• 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.

    Recycle
  • 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

Goodwill offers job training and renewed hope to a refugee

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(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

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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...]

Feb. 13 was ‘Night to Shine” for Goodwill clients

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     On Feb. 13, Goodwill of Central Iowa joined Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny to present “A Night to Shine,” a prom event for people with special needs and disabilities. The dance, made possible by a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation, was the only one of its kind in Iowa, and one of just 41 in the nation.      Thirty-three of our clients attended “A … [Read more...]

Untapped Potential Career Fair is Feb. 24

Do you believe you have untapped potential? Then, we have a career fair made just for you! The Goodwill of Central Iowa Career Connection Center in Southridge Mall is offering its Career Fair for Untapped Potential on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DMACC Center for Career & Professional Development at the mall, 1111 E. Army Post … [Read more...]

Hiring events for general laborers are Feb. 10, 11

Seeking work as a general laborer? Our Career Connection Center is offering a hiring event from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at our center in Southridge Mall, 1111 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines. Work involves weekday travel through Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota to perform industrial cleaning at ethanol plants. Shifts are 12-13 hours but no weekend work. For … [Read more...]

Partnership with Project SEARCH helps clients gain work skills

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Melissa Young of Des Moines made the most of her nine-month Project SEARCH internship with Hy-Vee. She is known for her ambition, work ethic and ability to step in to help any department at the store. Melissa earned high praise from her Project SEARCH instructor and the staff at the Windsor Heights Hy-Vee. Her instructor, Jen Cattell, says Melissa made … [Read more...]

Former Des Moines client is featured on national Goodwill site

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Our former client Richard Nickell talks in his own words about the amazing personal journey he has made in the last couple years -- from being homeless and unemployed to becoming a valued employee of a large Des Moines hotel and a nominee for an international award. We are very proud of Richard and the progress he has made. For 60 years, Goodwill has … [Read more...]

Goodwill is good for the environment!

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Wleh Appleton works with Goodwill's Dell Computer recycling program. Last year, Goodwill saved more than 5 million pounds of computer components from the landfill. The program's goal is to keep used computers from landfills and to educate the public about proper computer recycling. … [Read more...]

Meet Stuart, one of our success stories from 2014

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Stuart Kennedy’s initiative and drive to excel are paying off. Stuart, known for his wide smile and brimming enthusiasm, joined the Goodwill Outlet store team last summer after completing a Supported Employment Program and working at the Jordan Creek store. Stuart’s job coach, William Berning, pushed to promote Stuart because of his potential and his … [Read more...]