Our Mission

Goodwill burlap bag graphic

In the early days of Goodwill in Kentucky, Goodwill employees collected donations from the community in burlap sacks such as the one pictured above.

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Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Kentucky whose mission is to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life.

Goodwill provides jobs, job training, and employment counseling for people with disabilities or other challenges, including people background issues, limited education, or chronic unemployment. Goodwill collects and sells donated items to provide jobs and job training and fund our services that help people identify and prepare for a career and path out of poverty. Goodwill is regarded as one of the most highly-respected and effective nonprofit organizations in Kentucky.

Goodwill’s mission is carried out through a variety of programs and services, all with one goal—to help people with disabilities or other challenges become more successful, productive, and independent.

Goodwill donation centers and retail stores make every effort to provide job opportunities and training to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. With 64 Goodwill stores throughout Kentucky, local communities benefit from our services in many ways. Each Goodwill store:

  • Creates an average of 8-12 new jobs
  • Equips employees with valuable, transferable job skills
  • Offers clothing and other household goods at reasonable prices
  • Generates local taxpayer dollars
  • Moves Kentuckians off public assistance
  • Reduces the volume of local landfills

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