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.
"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.Find Job and Career Events in Your Area
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 didn’t just give me a job. They gave me the opportunity to believe in myself, and move my life in the right direction.”
“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.”