Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (GWISR) social mission is to build a stronger workforce through a variety of job training and placement programs. When individuals with barriers to employment secure competitive positions as a result of Goodwill's programs, local economies prosper, easing poverty and unemployment.

To accomplish its social mission of building a stronger workforce, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers operates as a social enterprise, meaning it's a revenue generating organization that reinvests its money back into the community.

Reinvestment begins when you donate gently used household items to Goodwill. The revenue generated from their sale in Goodwill stores helps fund Goodwill's various job training and placement programs.

GWISR’s affiliate, PowerWorks, Inc. is an additional social enterprise that generates revenue for Goodwill’s mission based programs. PowerWorks Inc. also provides contracted custodial cleaning services throughout South West Georgia with a workforce that is predominately disabled.

Revenue generated from selling donated items helps fund Goodwill’s job training and placement programs, easing poverty and unemployment.








Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (GWISR) does not rely on state or federal funds to sustain its mission. Programs and services are funded through GWISR’s various social enterprises, community partnerships and most importantly through your donations.


Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers provides job training and placement services to anyone seeking employment. The following are examples of those that Goodwill serves everyday:

  • Seniors re-entering the workforce
  • Working professionals seeking more
    advanced career opportunities
  • Persons new to the country or community
  • First-time job seekers
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Employers looking to Goodwill to solve their workforce needs

In 1902, Methodist Minister Rev. Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill in Boston’s South End after noticing a number of immigrants wandering the streets without a job. It wasn’t until October 22, 1959 that a group of Columbus, GA citizens began developing plans for a Goodwill, within the city, that would serve the entire Chattahoochee Valley. 

After months of fundraising on October 4, 1963, Goodwill Industries of the Chattahoochee Valley (GICV) opened its first retail store on Hamilton Road in Columbus.

In 2001, GICV acquired Goodwill Industries of South Georgia, expanding its territory from 22 to 50 counties in Georgia and East Alabama. As a result in 2004, the organization changed its name to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (GWISR). 

Although an affiliate of Goodwill Industries International, GWISR is autonomous from other member organizations. Its voluntary board of directors oversees all policies, procedures and financial decisions.
Contact US

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, Inc Corporate Offices
2601 Cross Country Drive, Building A 
Columbus, GA 31906 
(706) 324-4366 office 
(866) 325-8265 toll free 
(706) 660-0429 fax 

Business Donations
Amanda Lister, Marketing and PR Specialist
office: (706) 256-1816 

Career Opportunities
office: (706) 324-4366 

Compliance and Whistleblower Officer
Judy Porter, Executive Coordinator and Compliance Officer
office:(706) 256-1827 

 Contact your local store

Media Relations
office: (762) 208-4393

People Services
office: (706) 324-4366