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Our Mission

Building Lives That Work

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is dedicated to providing opportunities for every member in our community to develop their full potential. Since 1959, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has been fulfilling its mission of “Building Lives That Work.”

We provide tools that help people overcome barriers to employment and find meaningful work. We utilize vocational services, youth programs, and disability and veteran services to enable individuals to get back on their feet, secure employment and develop their careers. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida proudly serves Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.

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Our Vision

Serving Central Florida to pave the way for success in our community.

Our vision is to be satisfied with our work only when every person in our community we are privileged to serve has an opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential and enjoy a maximum of abundant living. In 2016, we served over 49,000 individuals and placed over 8,500 people into jobs across our six-county region.

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Our History and Heritage

Bringing the vision of Goodwill’s beginnings to life today.

Though Goodwill Industries of Central Florida started in 1959, Goodwill’s history dates back to the turn of the 20th century.

In 1902, Edgar J. Helms put out free clothes he collected from Boston’s most elite citizens to give to less-fortunate parishioners. Shortly after, a near riot ensued  because the giveaway was perceived as degrading in that it didn’t allow individuals the dignity of earning and doing for themselves. So, that same year, Helms decided to employ people to repair his used goods, then sell them to the less fortunate.

This laid the philosophical foundation of the Goodwill movement: That everyone has the potential to work, and work provides dignity and empowerment for all individuals.

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Our Accolades

At Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, we take pride in the achievements we’ve accomplished together as a team.