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2019 Goodwill Inspiration Awards








11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St., Wilmington, De 19801

Join us at the 2019 Goodwill Inspiration Awards to celebrate and recognize individuals, organizations and businesses who have overcome barriers to employment and believe in the strength of the Power of Work.

Tickets are on sale now!

Purchase an individual FRIEND OF GOODWILL ticket for $100. Buy online (tickets include a third-party credit card processing fee) or print our reply card and mail a check to:

The Goodwill Center
ATTN: Inspiration Awards 2019
300 E. Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802

Sponsorship Opportunities  

Align your brand with a mission and vision that transforms lives through the Power of Work!

As the sponsor of a Goodwill program, your dollars help to fund skills training, job placement, and employment support programs for residents of Delaware and Delaware County who are experiencing barriers to self-sufficiency.

Sponsors will benefit from brand awareness at the Inspiration Awards Luncheon and throughout 2019. Download our prospectus and contact Leah Coles, Director of Business and Community Development at 302.504.3554 or lcoles@GoodwillDE.org, to learn more!

Goodwill Industries is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions in excess of $35 per person are tax deductible.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for people with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work.

Our Vision

Empower People
Strengthen Families
Build Communities

Inspiration Awards

The Goodwill Inspiration Awards celebrate and recognize individuals who have overcome barriers to employment, and organizations and businesses who believe in the strength of the Power of Work! Nominations are put forward by Goodwill team members and vetted through Goodwill’s executive leadership. The following awards may be given at the 2019 luncheon.

Graduate of the Year
Awarded to a client who is an excellent example of how Goodwill training programs can lead to successful employment. This person has excelled in learning the skills necessary for competitive employment. The Goodwill Graduate of the Year must have successfully completed one or more training programs, have overcome multiple barriers to employment and been in competitive employment for more than six months.

Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Achievement Award
The award named in honor of Senator William V. Roth, Jr., who was a pioneer in advancing the rights of people with barriers, advocating the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, is given to an employee who has demonstrated that integrated employment promotes self-esteem and good job performance. This employee has learned the skills necessary for success in the workplace, has consistently demonstrated appropriate work behaviors, has become dependable through good attendance and work production, and over time, has developed a positive work ethic and increased self esteem.

Team Member of the Year
Recognizes an individual who exceeds the minimum requirements of a Goodwill team member by assisting Goodwill in achieving it’s mission. This person has gone beyond the “call of duty” in showing “goodwill” to individuals who are disabled and disadvantaged to finding employment.

Business Partner of the Year
Awarded to a company that not only contracts Goodwill Services, but has also shown commitment and support to Goodwill’s mission.

Community Partner of the Year
Awarded annually to a business or organization that has shown commitment and support to Goodwill’s mission.

Employer of the Year
Awarded to a company or business that has encouraged the full integration of people with disabilities into the workforce and into the social activities of the company. The company selected has offered jobs to people with barriers to employment with open and fair hiring practices, made reasonable accommodations, when needed, in keeping with ADA standards, and has remained open to employer liaison.

Personal Achievement Award
Awarded to a client who has overcome barriers in his or her life to achieve personal goals for success in both the workplace and in daily life. The client who receives this award must have continued to grow on the job while achieving personal goals in addition to employment such as obtaining a driver’s license, GED or moving into his/her own apartment.

2019 Goodwill Inspiration Awards Committee

Steve Blewitt*
IFS Benefits

Doug Clark*
DC Partnerships

Leah Coles
Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County

Richard Forsten*
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

Dr. LaVerne Harmon
Wilmington University

Dr. Maria  Hess
Wilmington University

Logan Herring*
Kingswood Community Center

Mark Hutton*
M&T Bank

Richard LaPenta*
IFS Insurance

Trish McFarland
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Connie Montana
Bank of America

Colleen Morrone
Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County

Laird Stabler
Laird Stabler & Associates, LLC

Wendie Stabler
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

Ted Van Name*
Goodwill, President Emeritus

Enid Wallace-Simms
Delmarva Power

*Current or past Goodwill Board member.

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Goodwill Inspiration Awards Luncheon!


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