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Goodwill awards honor achievers, SCAD, Gulfstream

Goodwill Southeast Georgia held its annual Community Awards and Dinner Thursday night at the Andaz Savannah, honoring the partners who are working to advance the organization’s mission to assist those overcoming disabilities and barriers to become employed.

“Their willingness to collaborate with us to develop our programs, deliver our services and put people to work is essential for us to maximize our impact,” said Michael J. Winckler, president and CEO of Goodwill Southeast Georgia, of the community partnerships

“The community benefits greatly from a collaborative and coordinated effort to help those that need us most. We believe every member of our community should have the opportunity to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency”

Those honored were:

Sarah Figuerido, Goodwill Achiever of the Year. Figuerido was celebrated as a program participant who brought focus and commitment to her job placement plan after high school.

Through her work to develop strong job readiness skills, she succeeded in securing a position in her desired field.

• Akelo Stone, Young Achiever of the Year. Stone, a student at Johnson High School, was matched to a mentor through the GoodGuides youth mentorship program.

Through this experience, he developed successful ways to channel his natural abilities. He has become a leader within his peer group and is positively guiding others.

Gulfstream, Business Partnership Award. The Business Partnership Award celebrates a local for-profit business that demonstrates its ongoing commitment to Goodwill’s mission to assist individuals to become employed. Gulfstream’s commitment to Goodwill Southeast Georgia began more than 25 years ago when they partnered with Goodwill to form the G-Force manufacturing division.

A modest undertaking in a corner of the Goodwill warehouse has grown to become a Tier 4 Gulfstream supplier. Gulfstream’s support was instrumental in achieving AS9100C quality certification in 2016.

Savannah College of Art and Design, Green Partnership Award. The Green Partnership Award celebrates a for-profit business that actively supports Goodwill’s commitment to responsible recycling and keeping items out of the waste stream.

The Savannah College of Art and Design has partnered with Goodwill since spring 2013 to provide students the opportunity to donate unwanted goods to Goodwill during the resident move-out period. Their support of “Goodwill, Not Landfill” places convenient donation drop points at 11 residence areas. As a result, almost 150,000 pounds have been diverted from landfills to date.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Community Partnership Award. The Community Partnership Award celebrates a community organization whose partnership with Goodwill results in collective impact. Savannah-Chatham County Public School System embraced the Goodwill GoodGuides mentorship program in 2014.

Through this partnership, more than 130 at-risk youth have received support and guidance to learn about careers, prepare for success, build career plans and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work.

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