History of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries

1916

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries started by Methodist minister Dr. Richard Scully

1918

Introduced the Goodwill Bag to encourage donated goods

1948

First formal rehabilitation skills training program initiated

1951

First United Clothing Drive

1957

Goodwill opens new Woodlawn complex

1959

First deposit boxes (collection centers) placed on location

1965

Comprehensive rehabilitation services offered

1979

Implemented supported employment programs

1988

Partnership with the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

1990

J.M. Foundation Award for innovation and excellence

1993

Goodwill initiates Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to serve local veterans

1999
  • First deposit boxes (collection centers) placed on location
  • Goodwill receives $28,848 grant form the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for Homeless Opportunities Program
  • Goodwill institutes Special Gifts campaign to build new production facility and renovate corporate complex
2000
  • Goodwill receives $197,574 grant form the U.S. Department of Labor for its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program
  • Miss America, Heather French and U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman visit Goodwill Industries
2001
  • Launch of Goodwill Golf Outing- single annual fund-raiser for Ohio Valley Goodwill
  • First deposit boxes (collection centers) placed on location
  • Goodwill opens 82,000 square foot production facility
  • Launch of Goodwill Auto Auction
2002
  • Goodwill receives Thomas H. Kidd award of excellence from the Hamilton County Board of MRDD
  • New workforce development center opens
2003
  • Goodwill re-opens newly renovated 24,000 square foot Tri-County store
  • Ohio Valley Service Guild celebrates 70th Anniversary
  • Goodwill Industries selected as Organization of the Year by South Western Ohio Rehabilitation Organization (SWORA)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards Goodwill with two grants totallying $873,936 to assist homeless disabled persons to find permanent housing and to receive training and employment assistance
  • Launch of Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) at Ohio Valley Goodwill- an advocacy group designed to empower individuals to speak up for people with disabilities
2004
  • Launch of new Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program
  • Launch of Goodwill involvement with annual Flying Pig Marathon and team training event
  • Grand Opening of Bellevue store
  • HVRP Grants Director, Charlie Blythe receives "Unsung Hero" award from National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • Launch of Community Ambassadors Resource Alliance (CARA) with Hamilton County DD Services
  • Goodwill Receives three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Goodwill receives two grants from the U.S. Department of Labor totaling $594,440 to serve 355 veterans in the Greater Cincinnati Area
  • Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries dedicates completely renovated facility on November 5th, 2004
2005
  • Grand Re-Opening of Florence retail store
  • Goodwill Industries International "Volunteer of the Year" award to James Armour, Board Chairman
2006
  • Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program receives HCDDS "Award of Excellence"
  • 90th Anniversary of Service to the Greater Cincinnati community
2007
  • HCDDS Award for "Outstanding Achievement" to Leslie McCurley, Asst. Director of DD Services
  • SWORA Award for "Rehabilitation Practitioner of the Year," to Nancy VanderWoude
  • Goodwill Receives three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Opening of Blue Ash Donation Center
  • CARF 3-year accredation
2008
  • Grand Opening of Fairfield, Mason and Florence store as well as Butler County Goodwill Vocational Center
  • Goodwill Industries International "Kenneth K. King Management" Award to Joseph S. Byrum, President and CEO
  • Grand Opening of Westwood Goodwill Vocational Center and Donation Center
  • Opening of Finneytown Donation Center
2009
  • SWORA "Tomko Award for Outstanding Achievement" for Joseph S. Byrum, President and CEO
  • Cincinnati Business Courier, "CFO of the Year" Award for Doug Ostholthoff, VP Administrative Services
  • Best of Cincinnati Award from CityBeat Magazine for Goodwill stores
  • Opening of Attended Donation Centers in Colerain and Landen
  • Better Business Bureau- A+ Rating
  • Launch of partnership with annual Thanksgiving Day Race
  • Westwood store grand opening in Cheviot
  • What Matters Most Fashion Show in support of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, in partnership with CARA
2010
  • Grand Opening of Lebanon store and Warren County Goodwill Vocational Center
  • Grand Opening of Mt. Washington and Montgomery Boutiques
  • Grand Opening of Eastside Goodwill Vocational Services Center
  • Goodwill Receives three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
2011
  • "Unsung Hero" Award, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for John Briggs, HVRP
  • "Agency Provider of the Year" to Ohio Valley Goodwill from the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities
2012
  • Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for Joseph S. Byrum, President and CEO, "Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year."
  • Best of Cincinnati Award from CityBeat Magazine for Goodwill stores
  • Grand Opening of new Attended Donation Centers in Aurora and Alexandria
  • SSVF Grant Award- Veterans Services
2013
  • "Business Partner of the Year Award" for Ohio Valley Goodwill from Clermont County Board of DD
  • Goodwill Receives three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This represents the 4th consecutive perfect survey outcome with no recommendations placing the organization in the top 3% of organizations nationally
  • Renewal of SSVF Grant Award for Veterans Services
2014
  • "Excellence in Re-Use Award" Award for Ohio Valley Goodwill from Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
  • Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for Dennis Barron, "Non-Profit Board Executive of the Year," OVGI Board of Directors
  • Best of Cincinnati Award from CityBeat Magazine for Goodwill stores
  • Launch of partnership with Queen Bee Marathon
  • Launch of Earth Day Electronic Donation Drive
  • Renewal of SSVF Grant Award- Veterans Services
2015
  • Launch of partnership with Oxford "ShareFest" Community Donation Drive
  • Renewal of SSVF Grant Award- Veterans Services
  • Opening of Attended Donation Centers in West Chester and Warsaw-Cleves
  • Earth Day Donation Drive
  • Major sponsor of 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration
2016
  • 100th Anniversary Celebration! Ohio Valley Goodwill celebrates 100 years of serving people with disabilities and our nation's veterans
  • Grand Opening of new Goodwill stores in Oxford, West Chester and Northern Kentucky- projected
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