Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois… Our Mission
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives.
In short: there’s nothing quite like us!
For many, we’re a great retail shopping experience offering amazing value. For others, we’re a convenient place to donate used clothing and household goods.
We’re a retailer and a recycler that puts all of our sales revenue back into the communities we serve. Through your donations, we’re creating jobs and enhancing the lives of people with barriers. We’re providing vital skills and training to those who need it most.
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives. Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 12 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2021, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 20,336 people in the communities in which we reside and employed over 700 people in retail and mission programs. Goodwill stores are located in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin. For more information, visit our website at www.goodwillni.org.
Here’s how our Mission is changing lives and transforming communities:
Donations from individuals, companies and organizations are the first vital step in putting our Mission into motion – everything from lightly used clothing to computers, housewares to handbags, books to boots and toys for tots. These items become the ‘recycled’ merchandise we sell at our stores.
For some, it’s an opportunity to find hidden treasures at amazing bargain prices. For others, it’s a source for the vitally important clothing and household goods that might be unaffordable in a conventional retail store. Sales of donated goods then funds our Mission Services programs.
Learning important skills is vital to overcoming barriers and advancing in the workplace. Finding ways to learn and develop these skills is increasingly difficult in many communities. Mission Service programs provide the training needed by many to take that critical next step.
Barriers to employment exist for thousands in our communities who lack the skills or have significant mental and physical disabilities. Our mission creates opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives with jobs that provide skills, income, fulfillment and opportunity.
Without your donations, shopping, and the support of local businesses and the community at large, we could not perform these Missions that are so increasingly vital to thousands of individuals throughout Northern Illinois. Through Goodwill, you’re creating opportunities and changing lives.