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Where Your Money Goes


Goodwill prides itself on being a good steward of resources given to us by our donors. Financial contributions play a significant role in our ability to carry out our mission and provide access to programs and services that prepare individuals for today’s workforce.

Contributions help foster expansion and innovation to tackle community challenges, allowing Goodwill to create and improve services that move individuals toward personal and professional success.

When you donate to Goodwill, you’re making an investment in people, strengthening families and communities, and energizing the economy.

Your financial contributions help support important workforce development programs and support services for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through our Workforce Connection Centers, EmpowerOne program and Day Services programs.

At Goodwill’s Workforce Connection Centers individuals can receive assistance searching local job listings, participate in resume building and interviewing workshops, interview on-site with employers looking to fill open positions, access computers and the internet, and request help setting up email accounts and filling out job applications. These Centers are open to the public and services are provided free of charge.

Our Day Services programs offer adults with disabilities a personalized and engaging approach to gaining confidence and independence through daily programming and community outings. Through structured and self-directed activities, Day Services programs help foster a sense of self-worth, empower individuals to make their own decisions and provide valuable social-skill development.
EmpowerOne launched in 2017 with a goal of providing a network of services that would allow individuals with disabilities to follow their own path to employment in the community. This program offers a range of services participants can choose from to fit their individual goals including soft skill building, on-the-job training and connection to community employment opportunities. Luis’s story is one that exemplifies this journey.

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Annual Report

If you would like to learn more about where your money goes, visit our Annual Report page. Here you will learn about our accomplishments from the past year with the community, amazing stories of people receiving services and a financial summary.


Mission Story

Luis first joined Goodwill Day Services in 2011 after graduating from high school. When EmpowerOne launched its foundational skill building track, he was among the first small group of individuals who transitioned into the program. Luis had expressed the desire to have a job in the community but was not fully equipped with the skills he needed to be successful.

Luis e-cycle-where money goesEmpowerOne provided Luis with opportunities to explore different vocations and develop a variety of work and independent living skills such as cooking and money management, as well as soft skills including problem-solving and building self-esteem. Luis learned and practiced a wide variety of job skills – from food preparation and gardening, to grocery clerking and laundry care. Aside from what he learned in training, Luis also spent time in the community volunteering and practicing skills such as table service, stocking shelves and cleaning.

Through these experiences, Luis is learning new employment skills and is one step closer to achieving his goal of having a job in the community. “Luis’s strengths and skills have matured as he has developed new confidence in himself,” shared Stephanie, an EmpowerOne instructor. “His goals became clearer through job exploration and his communication skills improved. Aside from his positivity, friendly disposition and great sense of humor, Luis demonstrates many character traits which will make him an excellent employee and natural leader. Any employer ought to be thrilled to have this young man on their team!”

Mission Support Center
Tel: (414) 847-4200

James O. Wright Center forWork & Training
Tel: (414) 353-6400

Metropolitan Chicago -
Tel: (312) 994-1440