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5 Things You Should Know About Goodwill


Your local Goodwill Organization, Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, (GIBB) was founded in 1965 with its first location in Tallahassee. We serve communities from Crestview and Destin in the west all the way to Perry, east of Tallahassee, and part of South Georgia. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend is a 501-c3 non-profit organization and is locally autonomous. Volunteer board members govern this and every Goodwill organization, and they are responsible for the oversight and hiring of the CEO. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend’s President /CEO is Fred G. Shelfer, Jr. who has served as a leader in the Big Bend area for more than 40 years.

Goodwill Industries also has an International President and CEO, Steven C. Preston. There are more than 150 Goodwills in the United States and Canada, which are all members of the international organization headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Goodwill Industries – International. The international organization is governed by a 30-member board comprised of directors, 15 being CE’s and 15 private sector members. GIBB is privileged to have Board member, Steve Preston serve on the Goodwill Industries – International Board.


Goodwill is not just a thrift store, nor are we “for-profit”. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend exists to help people overcome barriers to employment through training, job placement and education. In fact, $0.86 of every dollar spent in our retail stores is reinvested into our community through programs and services run by Goodwill. We offer programs that are free and available to anyone, ranging from CNA training, resume writing, interviewing, bookkeeping, Adobe and more. We are also very proud of our affordable living solutions. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend manages 12 accessible apartment buildings in North Florida and South Georgia. In 2010, we also purchased The Learning Pavilion, a child care service for everyone, but especially for children with disabilities, and we can care for more than 100 children in our community annually. You can check out all of the programs and services we provide to the Big Bend region here: What Services Do We Provide? – Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. (


Goodwill Industries – Big Bend is a proud employer of people of diverse abilities and backgrounds. We believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out by employing people with greater barriers to employment. Everyone deserves a second chance, and we believe work is the best solution to society’s problems. In 2020, we employed more than 1100 people in the Big Bend community and provided services to more than 9,000 individuals even during COVID by moving all our programs and services online.


We are only able to do all of this with your help. When you donate and shop at Goodwill, you are helping to support our mission of changing lives through the power of work and helping them to obtain the tools and knowledge to be successful in the workplace. In 2020, Goodwill assisted more than 9,000 individuals with resources and support thanks to donations and purchases from our community. Chances are, you may know or have come in contact with someone whom we’ve helped because of your support!


Goodwill Industries – Big Bend is a registered, reputable 501-C3 nonprofit organization and has been serving our community for over 50 years. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and meet all 20 standards for charity accountability. We operate over 25 retail stores in the Big Bend region of Florida, and we provide job training, placement, and employment services in over 22 counties.

Goodwill and TCC offering training and certification for those impacted by COVID-19

Tallahassee Community College and Goodwill are expanding their partnership to provide job training for workers forced to re-enter the job market due to the coronavirus pandemic.

TCC2WORK Be Essential is designed to retrain workers in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with training in an “essential” area of the workforce that is in demand.

All of the training offered will be in demand areas that include nursing, public service, truck driving, information technology and many other industries. The length of training will range from 8 weeks to a matter of months.

For more information on the Be Essential initiative and a full list of programs, visit

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Be Essential

Join Us For Our Grand Re-Opening of the Springfield Goodwill Outlet Store!

When: Friday, May 22, 2020

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 3219 E. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401

We’re proud to announce the grand re-opening of our Springfield Goodwill Outlet Store on Friday, May 22. In October 2018, the Springfield Goodwill Outlet Store was destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Before the hurricane, Goodwill had been in the same location for nearly two decades. The return of the outlet is needed and welcomed by the Springfield community. We look forward to positively impacting the economic development of the area, not only by hiring employees but also by attracting shoppers.

#850Strong #PanhandleStrong 

New to Goodwill Outlet Stores?

