The Goodwill movement was founded by Reverend J. Helms in Boston, Massachusetts in 1902. Dr. Helms pioneered the concept of recycling and selling donated goods as a means of helping people in need. In 1919, Goodwill came to Los Angeles and Goodwill Industries of Southern California was formed, which included Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The first store in Ventura County opened in downtown Oxnard on the corner of 6th and C Street in 1961, where it remains today. In 1997, the Ventura and Santa Barbara Unit separated from the Southern California Goodwill, and was incorporated as a separate corporation, officially adopting the name Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Inc.

For more information on the history of Goodwill, visit the Goodwill Industries International website at www.goodwill.org.


We envision a world where people with disabilities and other barriers to employment have the opportunity to reach their highest economic potential. We believe that every individual has value and that by recognizing that value, we can help them find their place in the community. In order to make this belief a reality, Goodwill will strive to position itself as the recognized provider of vocational services. We will continue to work toward an enlightened understanding and acceptance of people with barriers to employment in our community.


Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Inc. provides vocational and educational opportunities to eliminate barriers to employment, strengthen communities and help people in need reach their full potential through the power of work.


We believe in the inherent value of work; work has greater value than charity.

We believe that every individual has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

We will create an environment that encourages the people we serve to reach their highest potential.

We value social, financial and environmental stewardship.

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