• 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

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...]

Sale this week on pink-tagged houseware items!

Andy Yeager

Start autumn off right with a big Goodwill store sale today, Wednesday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 25! All pink-tagged non clothing items are 50 percent off! That includes housewares, purses, shoes, etc. The sale will be at all Goodwill of Central Iowa stores.   … [Read more...]

Taking steps toward success


Fernando Camacho, 40, is rebuilding his life after a series of mishaps. He came to Goodwill’s Career Connection Center this spring, looking to start fresh. At the center, he got help developing a resume and received assistance with job applications and interviews. He quickly earned a high school equivalency diploma, then was soon hired as a maintenance … [Read more...]

We’ve been busy breaking records!

We're having a record-breaking year! We've just met our 2015 goal of placing 625 people in competitive employment in central Iowa. As the year winds down, we'll work even harder to boost those numbers and help put more people to work. … [Read more...]

With a fresh start come great opportunities


It took Jody Mooney just 90 days to lose nearly everything he had.  And 20 years to reconstruct his life. Now he’s finally getting somewhere. Jody, 52, has spent the last two decades trying to repair the devastation he suffered because of drug addiction in the early 1990s. A college-educated professional, Jody worked in Washington, D.C., from 1985 to 1991 … [Read more...]

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...]