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  • News Release: 1/26/2017

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    January 26, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Contact:
    Suzanne Gunning, VP of Community Engagement
    816-863-1558
    sgunning@mokangoodwill.org
     
    Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas
    2017 Power of Work Awards
    Nominations Open
    Recognizing Extraordinary Leadership in the Quest to Empower Local Job Seekers.
    First-ever The Bob Smart Legacy Award to be Presented
    Sponsorships and Tickets Available
     
    Kansas City, MO (Jan. 26, 2017) – The non-profit agency Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas has opened nominations for the six 2017 Power of Work Awards scheduled to be given at the luncheon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Grand Street Café (4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO).  The Goodwill Power of Work Awards showcases  the strength and success of Goodwill clients who have overcome barriers and continue to bravely build Kansas City’s workforce, and the local businesses that support them. More than 300 influential corporate and community leaders join together to honor local employers who hire individuals with different abilities and disadvantages. All proceeds will benefit Goodwill programs and services.  Information on nominations, tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

    Jeremy Allen, Honorary Chair from Commerce Bank and Chair of the Board of Directors for Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas, stated, “These awards are a significant and visible statement of the community’s widespread commitment to empower people with disadvantages and different abilities. Goodwill’s mission has been embraced throughout all sectors, large and small, and our communities are better for it. We look forward to shining a well-deserved light on these good works to not only reinforce these efforts but to foster more commitment in the future.”

    The inaugural Bob Smart Legacy Award will be given this year in recognition of a for-profit organization with 500+ employees that has a history of diversity in workplace opportunities by aligning with Goodwill’s mission and vision to competitively employ people with disadvantages and different abilities. This award is named in memoriam of Bob Smart, appointed to the Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas Board of Directors in 1958, and who remained on the board for 58 years until his passing in March of 2016.

    Robbie Smart, a son of Bob Smart, stated, “The family is so honored to have our father’s deep commitment to service to the community recognized by this lasting tribute. We look forward to bestowing the inaugural award to a worthy business and paying his vision forward.”

    Nominations can be made online here by February 14, 2017.

    Bright Future Award
    The Goodwill 2017 Bright Future Award recognizes a graduate of Goodwill’s Quest Academy or Project Search who succeed in spite of a disadvantage or different ability. Winner must be competitively employed by a non-Goodwill employer.  Nominations can be made online here.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Nominee must have completed the Quest Academy or Project Search career services program and have been placed into either full or part-time competitive employment.
    • Nominee must have been employed before January 27th, 2017, by an employer other than Goodwill, and must have maintained continuous employment up to and including the time of nomination.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in overcoming barriers to employment.
    • Previous nominees are eligible if they continue to meet all criteria. 
    Empowerment Award
    The Empowerment Award recognizes a person with a compelling story of success, who, with the help of Goodwill services, has overcome significant challenges and is competitively employed. This nominee is on the path to a successful future. Nominations can be made online here.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Nominee has been involved with Goodwill programs for at least a few months, ideally a year or more.
    • Nominee is competitively employed in Greater Kansas City.
    • Nominee must have participated in any Goodwill program or service.
    • Nominee must have made outstanding progress in overcoming barriers to employment, as measured against goals set by administrative and professional Goodwill staff members. Consideration should be given to progress, productivity and achievement.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated significant personal and vocational progress and development.
    • Nominee must have been employed before January 27, 2017, and must have maintained employment with same up to and including the time of nomination.
    • Previous nominees are eligible if they continue to meet all criteria. 
    Generational Strength Award
    The Generational Strength Award recognizes a person with a disadvantage or different ability whose family has been positively impacted by the individual's employment. The nominee has a strong family support system and has gained the tools to improve the household’s health, housing, education, transportation and/or confidence. Nominations can be made online here.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Nominee has been involved with Goodwill programs for at least a few months, ideally a year or more.
    • Nominee must have participated in any Goodwill program or service.
    • Nominee is competitively employed in Greater Kansas City.
    • Nominee must have made outstanding progress in overcoming barriers to employment, as measured against goals set by administrative and professional Goodwill mission services members. Consideration should be given to progress, productivity and achievement.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated significant personal and vocational adjustment and development.
    •  Nominee must have been employed before January 27, 2016, and must have maintained employment with same up to and including the time of nomination.
    • Previous nominees are eligible if they continue to meet all criteria.
    The Bob Smart Legacy Award

    The Bob Smart Legacy Award recognizes a for-profit organization with 500+ employees that has a history of diversity in workplace opportunities by aligning with Goodwill’s mission and vision to competitively employ people with disadvantages and different abilities. This award is named in memoriam of Bob Smart, appointed to the Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas Board of Directors in 1958, and who remained on the board for 58 years until his passing in March of 2016.  Nominations can be made online here.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Open to for-profit organizations with 500+ employees
    • The nominee must demonstrate excellence and innovation in employment practices for persons with a different ability and disadvantage. The employer should demonstrate economic or social impact on the persons served.
    • The nominee must demonstrate leadership and innovation in empowering persons with a different ability and disadvantage to become more self-sufficient. 
    Corporate Visionary Award
    The Corporate Visionary Awards recognizes a for-profit organization that has practices, policies, and culture to include populations that have been marginalized in line with Goodwill’s vision to lead innovative practices that promote individual self-sustainability for people who have been marginalized. Nominations can be made online here.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Open to all for-profit organizations
    • The nominee must demonstrate excellence, policies, and innovation in employment practices for persons with a different ability and disadvantage. The employer should demonstrate economic, culture or social impact on the persons served.
    • The employer nominee must demonstrate leadership and innovation in empowering persons with a different ability and disadvantage to become more self-sufficient.
    • Be committed to good business practices
    • Have a good history of employee relations 
    Community Impact Award
    The Community Impact Award recognizes a small for-profit organization that contributes to the community through hiring practices that align with Goodwill’s mission and vision. Nominations can be made online here.
    Eligibility Requirements
    • Open to small for-profit organizations with 250 or fewer employees
    • The nominee must demonstrate excellence and innovation in employment practices for persons with a different ability and disadvantage. The employer should demonstrate a social impact on the persons served.
    • The nominee must demonstrate leadership and innovation in empowering persons with a different ability and disadvantage to become more self-sufficient.
    • Be committed to good business practices
    • Have a good history of employee relations 
    About Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas
     
    Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency whose mission is to empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services. In 2015, nearly 1.5 million purchases and 450,000 donations funded our mission. 90¢ of every dollar Goodwill spends supports the mission locally with programs like Quest Academy which gives urban youth with disadvantages and different abilities a real-life work experience and soft skills to enter the workforce, GoodWORKS Career Resource Centers, which provide free career exploration assistance and is open to the public, and the Career Impact Program that pairs individuals with different abilities with career navigators and career coaches to succeed in the workplace.Goodwill has a rich history of more than 120 years of service in and around Kansas City. The agency has 14 stores with additional donation sites and GoodWORKS Career Resource Centers.

    As a member of Goodwill Industries International, we are a part of the world's largest and most successful network to provide employment and training services for people with different abilities.

    Goodwill is a leader in sustainability, annually diverting 15 million pounds of computers, paper, clothing and textiles from area landfills, recovering the value through resale and recycle.
    Learn more at www.mokangoodwill.org. To see all the good we do together, follow us on Facebook, Google +,  Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.
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    Contact:
    Ellen McDonald, Publicist
    ellen@mershonandmcdonald.com, (816) 444-0052
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