Media Updates

See the below links for important information pertaining to our mission and retail operations.  More recent releases and news spots are placed at the top of the list, older releases are toward the bottom.


The Newton Daily News published a story about a grant we received in July from the Walmart Foundation. Read about it here

The Des Moines Business Record made note of a significant donation that Wells Fargo recently made to our capital campaign. Read more here

Read about our busy winter and spring in our most recent quarterly newsletter:
Spring 2016 Newsletter

Goodwill preps for move to Johnston


Goodwill of Central Iowa celebrated its upcoming move to a new headquarters and training facility in Johnston on Sept. 22, and announced the launch of its first capital campaign in 20 years.

About 100 people attended the event at Goodwill’s new facility, 5355 N.W. 86th St. The former American TV & Appliance store is being renovated to house the agency’s corporate headquarters and training center, a new retail store and a Career Connection Center offering free walk-in employment assistance.

Goodwill plans to open the retail store there this fall, and move the rest of its operations in March 2016 from the north side of Des Moines.

“We look forward to Goodwill being here and being part of the Johnston community,” Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld said in a news release. “Goodwill is a great organization. We expect you’ll continue to grow and be very successful here in Johnston.”

Goodwill has helped place more than 700 clients in jobs this year. That’s already more than the agency’s record year in 2014 when it placed 565 people in jobs at more than 325 companies.

The agency announced an $8 million capital campaign to raise money to complete the building renovations, move the headquarters and fund its programs.

Goodwill Industries Summer Newsletter

CARF Accreditation Press Release

Goodwill Industries Spring Newsletter

Goodwill and Uber teamed up on Saturday, May 2, for a one-day donation drive.

Goodwill Board Member Bjorn Berg was profiled in the Des Moines Register’s “You Should Get to Know” section on March 2:


Our newsletter highlights some of our recent successes:




Goodwill Week May 5-9 News Release 

Goodwill & Life Made Simple congratulate the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau for winning the 2014 Productive Environment Day contest. News Release

Des Moines Area Community College and Goodwill partner to provide training and job search assistance to individuals in central Iowa.  Click here to read the  News Release.

Goodwill & Iowa Energy  partnered with Wells Fargo  to host the first “Big Assist” Night on January 18th to raise awareness about our mission and job training programs.  Read more about it here!


Goodwill has teamed up with Raygun to produce a T-shirt that will help get the word out on the connection between their retail operations and their mission services. Get more information here!

Great News–our Industrial Service Division achieves ISO 9001: 2008 certification!

Thanks to the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce for celebrating the Jordan Creek Store Ribbon Cutting with us!

We have another exciting Grand Opening to announce: make sure to stop out and see our new West Des Moines store location in the Jordan Creek area!

We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new West Des Moines store location in the Valley West area!

Awards Banquet 2013 a big success with a record number in attendance. What a great night to celebrate our successes!

WHOTV drops by our new Connection Center to report on the employment services we offer job seekers in central Iowa. Check it out here!

Once again we have earned Cityview’s “Best of Des Moines” award for the Best Thrift Shop category. Here’s a clip of the February 27 article announcing the award.WHOTV

Goodwill is opening its new Connection Center to provide job search assistance to job seekers in the Des Moines metro area. See the Press Release. Business_Record


Check out this feature that aired last evening, December 10, on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The segment focused on a Goodwill shopper who purchased an art print for $12.34, which turned out to be a lithograph by American sculptor Alexander Calder worth $9,000!

City of Des Moines honors Goodwill and issues Proclamation declaring October “National Disability Employment Awareness Month”

Goodwill puts the call out to volunteers to to help run donation drives in central Iowa communities.DesMoinesRegister

Our E-Waste program surpasses the 4 million pound mark million pound mark in August!

Goodwill/Dell Reconnect Program expands.

Metro Waste Authority partners with Goodwill to accept computers at no cost. See the July 6 Press Release here.

Rep. Tom Latham acknowledges the great work we do here at Goodwill through our partnership with the AbilityOne program.

Iowa Politicians and Community Leaders get a firsthand look at our Workforce Development and AbilityOne programs in April.KCCI

Awards Banquet 2012 was a big success and a great night to celebrate our successes!

Goodwill Voted Best Thrift Shop in 2012

We are holding our fourth donation drive of 2012! Drop by the Hy-Vee at 555 S. 51st St. in West Des Moines on Saturday, March 3. Hope to see you there!