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 http://www.goodwillnm.org/communications/edgar-awards.htm 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
• 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