Goodwill helps people with disabilities and other barriers to employment go to work by providing jobs, training and educational opportunities. Since 1902, Goodwill’s concept of building job skills has provided people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to succeed. Tacoma Goodwill opened in 1921 as the 19th Goodwill in the United States, offering its own job training and placement services. Goodwill is a unique, self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes donations sold in its 31 stores across a 15-county service area and online sales to fund its programs. Additional funding comes from Goodwill’s Go2 Services, a for-hire property management and packaging and assembly operation, public grants and financial contributions from the community.
Job training and placement
More than 92-cents of every $1 earned at Tacoma Goodwill supports its mission – last year alone over 8,600 people received services. Goodwill placed more than 1,900 people in jobs – either at Goodwill or at nearly 800 local organizations. Placing 1,900 people in jobs last year saves the local economy $15 million in discontinued welfare and disability payments. Third party funding helps maintain many of these skills training and educational programs, but many participants need scholarships. Community donations fuel these scholarships and help keep Goodwill’s mission alive. Visit Goodwill Heritage Foundation for more information.
Since 1973, Tacoma Goodwill consistently receives the highest endorsement from CARF(National Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission). Tacoma Goodwill’s 15-county coverage area spans Western and South-central Washington – west to the Olympic Peninsula (except Kitsap County), south to Centralia, Olympia and Longview, east to Yakima and Ellensburg, and north to a portion of South King County.
Every year Goodwill fulfills requests from neighborhood organization for thousands of items to support a variety of causes: stuffed animals, toys and books for kids, blankets and clothing items for the homeless, backpacks for needy school children, utensils for homeless shelters, shopping vouchers for displaced flood victims and residents of the YWCA women’s shelter, and hundreds more items such as towels, washcloths, bedding, and furniture to individuals and organizations in the communities we serve.