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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 19,000 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 15,000 teenagers annually
  • We help more than 3,500 adults through career development programs
  • We provide meaningful employment for over 1,200 people throughout our community
  • We provide work opportunities for over 200 individuals with disabilities

Major Program Areas

  • Youth Career Development: Goodwill employs teachers in over 33 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 3,599 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 individuals with disabilities at Goodwill's locations throughout Denver: Goodwill hires individuals with disabilities 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 farmers and ranchers with disabilities: 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.
  • Vocational Training & Placement for Individuals with DisabilitiesGoodwill partners with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitationto provide individualized assessments, work skills training, job development, and job placement for individuals with disabiltities.