Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston’s South End by Dr. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister. He collected used household items and clothing in wealthier areas of the city and then trained immigrants and the poor to mend and repair the used goods. The items were then resold or given to the people who repaired them and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not charity” was born.
Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin began in 1962 as a division of the Milwaukee Goodwill. Today we are a separate organization serving 14 counties (Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Marquette, Richland, Rock and Sauk counties.)
While we are a member of the Goodwill International enterprise, all of our resources are used to provide life-changing services for individuals in our community with disabilities or other challenges. When you support Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin by donating goods or money or shopping at our stores or through our online auction site, you are making a positive difference in the lives of local residents.