Good is a renewable resource. It takes on many forms, and often comes from unexpected places. Even one small act of good can make a big difference. For instance: an unassuming bag of stuff that has the power to change lives. When you donate to Goodwill, your stuff gets a second act in another person's life - instead of lying in a landfill. But the good doesn't stop there.
Sales of your stuff fund our employment programs and services, where local job seekers get the skills and confidence they need to find gainful employment. But the good doesn't stop there...
Employment is more than a paycheck - it's a resounding victory: for the individual, for their family, for their community. When jobs thrive, communities thrive. We know this because we've seen and celebrated it here for more than a century. It's real sustainable change that all starts with one person and their bag of stuff. When you do a little good, you might be surprised at how far it goes.
A Message From the President
Everyone knows Goodwill’s thrift stores. Some people know Goodwill’s mission is related to employment. Very few know that Goodwill’s mission extends well beyond our walls and the 650 employees in our organization.
At Goodwill, we empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services. Goodwill is a hand-up, not a handout. We believe employment is the foundation of personal and community stability. We help people who have been marginalized work through their barriers to employment.
The barriers include situational – such as homelessness, lack of transportation, returning from military service; educational – including illiteracy; and medical – mental or physical disabilities. All of these issues can make finding or retaining employment difficult. Often times those we serve face multiple challenges. Our programs focus on the job seekers, but the benefits often extend to the employers that are willing to incorporate these inspirational, outstanding, untapped workers into their organization’s workforce.
With your support, we look forward to continuing to help people start new chapters in their lives for many years to come.
President and CEO, Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas