Not Charity But A Chance

Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is all about people working.

We are the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin’s non-profit provider of education, training, and career services for any person who wants meaningful employment.

We believe that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships.

Our Mission

Since October 1965, the mission of Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan has been to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.

GOODWILL – OUR HISTORY:

Goodwill 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.”

Annual Report

Click here to download a copy of our 2017 Annual Report.
For a hard copy to be sent in the mail, please contact us.

Code of Ethics

Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan adheres to a strict code of ethics. Click here to download a copy.

Problem Resolution Process

To review our problem resolution process, click here to download a copy.