Founded in 1977 as a not-for-profit, Marion Goodwill’s mission is building lives that work.


At Goodwill we believe in giving a hand up, not a handout — a saying coined by Goodwill’s founder, the Rev. Edgar J. Helms. Helms worked as a missionary in the slums of Boston in the early 1900s. He hired the poor and needy to mend and repair used goods he collected from wealthy Bostonians. The refurbished items were resold, and the proceeds were paid as wages to the people who did the work. This became the basis for the mission of Goodwill’s throughout the U.S. and abroad.


Marion Goodwill Industries is based in Marion, Ohio. The agency employs over 300 people and serves 5 counties in Ohio: Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford & Morrow. We operate 9 retail stores, 1 attended donation center and a location.


Although affiliated with Goodwill Industries International in Bethesda, Md., we operate independently through our own governing board of directors.


Goodwill accepts gently-used items that donors no longer want, need or use. Those items are sold either in our retail stores or online at Revenue from the sale of donated goods helps fund our job training services and programs, which assists thousands of Ohioans each year.


Bring your “gently used” items to one of our nine retail stores, the Corporate Office or one our Attended Donation Centers. Donating to Goodwill is faster than the drive-through at your favorite fast food restaurant! The donation attendant will unload your donations quickly and provide you with a tax receipt