Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Washington's New "Walk of Fame" Honors America's Social Pioneers

The Extra Mile

The Extra MileThe Extra MileEdgar J. Helms, founder of Goodwill Industries, is the first honoree of a new monument- a "walk of fame"- that memorializes a number of America's private citizens who dedicated their lives to creating solutions to serious social problems.

"The Extra Mile Pathway pays tribute to Americans who built their dreams into enduring movements that help people around the world," says George W. Kessinger, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Edgar J. Helms had a dream that the best way to help people in need was to provide them with 'a hand up, not a handout'- that is, the opportunity to work and support themselves and their families. That dream became Goodwill Industries, which, since 1902, has helped more than seven million people gain the dignity of economic independence."

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