Our volunteers, like our team members, make it possible for us to achieve our mission of changing people’s lives through the power of work. To close Goodwill Industries Week with a bang, we’d like to share the story of one of our major supporters–long time volunteer and Goodwill advocate Cheryl Keller.
Although she’s been an active volunteer for the past two decades, since she retired from Bank of America in 2007, Cheryl has increased her presence at Goodwill, using her financial, analytical and strategic planning skills to improve programs and services for our team members who face financial challenges. She’s spent countless hours analyzing financial needs surveys of our team members, has met with allied agencies to help form strategic partnerships to provide critical financial education, credit counseling and foreclosure prevention services, and she has developed and structured special loan funds through our credit union to provide our team members with alternatives to payday lenders and high interest credit card financing. “One of Cheryl’s strengths is her ability to combine passion and intellect to inspire change,” says Michael Elder, our president and CEO.
In short, Cheryl has been a true hero for Goodwill. We’re thrilled to announce that in addition to receiving our regional Volunteer of the Year Award at our Cornerstone Celebration on May 20, she will also be honored by Goodwill Industries International (GII) with the 2010 Elsine Katz Volunteer Leader of the Year Award at the GII Delegate Assembly in Tacoma, Washington on June 27.