About | Goodwill Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada


At Goodwill Industries® Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada, Inc. (Goodwill) you’ll hear us say “because of Goodwill” a lot. Often it means, “because of Goodwill I got a hand up” or “because of Goodwill I have a chance.” Our organization is built on a rich history of finding the hidden value and possibility in people and donated goods alike since 1933. Today, we continue to innovate the social enterprise of our founders and lead with our mission to utilize Goodwill resources to help people with disadvantages achieve self-sufficiency in everything we do. This mission is expressed through our retail stores and collection sites which create an accessible shopping experience for all, an environmentally conscious alternative to the landfill, and an employment platform for 2,700 people annually. We go beyond creating jobs alone and provide essential resources to our Family of Nonprofits and regional community partners serving over 350,000 people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, seniors, opportunity youth and children in need every year. That’s over 900,000 life-changing services including job training, emergency shelter for families, resource and referral information, meals, youth advocacy, and mental health counseling. Over 95% of total revenues are dedicated giving back to the communities we serve.

Our Mission

Utilize Goodwill resources to help people with disadvantages achieve self-sufficiency. 

Our Vision

Leverage our donated goods retail enterprise to optimize our outreach in the communities we serve. Our direct and indirect service delivery will be characterized by relevance, excellence, and cost effectiveness. 

Our Values

People First – Add value to the lives of all people with whom we interact and challenge them to achieve their full potential.

Operational Excellence – Operate with integrity, accountability and cost effectiveness.

Community Engagement – Remain uniquely valuable to the communities we serve.

Resource Stewardship – Develop our resources and deploy them strategically and responsibly to maximize our measurable impact.

Our History

Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired individuals experiencing poverty to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.

Goodwill’s network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada offers customized training and services for individuals who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree, and strengthen their finances. Each local Goodwill must be accredited, apply for membership and meet certain criteria established by Goodwill Industries International (GII).

Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada, Inc. was established in Sacramento in 1933 with its headquarters in the basement of the old Sixth Street (Methodist-Episcopal) church between K and L Streets. Over the next 77 years, the organization housed itself in a number of quarters – a church, an abandoned firehouse, a stately home and finally in 1965, in its own building.

Our Family of Nonprofit Organizations