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120 Years!

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Edgar Helms, Goodwill Founder

We’re celebrating 120 years of empowering jobseekers in Kansas City! It all started with the Helping Hand Institute which was founded in 1894 to provide food and housing for destitute men, women and children. Men earned wages doing jobs such as breaking rocks at quarries, salvaging waste material and baling paper. Others worked at the Helping Hand Farm raising crops to feed the Institute’s residents.Goodwill History 1317 Oak st. In 1902 Goodwill Industries was formed in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used goods and trained and hired people with disabilities or disadvantages to repair them. The repaired items were sold in stores to support the program. In 1925 Goodwill Industries of Greater Kansas City was founded. The first Goodwill store and repair shop opened at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church at 1317 Oak Street. Then in 1978 the merging of The Helping Hand Institute and Goodwill Industries of Greater Kansas City formed the Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries. In 2010 the agency changed its name to Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas to better reflect the geographical scope of its services and programs. Today, the nonprofit agency has more than 20 locations in the Greater Kansas City area including 17 Retail Stores, two Donation Express Centers, and one Outlet Store. Ninety cents of every dollar made from selling donated items supports programs that empower local job seekers with barriers to employment to find and keep work. Don’t miss the party at a Goodwill store near you during the month of July. We’ll have prizes, crafts, face painting and more as we celebrate. Click here to check the events calendar for the date and time of a celebration near you.

Now Open!

Goodwill Bonner Springs Ribbon Cutting Box Our new store in Bonner Springs is now open. Come check it out and let us know what you think! We moved across the street from our old, rented space to a 12,700 square foot store that we built from the ground up. Our new location at 525 South 129th Street has a 9,000 square-foot sales floor, convenient drive through donation and, coming this summer, a GoodWORKS center where anyone can find free job search help and resources. Be sure to let us know what you think of the all new Bonner Springs! Comment on facebook, twitter or click here to fill out a survey. We value your support and input to fulfill our mission of strengthening individuals, families and communities in need through the Power of Work.

Come Check Out the New & Improved Bonner Springs!

Bonner Springs grand Opening for web Our new store in Bonner Springs is now open. Come check it out! We’re holding a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday February 28th at 8:30 a.m. Stop by for some tasty breakfast treats and meet the Goodwill Bonner Springs team. Then stay for a while to donate and shop. We moved across the street from our old, rented space to a 12,700 square foot store that we built from the ground up. Our new location at 525 South 129th Street has a 9,000 square-foot sales floor, convenient drive through donation and a GoodWORKS center where anyone can find free job search help and resources. Be sure to let us know what you think of the all new Bonner Springs! Comment on facebook, twitter or click here to fill out a survey.

Donate Clothing and Save on Your Next $15 Goodwill Purchase!

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Get Organized in 2014. Donate clothing to Goodwill in January and February and get a coupon!

Make 2014 the year you finally clear the clutter, with a little help from Goodwill. Let’s face it! Your new stuff just won’t fit in that overflowing closet. And you’ve been meaning to get organized, right? Don’t put it off any longer. Just do it! (Find tips and resources for getting organized here!) Then, donate your gently used unwanted items to Goodwill®. We’ll sell your stuff in our stores. Ninety cents of every dollar funds job-training programs and support services for people right here in the Kansas City area who need them. Plus, if you donate clothing in January and February we’ll give you a coupon for 25% off a purchase of $15 or more! It’s amazing what your old  pair of jeans, suit or jacket can do! Calculate the impact of your donation here! Thank you for partnering with us to do GOOD! Click here to find a donation location near you!

Hang Hope on Someone’s Tree! Buy a Goodwill Holiday Hands Ornament.

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Holiday Hands Ornament

Since its founding in 1901, Goodwill has always strived to give people a hand up, not a hand out. As you celebrate the Holidays this year, we would like to invite you to lend a helping hand to local job seekers with barriers to employment. Holiday Hand Ornaments are now available at all 18 of our stores in the Greater Kansas City area for only $1, $2, $5 or $10. One hundred percent of the proceeds support Goodwill’s mission. One dollar can’t buy much these days, but it can provide priceless support for the people we serve. A $1 ornament can buy a bus pass for a homeless job seeker. A $2 ornament provides job training help for a client with a disability. A $5 ornament helps provide training classes for an unemployed job seeker. A $10 ornament provides a voucher for professional interviewing attire. The feeling you get from helping local people of all abilities find meaningful work is priceless! Customers can also personalize the ornaments with the name of the person in whose honor they purchased it. What a gift to give for the Holidays! The ornaments will be displayed at your Goodwill store, though they may be taken home as well. Goodwill also offers customers a chance to round up their purchase at the register, with the extra amount going to support our mission. The Holidays offer many opportunities to do Good. We hope you’ll help us spread Goodwill.

BONNER SPRINGS GETTING BRAND NEW GOODWILL STORE!

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Goodwill Bonner Springs will close at the end of the year. We’re building a brand new store across the street that is scheduled to open in January.

There’s a new Goodwill store coming to Bonner Springs! Our current store located at 616 S. 130th Street is still open. In January, shoppers will have a brand new location to find deals, treasures and employment services. We’re building a 12,700 square foot store from the ground up right across the street near Burger King, Walgreens and Advance Auto Parts. The store will have a 9,000 square foot sales floor, convenient drive through donation and a GoodWORKS center where anyone can find free job search help and resources. The new Bonner Springs store is just another way we’re working to fulfill our mission, to strengthen individuals, families and communities in need through the Power of Work. Follow us on facebook and twitter for the latest updates on the new and improved Goodwill Bonner Springs store and to see all the GOOD we do right here in Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas!