Our Mission is Changing Lives, Transforming Communities

Barriers to employment exist for thousands in our communities who lack the skills or have significant mental and physical disabilities. Yet, for many, finding ways to learn and develop these skills has become increasingly difficult. Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives.

Fortunately, there’s Goodwill. Our many Mission Services programs create opportunities for individuals to develop important skills, overcome barriers, and advance in the workplace. We give thousands of individuals in the 18 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties we serve access to opportunities that change their lives.

Donations from individuals, companies and organizations are the first vital step in putting our Mission into motion. Sales of everything from lightly used clothing to computers, housewares to handbags, books to boots and toys for tots helps generate the revenue that powers our many Mission Services programs.

We’re on a Mission. Won’t you join us?

Educational Programs

Reach higher and dream bigger by attaining your High School Equivalency.

Job Readiness

Opening doors and overcoming barriers with job readiness.

Volunteer Service

Giving individuals the opportunity to complete required service hours while providing valuable service to their community.

Goodwill Scholarships

Providing scholarships at local community colleges for individuals with disabilities.

Employer Resources

Helping connect businesses with pre-screened job candidates.

Supported Employment Program (SEP)

Providing job opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Youth Re-entry Programs

Helping young adults get a fresh start in life

Veterans Career Resource Program

Helping US Military Veterans with long-term, meaningful employment

Goodwill Excel Center

Goodwill Excel Center: Awarding industry-recognized certifications and high school diplomas to adult learners