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Today, the garden parties and teas of the 1950s have been replaced by moon bounces at family fun days and donation drives on college campuses. The bulletin ads of the 1960s are now digital engagements and opportunities to take action online.
"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."
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.
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.
“My paycheck is important to me so I can pay rent and not live on the street. I don’t have to be on welfare. I would not like that. I want to work a long time.” — Steve Hennessey
“I left home at the age of 12… when my mother’s boyfriend abused me and my seven brothers and sisters. Being the oldest of eight, I never thought I [would] be where I am today if I didn’t have faith, God and Goodwill in my life.” — Archie Gibbs