• 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

Come visit us at the Iowa State Fair!

State Fair Booth

Look for us at the Iowa State Fair! We're set up in the Varied Industries building. Spin our trivia wheel for giveaways, and kids get a free tattoo while supplies last. … [Read more...]

My Goodwill Story: Kevin Zika


Popular among his co-workers at an Ankeny Hy-Vee store, former Goodwill client Kevin Zika talks about why he looks forward to going to work. Friendly and helpful, Kevin Zika knows well the key to his success in his job at Hy-Vee. “Well, the key is, at Hy-Vee, to smile,” he said. “And to the people passing by, say something, like, ‘Have a good day,’ or … [Read more...]

Goodwill Night at the Iowa Cubs was a great success!


We had a ton of fun on Aug. 7 at Goodwill Night at the Iowa Cubs game! People brought lots of donations and we gave away some goodies, too. Rodney Tomlinson and Nancy Strutzenberg do a little victory dance at our table just inside the gates. People lined up for noisemakers, clips and a drawing for an autographed bat and cap. Ames Retail Store … [Read more...]

Want a peek into our operation?


Goodwill President Marlyn McKeen gives a tour of our warehouse, where donations get sorted, on Aug. 5 during a great Lunch 'n' Learn program with local business people. Interested in learning more about what we do? Sign up for our next free Lunch 'n' Learn event, on Oct. 14, by calling Nancy Strutzenberg, 265-5323, Ext. 271.   … [Read more...]

Join us for Goodwill Night at the Iowa Cubs!

First Pitch

Friday, Aug. 7, is Goodwill Night at the Iowa Cubs baseball game against the Omaha Storm Chasers! Bring a donation and receive a free ticket to the game. We'll collect donations at the front gate, and just inside the gates, we will have our Goodwill Wheel game, along with some fun giveaways. And you can sign up to win an autographed item from the Iowa Cubs. … [Read more...]

Ready for the Week of Opportunity (#WOO)?


Our Southridge Career Connection Center presents the Week of Opportunity (#WOO!), next week, July 27-31. Each day, you can come to interview directly with local employers, learn about different industries and make the most of an opportunity to get a new job! Times are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with a different group of employers each day. Monday … [Read more...]

Come find out what we do!


Today, we had a group of friends from near State Center, Iowa, visiting our headquarters. Workforce Strategist Kevin Lord gave them a great tour, showing how we train clients and prepare them for competitive jobs in the community. They also learned about shopgoodwill.com and our recycling efforts. Thanks, ladies, for visiting! We loved your enthusiasm for … [Read more...]

Red, White and Blue Day was a winner


Our Red, White and Blue sales event on July 3 was a huge success! Goodwill of Central Iowa retail stores had their biggest day ever for sales, with 16 of our 18 stores posting a 10 percent (or higher) increase for sales in a single day. On our Red, White and Blue Friday, we offered drawings for prizes and lots of discounts. And, traffic was up at nearly … [Read more...]

Go, Red, White and Goodwill Blue!

Our Red, White and Blue Friday event is July 3! Celebrate and save with us all day as we give out prizes including several $50 gift cards at each of our 18 stores. We’ll also have a drawing in each store for a Hamilton Beach ice cream maker. Pick up a Scratch and Save card at our stores while supplies last to save $2, $3 or $5 off a qualifying purchase. … [Read more...]

Creating and celebrating independence


Come to any of our 18 retail stores on Friday, July 3, for our big event! Goodwill of Central Iowa creates ­­-- and celebrates -- independence! On Friday, July 3, Goodwill will host its first Red, White and Blue Friday event at all our central Iowa stores. Celebrate and save with us all day as we give out prizes including several $50 gift cards at each … [Read more...]