Goodwin’s JOYful Giving Season begins each year on #GivingTuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) and runs through the end of the calendar year.
It’s the time when we celebrate all that you give to student parents, and all they give back in return, by providing them with gifts, grocery gift cards, books, and of course, access to affordable childcare.
Hear from Aminah, last season’s featured student parent, how Goodwin Connections has supported her family and her dreams of becoming a social worker.
Not long ago, Aminah was struggling under the weight of being a young mom, a military spouse, and caretaker to her nephews. A social worker from her kids’ school reached out and changed Aminah’s life forever.
Following the advice of this social worker, Aminah learned that it was okay to ask for help, and to continue to dream big and pursue her goals. Aminah recognizes that now, “It’s my time. It’s time for me to spread my wings.”
Aminah was so inspired by the gift this social worker gave her, she committed to paying it forward. She is now in her senior year at UW Tacoma, on track to earn a degree in social work. “I have to be what she was to me,” Aminah says of the woman who changed her life. She is looking forward to seeing the impact she can make on others in her career.
JOYful Giving is named in honor of our good friend and longtime supporter, Joy Goodenough. Joy always loved to donate to Goodwin Connections in honor of her loved ones at this time of year. Her legacy reminds us to do all things with great joy and celebrate the friendships in our lives.