History of Seattle Goodwill

Celebrating 90 Years of Building the Future

Founded in 1923, Seattle Goodwill has been an integral part of our community for 90 years. Driven by our mission to provide free job training and education to those in need, we continue to help change people’s lives for the better.

There are thousands of people in our community who face difficult barriers to finding work, including poverty, lack of education and skills, and language barriers.  With 24 retail thrift stores and nine Job Training and Education Centers throughout the region, we provide free classes and support services to people in need, serving over 9,700 people this past fiscal year.

Our programs are funded entirely by financial donations and the sale of donated items in our stores - we couldn't exist without the incredible ongoing support of the community. You help us help others, and for that we thank you.

In celebration of our 90th anniversary, we encourage you to use our timeline to explore Seattle Goodwill’s history as shaped by stories from the community. Then, take a moment to share your own Goodwill story and become a part of our history.

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