History

Dr. Edgar J. Helms-, a native Iowan, founded the national Goodwill movement in Boston in 1902 to assist people in developing abilities, increasing self respect and attaining economic independence.

Locally Goodwill was founded in 1965 as Goodwill Industries of Southeast Iowa following work by the Iowa City Kiwanis Club, the Association for Retarded Citizens (now known as the ARC) and Col. Brooks Booker. Fifty years later Goodwill of the Heartland works under that same spirit of partnership, with a focus toward enhancing opportunities for those facing barriers to independence.

Within a year of establishing its not-for-profit status, Goodwill opened its first retail store in downtown Iowa City to help fund its services and create jobs for those with disabilities. Today our retail operation has grown to provide 70 percent of the funding for those vital services.

The drive for the mission and the belief it is a purpose worth sharing powers Goodwill. When Goodwill introduced its services to Cedar Rapids in 1973, it was the first expansion of many. The core belief that “Goodwill way” changes lives for the better fuels expansion throughout our territory. Goodwill now offers services in Muscatine, the Quad Cities and Clinton and is evaluating services for the far southeast regions of Iowa.

Known for its spirit of innovation, Goodwill became the first Iowa agency to receive a federal work contract under the Javits-Wagner-O’Day act in 1977, now part of SourceAmerica. Goodwill continues today hold other federal contracts providing jobs and training. Goodwill completed its first CARF survey in 1977, netting the organization a three-year accreditation and setting a standard it has reached every three years since.

In 1984 Goodwill was one of the first organizations in the Midwest to use a flexible program to successfully meet the employment needs of individuals with mental illness. Then in 1989 Goodwill began working with individuals who experienced traumatic brain injuries and offered help in re-entering the community after injury. By 2004 the organization began working with homeless and disadvantaged veterans through a Department of Labor grant known as the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. As these benchmarks illustrate, Goodwill is in the community to help individuals overcome the diverse challenges they face.

Today, the power of your donation to Goodwill is reflected in the range of services we provide. In 2015, we served 6,178 people who faced barriers to independence. We also provided assistance to qualifying individuals in the form of credit vouchers. They allow individuals to purchase shoes or clothing in any of our stores. In 2015, the value of the vouchers distributed was $127,745.

As we look at the accomplishments of our Goodwill, we are reminded of the words of our founder. Edgar J. Helms challenged Friends of Goodwill to be dissatisfied their work until every disabled and unfortunate person in their community has an opportunity to develop to “fullest usefulness and to enjoy a maximum of abundant living.” We believe we still have work ahead.

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Stores

Bettendorf

Phone: (563) 484-3745

Burlington

Phone: (319) 208-0290

Cedar Rapids East

Phone: (319) 739-5055

Cedar Rapids South

Phone: (319) 739-5080

Cedar Rapids West

Phone: (319) 739-5044

Clinton

Phone: (563) 484-3744

Coralville

Phone: (319) 248-4729

Davenport

Phone: (563) 484-3732

Fairfield

Phone: (641) 472-7529

Geneseo

Phone: (563) 484-3765

Iowa City

Phone: (319) 248-4705

Keokuk

Phone: (319) 524-2525

Marion

Phone: (319) 739-5045

Moline

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Muscatine

Phone: (563) 484-3731

Rock Island

Phone: (563) 484-3733

shopgoodwill.com

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Washington

Phone: (563) 484-3747

Donation Bins

Cedar Rapids

City Carton Recycling

Cedar Rapids

Oakland Rd. Hy-Vee Gas

Cedar Rapids NE

Hy-Vee Edgewood Road

Cedar Rapids NE

Goodwill SKILLS Day Habilitation

Cedar Rapids SE

Metro YMCA

Cedar Rapids

Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee

Cedar Rapids

NewBo Market

Coralville

Quality Care Storage

CR East Store

Council St. NE

CR South Store

Mt. Vernon Rd.

Iowa City

City Carton Recycling

Iowa City

Goodwill Center

Iowa City

Recycling Center & ReStore

Keokuk

Main Street

Marion

Marion Goodwill

Marion

Hy-Vee Drugstore

Marion

Linn County Solid Waste

Marion

Eagle Ridge

Mount Vernon

Gary’s Foods

North Liberty

Quality Care Storage

Tiffin

Quality Care Storage

Service Centers

Burlington

Phone: (319) 208-0285

Cedar Rapids

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Clinton

Phone: (563) 484-3744

Iowa City

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Muscatine

Phone: (563) 263-2826

Quad Cities

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Career Centers

Moline

Phone: (563) 484-3757

Muscatine

Phone: (563) 484-3766

Day Habilitation

Burlington

Phone: (319) 208-0288

Cedar Rapids

Phone: (319) 739-5047

Clinton

Phone: (563) 484-3708

Iowa City

Phone: (319) 248-1727

Quad Cities

Phone: (563) 484-3737