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Goodwill Industries of North Florida is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting all individuals who face barriers to employment. We do this by providing innovative employment, training and placement services. Our ultimate goal is to enable such individuals to acquire employment and to develop careers.

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At Goodwill, we believe that the opportunity to work can and does change a person’s life. A job offers the independence that comes with a paycheck, increases self-esteem, and breaks the cycle of poverty.

It’s a philosophy that we have been following in North Florida since 1940, when our local organization was founded as one of a growing number of independent non-profit affiliates of what is now Goodwill Industries International.

Today, Goodwill Industries is the nation’s largest private provider of training and employment services for people with disabilities and special needs. And our local organization has grown into one of Goodwill’s top performers in placing people into employment.

We pursue our job creation and placement mission in several ways. Our stores and donation centers generate hundreds of job opportunities themselves. We also operate self-supporting laundry, landscaping, and holiday decoration services. In addition, we manage four federal contracts for the military.

At our Job Junction Career Centers, we provide free walk-in and appointment services ranging from skills training and career counseling to job leads and onsite interviews with employers. Each tax season, we offer free tax services through the My Free Taxes Program partnership.

In 2017, we launched our GoodwillTemps program, a community-based, non-profit, alternative staffing organization that provides soft skill and industry specific training, education, and employment services, through temporary, temp-to-perm, and direct hire opportunities.

Goodwill was founded on our faith in the power of a hand-up to improve lives and contribute to a better community. Through the tens of thousands of individuals who seek and maintain employment through our services, we’re proving it’s a philosophy that works.


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