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Our History: Goodwill, Putting People to Work!

Goodwill is one of the world’s largest nonprofit providers of education, training, and career services for people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities or disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience.

Goodwill believes work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves an opportunity to have these benefits.

Goodwill was founded in 1902, in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, and then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.

Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc. is one of 167 autonomous worldwide members of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill has provided quality employment and training services to Licking County and central Ohio private businesses, local, state, and federal agencies since 1957.

Today, Licking/Knox Goodwill employs in excess of 300 people. This includes administrative and management staff who oversee contract work services, retail and internet sales location (www.shopgoodwill.com), vocational rehabilitation services, automotive sales, automotive service, and maintenance divisions.

Our Mission

Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc. provides training, employment and support services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Our Vision

To be an organization focused on effectiveness, quality, and professionalism in the services we provide.

Strategic Plan (2016-2020)

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