About Us

Goodwill helps people with barriers to employment go to work by providing jobs, job training, educational opportunities and support services to enable employment and job retention. Since 1902, Goodwill’s concept of building job skills has provided people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to succeed. Our Goodwill began in 1920 as the 19th Goodwill in the United States, offering its own job training and placement services. Today, Goodwill operates work opportunity centers in Tacoma and Longview. Goodwill is a unique, self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes donations sold in its 37 stores across a 15-county service area and online sales to fund its programs. Additional funding comes from public grants and financial contributions from the community.

Success story: Anita Davis (Culinary Program) - Anita Davis is a single mother raising a grandson with special needs. Seven years ago her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed with a vocal disorder and could no longer work as a receptionist, a job she loved… “So I thought, what could I do where I didn’t have to use my voice […]

Job training and placement
More than 92 percent of Goodwill expenses goes to support mission programs and services and retail. This year, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region will provide job training and educational services to more than 8,500 people and place 1,000 in jobs in the community. 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.

For more information on Goodwill’s operation, view the 2017 Annual Report:


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