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Goodwill Week is May 7-13

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Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill Industries International along with our community-based Goodwill® organizations across the U.S. and Canada celebrate Goodwill Week to highlight the Goodwill mission — transforming lives through the #powerofwork. This year, #GoodwillWeek runs May 7-13.

While the U.S. economy is steadily improving and the unemployment rate continues to remain low, many communities continue to struggle with poverty, homelessness and lack of access to good-paying jobs. Goodwill has a long history of helping people acquire the skills and training they need to find meaningful employment so they can support their families and contribute to their communities.

Local Goodwill organizations first celebrated Goodwill Industries Week in May 1951 as a way to educate people about the Goodwill mission, defined at that time as, “helping people with disabilities help themselves.”

Today, Goodwill serves anyone facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities and disadvantages, older workers, youth, veterans and military families, and people reintegrating back into society from the justice system. Goodwill helps anyone, regardless of educational level or economic background, reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Goodwill sells donated items in more than 3,300 stores in the United States and Canada and online at®. The revenue creates job placement and training programs to help people earn paychecks and build their careers.

Eighty-seven cents of every dollar a consumer spends at Goodwill goes back into local communities to help people build careers of significance and lives of meaning. Every 25 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job.

Goodwill Week comes at a critical time to shine a light on individuals in need, as well as on our 155 Goodwill organizations, community partners and employers across the country who are working together to provide training and support services to those who need them.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. turns 90!

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A bushel of potatoes, pictured below, represents the total capital stock of Goodwill Industries in 1933.  the first major transaction was to trade on half of a bushel of potatoes for one half of a bushel of onions.  For the first 6 months of 1933, Goodwill posted a cash income of $625 and $2,000 in barter.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio has seen a variety of locations of the past 90 years.  Some of these locations include the corner of Adams & 12th, the Morral Memorial Building at 627 North Huron St., which was directly across from the location at the corner of Lynn & Summit, which is near the now Fifth Third building.

Currently, Goodwill Industries has 13 Brick and Mortar retail locations, 4 store front Donation Stations, 2 Job Connection Centers, 1 E-Commerce retail location (, the Transportation and Commercial Services share the building on Nebraska Ave. And our new headquarters at 1120 Madison Ave., which we moved into in January, 2018.

You can go to our Facebook page @GoodwillNow for more information on the past 90 years of Goodwill in Northwest Ohio.

Mission Moment: Mission Services Team Visits Lucas Metropolitan Housing Property

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Goodwill’s Mission Services Department visited Birmingham Terrace, a property owned and managed by Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH). The Mission team went at the invitation of LMH and The Zepf Center and conducted outreach and intake. Approximately 30 residents attended and listened to the presentation and a number of individuals signed up for the Goodwill Career Path Program, the Goodwill Reentry Program, the Stay the Course Program and the Good Tech Program. It was a great atmosphere and the team provided individualized, one-on-one services. Everyone left the venue with a positive attitude and the natural questions was, “When are you guys coming back? We need you here.” Way to go Mission Services Team! We did some good!

“90 Days of Goodwill” Not Charity, But a Chance.

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That phrase was coined by Edgar J. Helms, Goodwill’s Founder. In these pictures from Toledo Goodwill people donated items that needed repair, specifically furniture items. Individuals work restoring collected goods while learning trades and sharpening skills at the same time. Income from the resale of the goods paid their wages and eventually an industrial school developed. That is the foundation of Goodwill. Today, your NW Ohio Goodwill provides job training to enhance the lives of individuals and their families through the Power of Work.