Get ready for a fun treasure hunt for last-chance items at exclusive discounts. Our outlet concept allows shoppers to purchase clothing by-the-pound, as low as $1.79. Thanks to the generous people who donate and shop at our Goodwill stores, we’re able to expand our services and provide resources at low cost to our community, who need it most.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We’ll be following and enforcing strict CDC guidelines with safety for our employees and shoppers as a top priority. We will be social distancing, donations have been quarantined, and employees are trained in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC. In addition, we would like to encourage shoppers to wear gloves as an extra precautionary measure.

Come join us at 10 a.m. and shop Goodwill’s lowest prices and last-chance items for as low as .79 cents a pound.

Thank you, Sheriff Miller!

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who choose to spend their free time helping to empower our community through the Power of Work. We recently honored Board Member Sheriff Jared Miller for nine years of loyal service and dedication to Goodwill’s mission.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Goodwill is locally autonomous. Volunteer board members like Sheriff Miller govern this and every Goodwill organization and are responsible for oversight and hiring of our CEO.

“Volunteering on Goodwill Industries – Big Bend’s Board of Directors has been a fulfilling experience,” said Sheriff Miller. “To work with people as passionate as I am about creating positive change in the community, and to see that change in action, makes every day worth it.”

Over the nine years that Sheriff Miller has been on the board he has worked diligently to maintain and improve our programs. His tireless work for the community embodies everything that Goodwill stands for, and we are so grateful to have him!


Goodwill Will Reopen All Stores on May 1, 2020.

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend stores will be re-opening all retail stores starting Friday, May 1st, following strict CDC guidelines with safety for our employees and shoppers as a top priority. Please check back for most up-to-date information regarding openings.

We invite you to also shop online at

We are taking important precautions to ensure our employees and customers’ protection. We have done a deep, thorough cleaning of stores, trained employees in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC, and are taking numerous safety precautions, including:

  • All employees will wear personal protective equipment
  • We will encourage and enforce social distancing in stores
  • One-way shopping aisles
  • Continue increased cleaning and disinfecting in all of our facilities
  • Sanitation pumps will be provided at the front and back doors
  • Sneeze guards will be in placed at all cash registers
  • Will be implementing options for no touch payment options at our stores
  • Limiting the number of customers allowed in each store at a given time
  • Customers don’t have to get out of their car to donate their items at our drive-thrus
  • All donation attendants will be wearing gloves and masks
  • For customers who wish to get out of their cars, donation bins will be placed 6 feet from any of our attendants
  • We are continuing to hold donations for safe periods before processing

As a self-funding nonprofit, the revenue generated from our retail stores directly supports our vision of ending poverty through the power of work. We do this by offering no-cost career development, training and education services to anyone in need of a job.

Now, more than ever, these services are critical to help Floridians get back to work.

Goodwill’s mission services team is on the front lines to help people with unemployment applications and other critical job services. Our stores will re-open May 1st to help these services and provide value shopping options for our community.

We appreciate your support of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend where training, equals jobs, equals community.

Remember, Good WILL Overcome.

Goodwill’s Annual Power of Work Awards Banquet and Luncheon

As we look to highlight positivity and share positive news, we are highlighting our Annual Power of Work Awards Banquest and Luncheon, which took place on March 11th, 2020. Our Annual Meeting is a time for Goodwill to celebrate achievements from the previous year and set new intentions for the coming year. Individuals, team members, and retired board members were recognized for the positive impact they’ve had on the community.

Fred Shelfer, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend acknowledged the many changes Goodwill endured over the previous year and embraces the changes yet to come. “We talk about the value of change, which is essential to the well-being of our Goodwill”, he said. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend continues to evolve and meet the needs of members in our community.

2020 Power of Work Award Recipients

“It’s been remarkable to not only see the value of what we do but the commitment of the people that are doing it” said Steve Preston, CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill recognizes the life-changing influence Goodwill participants have on the community through various awards. The following features our 2020 Power of Work award recipients:

Carvin Jay, Volunteer of the Year

Carvin Jay Johnson – Jay has been volunteering with the Valparaiso Goodwill Career Campus for three years. He makes a difference just walking through the door to work with our clients. He offers assistance twice a week at GIBB and does what is needed while never missing a beat! Thank you so much for your service, Carvin.

