What is Goodwill?

Normally you see information here about fashion on a budget or how to decorate your home by repurposing items from Goodwill. However, for this post, I would like to take time to tell you Goodwill’s story.

Many know us as a great place to shop or a great place to donate your gently used merchandise. But did you know that when you shop and when you donate, you are changing a life? Each year we have thousands of individuals who come to Goodwill in need of more than just a job. They need hope!  Most are unemployed with barriers that are keeping them from actively achieving their hopes and dreams. It may be an individual with a disability. It may be a parent who has been trapped in the welfare rolls and is looking to break free of that cycle. It may be others whose choices took them behind prison walls, but now they would like to turn their lives around. Or, it could be a woman who is unemployed or underemployed and is looking to get her career on the right path.

No matter what brings an individual to Goodwill, the barriers we most often have to work through are desperation and self-doubt. Many do not realize the potential they have hidden inside. Through life skills training, job readiness classes, work experience opportunities, job search and job retention services, we are able to help individuals start realizing their potential and what they can achieve through hard work and dedication.
Last year, thanks to you, we helped over 1,000 individuals go to work. They are now taking care of their families, paying taxes and seeing their dreams come true.
Without your support – shopping, donating gently used goods and making monetary contributions, we would not be able to make dreams come true.  
On behalf of the men and women that we serve – thank you!