Goodwill launches new initiative for philanthropic observances

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PHOTO ID:  James K. Stiff, President of Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA and Helms College, and Scottie Johnson, Helms College Graduate

‘You Have the Power’ to help raise awareness and funds on Georgia Gives Day/Giving Tuesday


[MIDDLE GEORGIA] – Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is putting power behind its new initiative for Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday to raise awareness and scholarship funds for Helms College. Through the campaign, called “You Have the Power,” Goodwill hopes to raise awareness and funds to secure scholarships for deserving people in the community to attend Helms College.

            Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday are two names for the one big statewide 24-hour giving marathon, taking place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, meant for those who have an appetite for “getting” on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to have an opportunity for “giving” to help our community.

            During this year’s campaign, Goodwill has set a goal of $50,000 to fund scholarships for deserving people to attend Helms College. Goodwill will make its case for giving through videos – shared on social media and the organization’s website – of Helms College alumni talking about how their enrollment at the school helped to change their lives.

            Helms College is a nonprofit, accredited post-secondary career college operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA. Helms College combines high-demand academic credentials and holistic student support services with experiential learning opportunities at Goodwill-owned business enterprises, including Edgar’s restaurants.

            Their educational programs are designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and abilities expected and required by prospective employers for both initial competitive employment and career advancement. What makes Helms unique is that they combined their Job Connection career services along with training people to think strategically in whichever career setting they choose. For Helms College graduate, Scottie Johnson, these services helped make his dream a reality and he is now an owner of a private chef services business in Warner Robins, Georgia.

            Statics show by 2020, 65 percent of all American jobs will require some form of post-secondary degree or credential. However, present trajectories indicate that far less than 68 percent of the workforce will reach that educational bar. This will harm the community’s ability to retain, attract and grow business, and will have long-term effects on the overall economy and quality of life in our region.

“As a nonprofit leader in providing education, training, and career services to people with disadvantages circumstances, Goodwill hopes that the community will show its support during Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday,” said James K. Stiff, president of Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA and Helms College. “We hope that we can count our caring community to show their ‘power’ and donate to our scholarship program, thereby improving the lives of others.”

            For more information about Goodwill or to find out how you can give back during Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday, go to or visit “Goodwill of Middle Georgia & the CSRA” on Facebook.

About Helms College

Helms College, a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc. and licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, offers accredited programs through its two hospitality schools as well as its new School of Health Services. Helms College is an institution of higher education that provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Named in honor of Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills, and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar in Goodwill revenue underwrites education, job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Read Goodwill’s annual report at Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is accountable to local Board of Directors, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.