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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’s Brian Itzkowitz named to Secretary of Labor National Advisory Committee

    Panel Advises Secretary of Labor on Issues Affecting Workers with Disabilities

    ROCKVILLE, MD — President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas (Little Rock) Brian Itzkowitz has been named to serve on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The committee is a key component of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in July 2014 to help job seekers — including those with disabilities — access necessary services to advance their careers.

    “I am honored and excited to be a part of this advisory committee,” said Itzkowitz. “As a longtime member of the Goodwill® family, I understand the power of work to build strong families and better communities.”

    The advisory committee, which consists of both federal officials and private citizens, provides guidance to the Secretary of Labor on ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It also advises the Secretary on the use and oversight of the certificate program carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act for the employment of individuals with disabilities. Itzkowitz’s term on the advisory committee began in January 2015, and the panel will end following the submission of a final report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations.

    “Being a member of the committee will help me to further assist the approximately 80 percent of people with disabilities who don’t participate in the labor force,” said Itzkowitz. “I hope that the final recommendations of this committee will result in sound policies that will create more opportunities.”

    Itzkowitz has served Goodwill for nearly 20 years, having worked in positions in southwest Florida and Baltimore before taking his current leadership role in Arkansas in 2008. In addition to serving as the vice chair of Goodwill Industries International’s board of directors, Itzkowitz is active in several professional and community service organizations in Little Rock, and he was honored as the 2013 Arkansas Business Nonprofit Executive of the Year.

  • Arkansans can apply for health insurance at select Goodwill locations

    Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Goodwill are pairing up again to help Arkansans determine whether they qualify for affordable insurance and help them enroll. BCBS agents will be at 9 Goodwill locations across the state.

    “Goodwill gives people a hand up, not a hand out so they can reach their highest potential,” said Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. “We believe educating and helping people access affordable health care coverage can improve the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

    “We are honored to collaborate with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas in helping provide Arkansans with health insurance coverage,” said Karen Raley, vice president of Communications and Product Development for Arkansas Blue Cross. “Arkansans without insurance face barriers in accessing quality health care and necessary medications. Our certified agents will guide those whom Goodwill serves every day through the eligibility and enrollment process so that they can get coverage to help take better care of themselves, which in turn supports their ability to take good care of their families.”

    Find a participating location near you at http://www.arkansasbluecross.com/contact/goodwill_locations.aspx

  • Free Tax Filing

    Tax preparers use free software to file your taxes, so why should you pay them for that?

    Get your full refund in 2015 by using Goodwill Free Tax Filing at GoodwillAR.org/support_services/taxes.html.

    It’s not always about how simple or how difficult your return might be – other factors come into play. You really do not need to worry about a wide variety of forms and tax laws, since Goodwill Free Tax Filing can simplify the entire process.

    Generally, if you are single or the head of household, renting, and working, you can simply file the 1040EZ using Goodwill Free Tax Filing. The software can figure out any tax credits you qualify for. The sooner you file your taxes, the sooner you may recieve a refund.

    If you pay someone to file your taxes you will owe extra money for fees and interest.

    Plus, your refund will only arrive one week earlier. With the ability to file online, your refund can be directly deposited into your account. The estimated time to receive your refund is about 10 days. File your taxes for free here.

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