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.”