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A local Goodwill Industries employee was recognized Sunday for her efforts in targeting career services to the Hispanic population.

Elsa Bustamante, the Hispanic services manager at Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, received the Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff at a Goodwill Industries International annual delegate assembly meeting.  SPECIAL
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Elsa Bustamante, the Hispanic services manager at Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, received the Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff at a Goodwill Industries International annual delegate assembly meeting.

Elsa Bustamante, the Hispanic services manager at Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, received the Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff at a Goodwill Industries International annual delegate assembly meeting. Bustamante has been with the nonprofit organization for a decade.

Bustamante, who is bilingual and bicultural, is a trained instructor in English as a Second Language who formed Hispanic councils at the Augusta and Macon offices. The councils are a way for Hispanic-serving organizations to network and brainstorm ideas to better serve the community.

Goodwill’s Middle Georgia and CSRA centers have grown from serving just a handful of Hispanic clients in 2009 to more than 1,800 in 2012.

“It’s amazing what I have seen,” Busta­mante was quoted as saying in a May Goodwill article about Hispanic services in Georgia. “Before it was, ‘Who is Goodwill?’ Now, we see a trusting community because we are providing them with a lot of these skills, and we are listening to them.”

As Hispanic services manager, Bustamante also implements outreach and marketing plans to recruit Hispanic job-seekers in a 35-county area, providing them with skills training, résumé assistance and other career programs.

Bustamante coordinates service deliveries with other agencies serving the Hispanic community and organized the inaugural Hispanic Diversity Career Fair in 2012.

Goodwill Industries International Pres­ident and CEO Jim Gibbons likened Busta­mante’s qualities to those of Goodwill founder Edgar J. Helms – offering “people a hand up, not a handout.”

“As the face of Goodwill, Elsa has worked tirelessly to earn the trust of the Hispanic community and to spread the word about Goodwill’s mission,” he said.

The award is given to a current Goodwill employee who hasn’t received Goodwill services in the past.

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soapy_725 06/25/13 - 06:51 am
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Mr. Gibbons must be the one with $1.1 million/year salary.
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Where is the outcry. CEO making millions and some workers making below minimum wage. Some making less that 50 cent per hour for piece work.

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soapy_725 06/25/13 - 06:52 am
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Where is the collective outcry? Getting rich at the expense....
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of the handicapped and disadvantage.

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soapy_725 06/25/13 - 06:53 am
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Where is the compassionate charity? It in is the bank.
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Beware of wolves in sheep clothing.

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soapy_725 06/25/13 - 06:56 am
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Why is Mr. Gibbons not giving his time? And others as well?
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If you are profiting financially from your "charitable giving", where is the compassion?

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soapy_725 06/25/13 - 06:59 am
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I'll bet money GoodWill has a large staff of grant writer.
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Please Mr/Mrs Public, give to the disadvantaged. We'll sell the proceeds. We will write federal grant requests to pay our overhead. 501(c)3. BINGO

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soapy_725 06/25/13 - 07:01 am
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