Great news on the Goodwill front: last week at Gracie Mansion, GoodwillNyNj received the 2011 Title I Employment Award!

Matthew Sapolin (Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities), Linda Scarce-Turner (GoodwillNyNj's EVP for Human Services), and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Our EVP for Human Services Linda Scarce-Turner accepted the award as part of a reception to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. Signed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has fostered independence, empowerment and inclusion for millions of Americans.

Mayor Bloomberg himself was in the house, and he set the tone of the event with his remarks: “Over the past nine years we have worked closely with many organizations focused on breaking down artificial barriers that prevent New Yorkers from being independent. Tonight, in the spirit of the ADA, we champion those who enable New Yorkers with disabilities to fully participate in all that our great city has to offer.”

Goodwill was given the award for our “overall commitment to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, including offering a wide range of long- and short-term employment and training services.”

Of course, our GoodwillNyNj services are funded in large part by you – it’s your shopping and donating choices that keep making this possible. Thank you for choosing Goodwill!

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