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Goodwill International Conference of Executives to take place in Augusta

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Next week, over 250 Goodwill Industries presidents and family members from throughout North America will gather at the Augusta Riverfront Marriott for the annual Goodwill International Conference of Executives. The theme of the conference is "Mastering Opportunity with Grace and Grits."

Goodwill Industries is a worldwide federation of over 180 autonomous locally governed territorial organizations that are linked together by an association office, Goodwill Industries International that exists in Rockville, MD to serve member organizations.

Goodwill was founded by Dr. Edgar J. Helms in 1902 to help people with a "hand-up" to develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. Dr. Helms said as he worked tirelessly to establish the first 70 autonomous Goodwill organizations: "Friend of Goodwill, be dissatisfied with your work until every…unfortunate person in your community has an opportunity to develop to his fullest usefulness and enjoy a maximum of abundant living."

A highlight of this year's Conference of Executives will be a welcome address given by Dr. Charles Helms, the grandson of Edgar Helms. This address will be given on Monday evening when Goodwill presidents will travel to the new Helms College campus (located on the corner of Washington Rd and Fury's Ferry) to experience southern hospitality with food from Edgar's Grille, music from the Dick Goodwin Band and cotillion dancers from Social, Inc.

Helms College is the first licensed, national accredited and DOE Title IV eligible college to be established by a local Goodwill affiliate.  Helms College is a new unique experiential learning career college envisioned and developed by Goodwill Industries serving Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).  Helms College students are offered relevant applied learning experiences and intensive career guidance to increase graduation rates.  Helms College is designed to ensure that students receive the support they need to obtain portable credentials and launch middle skill careers. 

There will be a session at this Conference of Executives for Goodwill presidents and CEOs to learn more about establishing a branch of Helms College in their own territory.

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