Our very good friends from Regions Bank stopped by last week to once again show their support of our mission for a check presentation for Goodwill Easterseals’ part in the “What A Difference A Day Makes” contest. Thank you to Brian Willman and his team at Regions for continuing to help strengthen families and support individuals on the Gulf Coast. Your unflagging support has been a steady and lasting example of what kindness can do right here at home.
See that quote in the title? Winston Churchill once said that. He may have actually been talking about this guy we know named Bernard.
See the photo of the guy on the right? That’s Bernard.
Bernard Heyward, also known as “Ice,” is originally from the Bronx. He came to Florida after serving nine years in the Air Force. Bernard is now a volunteer with our program called Legacy Corps. He gives a lot of time to Goodwill Easterseals, but more importantly, he gives a lot of time to other human beings. This is his story.
Before we tell it, here’s some background on Legacy Corps: Goodwill Easterseals has a partnership with AmeriCorps funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by the University of Maryland. The Legacy Corps program recruits and trains volunteers to provide weekly respite relief to families of veterans in the Florida Panhandle. It gives the caregiver a break and allows time for errands, date nights, or just some time off while trying to keep the veteran in their own home as long as possible. The volunteers receive a monthly stipend for travel, and if they are interested in receiving an education award (worth over $1,400), they must give a minimum of 450 hours per year.
Thanks to your support, Goodwills across the U.S. and Canada provide the skills training and assistance individuals need to find good jobs. We offer a range of needed services, and could not do this critical work without support from individuals like you.
Here on the Gulf Coast, Goodwill Easterseals is continuing that mission for your neighbors in your communities. Thank you for you support by donating gently used items and shopping in our stores. YOU are making a BIG difference!