Goodwill helps people with barriers to employment go to work by providing jobs, training and educational opportunities. Since 1902, Goodwill’s concept of building job skills has provided people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to succeed. Our Goodwill opened in 1921 as the 19th Goodwill in the United States, offering its own job training and placement services. Today, Goodwill operates work opportunity centers in Tacoma, Longview and Yakima. Goodwill is a unique, self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes donations sold in its 36 stores across a 15-county service area and online sales to fund its programs. Additional funding comes from Goodwill’s Go2 Property Services, a for-hire property services and packaging and assembly operation, public grants and financial contributions from the community.
Job training and placement
More than 91 cents of every $1 earned at Goodwill supports its mission. In 2015, Goodwill will provide job training and educational services to 9,600 people and place 2,800 in jobs at over 1,200 organizations. These jobs save the local economy $20 million in discontinued welfare and disability payments. Third party funding helps maintain many of these skills training and educational programs, but many participants need scholarships. Community donations fuel these scholarships and help keep Goodwill’s mission alive. Visit Goodwill Heritage Foundation for more information.
Since 1973, Goodwill consistently receives the highest endorsement from CARF(National Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission). Goodwill’s 15-county coverage area spans Western and South-Central Washington – west to the Olympic Peninsula (except Kitsap County), south to Centralia, Olympia and Longview, east to Yakima and Ellensburg, and north to a portion of South King County.