Goodwill Southeast Georgia Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2, 2019

GOODWILL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA MARKS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Recognizing “The Right Talent, Right Now” in October

 

Savannah, GA— Throughout the month of October, Goodwill Southeast Georgia is honoring the contributions of workers with disabilities by celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Each and every day, Goodwill mission services are offered in 590 counties within every U.S. state for anyone looking for a new job or a better career. Among the more than 35 million people served by Goodwill organizations last year, there were nearly 288,000 workers with disabilities who looked to Goodwill for help. Goodwill Southeast Georgia provided more than 137,000 hours of employment to individuals with disabilities.

NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress designated the first week in October to recognize people with disabilities and their potential.

This year’s theme for NDEAM, “The Right Talent, Right Now,” emphasizes the benefits of welcoming the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, to the workplace. At a time when unemployment is low, companies and organizations have a critical need for skilled and reliable workers of all backgrounds.

“We know that work can be a powerful source of pride, identity and self-sufficiency,” said Michael Winckler, President and CEO at Goodwill Southeast Georgia “Goodwill not only celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities, we also want to bring awareness to issues they face in gaining meaningful employment. By doing so, we help build stronger families and make Southeast Georgia more vibrant community with a stronger economy.”

One of those individuals with the right talent is Curly Evans, the assistant shift leader at Goodwill Southeast Georgia’s contracted site.  Although he has a disability, Curly continues to display his critical and creative thinking skills to help enhance and help mentor his peers. He has done this by learning and fine tuning the standards of the Association for the Healthcare Environment and the Environmental Services Technician.

Curly is a shining example of selfless-service. He volunteered his services to the United States Army, serving 4 years as a cook in Colorado and South Korea. He also provides support to his community by feeding and clothing those who are homeless and providing educational tools to under privileged youth.

“Every day, individuals with disabilities add significant value and talent to our workforce and economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now.”

To find out more about the job, skills and career services available at Goodwill Southeast Georgia visit https://goodwillsega.org/

To schedule an interview, please email ncolvin@goodwillsega.org.