Helping people prepare for, find, and keep good jobs is what Goodwill is about.
total people served in 2019
people placed into competitive employment
program participants who worked and earned paychecks at Goodwill
Aug 21, 2019
Angela is a single mom who was referred to Goodwill by the West Michigan Works! office. Having left the workforce for seven years to raise her son, she was struggling to make ends meet. She was on state assistance but wanted to re-enter the workforce. The large time gap in Angela’s work history made it difficult for her to secure a job. Low self-confidence and lack of transportation were also obstacles.
Angela enrolled in GoodTemps temporary staffing and placed in Goodwill’s Industrial Services department performing light industrial and assembly work contracted from local manufacturers. The intent was to help Angela re-acclimate herself to the workforce, while also developing her work experience and filling out her résumé.
Initially, Angela was shy, but her Goodwill supervisor Kerry Bluhm recognized her potential immediately. “It didn’t take long for her to come out of her shell,” he said. “It was clear that she was passionate about the work she was doing.”
As time went on, Angela continued to showcase her dedication to the job she was doing. “She stood out because of her ability to take charge when needed,” Bluhm recalled. “And she prioritized her tasks in a logical manner.” Angela progressed quickly through quality training and even earned her forklift license while on the job. At the end of 90 days with GoodTemps, Angela was such an asset to Goodwill that she was hired in full time and promoted to material handler.
“Angela was hired initially just for assembly but she did such a terrific job and showed so much dedication that she was quickly promoted,” Industrial Services Manager Chad Kuipers said.
Angela enjoys working at Goodwill. “My job pushes me to be constantly learning,” she said. “The staff and my co-workers have been amazing. They even helped me arrange carpooling so I could get consistent rides.”
Angela owes her success to her own hard work, however, she is grateful for the support from Goodwill. “It feels like a family here,” she said. “I get to see others grow from their experiences. It’s a very valuable opportunity and I am thankful.”
Goodwill seeks Americorps worker
Goodwill Industries is currently recruiting an AmeriCorps member to help with its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. AmeriCorps is a great opportunity for a college student to help others by serving to meet critical needs of our community while also gaining professional work experience and earning money. The position begins in January and runs through July. Applications go through the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM).
For more information and to APPLY ONLINE visit:
October 28, 2020
Message from the president
New No Exceptions Mask Policy
The safety of our customers and employees is paramount. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, we have implemented a new “no exceptions” mask policy effective immediately at all of our locations.
We view this new directive as a positive measure, as it strengthens our efforts to provide a safe environment, and bolsters confidence — from both our customers and employees — that our stores are a safe place to shop and work.
For the people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, we apologize, and ask that you not shop in our stores until we are through this difficult time. We do offer an online shopping experience through www.shopgoodwill.com. We have increased our ecommerce staff to provide an expanded selection of items for sale on the site.
The no exceptions mask policy also extends to our Career Center and Employment and Training Center. Remote service options are available for persons with medical conditions who are unable to wear a mask.
On behalf of Goodwill, we thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we strive to protect the health and well-being of our customers, program participants, and employees.
President and CEO
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Become a Goodwill VITA volunteer!
Goodwill VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers provide free tax assistance to low- to moderate-income workers and families eligible for significant state and federal tax credits.
Make a difference! Help working people claim and keep all the refunds they are entitled to.
No accounting experience required! Volunteers receive FREE IRS training and certification.
Flexible hours! You can volunteer for day, evening, and/or Saturday hours in any of our tax-prep sites.
Call 231-722-7871, ext. 8482 for more information.
View our annual report
Although 2019 seems like a distant memory and reflects a vastly different landscape from where we are now, we would be remiss not to recognize this important year of growth and achievements in our business, our culture, and in changing lives through the power of work.
View our annual report pdf.
Goodwill is Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Goodwill Career Center REOPENED
M-F: 10am – 3pm or by appointment. Call 722-7871 to check in before entry.
- Job search assistance
- Résumé development
- Career exploration
- GoodTemps application
- Resource assistance
Masks are required for entry.
271 E. Apple Ave, Muskegon
Message from the president
We need to talk about the protests that are happening in our country and the underlying issue of racism. I write this because it is my responsibility as president to promote the vision and values of our organization.
Goodwill Industries partners with local hospitals to collect and distribute protective gear for health care workers
Goodwill reopened seven of its donation drive-thrus to serve as designated donation drop-off sites for urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE).
Success Story: Cedric
Life is all about choices. This is Cedric’s mantra. After his fourth incarceration, Cedric woke up one day and made a conscious choiceto change his life. In February of 2019 he began that change at Goodwill as a participant in the Pay It Back program.
Cedric held jobs prior to incarceration but was always lured back into life on the streets. “My life was full of ups and downs due to living the fast life,” he said.
As part of the program, Cedric was enrolled in Goodwill’s Work Experience Training in Goodwill’s Industrial Services Centerwhere he developed valuable work skills while earning a paycheck. Cedric learned various light industrial tasks such as packaging and assembly work contracted with area businesses.
Learn about Cedric’s full progression from program participant to full-time employment readiness trainer at Goodwill where he mentors others following the same journey.
Success Story: Hadley
Hadley’s parents were not sure if their autistic daughter could be successful in a “regular job.” After finishing high school, Hadley was referred to Goodwill’s Supported Employment program by Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) to develop her employment readiness skills. Her Goodwill case manager was able to find Hadley a stocking position at the Shop-N-Save Food Center in Ludington. After some time and job coaching, she now works independently. “She is happy because it allows her to see many people in her community and they always tell her she’s doing a good job. I believe it makes her feel productive,” her mother said.
Visitor entrance for Career Center services and GoodTemps
To better serve the community, all visitors will park and enter through the Apple Avenue entrance of our headquarter facility.
Career Center services and GoodTemps temporary staffing services have moved to the front of the building and use the main entrance. The current rear entrance off Sophia will no longer be used.