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Goodwill of Delaware Charity Profile
Serving Delaware and Delaware County, PA for Over 85 Years!
Incorporated in 1921 by the Rev. J. H. Beauchamp at Asbury Methodist Church, Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County, Inc. is the oldest nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing vocational services in the state of Delaware. Goodwill operated on the philosophy of "Give a hand up, not a hand out." Our original intent was to put people to work – collecting, repairing and reselling clothing and household items. The purpose was, and still is, to discover the productive capabilities inherent in all people.
Today, Goodwill constituents are completing sophisticated vocational programs that prepare them to enter the workforce. Thanks to the community's support of material donations and monetary contributions, we are able to offer our programs to people with barriers to employment.
In addition, Goodwill operates three distinct businesses – Goodwill Stores and Auctions, Goodwill Janitorial Services, and Goodwill Staffing Services. These businesses not only provide invaluable services to the community, but also employment and training opportunities for the individuals we serve. Mission: To improve the quality of life for people with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work.
Vision: Empower People - Strengthen Families - Build Communities
Core Values: Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County, Inc. is committed to these basic principles, which we have chosen to guide our actions.
Goodwill of Delaware Volunteer Information
You already know that recycling paper, aluminum and glass is good for the environment. But did you know that donating things like your jeans that no longer fit, the bicycle your child outgrew or a lamp or toaster is also good for the environment? Just as there are things to recycle, there are things you can donate.
When you donate to Goodwill, your unwanted items are sold in our retail stores and online. With the money raised from these sales, Goodwill creates lifelines for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency. Your donation makes a positive impact on the community and the environment. Donating to Goodwill provides many benefits such as job training programs and employment placement services to people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. This practice also offers the community an environmentally healthy alternative for the disposal of unwanted, but still useable items.