About Us

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We help people with disabilities and other disadvantages reach their highest potential through training, education and employment services. "Donate, Shop, Change a Life!" is more than just a tagline - it’s how we have been operating for over 85 years.

Our programs and services offer a hand up, not a hand out. Sometimes that hand up is resume development or job placement assistance. Other times, the hand up comes in the form of education or training programs.

The number of transformed lives is more than just glowing statistics; they are actual stories of people who turned their lives around and discovered their potential. Get to know a few of the lives that have been touched by Goodwill.

When you support Goodwill by donating to or shopping at stores in your neighborhood, you support our mission and make a lasting impact in your community by changing lives.

What's New

  • Congress Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    Goodwill applauds the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The long over-due bill modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helping put Americans back to work by revamping the nation’s outdated workforce development system and strengthening the economy.

    “We congratulate the Senate and the House for passing this bill, which provides workers and taxpayers the job training solutions they need and deserve in order to prepare for jobs that are currently going unfilled,” said Jim Gibbons, Goodwill Industries International president and CEO. “It is time to send this bill to the President’s desk for signature and help millions of Americans find and keep good jobs.”

    Goodwill enhances the quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work. Local Goodwill agencies meet the needs of all job seekers through a variety of workforce development offerings, including programs for youth, seniors and veterans; as well as people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. Last year, Goodwill helped more than 9.8 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, and provided the supportive services they needed to be successful, including English-language training, additional education, and access to transportation and child care.

    “At Goodwill we are encouraged by the fact that the law will ensure that youth with disabilities are put on a pathway of services and training environments that provide choice--whether that's ongoing skills training or a continuum of community based services,” said Gibbons. "What matters most, for all people, is that there is the opportunity for choice."

    Goodwill works hard to ensure that all people have opportunities for choice, to earn a paycheck, to reach potential and to experience improved quality of life. The WIOA aligns with these aspirations and allows Goodwill to provide services that are customized for individuals and their families. It delivers these services while recognizing that the individual is the leader of his or her service plan, and it leverages additional community resources as appropriate.

    Like Goodwill, the WIOA provides access to training, education and work opportunity services that all of America’s workers need to compete in today’s global economy. Overall, the act maintains the nation’s core job training programs, increases accountability metrics, reduces bureaucracy, improves programs for people with disabilities, and strengthens ties between the state’s regional workforce development councils and employers.

  • Accreditation from CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International

    Goodwill Industries of Arkansas has some exciting news to share: we recently earned the full three-year accreditation from CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International. This accreditation places Goodwill in an exclusive group of organizations and agencies. Most importantly, it displays our commitment and dedication to our mission - building lives, families and communities through training, education and employment services.

    “As Goodwill continues to grow and expand our programs and services across the state, our CARF accreditation will be a great asset to our agency,” explained Goodwill President and CEO, Brian Itzkowitz. “Achieving accreditation demonstrates Goodwill’s commitment to quality improvement, while focusing on the unique needs of each person we serve and monitoring the results of the service. This principle reflects our mission to build lives, families and communities by helping people reach their highest potential through training, education and employment.”

    At the end of May, a two-day, on-site survey was conducted by a team of expert practitioners selected by CARF. During the survey, Goodwill demonstrated the ability to exceed the rigorous and internationally recognized standards.

    CARF International has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs around the world since it was founded in 1966. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is now included on the list of programs exhibiting best practices, nationally and internationally.

    Learn more about CARF at www.carf.org.

 

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