Goodwill San Antonio Celebrates Community Impact During 71st Anniversary Event
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Two local leaders honored for their partnership with Goodwill.
October 6, 2016
Last year, Goodwill San Antonio served 24,799 individuals at their Good Career Centers, and placed 2,333 people from the Alamo City and surrounding communities in competitive jobs. The agency also proudly employs individuals with disabilities, a segment of the population with the highest unemployment rate.
The impact Goodwill has on the community was shared by President and CEO Kevin Bergner during the organization’s 71st Anniversary Celebration luncheon, “Creating Jobs … Changing Lives” on September 20 at the Pearl Stable. Bergner was joined by Mayor Ivy Taylor, who delivered the keynote speech.
Mayor Taylor recognized Goodwill for working to increase access to employment and education for those seeking jobs and career advancement. “This is what Goodwill San Antonio set out to do 71 years ago,” she said. “Bill Sinkin and all those who have followed him, including the nearly 1,400 Goodwill team members today, represent a unified effort to build an infrastructure of opportunity for this community. They are working to build a bridge for those who have been left stranded by poverty or lack of education.”
During the 71st anniversary celebration, Goodwill San Antonio honored two individuals for their outstanding contributions and partnerships with Goodwill and the community.
- Recipient of the Bill Sinkin Partnership Award is Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development of the Alamo Colleges. Through a strong partnership, Dr. Zaragoza and Goodwill have made important investments in education and training to help individuals gain skills and build career pathways at Goodwill San Antonio’s Good Careers Academy. Dr. Zaragoza has earned international recognition for his innovation and dedication to improving the quality of workforce development training and education. He has worked with area businesses, school districts, and community stakeholders to implement partnerships that have resulted in tens of thousands of individuals receiving the highest quality workforce training in the country.
- Charles Lutz III, former Goodwill Chair of the Board, received the Jim Matson Inspiration Award. This distinguished award recognizes an individual who has made a notable impact on Goodwill and in the community. As President of Intercontinental Wealth Advisors, Lutz’s interest in volunteerism was spawned by his parents and grandparents, all of whom were active in their communities. Among the many Boards he led as Chair, such as the Alamo Heights School Board, the YMCA, the Special Olympics and the San Antonio Symphony, Goodwill has been fortunate to benefit from eight years of his leadership and guidance. Although his official years of service to the Board have ended, he continues to serve and help guide Goodwill San Antonio’s work to ensure future board members are among the highest caliber of leaders.
Founded in 1945 by William “Bill” Sinkin and a handful of local community leaders, Goodwill has remained constant and committed to their mission to help individuals overcome barriers and improve their lives. Goodwill has since expanded and strengthened their delivery of services and now provides thousands of people each year with training, education, employment and other support services through their Good Careers Academies, Good Career Centers, Contract Services and the Veterans Resource and Career Center.
Nearly 90 cents of every dollar generated from the sale of donated goods is spent directly on Goodwill San Antonio’s mission of changing lives through the power of work.
To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in San Antonio and the surrounding communities, visit www.goodwillsa.org.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, job placement and related individualized services to nearly 25,000 individuals annually in South Central Texas. In addition to operating 20 retail stores, 34 donation stations and 12 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, Kerrville, Laredo, New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates three Good Careers Academies and manages 18 contracts for the U.S. government for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.