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UMW Unit Meeting
On Sunday, March 29, all are welcome to join members of United Methodist Women at 12:15 p.m. in Wesley Hall for a light lunch, a little bit of business, and a dynamic speaker talking about an international movement begun 118 years ago in Boston by a Methodist minister. Please sign up here by March 23 to give us a count for lunch.
The “international movement” is Goodwill Industries, founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born. Since then, Goodwill Industries International has expanded to more than 182 cities in the United States and 34 foreign countries.
Although every Goodwill shares a common philosophy of assisting people with disabilities or other critical needs in their efforts to work, each Goodwill is autonomous, allowing the individual agencies to respond to the needs of their particular communities. Established in Austin in 1958, Goodwill Central Texas, a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, has become a multi-dimensional non-profit deeply entwined with business and job growth, the environment, and the overall spirit of Central Texas. Goodwill empowers more than 13,000 people each year, helping them fulfill their potential, improve the lives of their families, and contribute to the growth of the community. Goodwill, in collaboration with an extensive network of practical, thoughtful assistance-providers, actively strives to broaden its scope of education, job training, and business services in alignment with the core mission of transforming generations by empowering people through education, career training and work.
Our speaker is Steve Leach, Chief Development and Strategy Officer of Goodwill of Central Texas. Steve moved to Austin to join Dell Computer to help build their mobile computer business, and later served in Dell Ventures. He went on to be the CEO of NovaCentrix, a nanotechnology products company. Steve then led the WaterStone Foundation for five years, where he and his team raised $300M and made $200M of global grants to Christian causes all over the world. Before coming to Goodwill, Steve served as the Chief Operating Officer of Victory Energy Tech.