President’s Message

President Joseph ByrumThis year marks the 105th year of service of Ohio Valley Goodwill to the larger Greater Cincinnati community. In recognition of that fact, I thought it might be helpful to take a moment to acknowledge our journey and to talk about our future. As you know, 2020 was one of the most challenging years in our organization’s history as we know it has been for all of you as well. The impact of the Coronavirus and mandated closures of many of our business lines were initially financially devastating and our recovery was difficult. It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff team as well as the generous support of the Greater Cincinnati community and our partners that we are well on our way to recovery. We are grateful to all for their compassion, commitment and determination to move our mission forward which has been responsible for our continued organizational health. 

Just a quick look back on our proud history before we talk about the future. 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. 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 response to community need and through its partnerships with local County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Valley Goodwill expanded its presence to offer four satellite vocational training centers throughout the four county region; opened nine new retail stores for a total of 19 and 30 Attended Donation Centers. In addition, Goodwill has been recognized for its contributions to environmental stewardship recycling more than 50 million pounds of donated materials each year, diverting them from area landfills.

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 employment services to 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 another century of service to the Greater Cincinnati community.


Joseph S. Byrum, President and CEO



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