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transforming lives
creating solutions to poverty
enhancing people’s dignity

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WE ARE:   The Council of California Goodwill, an association of 14 autonomous Goodwill organizations operating in California, Oregon and Nevada.

WE DO:  Provide education, training and employment services.

WE SERVE:  Local communities and people with barriers to employment.

OUR FUNDING:  Goodwill’s revenue sources include funding from used goods programs, retail thrift operations, recycling endeavors, business outsourcing services, training partnerships with private and public endeavors and support from financial contributors.

OUR GENESIS:  The council was established in 1970 to advance the common goals, purposes, and programs of Goodwill.  One of these common goals is to educate the public, business community and lawmakers regarding the mission and vision of Goodwill.

OUR (ABBREVIATED) HISTORY:  At the turn of the 20th century, a Methodist minister in Boston’s South End pioneered an organization that gave people hope, dignity and independence.  Reverend Edgar J. Helms’ original concept was visionary.  This concept is just as relevant today as it was more than 100 years ago.

His social innovation set in motion a worldwide movement that would transform more than 5 million lives over the course of a century - all through the power of work.

Today, Goodwill’s goal is unchanged to help individuals and families gain self-sufficiency through the power of work.

OUR VISION:  Goodwill envisions the development and implementation of new systems throughout our respective communities to prepare a workforce ready to meet the challenges of the new millennium.

Our vision will be satisfied only when every person has the opportunity to achieve their full potential as an individual and to participate and contribute fully in all aspects of a productive life.

OUR VALUES:  The goodwill of one person can benefit many.  The goodwill of two or more people can transform communities, nations and the world.  Additional Goodwill values are based on

  • treating people with dignity, compassion and respect
  • service to the individual
  • assumption of responsibility by the individual
  • provision of a hand-up, not a handout
  • delivering quality services
  • thinking globally and acting locally
  • fostering & facilitating collaboration
  • empowering individuals through the power of work
  • adhering to exemplary standards of stewardship, financial responsibility and efficient use of resources
  • respecting and preserving the autonomy of Goodwill’s member organizations
  • sharing best practices and engaging in innovation
  • embracing diversity
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