Goodwill provides education, career development, and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.
Goodwill was founded in 1918 at the Epworth Church in Denver. The organization's work is based on Reverend Edgar J. Helms' philosophy that a person's self-worth should come "not from charity, but from chance."
For nearly 100 years, Goodwill has provided training and career development to unemployed, low-income and disabled adults in Denver. Goodwill recognized an opportunity in 1992 to help break the cycle of poverty by building a bridge between teens' education and their future employment. Today, Goodwill is one of the largest providers of youth services in the Denver metro area serving nearly 18,000 at-risk students.
Goodwill's 30+ mission-driven thrift stores provide affordable clothing and household items to the public, create employment opportunities (50% of retail employees report having a disability or other disadvantaging condition) and generate revenue toward achieving Goodwill's mission. 92 cents of every dollar generated through our retail operations and 100% of all financial contributions fund Goodwill's career development programs.
"What's great about Goodwill's programs is that I wouldn't be where I am without it. It [Goodwill] gives support to people who may not think they have any. And that's what Goodwill's BankWork$ program did for me." - Brandon Madrid, BankWork$ graduate
"I often think about what my life would have been if I didn't find Goodwill, and I really don't know. I know their [Goodwill's] mission and not just that I know their mission, I see their mission every day. I love Goodwill!" - Sylvia Johnson, Goodwill employee
"I want other refugees to know that the Goodwill programs are amazing and can help you too." - Gre Nah, student's mother