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 2018 Goodwill SWFL served more than 28,000 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, Hendry and 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). 


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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).

Up to $4,999
·   Comerica Charitable Foundation: MicroEnterprise Institute Collier 2019
·   Enterprise Holdings Foundation: Job-Link Mobile
·   Fish Florida: Trailways Camp
·   IAFF Local 1826 Southwest Florida Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Union: Pine Manor Improvement Association Gardens and Culinary
·   Margaret McCartney & R. Parks Williams Foundation: Pathways to Opportunity
·   Regions Charitable Contribution: MicroEnterprise Institute
·   Synovus: MicroEnterprise Institute
·   TIAA Bank: MicroEnterprise Institute Lee
·   Wawa: Trailways

 $5,000 to $19,999
·  Anonymous: Digital Training Center
·  Bank of America: MicroEnterprise Institute Lee and Collier 2019
·  Bank OZK: MicroEnterprise Institute
·  BankUnited: MicroEnterprise Institute Lee and Collier 2019
·  Carol B. Phelon Foundation: Job-Link and MRE
·  FineMark Bank & Trust: MicroEnterprise Institute
·  Goodwill International / Google: Credentials Programs Digital Career Accelerator
·  Martin Foundation: Job-Link Mobile
·  Mutual of Omaha: MicroEnterprise Institute
·  PNC Foundation: MicroEnterprise Institute
·  Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church: Pine Manor Improvement Association Gardens and Culinary
·  TD Charitable Foundation: MicroEnterprise Institute Collier 10-1-19 to 9-30-20
·  United Way Collier: Job-Link
·  United Way Hendry Glades: Job-Links
·  Vivada Health/LeeHealth: Job-Links, Digital Training and MicroEnterprise
·  Wellcare Community Investment: Job-Links 10-1-19 to 3-31-20
·  Wells Fargo: MicroEnterprise Institute

$20,000 or more
·  City of Cape Coral City Council: MicroEnterprise Institute Cape Coral 10-1-19 to 9-30-20
·  Lee County Board of County Commissioners Communities at Pine Manor, Charleston Park, Suncoast and Page Park 10-1-19 to 9-30-20
·  Richard M. Shulze Family Foundation: MicroEnterprise Institute Lee and Collier 2019 and 2020
·  Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund: Trailways Camps 10-2019, 11-2019, 2-2020
·  SunTrust Foundation: Pathways to Opportunity
·  United Way Lee: Job-Links Lee and Pathways to Opportunity