What is Goodwill?
Goodwill is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people become independent through education and training leading to employment. Sometimes these are individuals who face specific challenges, such as language barriers, or physical or mental disabilities. But often they are people whose lives have been affected by plant closings, company downsizing, or simply the impact of a difficult economy.
In South Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands serves the counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union. Funding for our programs is generated through the sale of donated clothing and goods in our stores. It’s a model that works: items that might otherwise be thrown away find new homes (which also generates some love for our environment!) and people in our community have access to opportunities. In the past year we placed 11,458 people into employment. These services created an economic impact on the Upstate and Midlands of over $158 million through the wages of people Goodwill placed into employment.
Our organization is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of local community leaders, who ensure we are meeting the needs of the citizens of this area.