Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is based in Nashville, Tenn. The organization employs about 2,000 people and serves 48 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee. We operate 34 retail stores and two outlet stores, more than 75 donation sites and eight Career Solutions centers.

Founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s mission is changing lives through education, training and employment.

At Goodwill we believe in giving a hand up, not a handout a saying coined by Goodwill’s founder, the Rev. Edgar J. Helms. Helms worked as a missionary in the slums of Boston in the early 1900s. He hired the poor and needy to mend and repair used goods he collected from wealthy Bostonians. The refurbished items were resold, and the proceeds were paid as wages to the people who did the work. This became 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 about 2,000 people and serves 48 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee.

We operate 34 retail stores and two outlet stores, more than 75 donation sites and eight Career Solutions centers. Eighty-eight percent of our employees come to Goodwill in connection with its mission, and we remain one of Middle and West Tennessee’s largest employers of people with disabilities.

Although affiliated with Goodwill Industries International in Bethesda, Md., we operate independently through our own governing board of directors.

Goodwill accepts gently-used items that donors no longer want, need or use. Those items are sold either in our retail stores or online at onlinegoodwill.com. Revenue from the sale of donated goods helps fund job training services and programs provided by Goodwill Career Solutions, which assists thousands of Tennesseans each year.

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CONTACT US: Phone: (615) 742-4151  |  Toll Free: 1-800-545-9231  |  CORPORATE OFFICE HOURSMon-Fri: 7:30am-6:00pm  |  Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm

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