100 Years of Goodwill

Goodwill NYNJ Centennial

You may have noticed something new on our sidebar. We are excited to announce we are officially counting down to January 1, 2015. What makes this date so special? It will be the beginning of our Centennial Celebration! Since today is the last day of Goodwill Industries Week, we thought what better way to end it.

Although we now house our headquarters in Astoria, Goodwill NY-NJ’s first home was actually in Brooklyn. In 1915 Reverend Dr. Henry Paul Schauffler and Reverend Edward F. Sanderson founded a local assistance charity in Brooklyn. Later that year they traveled to Boston to study an organization Reverend Edgar J. Helms had started in 1902, Morgan Memorial Cooperative Industries and Stores, Inc. Reverend Helms’ innovative new program collected donations of gently used goods and hired people who were poor or disabled to repair, clean, and sell the items. This allowed his clients to earn needed income while acquiring valuable skills. After witnessing the positive impact this approach was having on Boston’s Southside, Reverends Schauffler and Sanderson returned to Brooklyn and adopted Reverend Helms’ new method in Brooklyn, and Reverend Helms adopted their program’s name: Goodwill Industries. And as they say, the rest is history.

So within the next 236 days we are preparing a bunch of fun events, redesigns, contests and more to keep the party going all year long.

 What is your favorite Goodwill related memory?

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One thought on “100 Years of Goodwill

  1. The last job my sister had was at Goodwill in Dover, Delaware. She was killed in a car accident in 1992, and I still support Goodwill for what they do in our communities.


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