Jonathan Millner, Graduate of the Year

Jonathan is a full-time college student, Career Campus Training Center participant, and recent graduate of the Google IT Professional Certificate Program. Due to medical issues, he was unable to obtain employment. Once we determined that Jonathan was a very quick learner and had advanced computer skills, there was no doubt that he was qualified for the IT program. GIBB was able to help him obtain an entry-level position and now he has an interview for a cyber security position and will soon be moving up in his career path.

Ira Jones, Achiever of the Year

Ira is one of longest tenured employees of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. He started working for GIBB in high school and first trained in upholsteries. After becoming skilled in this trade, he went on to teach others. As Goodwill has changed, Ira has adapted and changed with the times as well. GIBB discontinued re- upholstery and related services, so Ira moved on to Transportation. After working here, he then moved to Maintenance all along just learning new jobs and never complaining. When his supervisor asked him to move to the mowing department he agreed without hesitation. No matter what he is asked to do, he has always jumped in and given 100%. He has served GIBB for 44 years and we are very glad to have him!

Angela Smitherman, GIBB Employee of Distinction Award

Angela Smitherman is so much more than an HR Generalist. She is a great listener, always available for our staff and always exhibits a compassionate and caring attitude. She is a great representative of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc.

Tania Himes, The Learning Pavilion Award

Tania Himes is being honored as the 2019 Learning Pavilion Teacher of the Year. Ms. Himes treats each and every child with great dignity and respect. She is dedicated and compassionate and the children love her!


2016 Summer Band CampGoodwill Industries – Big Bend Inc. is sponsoring a FREE band camp for middle and high school students beginning June 13th and ending July 28th.  Camp hours are from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday-Thursday.


The camps will focus on improving:

  1. Scales
  2. Technical Studies
  3. Sight reading
  • Instruments will be provided if needed.

 Please return an application as soon as possible to the address listed below.

This camp will provide an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students to improve fundamental performance skills and sight-reading. Beginning students entering 6th grade are welcome to attend.  Instruments, method books, accessories, and solo/ensemble literature will be provided.

To download an application please visit:

Or Contact:

Dr. Julian E. White, Director of Musical Outreach
Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc.
300 Mabry Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32304


Goodwill Opening New Larger Retail Store and Career Training Center in Perry

Goodwill LogoPerry, Fla.— Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. will celebrate the opening of its new and improved retail store and Career Training Center in Perry on Friday, with a ribbon cutting with the Taylor Co. Chamber of Commerce.  Fred Shelfer, CEO of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc., Mike Demming, Mayor of Perry, as well as Dawn Perry, Executive Director of Taylor County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to speak. The store will be open for business and tours at 9:00am.

This over 17,000 square foot retail store doubles the size of the previous Perry store, located in the Save-a-Lot shopping center and will double the number of employees from in and around the area. This will be the largest Goodwill store within 50 miles. A new, well lit donation drop off center will make it easier for local community members to donate gently used clothing and merchandise. The  donation drop off will be located at the front of the store – offering safety and convenience.

This new Goodwill store will give Perry customers, a new, clean and refreshed shopping experience. This store will carry a large selection of furniture, housewares, books, and other items and we are now sizing all clothing!

Goodwill Industries, Big Bend Inc. is a local non-profit, run by a local board of directors. Thanks to donors and shoppers, $.86 of every dollar allows Goodwill to provide a vast number of local services and job training programs to citizens of the Big Bend. Soon, we will offer a community room for events and services located conveniently within the Goodwill store.

The store will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. to shop or donate. Donors will receive a discount certificate for donating. Great specials and door buster discounts will be going on throughout the weekend. The 1st 100 customers on Friday will receive a 30% off coupon.

Who:    Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc.

What:   Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new and improved larger retail store and    Career Training Center

When:  December 18, 2015

Where: 2030 S. Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida