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    Goodwill Industries® Week

    This Year Your Donated Stuff
    Has Helped Goodwill® Get
    People Back
    To Work
  • Celebrating 63 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    Today, the garden parties and teas of the 1950s have been replaced by moon bounces at family fun days and donation drives on college campuses. The church bulletin ads of the 1960s are now Facebook, Twitter and e-mail blasts to Goodwill supporters.

    This year, Goodwill Industries International will continue to extend its on-the-ground career services with its third annual Virtual Career Fair, taking place on May 5-7, 2014.

    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.

    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.

    If you’re currently looking for work, we invite you to join our 2015 in-person career fairs at a Goodwill agency near you.

    Goodwill Industries International 2014 Award Winners

    Robbie Green

    Robbie Green
    2014 Achiever of the Year
    Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth (TX)

    “I have been given a second chance. I’m trying to correct things and I think God put me here for a reason. I love life now. They told me I would never work, but I’ve been at Goodwill Industries of Forth Worth for almost two years. They told me I wouldn’t drive; I have a van in the parking lot. They told me that I wouldn’t live alone; I have been living in an apartment.” — Robbie Green

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    Devin Williams

    Devin Williams
    2014 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year
    Goodwill Industries of the Valleys (Roanoke, VA)

    “My parents are extremely proud; I’ve achieved things that I know a lot of people doubted that I could do. My son looks up to me. I’m proud to be a father, and I’m proud to be a son. With the help and the things that Goodwill did for me, I know they played a very big part in my success.” — Devin Williams

    Read Devin’s story »

    Goodwill Industries International 2014 Award Nominees

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