Nominations are now open for the 23rd annual Power of Work Awards, hosted by Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The Power of Work Awards recognizes 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 13, 2019. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 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 60 different southwestern Pennsylvania area businesses.

The Awards are open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

“Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves and anyone can win,” said Gabi Lloyd, Development Specialist for Goodwill SWPA. “Employment agencies and other community organizations should strongly consider nominating the employers they work with that are giving people second chances and promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace.”

Winners of the 2019 Power of Work Awards in the HIRE category were Joseph Tambellini Restaurant and Tri-Boro Development for their exceptional hiring principles, which include efforts to hire people reentering society after incarceration. Asbury Heights was the recipient of the HELP category award for providing a welcoming environment for people with disabilities to obtain work experience in various work areas at their senior living community.

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


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