About Us

Edgar HelmsSince its founding in Boston in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms (left), a Methodist minister, Goodwill Industries has become one of North America’s largest nonprofit agencies and a leading provider of education and career services for individuals attempting to enter the workforce.

Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc. was established in 1972. It is a 501c3 not for profit organization operating in the independent City of Danville as well Pittsylvania, Halifax, Prince Edward, Amelia, Brunswick, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Lunenburg counties. The organization was originally established as Goodwill Industries of Danville Area, Inc. but assumed the new name on July 1, 2012 to more accurately reflect the territory served through its retail stores, donation sites and services to those with barriers to employment.

Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia is part of a network of over 160 community-based, autonomous member organizations in the United States and Canada. Each Goodwill operates under the umbrella of a common mission; however, each functions as an independent organization with its own programs that address local needs and a locally-elected board of directors. Goodwill Industries International links all Goodwill members together to ensure quality standards and a fluid exchange of ideas and best practices throughout the Goodwill movement.

Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia is headquartered in Danville, Virginia and currently operates 7 retail stores in the cities of Danville(2), Chatham, South Boston (Halifax), South Hill (LaCrosse), Blackstone and Farmville.

To fund our mission, we collect donated items such as clothing, household items, computers and automobiles to sell in our 7 retail stores. The revenue generated from our retail sales, along with revenue from salvage & contracts operations help to supplement the fees for service we receive from referral agencies to provide the range of training and employment opportunities that assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, achieve a higher level of independence, and participate more fully in life, thereby improving their quality of life.

Specific Goodwill programs have been accredited by CARF, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. CARF accreditation means that we have made a commitment to continually improving our services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

Mission Statement
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia provides training and career opportunities for people with barriers to employment.
Vision Statement
Everyone in our community has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and participate in a productive life.
Core Values
Values guide our behavior and actions on a day-to-day basis in order to realize our mission and our vision. These core values represent the philosophy and principles in which we operate.
  • Respect
  • Stewardship
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Service