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Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc.

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Causes: Goodwill Industries, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms, Goodwill Industries'' primary mission is to place people in productive and competitive jobs.

Results: 2009 Statistics Served Total 2469 Some of which includes: At Risk Youth 709 Persons with Disabilities 1033 Ex-Offenders 976

Target demographics: Low income adults as well as youth in the North Louisiana area Between the ages of 12 and up.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2500 families served each year

Geographic areas served: 26 Parishes North Louisiana

Programs: Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. provides job training and job placement services to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. We teach people to work and help people find jobs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member and have seen the results of Goodwill's efforts on many occasions. It is interesting to see the amount of assistance and effort that this agency puts into the client's life. There is a lot of caring going on here.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Goodwill Industires of North Louisiana Board of Directors for six years. All I really knew about the organization was their ability to accpet donations of many varieties and place those donatiions for resale in their stores. I had been among those donors for many years, but had never visited their retail stores. Having served on several commuinity non-profit boards and working as an administrator in public higher education, I was unprepared for the depth of learning I was about to encounter along with a true education of how to run a true non-profit that is totally dependent upon it's own operations -- no government handouts. Without hesitation, I state that Goodwill Industries of NW Louisiana is the most efficient, effective and ethical non-profit I have ever been associated. Their staff is professional on every level, yet they also possess the compassion needed to help the people they truly serve -- challenged individuals who want to restart their lives and find a job. Being a part of Goodwill changed my life forever. Being part of a hands-on experience of helping others less fortunate than I introduced me to individuals with courage and pride, people seeking dignity through work and independence. Goodwill is so much more than operating a retail store and providing bargains to people on limited budgets -- which it does quite well. It truly changes people's lives through the power of education and jobs. The organization is a local and national treasure.