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Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania today announced the winners of its 2016 Power of Work Awards, which honors employers and organizations for their efforts in support of workforce development. Selected from 80 nominees, the winners are:
Construction Junction – Founded in 1999, Construction Junction (CJ) is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to supporting and promoting conservation and community engagement through the reuse of building materials. Over the years, CJ has become a Pittsburgh institution and nonprofit leader known for its collaborative spirit and drive to innovate to positively impact the local community. The organization works with partners like Goodwill SWPA to provide valuable skills training, job shadowing, work experience and assessments to individuals with a wide range of barriers to employment.
Prospectors Group – Established in 1992, Prospectors Group is a privately owned call center that provides lead generation and out-bound customer services for clients who want to achieve greater return on their investments. Prospectors Group has partnered with Goodwill for many years to provide opportunities for non-traditional populations, particularly workers with criminal backgrounds, to focus on an individual’s potential rather than his or her past.
Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare –Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare is a Christian continuing care retirement community dedicated to providing living alternatives and high quality services to help meet the changing needs of its residents, their families and the communities it serves. The nonprofit organization supports more than 1,000 seniors annually on its three campuses (in Greensburg, Murrysville and North Huntingdon), and offers several workforce development initiatives to a growing number of Goodwill candidates. Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare collaborates with Goodwill to enrich lives and provide career paths to those seeking employment.
Square Café – Square Café is an award-winning, full-service breakfast and lunch restaurant in Regent Square that serves the highest quality food with the best customer service. The success of Square Café has afforded owner Sherree the opportunity to make life better for people who need a second chance. From creating new positions to offering internships, Square Café does whatever it can to help people maximize their unique talents and turn their lives around.
The winners of the 2016 Power of Work Awards will be honored at a ceremony and luncheon on November 17 in the ballroom of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Participating in the event, along with Goodwill clients and representatives of the winning organizations, will be Deborah Rice-Johnson, president of Highmark Health Plan, Highmark Inc. and Honorary Chairperson of the 2016 Power of Work Awards, and Bill Flanagan, chief corporate relations officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Emcee.
This year’s awards ceremony marks the 20th anniversary of the recognition program. Goodwill created the Power of Work Awards program in 1997 to acknowledge employers and organizations that make a major, positive impact on the lives of people with barriers to employment by providing employment opportunities and support programs. More than 50 different employers and organizations have won the award.