How We Help

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Mission is to provide programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
In 2019 Goodwill SWFL served more than 25,400 people. These programs are supported primarily through the resale of donated goods in our stores.

What is a "barrier to employment?"

A barrier to employment is any disadvantage which prevents individuals from gaining or maintaining employment. These barriers can include (but are not limited to) a lack of education, age, physical or mental disabilities, lack of computer access, language barriers, and economic constraints.


How do we help people in Southwest Florida?

Goodwill provides numerous programs and services in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry/Glades Counties to help people become more independent and self-sufficient.

These programs include educational initiatives, we offer job readiness training through our Job-Link Centers and the Pathways to Work supported employment program. We provide small business training through the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute. Goodwill operates 16 income-subsidized disability-accessible housing complexes. Goodwill helps people get employment training and certifications, Goodwill Digital Training for Free, and provides community outreach services.  Plus, adults with disabilities gain opportunities to become more independent through Pathways to Opportunity (an adult day training program) and Trailways Camps (a residential camping experience). 


Goodwill SWFL mission-based Community Support Services programs would not be possible without support from grants, donations and contracts. These programs are supported through the resale of donated goods in our stores and by grants, donations and contracts (listed below).


Support received for June 2020 programs

$20,000 or more

  • City of Cape Coral City Council
  • City of Fort Myers City Council
  • Florida Counts
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Foundation, Inc.
  • Lee County Board of County Commissioners
  • PNC and PNC Foundation
  • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • SunTrust Foundation
  • United Way of Collier County

$5,000 to $19,999

  • Ameriprise
  • Anonymous
  • Bank OZK
  • Carol B. Phelon Foundation
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • FDEO Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FineMark National Bank & Trust
  • Fort Myers Rotary Club: 11th Annual Italian Fest at the Alliance of the Arts
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Foundation, Inc.
  • (administered by Goodwill International)
  • Martin Foundation
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • TIAA Bank
  • Wells Fargo

$250 to $4,999

  • Bank United
  • Comerica Charitable Foundation
  • Daniel J. and Anne M. Harper Foundation
  • Economic Development Partnership - Charlotte County
  • First Florida Integrity Bank
  • Ira and Sunshine T. Bobo Fund
  • Lee County Homeless Coalition
  • Lowe's
  • Margaret McCartney & R. Parks Williams Foundation
  • Regions Bank
  • Synovus
  • United Way of Charlotte County/Charlotte County Government
  • Zonta Foundation of SWFL, Inc.