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Press Release: Goodwill Industries seeks nominations for Human Services


Albuquerque – Goodwill Industries of New Mexico is seeking nominations for its

Fourth Annual EDGAR AWARDS IN HUMAN SERVICES to recognize outstanding New

Mexicans in the field of human services.

The awards will be presented at a gala fundraising dinner on Saturday, March 27th at

Albuquerque’s Embassy Suites Hotel, beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $60 per person and

available at 505-881-6401, ext. 1819.

The public is invited to submit nominations in the five categories listed below. There is no

charge for nominating. Individuals or organizations may self-nominate. Nominations must be

delivered or postmarked on or before February 1, 2010. Nomination forms and easy guidelines

are available at or by calling

881-6401, ext. 1879.

The Awards are named after Edgar Helms, founder of Goodwill Industries in 1906 in Boston,

Massachusetts. It is his leadership and philosophy of caring for the needs of all humanity that

drives Goodwill’s mission and programming.

KOB-TV news anchor, Nicole Brady, will MC the event. Proceeds from the dinner and

accompanying silent auction will benefit individuals who receive job training, placement and

retention services at Goodwill’s ten locations around the state.

The award categories are:

• 2010 Human Services Employee of the Year – Outstanding human

services employee at any nonprofit, private or government agency in New

Mexico. This category may include case managers, nurses, social workers,

department heads and more.

• 2010 Human Service Volunteer of the Year – Outstanding volunteer at

any human service nonprofit agency in New Mexico.

• 2010 Human Service Organization of the Year - This award honors an

outstanding nonprofit organization, school or government agency serving

others in New Mexico.

• 2010 Chairman’s Award - This award recognizes the achievements of

individuals in the human services field specially selected by Goodwill’s

Board Chairman.

• 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award – To recognize an individual who has

dedicated his or her life to human services.

In addition, Goodwill will recognize an Employer Partner of the Year, a Shirley J. Herbert

Achiever of the Year and a Goodwill Employee of the Year, nominated by Goodwill


Over 70 years ago, Goodwill founder Reverend Edgar Helms wrote: “It would be well if those

who are trying to lift the world out of our present economic slump would study the workings of

the Goodwill Industries….It is saving the waste of things. It is salvaging cast-off materials and,

in the process, is paying self-respecting wages to thousands… The Goodwill Industries is

organized to save material waste and turn it into human well-being. … [Goodwill] stands at the

very bottom of the industrial ladder. It gives opportunity to those broken by all kinds of

misfortunes. Not by condescending snobbishness, but by brotherly cooperation it seeks to

rebuild the lives and fortunes of the neediest.”

Goodwill Industries of New Mexico was founded in 1941 with the mission to provide skill

development and work opportunities for people with barriers to employment. Goodwill

defines barriers as learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, age, lack of education, single

parenthood, language barriers, extended absence from the workforce (e.g. displaced homemakers

or disabled veterans), felony history, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence,

physical challenges, and homelessness or near homelessness.

For more information about Goodwill and its programs, call 881-6401 ext. 1879, or visit


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