Goodwill Industries calls for nominations

Albuquerque, New Mexico — Goodwill Industries of New Mexico is seeking nominations for its second annual EDGAR AWARDS IN HUMAN SERVICES to recognize outstanding New Mexicans in the field of human services, and those who support human services.

The public is invited to submit nominations in the six categories listed below. Nomination forms and simple guidelines are available at www.goodwillnm.org or by calling 881-6401, ext. 1879. There is no charge for nominating; individuals may self-nominate. Nominations must be delivered or postmarked on or before February 29, 2008.

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.

Each honoree will receive a unique award created by New Mexico fiber artist Renee Gentz. The awards will be presented at a celebration dinner on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. KOB-TV news anchor Nicole Brady will MC the event. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds from the dinner and accompanying silent auction will benefit individuals with barriers to employment who receive vocational services at Goodwill.
The award categories are:

• 2007 Human Services Executive of the Year – Outstanding human services executive at any nonprofit, private or government agency in New Mexico.

• 2007 Human Services Employee of the Year – Outstanding human services employee at any nonprofit, private or government agency in New Mexico.

• 2007 Human Service Volunteer of the Year – Outstanding volunteer at any human service nonprofit agency in New Mexico.

• 2007 Human Service Legislator of the Year – Outstanding legislator championing the cause of human services.

• 2007 Youth Leader in Human Services Award – Outstanding individual under the age of 18 who has contributed to the field of human services.

• 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award – To recognize an individual who has dedicated his or her life to human services.

The 2007 Edgar Award winners were: Executive of the Year, Jenny Martinez, Director of the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging; Employee of the Year, Edward J. Kaul, Community Services Director at ARCA; Volunteer of the Year, Melanie Pendergast, founding Board member of S.A.F.E. House; Legislator of the Year, Debbie O’Malley, Albuquerque City Councilor; and Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Grange, teacher for the Albuquerque Public Schools’ ACCESS Program.

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 www.goodwillnm.org.