Our History

Goodwill: History

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has been putting people to work for 100+ years! We are excited to share our story of employment success for the tens of thousands of men and women with disabilities and our nation’s veterans that the organization has served over the past century.

Since 1916, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has served individuals with disabilities throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. Founded by Methodist minister Reverend Richard Scully, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries initially served a variety of populations including those in poverty, individuals in need of vocational training, people with disabilities and families in need. The organization’s facilities originally occupied three locations in downtown Cincinnati.

In the mid-1950′s, with the help of organizational leaders and civic volunteers, Goodwill moved to a centralized location in Woodlawn. This facility opened for service in July, 1957, and is still used today. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s entire Woodlawn corporate center was renovated in 2004 to meet the expanding service needs of the Greater Cincinnati community.

In the past fourteen years, Ohio Valley Goodwill has expanded its presence to offer eight satellite vocational training centers throughout the four county region; opened eight new retail stores for a total of 18 and 33 Attended Donation Centers and is positioning itself to do even more in the coming year. In addition, Goodwill has been recognized for its contributions to environmental stewardship recycling more than 55 million pounds of donated materials each year, diverting them from area landfills.

As we celebrate our 100 years of success and move into a new century of service, Goodwill’s prominence in the community and reputation as an outstanding provider of vocational services will continue to grow.

Today, the diverse needs which drive community members to seek our assistance are constantly changing, and Ohio Valley Goodwill will continue to change in response. Even as we pivot our programs to meet the needs of those we serve, Goodwill’s mission remains the same: to provide quality skills training and employment services for people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. Goodwill’s commitment to putting people to work is just as strong and relevant to today’s challenging world as it was back in the beginning. With your support, we look forward to a new century of service to the Greater Cincinnati community.

Read more about our 100 years of history here.

Read a message from our President and CEO here.


If you have a question about Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, please contact us here or call (513) 771-4800.