The date was June 3rd, 1935. The place was Washington, DC. The event: Goodwill Industries of Washington, DC officially opened its doors and began serving the community of our Nation’s Capital.
It’s been 80 years since that eventful day, and we’re now known as Goodwill of Greater Washington. Thanks to the efforts of a small group of committed people including Anne Hubbard Davis, after whom our organization is legally named (Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries), we opened our first store at 1214 New Hampshire Ave, NW. We now have 15 stores plus a bustling ecommerce operation. We started with one training center, now we have four career centers and plans to open a new adult public charter school next year. In 1940, five years after we began mission services, Goodwill served less than 500 people. By 2015 that number has swelled to well over 50,000 and growing.
A lot has happened in the last 80 years. The U.S. has been involved in five major land wars. We’ve sworn in 13 U.S. Presidents, witnessed the advent of the home computer, and watched gas prices rise from 10 cents a gallon in 1935 to almost $4.50 a gallon in 2008. But one thing that hasn’t changed in the last 80 years is the incredible kindness and generosity of Goodwill donors, volunteers and advocates.
Thanks to generations of committed Goodwill supporters, 50,000 of our DC area friends and neighbors have found hope, dignity and independence through the power of education and employment.
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80 years of transforming lives and communities is a lot to be proud of!