Changing Lives

Local Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada serve individuals every day on their path towards job and career success. Each year, Goodwill Industries International recognizes two individuals whose stories demonstrate how determination and the right opportunities can lead to lasting, positive change.



2022 GII Achiever of the Year



2022 GII Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year

In the News

April 10, 2023: Spring Cleaning? What to Donate to Goodwill (Kiplinger)

November 29, 2022: Job Market in Flux: Steve Preston, CEO of Goodwill Industries International, discusses the needs of job seekers with hosts Carol Massar and Tim Stenovec on Bloomberg Radio. (Bloomberg)

September 6, 2022: Job skill requirements are ‘ratcheting up,’ Goodwill CEO says (Yahoo Finance)

June 14, 2022: Goodwill Industries Has an Answer to New Survey That Found Job Seekers Still Lack Critical Skills (WMAR)

June 7, 2022: Despite job openings, gap remains between labor pool and needed skills (

May 26, 2022: ‘This is a crisis point’: Job training deficit leaves critical jobs unfilled (Politico)

May 11, 2022: Google’s $14 Million Investment Into Goodwill Empowers Underserved People To Gain Access To Well-Paying Jobs (Forbes)

February 25, 2022: Nonprofit Goodwill Launched A Program To Help Underrepresented People Learn Digital Skills To Find Jobs In This New Tech-Driven Economy (Forbes)

February 18, 2022: Change Conversations, Episode 7: Building a Diverse Talent Pool – Start with Skills (Accenture)

February 17, 2022: Nonprofit Goodwill Launched A Program to Help Underrepresented People Learn Digital Skills to Find Jobs In this New Tech-Driven Economy (U.S. News and World Report)

February 9, 2022: Managing the Future of Work: Goodwill’s Steve Preston on How to Upcycle Career Prospects (Harvard Business School)

January 24, 2022: A New Book Argues That Unions Can Embrace Technology That Eliminates Jobs (The New York Times)

July 17, 2021: How Resale, Sustainability and its 3,300 Stores Support Goodwill’s Key Mission – Jobs (Retail Touchpoints)

July 2, 2021: Goodwill Helps People Reenter the Workforce (Yahoo! Finance)

June 29, 2021: Chiefly Female Healthcare Jobs Get Boost from Goodwill and Anthem (Philanthropy Women)

June 14, 2021: To Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills (The New York Times)

June 11, 2021: Help to Get a Sustainable Career (Scripps Media)

May 30, 2021: Goodwill Forges Alliances to Offer Free Career Training and Resources (New York Post)

March 12, 2021: Steve Preston on Goodwill’s Workforce Planning (All Things Work from SHRM)

February 23, 2021: Blue-Collar Jobs Boom as Covid-19 Boosts Housing, E-Commerce Demand (The Wall Street Journal)

Latest Press Releases

May 8, 2023: Goodwill Unveils “New Lives” Ad Campaign to Shed Light on How Donations Create Job Opportunities

April 13, 2023: First Female Rotary President Wears Goodwill Coat to Meet The King

March 27, 2023: Goodwill Industries International Revamps Website to Better Serve Job Seekers Online



January 19, 2023: Goodwill Industries International and Coursera Launch Goodwill® Career Coach and Navigator Professional Certificate

January 3, 2023: Celebrate National Get Organized Month with Goodwill®

September 12, 2022: Goodwill® and Indeed Announce Ready to Work Program to Connect 50,000 Job Seekers with Employers Looking to Hire Now

September 2, 2022: Labor Day Sheds Light on the Goodwill® Mission of Helping People Earn Jobs

August 16, 2022: Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day at Goodwill!

July 13, 2022: Goodwill Team Member Never Gives Up: Overcomes Challenges With Goal Of Tech Career

July 13, 2022: Finding A Life With Meaning: Washington State Man Credits Goodwill Career Services Program

May 25, 2022: New Goodwill® National Poll: Amid Pandemic, Majority of Current Job Seekers Say They Lack Skills Needed to Access Good Jobs

May 11, 2022: Goodwill® Rising TogetherTM Initiative Announces New Partnerships with Accenture, Bank of America, Comcast Internet Essentials, Lowe’s, and USAA to Increase Access to Careers for More than One Million People by 2025

April 18, 2022: Goodwill® Operation Achieve To Expand Workforce Development Efforts For Military Veterans And Spouses, And Youth And Young Adults

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