Nominations are now open for the 22nd Power of Work Awards, sponsored by Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The Power of Work Awards recognize businesses in two categories – those that HIRE people with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment; and those that HELP workforce development by going the “extra mile” to offer work-related support and experiences. The HELP category was created in 2018 to recognize businesses who may not have the resources to hire individuals with employment barriers, but open their doors to provide opportunities for success to people with limited work experience and skills.

The nomination deadline is December 3, 2018. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Sheraton Station Square.

The goal of the Power of Work Awards program is to recognize the extraordinary workforce development efforts of local businesses, thus resulting in a better quality of life for individuals with personal challenges and their families. Since the program’s inception in 1997, Goodwill has presented Power of Work Awards to more than 50 different southwestern Pennsylvania area businesses.

The Awards are open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. “Anyone can submit a nomination and any business can receive the Power of Work Award,” said Gabi Lloyd, Development Specialist for Goodwill SWPA. “Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves, and nominations also may be submitted by employees, and referral agencies.”

Winners of the 2018 Power of Work Awards in the HIRE category were Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Busy Beaver and The David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Petco was the recipient of the first HELP category award.

An independent panel of human service and human resources professionals, civic leaders, and members of the academic community will evaluate the nominees’ efforts in support of workforce development and in creating enhanced opportunities for people who face various barriers to employment.

Nominations can be submitted online at  Traditional paper nomination forms are also available upon request. For more information, contact Gabi Lloyd at 412-632-1931 or


CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development
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