfishness, and he strives to show gratitude and give back to his community in a multitude of ways.

“The people fortunate enough to spend time with Edward are always uplifted,” said Goodwill of Middle Georgia CEO James Stiff. “He has a great work ethic and is a valued part of our team. But it’s his heart for people that really shines through. He treats everyone with respect and helps them feel welcome and valued. Whether they’re an employee, a customer, a client, or someone in his community, he’s made it his mission to assist others towards success. He embodies the Goodwill mission.”

In addition to being a mentor and inspiration to others at work, Timley volunteers at the Mighty Rock Easter Egg Hunt, participates in neighborhood cleanup, is a motivational speaker for adults and children, as a barber gives free haircuts to kids for back to school and holidays, and he returns to prison - where he was once incarcerated for 15 years – to help others find their path to a second chance once they have served their sentences.

“When I heard them introducing the award, I was thinking ‘I sure would like to have that one there,’” he said with a grin. “And when my name was called, it made me feel so appreciative and humble. I couldn’t wait to tell my family.”

He said his mother inspired him from the time he was young, cooking meals for the less fortunate and for church events, and even inviting people struggling to get on their feet to live with the family until they were able to get settled in their own homes.

“She and my father worked hard and really couldn’t afford extra mouths in the house,” noted Timley. “She showed me the true meaning of a GOOD HEARTED PERSON.”

Timley said people who know him well are familiar with his background and his past fears about how hard it would be to start a new life when he was released from prison.

“Then God directed me to Goodwill and my second chance in life became a blessing,” he said. “My story is mine and I know with my Creator’s blessings Goodwill has put my life on track and has inspired me to bless others.”