Goodwill was founded in 1902 by Methodist minister Edgar Helms, and has grown into a worldwide nonprofit organization.
Helms founded Goodwill to help poor immigrants in Boston. He went door-to-door collecting household goods from the wealthier parts of town, and then hired the less fortunate to mend the items and prepare them for resale. That initial model has transformed into today’s Goodwill which provides job training and employment opportunities to those with disabilities or other barriers to employment.
Duluth’s Goodwill was one of the first in the United States. It was established in 1919 to help find jobs for unemployed immigrants and WWI veterans.