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Goodwill opens new Waverly store, celebrates 50 years in NE Iowa

WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Waverly played host to a special Grand Opening Thursday, as Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa opened its newest retail store and Supercenter at the south edge of town.

The Waverly Ambassadors welcomed Goodwill to the community, as Goodwill President and CEO, Dave Boyd, joined Goodwill Board President, Mitzi Tann, to cut the ribbon and open the new store.

Goodwill is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. With the opening of the new Waverly store, Goodwill now has retail stores in 7 communities; Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Independence, Oelwein, Decorah and now Waverly.

Goodwill of Northeast Iowa has only had four leaders in its 50-years: Charles Mitchell, Frank Mollenhoff, Dave Miller and now Dave Boyd.

The Goodwill philosophy is a hand up, not a hand out, and that means literally thousands of Iowans have benefited from the 50-years of Goodwill Industries in Northeast Iowa. The Goodwill goal is to provide opportunities to disadvantaged and disabled individuals so they can thrive on their own independently. It's a mission which sees Iowa's disadvantaged and disabled move from a world of isolation to independence and full community participation through respect and accountability. Thanks to Goodwill, thousands of Iowans are able to live and work independently in their own communities, rather than rely on State of Iowa or Federal aid.

Nationally, Goodwill Industries got its start in Boston in 1902, when Methodist Minister Edgar Helms sought donations of used goods from wealthy Boston families and began reselling those items. That concept is still at the heart of the Goodwill business side of its operations and how it still works today.

Average Iowans donate their slightly used items, and that gives Goodwill retail stores quality items to re-sell to the public.

Thanks to Goodwill, hundreds of area residents are employed, like 46-year old Beckie Fisk. Beckie will work at the new Waverly Goodwill store two days a week. Beckie says she is extremely grateful for the chance to have a job with Goodwill.

In addition to jobs and job training, hundreds more use Goodwill's residential services to live on their own, independently, or with minimal supervision. Goodwill firmly believes disadvantaged or disabled Iowans should not be viewed as a burden to society, but be an important part of society.

Goodwill always has a huge presence at Special Olympics events. Goodwill had several teams at the annual spring games in the UNI Dome back in March. Goodwill currently has about a $10 million annual budget and hopes to double that to $20 million over the next 10 years.

There are 166 Goodwill agencies across the country, while Goodwill is in 13 countries, giving the disadvantaged and disabled a hand up, not a hand out.

Online Reporter: Ron Steele

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