Goodwill International



Every 33 seconds of every business day, someone gets a good job, with help from Goodwill Industries International.


Marion Goodwill Industries, Inc. is one of over 165 independent, community-based Goodwills' in the United States and Canada. While each agency has their own unique means of fulfilling their mission, they all have a shared vision of helping individuals find employment and improve their self-worth.


In 2012, Goodwill helped more than 6.7 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful — such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care.


More than 216,000 people obtained meaningful employment in 2012 through their participation in Goodwill programs. These people went on to earn more than $3.62 billion in salaries and wages, and they contributed to their communities as productive, tax-paying citizens.


Goodwills' meet the diverse needs of people, including youth, seniors, veterans, immigrants, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs.


Sustainable, Social Enterprise

Goodwill has earned the trust and support of 83 million donors in the United States and Canada.


Local Goodwills' are flexible and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training, employment placement services and other community programs by selling donated clothes and household items at Goodwill retail stores and online.


Goodwills' also generate revenue by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation document imaging and shredding and more.


On the occasion of our 100th anniversary in 2002, we committed to providing services to 20 million people by the year 2020.


The History of Goodwill Industries International:

An ordinary man with an extraordinary desire to help people help themselves.


In 1902, Goodwill creator, Rev. Edgar J. Helms was living in Boston and was the pastor at Morgan Memorial. The chapel was known for servicing the poor. Helms started passing out clothing to community members in need. After a while, he started noticing some familiar faces making frequent visits for free clothing, and he decided something needed to change. One day a lady asked for a pair of pants. Helms said, "I'll give you something better. I'll give you a job."


Over the years Edward Helms was with Goodwill, he strived to maintain the concept of "A hand up, not a hand out." He loved people and what they could do. Helms not only set up the retail stores and put people to work fixing and cleaning donation items, he also set up various other methods of bettering the community. In the early years, every Goodwill store sold fresh eggs and scrap clothing was made into rugs. Helms set up a camp for children, began formalized rehab to get people into the workforce, and created one of the first after school programs for inner city children to stay off the streets.


The single Goodwill store in Boston has turned into a $3.2 billion nonprofit organization with over 2,300 retail stores, community-based organizations in fourteen other countries, and an online auction site, Goodwill has survived three depressions and two global conquests. Goodwill has always had a solid history of putting people to work, and the organization aspires to motivate people to continue this tradition for many years to come.


For more information on the history of Goodwill International or any service Goodwill offers, please visit