Goodwill® works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.
Goodwills are innovative, 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.
In 2012, Goodwill's 165 agencies in the U.S. and Canada helped 4.2 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 2011 through their participation in Goodwill programs. These people went on to earn $3.62 billion in salaries and wages, and 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.