• 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

Project SEARCH interns will graduate Nov. 20

Chelsi Steinbach

Our eight Project SEARCH interns will graduate from the program on Thursday, Nov. 19. Festivities are planned at 10:30 a.m. at the Ankeny Hy-Vee, 410 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, and at 2 p.m. in the Euclid Room, next door to the Hy-Vee at 2540 E. Euclid Ave., Des Moines Project SEARCH is a national vocational training program that helps people of all … [Read more...]

Give Goodwill on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Goodwill

This year, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa will participate in #GivingTuesday! In case you haven’t heard, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to create a global day of giving back, which celebrates generosity and kindness. #GivingTuesday will be held this year on December 1st. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together … [Read more...]

We’re collecting donations this week in Van Meter

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This week, Goodwill of Central Iowa is partnering with third-graders in Van Meter for a donation drive! We will also have a truck at Van Meter City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 19, to accept donations of clothing, small electrical items, collectibles, shoes, books, housewares, toys and jewelry. We are especially in need of household items and men’s … [Read more...]

We paired with DMACC for successful career fair Nov. 5

On Nov. 5, Goodwill joined forces with DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy to offer the Connect With Employers Career Fair at DMACC Southridge. The event, which attracted more than 90 DMACC WTA students, proved to be a great recruitment strategy that allowed interested local employers and current students and job-seekers to meet and discuss job opportunities … [Read more...]

We teamed up with the Wild!

Marlyn puck drop 2015

Goodwill Night at the Iowa Wild hockey game on Nov. 7 was a blast! Fans filled two gaylord boxes with donations, and we set up three tables where we could meet hockey fans (and Goodwill fans!) and talk about our mission. We also had some fun on the ice with a special event to promote Goodwill. Employees brought their families to enjoy the evening. We're … [Read more...]

Career workshop, job fair coming up at DMACC Southridge


Let's help you get a job! We're pairing with DMACC's Workforce Training Academy for a free Connect With Employers Career Fair Nov. 5 at DMACC Southridge. But first, attend one of two Job Success Workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, or Thursday, Oct. 29, at DMACC Southridge. Receive tips from professionals on resume prep, how to research … [Read more...]

Community Resource Fair is Oct. 22

Goodwill of Central Iowa’s Career Connection Center is partnering with DMACC and Children and Families of Iowa to present a Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at DMACC Southridge, 1111 Army Post Road. More than 35 community resource partners will share information and help the public make connections to resources they need to remove … [Read more...]

We’re celebrating 60 years!


Goodwill of Central Iowa is celebrating its 60th year in 2015. Our mission -- to improve the quality of life for all individuals by providing skills training and helping people find jobs -- hasn't changed. Here are a few highlights from our recent festivities. In Ottumwa, celebrating are Clark, Sandy, Tammy, Debbie, Kari, Phyllis, Tonya and … [Read more...]

New Facility and Campaign put us in the news!

View a recent newscast by KCCI Channel 8 about our new headquarters and capital fund drive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpgwRwBGmg8 … [Read more...]

We’ve (officially) kicked off our big project!


On September 22, Goodwill of Central Iowa celebrated its upcoming move to a new headquarters and training facility in Johnston, IA, and announced the launch of its first capital campaign in 20 years.   About 100 people attended the event at Goodwill’s new facility, which is being renovated to house the agency’s corporate headquarters, a training center, a … [Read more...]