• Goodwill gives individuals the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential and contribute to the community.

    Have a Vision
  • Goodwill has been helping make central Iowa communities greener for almost 60 years. We recycle over 20 million pounds of materials annually.

  • Goodwill offers job skills and hands on experience. It’s a win-win situation for our business partners and for our clients.

    Create Opportunity
  • The socialization and communication skills gained through our program help individuals develop more self confidence and pride in themselves.

    Enhance Dignity
  • Goodwill believes in the power of work for all individuals. Since 1955, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has helped thousands of people find new jobs.

    Transform Lives

Connect With Employers Career Fair Planned May 4-6

DMACC is teaming with Goodwill of Central Iowa’s Career Connection Center to host a two-part event next week for job seekers. A Preparation Workshop event, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at DMACC Southridge, 1111 E. Army Post Road, is planned to help job seekers prepare for the Connect With Employers Career Fair on Wednesday, May 6. At the … [Read more...]

New Project SEARCH participants chosen

Four Project SEARCH interns are training at the East Euclid store. From left are Michele Keenan, who directs the program; Sam Pattison, Project SEARCH Instructor; Teresa Bennett, Chelsi Steinbach, Mary Horn and Zach Mosqueda. Four new Project SEARCH interns are training at the North Ankeny Boulevard Hy-Vee store. From left, they are Charity Hodson, … [Read more...]

Goodwill is featured this week on KCWI

Local TV personality Suzet Nelson will be the featured guest Friday, April 24, on the Great Day program on KCWI Channel 23. At 6:20 a.m., Suzet will talk about one of her personal favorite organizations, Goodwill of Central Iowa, and how donated goods help fund Goodwill's job training programs. Be sure to tune in to hear about Suzet's latest Goodwill … [Read more...]

Goodwill can help veteran professionals with their job search

Featured this month on our 2015 calendar is Randy Baker of Newton. After a job layoff, Randy, a computer technician, was out of work for almost a year. The Goodwill Career Connection Center in Newton helped him sharpen his resume and prepare for job interviews. He's now working under contract for a major financial institution in West Des Moines. … [Read more...]

Goodwill highest ranked brand in new national survey

Something new to celebrate: We learned that Goodwill was named the Disability Nonprofit Brand of the Year as part of the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, an annual brand equity study released last week. The study, which surveyed more than 38,000 Americans, ranked consumer awareness and perception of charitable nonprofit organizations.  To read more … [Read more...]

Paying tribute to some of our best clients and employees

What an evening! On March 24, we honored some of the employees and clients who helped make 2014 a tremendous, record-breaking year for Goodwill of Central Iowa. In 2015, our 60th anniversary in Des Moines, we plan to continue to “bring out the best” in people.   … [Read more...]

We’re stuffing the truck this week!

Volunteers Melissa Douglas and James Tegtmeier, employees from Voya Financial, gave out coupons during a Stuff the Truck event at the Valley West Mall Younkers store in September 2014.     Goodwill is kicking off our annual Goodwill Sale with Younkers stores this Thursday, March 12, at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines. We'll accept … [Read more...]

Goodwill offers job training and renewed hope to a refugee

(Our former client, Gastonie Kitwa Lunda, is featured in March on our 2015 calendar, on sale for $5 each in our retail stores.) Gastonie Kitwa Lunda, a political refugee, came to Des Moines in 2011 without her family and speaking little English. She had worked 26 years in her native Republic of Congo as an executive secretary, but she had few applicable … [Read more...]

We’re helping to find untapped potential

Goodwill is all about untapped potential. So, we were delighted to be a sponsor and organizer of this week’s Untapped Potential Career Fair at the DMACC Center for Career & Professional Development at Southridge Mall. What an event it was! More than 350 job seekers attended the event Tuesday, Feb. 24, which drew about 50 area employers. Justin Bogers, … [Read more...]

Iowa Food Bank Reaches out at Goodwill

The Iowa Food Bank Association continues to help more people who need food assistance.Representatives from the IFBA will be at our South store at 3333 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month; from 4 to 8 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month and from noon to 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month. For more, read the … [Read more...]