Evansville Goodwill opened for business on May 12, 1935 at 112-114 N. W. First Street. Workers were paid in merchandise at the rate of 25 cents per hour. By November of that year, the agency was paying wages at a rate of $3.00 for five (5) days of work. The idea was to provide jobs for people with disabilities by receiving and repairing goods for resale in the Goodwill Store.
Eventually, we expanded outside of Evansville. We now operate stores in southeastern Illinois and western Kentucky, as well as other locations in southern Indiana.
Over the years, Goodwill has offered a variety of job training programs including furniture repair, laundry, industrial sewing and upholstery, shoe repair, car detailing, car repair, and food service. Each idea aimed at further increasing opportunities for people with disabilities.
Our building, at 500 S. Green River Rd., houses Goodwill's main offices, our flagship store, and a production area with space for processing and sorting donations. In addition, the Green River Rd. location serves as the distribution point for Goodwill's 14 retail stores.
Evansville Goodwill Industries has grown into a comprehensive rehabilitation facility, offering Placement Services to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Our service area covers 28 counties in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.
The mission of Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is to help people, families, and communities thrive through the power of relationships, education, and work.