Goodwill Industries International

“A hand up, not a hand out.”


Goodwill Industries International is an international network of organizations that grew out of one man’s desire to improve the quality of life for the poor, sick and disabled. In 1902, the Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister in Boston’s South End, gathered used household goods and clothing from the city’s wealthier neighborhoods. He then welcomed and trained poor people to fix or mend the items and resell them for their own profit. While Goodwill has grown and evolved, it has stayed true to its philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out.”

GWI_AbilityQuoteGoodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas is part of the network of 184 independent, community-based organizations in the U.S., Canada, and 14 other countries that share a like mission of providing job training and employment services, job placement opportunities and post-employment support in their community. Through this effort, Goodwill strengthens communities and families by assisting them in becoming self-sufficient.