Goodwill Houston’s PR/Marketing Intern Brings Unique Cultural Insights to Summer Role

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Goodwill Houston’s PR/Marketing Intern Brings Unique Cultural Insights to Summer Role

Sugar Land native Silky Malik is not the traditional public relations and marketing summer intern for Goodwill Houston.

After returning from living abroad for her husband’s job, Malik decided to change careers from research to marketing and communications. She learned about Goodwill Houston and its good work, and she was invited to apply for the local internship, funded by Goodwill Industries International.

“This internship has given me new experiences and helped me make connections across the city and around the country,” Malik said. “I have also learned a great deal about Goodwill’s mission, and I love being a part of helping people find meaningful careers.”

Malik said Goodwill offers a positive, uplifting environment where people truly love what they do and love the mission. “I have always strongly believed in helping people help themselves – and believed that work is the best way to find purpose in life. Goodwill really focuses on giving people a hand up. I love that.”

Through her internship, Malik has come to understand how much Goodwill values and supports the growing diversity of the communities in which stores are located. She also has been able to share valuable insights about Fort Bend County’s changing demographics that she gained from her role as a member of the City of Sugar Land’s Land Use Advisory Committee. Malik learned that her home county has been recognized as one of the most diverse in the nation, and she is delighted about that.

“I was born and raised in Sugar Land, but my parents are Indian,” Malik said. “My husband and his family are from Pakistan. We added to our international understanding by moving to Singapore then to Malaysia for my husband’s job before returning to live in Fort Bend County.”

After graduating from Dulles High School, Malik earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology from the University of Houston then began her Master of Business Administration at West Texas A&M. She expects to finish her MBA next year.

Her experience with Goodwill has been so positive that her entire family now has a greater understanding of and excitement about Goodwill’s mission.

Her father-in-law Asif Malik – a realtor and Zonal Counselor at Sabireen Mosque in Sugar Land – said he values Goodwill stores because they give him a place to donate used items that are no longer needed by his family.

“Silky has shared how Goodwill benefits the community by providing jobs for young people, seniors, veterans and others,” Asif Malik said. “I appreciate that mission, and our family wants to find ways to give back to the community. This one is easy – you donate used clothes, furniture and other useful items – and when people shop in Goodwill stores, they help fund job centers and training for people who need jobs. I am encouraging my family and friends to make giving to Goodwill an ongoing tradition.”

Donating has gotten easier for people in Sugar Land – specifically in Telfair – because Sugar Land’s first-ever Goodwill store opened recently at 6526 Highway 90A. The new Telfair Sugar Land location marks the ninth store opened in Fort Bend County and the 64th opened in the Greater Houston region.

“Goodwill stores provide people a triple bonus,” said Steve Lufburrow, Goodwill Houston President & CEO. “They get to free up space in their homes and garages, they fuel the Goodwill mission to help people find jobs and they get a tax write-off, too.”

 Silky and her father-in-law

For more information, contact:

Corinne Giacomarro, 713.970.1645