Congressman Carter named Goodwill’s 2019 Policymaker Leader

April 24, 2019 

Congressman Earl Leroy “Buddy” Carter (R-GA-01) has been named by Goodwill Industries International as a 2019 National Policymaker Award recipient.  The award recognizes elected officials who have demonstrated support of Goodwill’s public policy and legislative agenda.

Congressman Carter was nominated by Goodwill Southeast Georgia (Savannah) for his consistent and valued advocacy on behalf of the organization. “Congressman Carter understands the impact we are making in the First District.” said Michael Winckler, president and CEO of Goodwill Southeast Georgia.  “He has spoken from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing our work to strengthen our community through improving workforce skills and opportunity and he has a commendable record supporting legislation helpful to the people we serve.”

“These awards recognize lawmakers who support the vital mission of Goodwill through important policies,” said Steve Preston, president and CEO at Goodwill Industries International. “Through endorsement and support from our champions in Congress, the needs of Goodwill program participants have been reflected through legislation, advocacy events, high-level committee meetings, and other profound means of advocating for our program participants.”

Goodwill announced the award at the Goodwill Industries International’s annual advocacy event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Other honorees included Representative Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Representative

Robert Woodall (R-GA-07), Representative Mark Walker (R-NC-06), Representative Richard Neal (D-MA-01), and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA-04), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) and Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03).


The GII Policymaker Leader Award (for current U.S. representatives and senators), honors elected officials who support Goodwill’s public policy and legislative agenda.


Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc., DBA Goodwill Southeast Georgia, is a highly diversified 501© (3) social enterprise that funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items.  Goodwill Southeast Georgia operates 17 stores and 4 Career Centers in 33 Georgia and South Carolina counties.  Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services including custodial, grounds keeping, staffing services, packaging and assembly and fabrication.  For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit  Find us on Facebook at Goodwill Southeast Georgia follow us on Twitter at @GoodwillSEGA


Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 160 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. For the past three years, Goodwill was ranked in the top five brands that inspired consumers the most with its mission in the World Value Index, commissioned by the creative agency, enso. Goodwill has been on Forbes’ list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years, the only nonprofit featured on that list.

Goodwill helps people facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities, veterans and military families, youth and young adults, older workers, people reintegrating into society, and others working to advance their careers. Local Goodwill organizations build revenues and expand employment opportunities by contracting with commercial, state, government and non-government organizations to provide a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance, flexible staffing, food service, manufacturing and contracts packaging, reverse logistics, document imaging and shredding, and laundry services.

Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 288,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 38 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than two million people received in-person services.

For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, visit, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: GoodwillIntl.


Neychea Colvin

Public Relations and Communications Specialist

Goodwill Southeast Georgia



Cynthia Barnes

Vice President, Community Engagement

Goodwill Southeast Georgia