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    Goodwill Industries® Week

    This Year Your Donated Stuff
    Has Helped Goodwill® Get
    People Back
    To Work
  • Celebrating 65 Years of Goodwill Industries Week

    Rev. Edgar J. Helms

    Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 as a way to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about their mission of "helping people with disabilities help themselves."

    Today, the bulletin ads of yesteryear are online engagements and opportunities and interactive job fairs in promising fields of tomorrow.

    Jim Gibbons

    "At Goodwill, we're committed to helping people earn a living and improve their lives, families and communities," says Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

    "Goodwill Industries Week provides us the platform to thank the public for its continued support of our mission — putting people to work."

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    Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local events and promotions.

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    This year, we recognize the amazing journey taken by two of our program participants who have overcome challenges in their lives to make positive contributions to themselves, their families and their communities. You can make achievements like these possible for people in your community by shopping and donating at your local Goodwill or by giving a financial gift.

    Goodwill Industries International 2016 Award Winners

    2016 Achiever of the Year Charles Jackson

    Charles Jackson
    2016 Achiever of the Year
    Austin Goodwill (Austin, TX)

    “Goodwill didn’t just give me a job. They gave me the opportunity to believe in myself, and move my life in the right direction.”

    2016 Graduate of the Year Tiarra Barrera

    Tiarra Barera
    2016 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year
    Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (Long Beach, CA)

    “With the help of Goodwill, I was able to persevere in my journey of becoming a nurse, all while taking care of my growing family.”

    2016 Graduate of the Year Nominees

    2016 Goodwill Industries International Graduate of the Year Nominees

    2016 Achiever of the Year Nominees

    2016 Goodwill Industries International Achiever of the Year Nominees

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