Goodwill is a non-profit organization that initiates community-based programs related to gainful employment. It was founded in 1902 in Boston as part of a Methodist ministry. It has since grown into a $6 billion social enterprise.
To date, there are 157 local Goodwill member agencies operating thrift shops, career centers, donation centers, and wholesale outlet shops. Goodwill also has a presence in 12 nations outside of the United States and Canada.
Goodwill uses the profits generated by its shops, as well as the funds gathered from donations and sponsorships, for employment placement and the development of job training programs. It provides employment support to vulnerable sectors, such as disabled people and senior citizens.
Goodwill partners with other companies for surplus retail inventory handling, achieving zero-waste objectives, job training initiatives (in particular, digital skills training), etc.
Goodwill advocates for legislation that supports nonprofits, better labor practices, and increased employment opportunities.
Goodwill accepts financial donations, as well as clothing and household items in usable condition. Some member agencies may accept other kinds of donated items, in addition.
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Funding for Goodwill’s programs partly comes from a large network of thrift shops. Goodwill donation centers and bins can be found all over the country.
Goodwill has an online auction site. Some local member agencies also maintain individual eBay accounts, such as Goodwill of Northern New England, Goodwill San Francisco, and Seattle Goodwill.
Many Goodwill donation centers offer pickup services for items that are too large for the donors themselves to transport, such as furniture. Donors are encouraged to schedule pickup with the local Goodwill center nearest to them.
The organization’s headquarters are in Maryland. However, its member agencies are located all over the country. States with many Goodwill outlet store locations include Texas, Florida, and California. Combined, these states have some of the highest numbers of Goodwill clothing boxes and thrift stores where you can donate your homewares and other goods.