Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 209 community-based, autonomous member organizations that serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. With locations in the United States, Canada and 22 other countries, we help people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities.

To fund our mission, we collect donated clothing and household goods to sell in our 1,900 retail stores and provide contract labor services to business and government. We also receive funding from donations and corporate, foundation and government grants. Nearly 86 percent of our revenues are channeled into job training and placement programs and other critical community services. In 2001, Goodwill Industries International served 544,765 individuals.

Goodwill Industries will actively strive to achieve the full participation in society of people with disabilities and other individuals with special needs by expanding their opportunities and occupational capabilities through a network of autonomous, nonprofit, community-based organizations providing services throughout the world in response to local needs.

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Invest In All American Workers: Improve Access To Skills Training
02 Jul 03 | The economic vitality of the United States is at risk, says a coalition of 35 human services and advocacy groups, if the new iteration of the 1998 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) fails to provide a level playing field for all American workers.

Goodwill Industries International Elects New Board Chair
30 Jun 03 | The Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries International, Inc., has elected Michael Elder, as its new chair. Elder took office during Goodwill's annual Delegate Assembly, held in Greensboro, NC, June 21-24.

Colorado Springs Goodwill Executive Earns Top Honors For Leadership Role
23 Jun 03 | During the course of 11 years, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs witnessed mounting business and financial gains. Goodwill saw a 30% annual growth rate in competitive job placements and had grown from $5 million to more than $26 million.

Indianapolis Woman Named Goodwill 's Achiever of the Year
20 Jun 03 | At a Goodwill retail store in Indianapolis, Lorena Salas not only works as a textile hanger. She's also taken on the role of translator for members of the Spanish-speaking community that frequent the store.

New York Woman Named Goodwill 's Graduate of the Year
20 Jun 03 | It's easy to understand how a history of mental illness, spousal abuse, poverty and discrimination could become insurmountable roadblocks in a person's journey to wellness.

Delaware Goodwill Graduate Awarded For Representing Values of Organizations' Founder
19 Jun 03 | A homemaker for 30 years and recently widowed, Arline Docherty, knew she needed to learn computer skills to find employment. She entered the Computerized Office Skills Training program at Goodwill Industries of Delaware in August of 2001.

Portland, OR Program Developer Wins Goodwill Award for Innovative Solutions in Employment Programming
19 Jun 03 | James Worsley initiated the Transitional Employment Services program in 1995 after observing that job preparation and readiness services were abound for unemployed people rather than actual work.

Tucson Community Program Presented with Workplace Award For Employment Training and Job Placement
19 Jun 03 | Tucson has a growing teleservice job base with over 40 call centers and an estimated 16,000 workers. Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona realized that many people in the area did not have entry-level skills needed for employment in the industry.

Goodwill Retail Team Honored For Global Outreach in UK
19 Jun 03 | Goodwill's mission to create employment opportunities through eliminating barriers for people with disabilities and other disadvantages is structured on a global basis.

Business Foresight and Leadership Skills Earn National/Local Board Chair Honors
19 Jun 03 | Carl E. Hansen has served continuously on either the board of directors of Goodwill Industries International (GII) or Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Austin) for 31 years.

Indianapolis Volunteer Awarded For Her Role In Changing Lives and Communities
19 Jun 03 | Since 1990, Corienne Gettum has demonstrated her belief in service to her community through various volunteer leadership roles at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and on the GIVS International Board of Directors.

Macon Community Center Recognized For Technology Accessibility
19 Jun 03 | Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia (Macon) opened the City Cyber Center in November 2001 when the City of Macon approached them about its commitment to make technology a priority for its citizens.

Enthusiasm of Goodwill Staffer Draws National Attention
19 Jun 03 | Kathy Spencer believes in the concept that employment not only brings economic independence, but also personal dignity and identity. Spencer concluded that Goodwill's mission would be a perfect platform to implement her ideas and prove her beliefs.

Ford Motor Company Receives Goodwill’s Business Partner Award
19 Jun 03 | Ford Motor Company's business relationship with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit (Michigan) started over 40 years ago with packaging and assembly contracts that today are worth $1.1 million.

Philippines Woman Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Volunteerism
19 Jun 03 | Peers of Nonie Valdepeñas say that she has raised the standard for leadership among the volunteers at Goodwill Industries of the Philippines (Manila). For three consecutive years, Valdepeñas has served as president of the GIVS organization in Manila.

Goodwill Volunteers’ Dedication and Spirit Receives Top-Notch Annual Award
19 Jun 03 | Her humor, work ethic and dedication all contribute to the overflowing and contagious positive attitude that Peggy Nenninger brings to her volunteer duties at Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. (Tennessee).

Pennsylvania Goodwill Merger Wins Award for Optimizing Resources
19 Jun 03 | In just over 18 months, three Pennsylvania Goodwills merged to reduce management costs by more than 2 percent, freeing up $400,000 in resources.

Goodwill Retail and Business Expert Inducted into Goodwill Hall of Fame
19 Jun 03 | Mary Cochran becomes first female non-Goodwill CEO inductee. Mary has accomplished a long list of firsts during her 38-year Goodwill history. She was the first woman to complete Goodwill's executive training program.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Award Winners Announced
19 Jun 03 | Four Goodwill agencies win the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Awards, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It provides a $20,000 reward to each Goodwill agency for having exemplary family strengthening programs in place.

Work of Volunteer Group Sustains Lives and Livelihood of Milwaukee Goodwill
19 Jun 03 | The Goodwill Industries' 2002 Centennial Celebration hosted by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee) couldn't have been run as smoothly without the support of the Milwaukee volunteer group.

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