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Goodwill Mission Stories

At Goodwill we strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve through the Power of Work. Our mission has remained strong for 100 years and without you, it simply wouldn't be possible. Thank you for supporting our mission!

Posted by Goodwill Community Relations Department on Jun 22, 2020 3:01:23 PM


“There are two words I think of when I think of freedom – power and wealth. Juneteenth is ours; it belongs to us. You have to know where you’ve been in order to realize where you want to go. Juneteenth is an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate our Black heritage while we continue to fight for our rights.”

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Jun 15, 2020 7:26:19 AM


For many, the perfect job means loving what you do, enjoying who you work with and still having time for your hobbies. For Steve, the perfect job also means independence and a chance to fit in. Steve found all of this, and more, at Goodwill.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Jun 5, 2020 10:08:56 AM


Starting a new life in an unfamiliar country can be overwhelming and scary. For Fanta, adding several barriers including a lack of job history and being hard of hearing made the task of finding employment feel almost unachievable. Until she found Goodwill.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on May 18, 2020 3:20:27 PM


Overcoming obstacles and focusing on an individual’s future is what Goodwill is all about.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on May 5, 2020 4:26:55 PM


Andy Zakatuan knows what it’s like to face struggles as a child. He was born in a concentration camp in Stuttgart, Germany after World War II.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on May 4, 2020 4:48:20 PM


Finding the right employment in today’s complex job market can be overwhelming. For cancer-survivor Donald, that also meant navigating the search for employment with the inability to speak. His journey led him to Goodwill TalentBridge, where they became mentors in his pursuit for work.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Mar 7, 2020 12:57:49 PM


For years, Goodwill’s Workforce Connection Center in North Riverside, Illinois has helped people in their community find jobs.

Recently, staff at this location worked with a client named George who has struggled to find employment due to mental health issues.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Mar 2, 2020 3:26:46 PM


Kamal has overcome a lot in his life. During his senior year of high school, he was t-boned by a school bus and in a coma and on life support for over one year. He had a traumatic brain injury and the doctors told his parents he would never walk or talk again.

Posted by Goodwill Community Relations Department on Feb 24, 2020 3:49:08 PM


For Martell Martin, there’s no greater feeling than to help people set goals and support them in achieving them. Martell has been employed at Goodwill Industries for 10 years in various roles; he currently serves as the Production Manager – Laundry.  

Posted by Goodwill Community Relations Department on Feb 24, 2020 11:33:46 AM


“I am recognizing and embracing my ability to influence and have an impact.” These are the words of Michelle Greene, Vice President – Information Technology at Masco Corporation and member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors

Posted by Goodwill Community Relations Department on Feb 17, 2020 1:22:10 PM


“I strive to leave each relationship and experience a little better than when I encountered it.” These are the words of Michelle Mason, President and CEO at Association Forum and member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors.

Posted by Goodwill Community Relations Department on Feb 10, 2020 4:36:08 PM


“What drives me to lead is my personal pursuit to be my best self – whatever that may be,” says Mary Dowell, Principal Consultant, MJ Dowell & Associates, LLC and member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors.

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