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Changing Lives Through the Power of Work
All people in our region have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential through the power of work.
What We Believe
- We believe that work forms the cornerstone of our relations with other people, affects our self-esteem, and allows each of us to become positive, productive, and independent members of our community.
- We believe that human dignity and a sense of self-worth are greatly enhanced through working and contributing to the community.
- We believe that helping people to be successful in the world of work is critical in preventing and minimizing some of the fundamental social problems that exist in our society.
- We believe in the power of work!
Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of "a hand up, not a hand out" was born.
Southern Piedmont Territory
Goodwill serves people in the Southern Piedmont region, which includes 18 counties - 13 counties in North Carolina and five counties in South Carolina. The Agency has a retail store or provides services in eight of these 18 counties: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lancaster, Lincoln, Union and York.
When people DONATE gently used items to Goodwill it provides the "inventory" that stocks the stores. Individuals then shop at one of our stores and... PURCHASE the items that are donated, which
generates the dollars needed to.... ASSIST clients with a range of employment and training skills so that they can... find a job and pursue meaningful WORK OPPORTUNITIES to support themselves and their families.
(Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont does not offer opportunities for individuals needing to complete court ordered community service hours.)
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