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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is a private, nonprofit organization that has been serving the community since 1926. At Goodwill, we believe that all people, regardless of situation, should have access to meaningful employment. Through workforce development programs, we help individuals develop the skills they need for today's job market.

Recent media reports have generated interest in the U.S. Department of Labor's Special Minimum Wage Certificate and its use by more than 3,400 employers throughout the country, including Goodwill, to employ people with multiple or significant disabilities. Activist groups and online sources have painted an inaccurate picture of Goodwill. All employees of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina are paid ABOVE minimum wage. Read more about how Goodwill advocates for persons with disabilities

A significant portion of the funding for our programs comes from sales of donated items in our retail stores. Merchandise for our stores is provided through the generous donations of clothing and household items from the community. These donations are critical to our mission. By donating to Goodwill or shopping in our stores, you are helping to support workforce development programs that serve over 40,000 people in northwest N.C. each year.

To calculate the impact of your donations on the lives of people in our community, visit

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