Mission: Founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms, Goodwill Industries' primary mission is to place people in productive and competitive jobs.
Programs: Retail store operations: goodwill operates thrift stores in the local five county area which sell donated goods. These stores provide jobs and training as well as assistance and affordable goods to the local area's families and children.
e-commerce: goodwill operates an e-commerce selling program which lists used goods, books and computers as well as high end donated goods for sale this operation provides job opportunities for disadvantaged citizens within our community.
salvage and recycling: goodwill operates a salvage and recycling program which provides jobs and job training as well as a means of salvaging and shipping clothing to those in need in other countries.
I have been a customer and a contributor to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida for as far back as I can remember. When I or my husband are discarding used clothing, shoes, housewares, etc. we load up my car and I take it to a charity. Most of the time it is to Goodwill. The employees at the Goodwill stores and drop-off sites are very helpful. They are polite and knowledgeable. I have also been a customer because I love to shop and I love a bargain. I have found many "treasures" for myself and for my grandchildren especially. I love the fact that Goodwill employes people who might otherwise be turned away from a job opportunity. This is an excellent practice for the people they employee and for the organization.
I am a fan of Goodwill and will continue my relationship with their stores in the future. They are good for our community and it is my pleasure to support their efforts.