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

  • Goodwill Industries International Revamps GoodProspects site

    Goodwill Industries International announces the launch of the redesigned site, GoodProspects (www.goodprospects.org), an innovative virtual career navigation platform built to help job seekers find jobs and grow meaningful careers.

    GoodProspects provides job seekers with multiple support services, including access to virtual career mentors, an interactive career readiness checklist with benchmarks to achieve as job seekers build their work skills, and a digital library of resources spanning 11 industries and 18 skill-building topics. The site also includes an events database that features job fairs and workshops hosted at local Goodwill agencies, as well as virtual webinars and Google hangouts. Goodwill developed the site with support from Accenture.

    In January 2014, Accenture invested in Goodwill’s GoodProspects for Credentials to Careers initiative to help individuals attain the skills needed for college and career success. More than 1 million new jobs were introduced to the economy in the United States alone in 2015, but many job seekers lack the knowledge and training they need to position themselves to take advantage of these opportunities. With additional pro-bono support from Accenture, Goodwill revamped the GoodProspects site to meet the needs of those job seekers.

    Entry- and mid-level professionals face many challenges to building their careers in the 21st-century economy. Networking, mentoring, and accessing digital libraries and webinars are now considered building blocks of the online job search. Without the right connections, educational support services and proper guidance, it’s easy for job seekers to fall behind.

    While Goodwill is already internationally recognized as a leader for skills development and career navigation services, GoodProspects will extend its model to individuals in the digital world. The site allows people to easily access services that help them find jobs and advance their careers at the time and location most convenient to them. More than 35,000 job seekers have already registered on the GoodProspects site to date.

    From August 31, 2015, through Labor Day on September 7, 2015, Goodwill Industries International will encourage people to share their #BestJobAdvice on Twitter. Those who share the most helpful #BestJobAdvice will be eligible to win a Microsoft Surface 3 tablet or two Fitbit Surges. For more information and complete contest rules, visit http://goodprospects.goodwill.org/bestjobadvice.

    Goodwill, with 113 years in experience in job placement and training, is uniquely positioned to provide the guidance, inspiration and compassion necessary to help people build and sustain their careers. For more information on this dynamic new career website, visit www.goodprospects.org.

  • Goodwill Sustainability Program Waste Challenge Winners

    Goodwill Industries International announce this year’s Goodwill Sustainability Program Waste Challenge (sustainable business practice) winners. The award distinguishes organizations that exemplify superior environmental sustainability standards in the area of waste diversion, and have put practices in place that have decreased trash and increased pounds diverted from landfill.

    Winners of the Waste Challenge are redirecting waste into value-added activities that create jobs and extend the life of the product or commodity in support of the triple bottom line; people (our human capital), planet (our natural capital) and prosperity (our financial capital). The award winners were recognized at the 2015 Summer Conference and are as follows:

    · Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina (Greensboro)
    · Goodwill Industries of Arkansas (Little Rock)
    · Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (Portland, OR)

    Source: GII Sustainability Specialist Susanne Fredericks

  • Best of the Best | Arkansas Democrat Gazette

    We've made it to the second round. Thank you, Arkansas! Please take another moment and vote one more time for Goodwill. You could win $500 by nominating your picks for the Best of the Best Reader's Choice Awards by Arkansas Online. Submit your nominations by September 6. You must fill out 10 nominations for your ballot to be counted. Participants who nominate a minimum of 40 categories will be entered
    for a chance to win $500.

    Vote Goodwill "Best Consignment/Resale Shop".
    http://bit.ly/BestOfTheBestGW

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