Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & E. Central Ohio honored individuals & community partners on May 26, 2022, at Kent State Stark.
CANTON, OH – May 26, 2022 – The annual event allows Goodwill to report back to the community on their mission programs, operations, and overall impact.
“This annual event provides us the opportunity to share the success of our participants and recognize the outstanding work of area businesses and community leaders.” said Anne Richards, President and CEO of Goodwill.
The breakfast included an auction, and highlighted the 25th anniversary of COMPASS, which serves survivors of sexual assault. Goodwill also handed out several annual awards:
Employer of the Year award recipient, Dioguardi’s Italian Market & Deli in Canton, was honored for the organization’s commitment to hire people with disabilities and provide opportunities for vocational rehabilitation through Goodwill Industries.
Goodwill employee Patty Lohr was presented with the Ken Weber Servant Leadership employee recognition award for her dedication and leadership to both the retail and mission aspects of Goodwill.
The Tuscarawas County Victims’ Assistance program received an Excellence in Collaboration award. The Victims’ Assistance program and Goodwill’s COMPASS Program work closely to serve and advocate for survivors of sexual assault.
Kaylee Frazier was honored as Achiever of the Year for her success in the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP). The CCMEP program works with individuals to obtain desired job skills, financial literacy, and soft skills to assist in achieving career goals.
Marlene Sullenberger received the Edgar J. Helms Outstanding Achiever Award. Sullenberger participated in Goodwill’s Dream To Achieve program which culminated with her gaining employment and attaining her personal goals.
Casi Barbera was honored as the Graduate of the Year Award for her successful completion of Goodwill’s Parenting Program and Home-Based Parenting Program. Goodwill’s parenting programs work with individuals, and families, to strengthen the family unit, end cycles of abuse, and provide education on nutrition, financial literacy, early childhood development, and more.
In 2021, more than 815,000 community members donated to Goodwill, which in turn helped impact more than 14,400 local lives and diverted more than 18 million pounds of materials from landfills.
ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF GREATER CLEVELAND AND EAST CENTRAL OHIO:
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., (“Goodwill”) is a proven social enterprise that works closely with other non-profit agencies as well as community businesses to prepare people for a variety of stable career options and in turn, a more productive and sustainable way of life. Revenue from its retail stores helps Goodwill provide people with the life changing, skill-building programs and services needed to remove common barriers to good jobs. Goodwill impacts the lives of thousands of residents in the 10 counties it serves: Cuyahoga, Geauga, part of Lake, Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, and Harrison in Ohio, and Brooke and Hancock in West Virginia. Learn more at www.GoodwillGoodSkills.org.