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 Community Resrouce 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 are supported by the resale of donated goods in our stores and grants, donations, and contracts. Those supporting programs in 2020 are listed below in alphabetical order, grouped by the amount of funds provided. These programs are not possible without their support.
- Coco-Cola Foundation
- Collier CARES (U.S. Department of Treasury, Florida Division of Emergency Management and Collier County Community and Human Services Division)
- FDOT 5310
- Lee County Board of County Commissioners (Lee CARES, Partnering for Results, and Health and Human Services)
- Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund
- United Way of Lee County
$20,000 to $49,999
- City of Cape Coral City Council (CDBG)
- City of Fort Myers City Council (CDBG)
- PNC Foundation
- Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
- Truist Foundation
- United Way of Collier County and the Keys
$5,000 to $19,999
- Ameriprise Foundation
- Bank OZK
- Bank of America Charitable Foundation
- Carol B. Phelon Foundation
- CIT Bank
- Comerica Charitable Foundation
- Elizabeth Rash Trust
- Enterprise Holdings Foundation
- Fifth Third Bank
- FineMark National Bank & Trust
- Golisano Foundation COVID-19
- Martin Foundation
- TIAA Bank
- TD Charitable Foundation
- Wells Fargo
$250 to $4,999
- American Endowment Foundation
- Ameriprise Financial
- Charlotte State Bank & Trust
- City of North Port
- First Florida Integrity Bank
- Ira and Sunshine T. Bobo Fund
- Lee County Homeless Coalition
- Margaret McCartney & R. Parks Williams Foundation
- MidWestOne Bank
- Regions Bank
- Robert M. Cahners Charitable Foundation
- Punta Gorda Rotary Charity and Education
- Zonta Foundation of SWFL, Inc.
Thanks also to:
- Allegretti Foundation
Updated June 2021