• 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

Building Dedication drew nearly 200 people


On May 17, we threw our doors open to the public for our Building Dedication! It was great to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. Thanks to all who came to take a peek at our new headquarters, Career Connection Center and retail store. Special thanks to city leaders, the Johnston Chamber of Commerce, the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce and all the … [Read more...]

Join us for our Building Dedication today!

new building drawing

We're showing off our beautiful new building with a Dedication and Reception at 4:30 p.m. today, May 17. Stop by for a tour of our headquarters, new retail store and Career Connection Center, at 5355 N.W. 86th St. in Johnston. We'll have refreshments from a variety of Johnston eateries, and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will speak! Find out how Goodwill is Good … [Read more...]

Meet Jody Mooney, our Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year!

Jody was among several former client honorees at our annual awards banquet May 5 in West Des Moines. We will continue to share more great Goodwill success stories here. … [Read more...]

Recent hiring event attracted large crowd


The Connect with Employers Job Expo '16 at DMACC Southridge on April 14 was a great success! Several of our job coaches and employment specialists attended to meet and talk with participants. The event was a collaboration between Goodwill of Central Iowa and DMACC's Workforce Training Academy, which uses classes and resources to prepare people for local … [Read more...]

Job expo planned for April 14 at DMACC

job expo

We're partnering with DMACC Southridge for Job Expo 16 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at DMACC Southridge, 1111 E. Army Post Road in Des Moines. The FREE event will feature employers who are hiring in the fields of health care, business, manufacturing and construction. To RSVP or for more information, call Justin Bogers, (515) 953-6456.   … [Read more...]

We’re hiring for positions in our stores


Our Career Connection Center is offering a job fair on Tuesday, April 5, and a second one on Tuesday, April 12, to fill assistant store manager and store clerk positions in Goodwill retail stores within the Des Moines metro. People interested in full- and part-time retail work can attend these events to interview for jobs with members of Goodwill's HR … [Read more...]

Susan Rathjen shares her passion for helping others

Our board member Susan Rathjen, who was recently named to the Business Record's Forty Under 40, shares her passion for mental health advocacy and the work of Goodwill! We appreciate Susan's hard work for Goodwill of Central Iowa. http://bit.ly/1pQTwoz … [Read more...]

GII website features our client, Randy Bakker

One of our clients, Randy Bakker, is featured on the Goodwill Industries website. Read what Randy says, in his own words, about how his new job at Hoyt Middle School in Des Moines has improved his life:http://www.goodwill.org/blog/my-story/randy-bakker/ … [Read more...]

Our job application page has been updated

Our website was updated on March 11, and our online job application section is functioning again. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience. … [Read more...]

Stuff the Truck event brought in many donations

Voya Volunteers

Many thanks to our volunteers who helped us with the Younkers Stuff the Truck promotion on Wednesday, March 9. Each spring and fall, Goodwill and Younkers partner for the Stuff the Truck event at Valley West Mall. Younkers customers receive store coupons in return for clothing donations they make. Voya employees James Tegtmeier and Melissa Douglas manned … [Read more...]