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Our 2024 Award Recipients

Our Employer of the Year Award recognizes an organization that has encouraged the full integration of people with disabilities and disadvantages into the workforce.

The New Castle County HOPE Center team draws upon the support of our Goodwill Staffing Services program to source Case Monitors to optimize the center’s operations, allowing the HOPE Center to serve the most vulnerable populations in Delaware. The HOPE Center also leverages the services of our Employment Support team who provide comprehensive case management and employment assistance to HOPE Center residents.

The Community Partner of the Year Award recognizes an organization that has partnered with Goodwill to help advance our non-profit mission to improve the quality of life for people facing barriers to self-sufficiency, through the Power of Work!

Ministry of Caring partners with Goodwill on hosting several people through the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCEP), helping seniors rediscover a sense of purpose and put to use the skills they have learned and developed at Goodwill.

Our advocacy award is given to a State, Federal, or Municipal Government Official or Entity who has made substantial contributions-collaborative, promotional, supportive, and/or programmatic to Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County.

Senator Carper has personally attended and offered remarks at numerous Goodwill store openings and program graduations, and in 2021, he celebrated with us our 100-year anniversary. In alignment with his work on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he helps lead the fight to address the climate change crisis, in 2022, Senator Carper toured the Goodwill Recycling Center in New Castle, Delaware, lending support to the advancement of Goodwill’s sustainability and workforce development initiatives. In 2023 Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester jointly announced Goodwill’s congressionally directed funding award of $1.128 million to connect job seekers in all three counties of Delaware with training, case management, social services, job support services, and employment opportunities via kiosks in Goodwill stores (Goodwill Connect launches summer 2024).

In recognition of his longtime support of and advocacy for Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County – during his time as Congressman, his tenure as governor, up to and including the present – we are thrilled to honor United States Senator Tom Carper.

This award honors an outstanding person with a disability or other disadvantaging condition who has shown great progress and accomplishment in overcoming barriers to employment, while still benefiting from the Goodwill work environment or receiving services to support employment in the community. The Goodwill Achiever of the Year serves as a role model and inspiration for all recipients of services in the Goodwill family.

Though some may see Amanda’s disability as a disadvantage, her work ethic, courage, hope, and ability to see past her disability propel her forward. She came to a Goodwill job fair in 2021. Amanda is enrolled in the Goodwill Employment Support program and is employed through Goodwill Staffing Services as part of the A.N.D. set-aside contract.

Named for Goodwill team member Arline Docherty in 2019, this award recognizes a Goodwill team member who exemplifies the mission of Goodwill and displays the values of unselfish service to people with disabilities or other disadvantaging conditions. In addition to being the top-performing softlines production associate in our organization, for nearly twenty years Maria has trained and mentored her colleagues. Maria immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and despite English being her second language, she doesn’t allow language to be a barrier to her making the store a welcoming place for team members and shoppers alike.

Our 2023 Award Recipients

Our 2022 Award Recipients

Our 2020 Award Recipients