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  • Consumers rank Goodwill as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years

    Goodwill® works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

    Browse the menu at left or scroll down the page to learn more about Goodwill Industries International. Represent a national media outlet and interested in featuring Goodwill? Get in touch with a member of our public relations team using the contact details provided in the left sidebar.

    How Jeans Become Jobs

    Media Contacts

    Lauren Lawson-Zilai
    Senior Director, Public Relations
    National Media Calls Only
    Phone: (240) 333-5266
    Cell: (240) 388-8309

    Malini Wilkes
    PR and Multimedia Manager
    Phone: (240) 333-5523
    Cell: (301) 404-0451

    For national media interviews, e-mail Lauren and Mali at newsroom@goodwill.org

    For local inquiries, visit our locator to find your Goodwill headquarters — your local Goodwill media rep can assist you.

    If you are a member of the public, please use our public inquiry form or call 1 (800) GOODWILL.

    About Goodwill

    Goodwill Industries® has helped people go to work since 1902. We provide employment, job training and other community-based programs for people looking to advance their careers, build their skills and further their education. Learn more about our organization by checking out the list of resources below.

    Success Stories

    In 2017, more than 288,000 people used Goodwill services to help them connect to jobs in their communities. Each week, we share a new first-person story on our site. Hear the most recent stories below or browse individuals by geographic location or demographic type.


    Lorie Marrero

    Lorie Marrero is an organizing and lifestyle expert, marketing professional, voiceover talent, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. She has served as a spokesperson for Goodwill since 2010 and for many other brands, including Staples, ClosetMaid and Lemi Shine. Lorie was a leader in the home organization industry for 17 years as a Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO) and creator of a successful, innovative virtual consulting program for consumers online. Lorie lives in Austin, TX. To learn more about Lorie, visit www.loriemarrero.com.

    Evette Rios

    Evette Rios is a television host, lifestyle expert, writer, and contributor to the Today Show. Evette is the host of Recipe Rehab airing on CBS, Z Living and Hulu. Evette was previously the host of Lifetime TV’s The Way Home and ABC’s The Chew. Latina Magazine has embraced Evette as one of the “70 Reasons to Love Being Latina Right Now,” calling her the “Mobile Martha Stewart.” Evette is bilingual and a regular contributor to Univision’s Despierta América, Tu Desayuno Alegre, Al Despertar, and Telemundo’s Buenos Dias Nueva York. Previously, Evette was the “Salvage Queen” on Planet Queen’s TheGWord and a regular contributor on The Early Show, The Talk, Meredith Vieira and Inside Edition.

    Evette also serves as Director of Development for Latina Media Ventures’ three brands: Latina Magazine, Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen.

    Evette spent years as a contributing design expert and “buddy” on Rachael Ray, where she became known for fabulous hands-on advice, innovative crafts, and dramatic room revisions. Evette’s work has appeared in rachaelray.com, xoJane.com, Parade.com, the English-language Latina-focused website, Mamiverse and many other media outlets.

    As a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, Evette shares budget friendly design and fashion ideas from items bought at Goodwill as well as promotes vital job training and career development services to the Hispanic community. Evette lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

    Annual Reports and Form 990s

    Our Annual Report includes Goodwill Industries International’s 2017 990, 990-T and Audited Financials.

    Special Minimum Wage Certificate

    Currently, twenty-five percent of autonomous Goodwill® organizations hold Department of Labor Special Minimum Wage Certificates through a provision in the federal government’s Fair Labor Standards Act. This certificate was designed to allow organizations and businesses to employ people with a broad range of disabilities who were disabled for the specific job and would otherwise be unlikely to participate in the workforce. Goodwill organizations prioritize the choices of individuals by providing the supports necessary for on-the-job success. Goodwills across the country strive to ensure these choices are honored when people with disabilities employed under the Special Minimum Wage Certificate transition into competitive integrated employment with the necessary and accessible resource and assistance needed to succeed in their jobs. There has been a steady decline in the number of local Goodwill organizations utilizing the certificate. Goodwill Industries International and independent local Goodwill organizations across the country work to enhance the dignity of all individuals through education, skills training and the power of work.

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    Media Coverage

    April 11: Eleven Policymakers Awarded By Goodwill® At Annual Advocacy Event (PR Newswire)

    April 11: Executive Leaders at Two Goodwill® Organizations Awarded for Commitment to Advocacy (PR Newswire)

    January 15:  The ‘Marie Kondo effect’? Thrift stores nationwide see an uptick in donations (Today)

    January 14: Netflix has people (serenely) bulldozing their closets, and thrift stores are riding the wave (CNN)

    February 1: A Robust Job Bain in January Shows US economy’s Durability (AP News)

    February 1: Economy Notches 100th Straight Month of Increased Employment (The Wall Street Journal)

    January 28: America’s Hidden Workforce Returns (The Wall Street Journal)

    January 16: After a Strong 2018 for Retail Sales, Caution Flags Pop Up (The Wall Street Journal)

    December 19: Goodwill and Janie Gullickson Are Helping Women Rebuild Their Lives After Jail (Now This)

    October 17, 2018: Halloweentown Turns 20! Kimberly J. Brown Remembers Working with ‘Sparkly’ Debbie Reynolds (People)

    October 3, 2018: 5 Tips on Saving Money and Time on Halloween Costumes (Ap News)

    July 22, 2018: The Best Back-to-School Bargains at Thrift Stores (MoneyWise)

    June 26, 2018: Helping Veterans get jobs: How you can get involved (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

    June 4, 2018: How to Save Money on Vital Medical Equipment (The San Diego Union Tribute)

    April 26, 2018: Goodwill Launches Career Navigation Program (Chief Learning Officer)

    May 26, 2018: The Most Incredible Items Ever Found at Thrift Stores (MoneyWise)

    May 18, 2018: Goodwill Boosts Retail Employee Performance With New Career Development Program (Retail TouchPoints)

    May 17, 2018: The Ways to Save on Vital Medical Equipment for Seniors (MoneyWise)

    May 11, 2018: Thrifting At Goodwill Turns Buying A Pair Of Jeans Into A Job For Someone In Need (Blavity)

    February 17, 2018Life Once Controlled by Disabilities, One Young Man Now Creates Art with Legos (CBS News)

    December 19,2017: Leadership Series: Goodwill’s Jim Gibbons (Boyden.com)

    July 18, 2016: Forbes Nonprofit Council Member Spotlight: Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International (Forbes Nonprofit Council)

    July 15, 2016: Interview with Jim Gibbons (Philanthropyroundtable.org)

    May 25, 2016: The Brands That Do The Most And Least Good For The World-Ranked By Consumers (Fastcoexist.com)

    December 9, 2015: Give Back Box Ships Your Unwanted Items to Goodwill for Free (Lifehacker)

    December 1, 2015: Goodwill’s Great Idea: Shop, Then Ship Your Clutter For Free (Forbes)

    December 1, 2015: Give Back at the Holidays: How to Ship Donations to Goodwill for Free (Parade)

    December 1, 2015: Goodwill Makes It Easy for Shoppers to Donate Goods by Mail-for Free (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

    January 16, 2014: Goodwill Opens Charter Schools to Give Dropouts a Second Chance at Education (PBS News)


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