GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF DELAWARE AND DELAWARE COUNTY DESIGNATED AS A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE Delaware Goodwill to receive its award during Goodwill’s annual Spring Conference
Wilmington, DE — Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County has been announced as one of three local Goodwill® organizations to be designated as a 2017 Center of Excellence. Beginning in 2001, with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Goodwill Industries International launched the designation to recognize local Goodwill organizations with excellent family strengthening practices. The Goodwill Center of Excellence designation is the next generation of mission-focused recognition. Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County is recognized for its GOODworks program, a work-based learning experience offering career exploration activities, interest inventories, and an introduction to the retail and customer service fields. The goal of this program is to provide students with disabilities, ages 14 to 21, an opportunity to transition to meaningful employment after graduation. The program has drastically increased community awareness of the programs that Goodwill provides and has expanded its service reach. GOODWorks started as a summer pilot program and now spans across five school districts and two counties, with three of its own retail locations. Students are currently on a wait list, eager for a chance to participate in the program. “The GOODworks program is so important to our fulfilling mission through community and family strengthening,” said Colleen Morrone, president and CEO of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. “In only three years, we have provided job training and employment skills to countless Delaware youth and young adults who otherwise likely would not have received it.” In addition to GOODworks, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provides training for job opportunities from sustainability cleaning to working as a cashier, as well as financial coaching, among other services. “Goodwill Industries International understands how important it is to provide meaningful employment opportunities to youth and young adults, especially to those with barriers to employment,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “What Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County is doing with the GOODworks program is remarkable, and we are proud to recognize the organization as a 2017 Center of Excellence.” Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County will be recognized as a Center of Excellence at Goodwill’s Spring Conference in Sarasota, FL, alongside two other organizations:
In recognition of their achievement and three-year designations, the local Goodwill organizations will each receive a $2,500 award and a plaque recognizing its exemplary work.
Neumann University Center for Leadership to Host Panel Discussion on Identifying and Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Human Resources and Legal professionals will present on new developments every employer needs to know
ASTON, PA – Neumann University’s Center for Leadership will host a workshop on sexual harassment in the workplace on Tuesday, May 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Employment law attorneys and human resource professionals will provide information on issues related to sexual harassment including the current landscape, employee rights, and best practices for employers related to training, establishing office policies, putting in place reporting structures, and reviewing complaints. A mock sexual harassment deposition and Q&A panel to answer attendee questions will be held following the panelists’ individual presentations. “With the increased media focus on sexual harassment, many employees and employers want to make sure they are taking the proper steps to protect individual rights while maintaining regular business operations,” said Danielle McNichol, General Counsel of Neumann University and Director of the Center for Leadership. “This program will provide both employees and employers with valuable information on sexual harassment in the workplace, including rights, responsibilities, and best practices.” The program, entitled Sexual Harassment and You: What Every Employer and Employee Needs to Know, is free and open to the public. It will take place in the John J. Mullen Communication Center within the Bruder Life Center on Neumann University’s campus. Human relations professionals can earn continuing HR education credits through the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Attendees can register online at http://neumannpublicsafety.com/course/sexual-harassment-policies-and-prevention/ The panel will consist of professionals in employment law and human relations who will offer their expert insights on the current landscape, legal issues and rights, and effective employer polices related to sexual harassment in the workplace. Scheduled panelists for this event include Lori Armstrong Halber and Rick Grimaldi, attorneys at the law firm of Fisher Phillips; David Hackett, an attorney at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor; and Alison Diflorio, Managing Partner, Human Capital Management, Exude, Inc. Attorneys who attend can obtain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit through the Delaware County Bar Association and human relations professionals can earn continuing HR education credits through the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). CEU credits are available through the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors WHO: Employment law and human relations professionals WHAT: Sexual Harassment panel and discussion WHERE: Neumann University, John J. Mullen Communication Center (Building #3 on Campus Map: https://www.neumann.edu/about/images/maps/campus_map.pdf) 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014 WHEN: Tuesday, May 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Calling All Book Clubs: Are You Up for a Challenge?
As the new movie Book Club reaches screens this weekend, a local book club is issuing a unique challenge. The AfterWords Book Club recently celebrated 20 years of reading and discussing books together. Started by Nancy Waxman of Drexel Hill, the group has enjoyed lots of special events during their 20 years together, including author appearances, visits to community agencies, and special meals—all based on the book they were reading at the time. To honor the very first book the group read, An Angel for Emily by Jude Deveraux, Waxman even baked two cakes to serve during the discussion: one angel food and one devil’s food. Twenty years together is an amazing accomplishment in itself, but the way this group commemorated the milestone takes their love of books to a new level. To celebrate the “joy of reading,” the group made a creative and generous donation to the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC), an organization that provides free instruction to adults who struggle with reading. Members donated $1 for each year the book club has been in existence ($20 per member), resulting in a $260 donation. “We know how much we enjoy books, and we couldn’t imagine what it would be like not to be able to read. We wanted to give the gift of literacy to others,” said Waxman. But the group wasn’t satisfied with just making a donation. The AfterWords Book Club is calling on other book clubs in the area to build on their initial act of generosity. They are challenging clubs to make an anniversary gift to the Literacy Council, using the formula “number of members multiplied by number of years.” They’re calling this effort “The Book Club Challenge for Literacy” (#BookClubChallenge2018). “It will be so exciting to see other book clubs step up,” said AfterWords member Lillian Franklin of Broomall. “It will be our own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge!” So, book clubs in the area, consider yourself challenged! Book clubs interested in taking the challenge can call Susan at 610-876-4811 or visit http://bit.ly/Literacy-BCC (case sensitive). Participating clubs will be featured on DCLC’s website and Facebook page. Founded in 1975, the Literacy Council offers free one-on-one tutoring and instruction in reading, writing, math, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL). DCLC’s programs are free to local adults and are available through the generosity of a countywide network of volunteers. For more information about DCLC or about becoming a volunteer, visit www.delcoliteracy.org.
AfterWords Book Club The AfterWords Book Club is challenging other book groups to support literacy with a donation to the Delaware County Literacy Council. Information about the Book Club Challenge for Literacy can be found at http://bit.ly/Literacy-BCC (case sensitive).