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Denver Goodwill Programs: Ending the Cycle of Poverty
We're working to build a better community, one person at a time. We have four major programs areas that serve more than 21,000 people in our community each year. As one of the leading charities in Colorado, our programs work in our own back yard to improve the quality of life for thousands of Denver residents each year. If you're researching charities in Colorado, we thank you for stopping by to review our programs and see first hand how the good in the community gives us the power to do all that we do.
Denver Goodwill Program Highlights
- We provide career development programs to more than 18,000 teenagers annually
- We help more than 3,200 adults on government assistance get the training they need to get off welfare
- We provide meaningful employment for nearly 1,200 people throughout our community
- We provide work opportunities for the disabled
Major Program Areas
- Youth Career Development: Goodwill employs teachers in over 30 Denver metro and northern Colorado public schools who provide much needed career development assistance and college exploration to youth. With the support of community volunteers, this program helps students formulate a career path and prepare for life after graduation.
- Adult job training & placement in Arapahoe and Fort Morgan Counties: Goodwill serves more than 3,200 adults annually through various programs that provide support for them and their families. This includes job training, job placement and financial assistance to help those in need get off of welfare and get back on their feet.
- Work options for the disabled at Goodwill's locations throughout Denver: Goodwill hires disabled individuals to work on contract projects with various organizations. This includes light assembly, sorting and packing projects.
- Retail work & recycling programs throughout our network of stores and donation centers: Goodwill's retail stores provide funding for the programs listed above while providing affordable used goods to our community. They also provide great employment opportunities for those with barriers to work, as 65% of our employees are disadvantaged and/or disabled.
- Programs for disabled farmers and ranchers: Goodwill partners with Colorado State University Extension Services and the USDA's Agrability grant to provide assistance to disabled farmers and ranchers throughout 25 counties in Colorado.
- Career Connection Centers: Free job search skills training and career development assistance to the general public in our Career Connection Centers.