Take a Closer Look

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Everybody knows something about Goodwill. Perhaps you know us as a donation site where you drop off that computer you no longer need, or a store where you can find a great deal on a treasure.

That’s all true, and we are so much more.

Did you know that Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties is at the leading edge of closing the economic equity gap in the Bay Area? Each year more than 3,600 job seekers visit our Career Centers. Now more than ever, the gap between those who can participate in the economy and those who are being left behind is widening. At Goodwill, we are uniquely poised to narrow that gap. Our innovative approach to workforce development centers around our “earn while you learn” model. Last year Goodwill hired 581 job seekers who earned a salary with full benefits and took advantage of our comprehensive training programs to acquire the skills necessary to participate in the 21st century economy.

Did you know that last year Goodwills across California fueled 2.3 percent of job growth in the state?”

Goodwill offers training programs in a range of areas, including digital skills, customer service, e-commerce, and critical workplace skills.

Did you know that Goodwill has received awards and accolades for our environmental sustainability practices?

Last year we converted half of our fleet of trucks to electric. Over the next several years we will use 40,000 gallons less of diesel fuel, reducing our carbon emissions by 400 tons. We were honored by Acterra, an environmental education and advocacy group, with its prestigious Spare the Air Leadership Award.

That’s not all. Our computer and electronic recycling and refurbishing program, ReCompute, diverts over 3.3 million pounds of electronics from entering landfills each year. In 2019, we refurbished more than 14,400 electronic units and sold them in our stores.

By providing training and job opportunities for the many thousands excluded from the workforce, we are not only impacting individuals—we are a driving force behind the Bay Area’s economy.

Our work at Goodwill is centered on the belief that everyone deserves access to a career pathway that leads to economic security, and with the right combination of skills development, work experience, and confidence, people can change their lives and accelerate economic mobility.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to many more years working together to create a new legacy where the Bay Area works for everyone and where everyone in the Bay Area can work.

William Rogers,
President & CEO