I am the Founder and Executive Director of an Urban Farm and Gardening organization, and the recipient of a 2010 Hidden Hero Award from the Andrew Goodman Foundation. David and Sylvia, and their work with the Foundation, are an inspiration to those of us working in the field of social and environmental justice. Their tireless efforts to bring to light not only the work that still needs to be done, but the many individuals that are making a difference everyday working on these issues, are an incredible contribution to this cause. They have transformed a family tragedy into a motivating call to action, and a celebration of individual efforts in making change.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation provides an intricate link to the historical civil rights movement through the lens of Andrew Goodman's bravery, selflessness, belief in and commitment to a just society. The foundation pays homage to history, and today serves as a catalyst for change, and encourages individuals to contribute to the “healing of the world” by taking steps outside of their comfort zone. I’ve had the honor of attending an AGF Hidden Heroes Awards, and it is nothing short of moving. Award recipients are indeed “ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” and their actions to help change the fabric of society are inspiring. The foundation is a reminder that Andrew and many others paved the way for today, yet there is still work to do and can be done if we all contribute
As a recipient of the Andrew Goodman Foundation scholarship at Columbia University, I’ve been privileged to get to know the Goodmans. They're a family truly dedicated to promoting social justice, and ensuring that the next generation never loses sight of what Andrew Goodman stood for. Personally, they have introduced me to a host of unique people - all movers and shakers in their industries, providing me an even greater perspective of our world, and how the work we do has the potential to touch and impact countless others.
I am the Artistic Director of TheaterworksUSA. I had the privilege of being honored as a Hidden Hero by this inspiring, generous organization. I was surrounded by some truly inspiring honorees who have spent their lives working to help and empower others. Sylvia are David are amazing people and the foundation's mission-- "to inspire, educate and reward ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to change the world for the better-----is much appreciated, believe me!
I feel like I am now a part of a "family" that provides support, sharing of ideas and resources.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation was born of the civil rights movement over 40 years ago, but is just as relevant today. Through its Hidden Heroes Awards every Fall the organization is helping to connect and reward people who are successfully making a difference. I just attended this year's ceremony and it was moving and inspiring. The foundation honored four community leaders and organizations including City Green and Global Goods Partners. Very impressive organization and event. Check out the website.
I work for NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council). The Andrew Goodman Foundation honored our President Frances Beinecke as a "Hidden Hero" in 2009 and has helped support our environmental justice work. Andrew Goodman and his family are an inspiration to all of us here. Thanks in part to the Goodman Foundation, we were able to win a major environmental justice victory in the South Bronx, when our lawsuit pushed New York City to agree to resolve long-standing community concerns regarding odors and emissions from sewage facilities in that area. The Goodman Foundation has also helped NRDC work to protect Tennessee African American families that are suffering from cancer caused by contaminated drinking water wells as well as Latino families adjacent to the ports of Los Angeles, where our work is helping clean the air by phasing out the use of older, more polluting trucks at the ports.