Goodwill celebrates 100 years of helping

Goodwill is so much more than a thrift store.

But that’s how it all started in 1902 in Boston. The Rev. Edgar J. Helms wanted to help those in need so he went to the wealthier part of the city seeking donations of clothing and household goods. He then hired the poor to mend and repair the items before offering them for sale at a discounted price.

Today, the local Goodwill store is still a place to get low-priced items, but it’s also home to the Goodwill Training Center, which helps provide job development skills to people who need them. A number of counties in Ohio and West Virginia are served, including Washington, Noble and Monroe in Ohio and Tyler, Wetzel and Pleasants Counties in W.Va. The training center helps people navigate obstacles and find employment based on their skills. About 20 people are utilizing the services at this time.

Goodwill’s Marietta location is on Colegate Drive at Academy Drive and recently Goodwill opened a smaller store in Belpre. Goodwill officials say they couldn’t do it without the community’s support and the many donated items.

Congratulations to Goodwill and its 100 years of serving the community. We look for many more years to come.