What Does Goodwill Do?

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As we enter the end-of-year giving season, please keep Goodwill Industries of Kansas in mind. As a nonprofit organization, Goodwill’s mission is to provide opportunities to people with disabilities and barriers to employment seeking independent and productive lives. More than 90 cents of every dollar raised through Goodwill Industries of Kansas’ 18 retail stores and its online shopping network (ShopGoodwill and reStitch) goes toward program expenses.

Goodwill works to fulfill its mission through a number of services to the community serving two populations: those with developmental disabilities and those with other employment barriers. Part of an international brand, Goodwill locations across the globe are operated and led autonomously based on community need – but all use the power of work to provide purpose, pride and dignity.

When you donate and shop at one of our Goodwill locations, attend an event or contract with us for business services, you help fund job training and education programs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Here are a few examples of Goodwill’s mission in action in 2018:

Job Training

Skills Development Adult Day Program

People with developmental disabilities improve job skills and learn to work independently and as a part of a team while earning a minimum-wage or higher paycheck in this job training program.

Community Employment

People with disabilities and other barriers work with a Goodwill Employment Training Specialist to gain employment in the community.

Internships for Adults with Disabilities

Adults with disabilities learn job skills and explore careers that will lead to competitive employment through a six-month internship with a local business through the Project SEARCH program, a collaboration of the Sedgwick County Developmental Disabilities Organization (SCDDO), USD 259 and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Targeted Case Managers

Goodwill Case Managers provide support and advocacy services for people with disabilities.

Education Programs

GED Completion

A partnership between Goodwill and WSU Tech, NexStep Alliance provides the opportunity to earn a GED with the option to take college level classes and pursue a professional certificate, all on one campus.


All levels of English or non-English speakers learn the language and the basics of the U.S. Government.

Digital Skills Training

In today’s fast-paced digital age, a lack of computer-based skills and knowledge can be a barrier to everything from everyday tasks to finding employment or career advancement. With Goodwill’s digital skills training programs, Kansans gain access to a wide range of digital skills trainings, building a more marketable workforce.

STEM Career Exploration

Students get a hands-on look at careers in fields like nursing, advanced manufacturing, aviation and more.

How You Can Give

In addition to revenues earned in the Goodwill retail stores, Goodwill depends on the generosity of others to help fund the programs and services that are provided to community members who need help. While Goodwill retail stores help offset the cost of programs and services, your financial gift demonstrates your belief in the power of work and can provide desirable tax benefits. Here’s how you can help:

Donate Online

Make a secure monetary online donation through PayPal (account not required). For each dollar donated, 90 cents goes directly to help people with disabilities and employment barriers seek the power of work in Kansas. Make a one-time donation, or make recurring gifts for ongoing impact.

Helms Society

Join like-minded individuals who support the mission of Goodwill Industries with a financial contribution of $2,000 or more annually. Members enjoy multiple benefits including invitations to private member-only events and are first to learn news and Goodwill happenings.

Goodwill Legacy Society

Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support Goodwill Industries of Kansas. Goodwill can accept many gift types and, with the help of your financial advisor, can find the best way to ensure Goodwill can continue to help Kansans into the future.

Annual Report 2018

See how Goodwill Industries of Kansas has changed the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job training and skills development to help them lead successful lives by viewing the 2017-2018 Annual Report. If you’re interested in touring Goodwill’s program facility to learn more about how Goodwill works to change the lives of individuals in Kansas, email info@goodwillks.org.