About

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.

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 disadvantages, including recipients of public assistance and people with limited education or work history. Goodwill collects and sells donated items to provide jobs and job training and fund the expansion of our services, including literacy and workforce development programs. As one of the most highly-respected and effective nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, only about 10% of our revenue supports administrative overhead.

Goodwill’s mission is carried out through a variety of programs and services, all with one goal—to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages become more successful, productive, and independent. Some of the programs operated by Goodwill include job placement, skills evaluations, adult education, and employment for people with disabilities or other disadvantages.

Goodwill donation and retail centers make every effort to provide job opportunities and training to people with disabilities. With 63 Goodwill centers throughout Kentucky, local communities benefit from our services in many ways. Each Goodwill store:

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

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