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Our Mission

Transforming the lives of individuals through pathways to independence and the power of work.

Our Vision

All individuals are embraced as valued and dignified members of our community.

Who We Are
& What We Do

Goodwill Columbus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving the Central Ohio community since 1939. With over 1,000 employees, Goodwill Columbus is proud to be one of the region’s largest job providers employing individuals with diverse backgrounds and unlimited potential.

Goodwill Columbus is a proud member of Goodwill Industries International, a network of over 150 community-based organizations throughout the United States and Canada that sell donated goods to create job opportunities and training in local communities.

Goodwill Industries was founded in 1902 by Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a minister and early social innovator. Helms started Goodwill with the idea that people could earn a living repairing and selling donated goods. His business model was rooted in the philosophy we all deserve opportunity. “Not charity, but a chance,” he often said. 

For more information on Goodwill Industries International, visit www.goodwill.org.

Where We Are

You likely know Goodwill as your neighborhood thrift store or donation center, but this organization is so much more. With human services ranging from job training to vocational habilitation, it’s important that we meet the people we serve in their very own communities. That’s why we have created strategies to focus on local integration and taking our services to the individuals who need them most.

Below you’ll see a map displaying all Goodwill Columbus services and locations, for a map specific to our retail stores click here.

Goodwill locations map.

Goodwill Success Stories

Goodwill Art
Studio & Gallery

“Creativity is intelligence having fun”
– Albert Einstein.

At Goodwill Columbus, we are proud to offer this dedicated space for adults, with any disability, to create, showcase, and sell artwork. For the gifted artists who create here, it is a place for self-expression, skill development, and personal growth. For the volunteers who lend their time, it is a vastly rewarding opportunity to give back. And for the patrons who observe and purchase these works, it is a constant reminder of the talent and potential of the individuals we serve.

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Annual Impact Report

The impact of Goodwill Columbus is vast: a job, a community, a painting, even a pair of shoes. Click to learn more about the work we do and the impact we’ve produced.

7,593

people
equipped.

22%

of employees with
a diagnosed disability.

7.1 mil

pounds of
material diverted.

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