In these challenging times, we continue our commitment to individuals and families in our community and we are grateful for the support we have received from so many. Effective March 19, 2020, we are temporarily closing our stores and donation sites in Massachusetts until April 7. We will need your donations of clothing and household goods when we reopen so please hold onto them until then. Last year we served more than 6,300 people through job training, career services, and programs for young adults and we know the demand will be much greater in the months ahead. Please consider making a financial donation at www.goodwillmass.org/giving to allow us to continue to deliver our critical mission services. We truly appreciate your continued commitment to Goodwill and the people we serve.
About Goodwill
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Our mission is to help individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work. Not charity, but a chance.

History

In 1895, when Rev. Edgar Helms founded Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston, Massachusetts' South End, he didn’t call what he was creating a social enterprise. He called it work – work as a way for people to lift themselves from poverty.

"The way out of poverty is productive work. People deserve to be able to work. People need a chance, not charity," Rev. Helms said.

Rev. Helms conceived the idea of collecting unwanted household goods and employing impoverished immigrants to refurbish the goods for resale. The work provided local residents with jobs while the sale of goods provided low-cost items for the community and paid the workers’ wages.

The system proved a success, and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries became the first in what is today a worldwide network of 157 organizations in the United States and Canada and affiliated organizations in 12 countries that has helped more than seven million people facing barriers to employment. We also became, unbeknownst to Rev. Helms, one of the region’s first models of a successful social enterprise.

Over the years, the range of Goodwill’s work has broadened significantly. Today, we serve individuals who face a variety of barriers to self-sufficiency, such as physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities; homelessness; low educational attainment; limited job skills; and welfare dependency. Through training and work programs, career services, youth outreach, and retail and other social enterprises, Goodwill helps to equip individuals with the tools necessary to meet new challenges and create more rewarding and independent lives. Goodwill is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in New England.

Goodwill is non-profit, tax-exempt organization with a staff of more than 445 and an operating budget of $42 million.

Did you know?

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries was founded in 1895 in Boston’s South End to provide residents with jobs and to furnish the community with low-cost goods. It was the first in what is now a worldwide network of more than 160 affiliates.

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Michael Biggs

BRING JOBS HOME

When Marine Corps veteran Michael Biggs found himself unemployed, he knew where he needed to go: MassHire Boston Career Center, the one-stop career center operated by Goodwill.

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