About Us

Goodwill Manasota's mission is, "Changing Lives Through the Power of Work."


At Goodwill Manasota we strive to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.

Through the sales of your donated goods, we’re able to provide employment training, job placement and career services and other Mission Services that lead to self-sufficiency. We invest our time and resources in those folks who ask for a hand up, not a hand out, to those not looking for charity, but a chance.

Our mission is to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities.

Read more about our Mission Services here.



At Goodwill we believe in providing opportunity – a chance, not charity. When you donate your gently-used items to Goodwill, you extend a helping hand to another person in the community and you help us change a life.

Each of our success stories begins with your donation. As a leader in the recycling effort, we take pride in turning your donations into jobs, homes, hope and success for less fortunate friends and neighbors.



Edgar J. HelmsGoodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.

Dr. Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise…a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources were depleted.”

Even with a laudable history and record of accomplishment, Goodwill won’t be satisfied when so many people still need our services. Through our 21st Century Initiative, we aim to improve the economic self-sufficiency of 20 million people and their families by 2020. Times have changed, but Helms’ vision remains constant. “We have courage and are unafraid. With the prayerful cooperation of millions of our bag contributors and of our workers, we will press on till the curse of poverty and exploitation is banished from mankind.”



Goodwill Manasota’s mission is to connect people in need with the opportunity to succeed. Goodwill programs and services support the opportunity to achieve rewarding work and the dignity of self-sufficiency. The services that we provide are never duplicated – we work closely with partners in the community to ensure that your friends and neighbors have the best possible support in their quest to earn a living and support themselves and their families. We recognize pride in a job well done and understand that success begets success.