Founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s mission is, “We sell donated goods to provide employment and training opportunities for people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs.”
At Goodwill we believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out – a saying coined by Goodwill’s founder, Reverend Edgar J. Helms. Helms did missionary work in the slums of Boston in the early 1900s. He hired the poor and needy to mend and repair used goods that he collected from wealthy Bostonians. The refurbished items were resold and given to the people who did the repair work, the basis for the mission of Goodwills throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is based in Nashville, Tenn. The agency employs more than 2,100 people and serves 48 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee.