Tammy’s Goodwill Journey

Had you walked into Goodwill of Central Iowa's Day Services program last year,  you would have likely seen a young lady working away at her latest anime illustration between socializing with friends inside the learning center. Tammy was always bursting with energy and enthusiasm, and the minute she connects on a subject matter, whether it be her creative … [Read more...]


From May 6–13, Goodwill of Central Iowa will celebrate Goodwill Industries Week and the mission impact its work has provided. For 63 years, Goodwill of Central Iowa has provided skills training, employment placement and job training, and community-based services for individuals facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities and … [Read more...]

From Hopeless to Beaming with Pride: A Goodwill Success Story

Not many people would be ecstatic to spend their 50th birthday on the job, but considering a year ago Paula doubted she would ever work again, this day marks a major accomplishment. When her probation officer pointed her to Goodwill of Central Iowa's skills training programs, she had no idea the journey she was bout to embark on. "I had no motivation, … [Read more...]

Outlet Store Open House

Join us for an open house of the Goodwill of Central Iowa Outlet Store located in Des Moines. Shopping at the Outlet Store is an opportunity to hunt for true treasure. With 10 new tables of products cycled onto the sales floor an hour, customers get the chance to sort through amazing items at greatly discounted prices. Join us for the chance to visit with … [Read more...]

Apply for Project SEARCH Class of 2018

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR PROJECT SEARCH CLASS OF 2018! Project SEARCH is a paid internship for adults with an intellectual or developmental disability. Interns receive training through our partnership with Hy-Vee to learn skills in retail sales, food preparation, customer service, inventory and merchandising. The program currently has a 96% … [Read more...]

Holiday Store Hours

Our retail stores will follow the below schedule for store hours throughout the upcoming holiday season, allowing our team members to enjoy the fun and festivities of the season with their loved ones. Dec. 24: 12-5 PM (Excludes the Outlet store, which will open at 9 am) Dec. 25: CLOSED Dec. 26: 9 AM - 9 PM (Grinnell, Iowa Falls and Oskaloosa will close at … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Hours

So that our staff and employees may enjoy the holiday with their loved ones, our retail stores will close at 6:00 PM on November 22, remain closed on November 23 and reopen November 24 at 9:00 AM for regular business hours. We wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. ---Goodwill of Central Iowa     … [Read more...]

Heather Anderson: October Achiever of the Month

Each month mission services team members at Goodwill of Central Iowa nominate clients for the Achiever of the Month Award. The winner is an individual who exemplifies our mission, values and vision by making progress toward his or her goals, having excellent attendance, being a good role model and having a positive attitude. Please join us in … [Read more...]

New Retail Skills Training Program Launches at GCI

Goodwill of Central Iowa has recently launched a new retail skills training program to help individuals facing barriers to employment find positions in the retail industry. PROGRAM OVERVIEW Seven to eight week program Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Classes are held at Goodwill of Central Iowa headquarters in Johnston Program includes … [Read more...]


Around here, we take Halloween seriously; we go all out and we have FUN. For the next month, our Facebook page will be a go-to for Halloween costume inspiration, great ideas for décor and shopping tips to get you set for the spookiest and kookiest of holidays. We have not one, but two costume contests taking place this month, between our retail stores and … [Read more...]