Last week, Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia hosted the grand finale to its yearlong 75th anniversary. The celebration was a culmination of a year filled with commemorations and events, honoring the organization’s significant milestone.
Goodwill’s 75th Anniversary Awards Reception took place at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, NJ. The evening’s spotlight shone brightly on Holman, a family-owned automotive service company, as they received Goodwill’s esteemed Helms Award. This accolade recognizes Holman’s unwavering dedication to philanthropy in South Jersey and beyond. Holman’s commitment extends beyond the $4 million donated to local charities but also to their employees actively engaged in volunteering. Last year, over 1,700 Holman volunteers put in more than 5,000 community service hours, showcasing the power of collective goodwill. Goodwill itself had the privilege of benefiting from Holman’s Days of Caring, where volunteers painted the offices at Goodwill’s corporate headquarters on October 5th.
Funds raised from the event support Goodwill’s Helms Academy, a program that offers tuition-free basic adult education, allowing those who left high school to earn their diploma and college credits simultaneously.
A Visual Journey Through History
One of the most visually captivating aspects of the anniversary celebration was the creation of a timeline photo montage in Goodwill’s corporate headquarters. This collage served as a vivid journey through the organization’s 75-year history, showcasing numerous milestones, events, and the touching stories of individuals whose lives were positively impacted by Goodwill’s work.
75 Acts of Good
In the spirit of celebrating 75 years of goodwill, Goodwill encouraged its employees to carry out 75 Acts of Good. This heartwarming initiative ranged from volunteering to acts of kindness, emphasizing the vital role of individuals in making the world a better place. Goodwill’s 75 Acts of Good is a collective effort that extends beyond the workplace.
This 75th anniversary celebration is a testament to Goodwill’s past, present, and future endeavors in fostering goodwill and making a meaningful difference in the lives of many. Your contributions make a significant difference in helping individuals achieve their educational goals and build brighter futures. Thank you for being a part of this journey.
Happy 75 Years of Goodwill!