Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Serving the Wabash Valley since 1927
812-235-1827

History of Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Founded on the Boston Model
In 1927 in the Wabash Valley, a local minister, the Reverend Theodore Grob, Sr., saw the need for a sheltered workshop and low-priced merchandise.  From Rev. Helms' model, he founded Goodwill Industries in the parsonage of Calvary Methodist Church (German Methodist) of which he was the minister.  He provided the leadership until 1968 when his son, Ted Grob, Jr., took over the management of the agency.  William Tennis was named director in 1982 upon Ted, Jr.'s retirement. Goodwill is the largest private sector employer of people with disabilities or with special needs in the world, yet its primary purpose is to train and place disabled persons in the economic mainstream.  Wabash Valley Goodwill is one of the local autonomous member organizations in the United States, Canada, and 23 other countries.

The way in which Wabash Valley Goodwill came to be is explained in the following time-line.
bullet1917    During this year.  Ted first heard the story of how Reverend E. J. Helms had started the Goodwill idea in Boston, Mass., and began to consider his own relationship to this idea.  About this time Ted started to feel God had other work for him than factory foreman and turned his thoughts to the ministry.
bullet1921    Changing the direction of his life, Ted entered Baldwin-Wallace College, a Methodist Theological Seminary in Berea, Ohio, while he ministered to churches in Akron and Strongville.  Two years later he was ordained as a Methodist minister and assigned to Calvary Methodist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.
bullet1924-1926    Finding the congregation in financial difficulty and the community in a depressed state due to the decline of several major industries, Rev. Grob set out immediately to help both the church and the surrounding community.  He was very busy with Sunday morning and evening services, Wednesday night prayer meeting and visitations to the sick.  As he and Deaconess Pauline Bartruff revitalized the church's program, the congregation increased and the financial condition of the church began to improve.  Rev. Grob organized a vacation Bible school for children in the most depressed areas of the community, at the church and across the river in Taylorville.  Many of the children's parents were out of work and lacked such basic necessities as clothing and food.  Remembering the Goodwill premise, "Not charity but a chance," he asked for donations from local merchants which would be used by the older students to make clothes for themselves and the younger children.
bullet1926    Rev. Grob wanted to expand the use of the Goodwill idea in Terre Haute, but a visit from Goodwill founder  Helms was not encouraging.  A Goodwill had never been tried in a city as small as Terre Haute, but after a tour of the depressed areas, Helms agreed to give Rev. Grob $200 in missionary money if he was "crazy enough to start".
bulletJanuary, 1927    With this $200 and permission from the congregation to use the parsonage as its headquarters, Goodwill Industries in Terre Haute became a reality.  One of the interested citizens meeting to organize the agency was George W. Krietenstein, one of the most loyal and generous of Rev. Grob's congregation at Calvary Methodist Church.  As were others, Krietenstein was skeptical of the Goodwill idea, but Rev. Grob convinced him that to make a go of it, they would have to have 1,000 Goodwill bags to make the initial collection of goods.  He gave Rev. Grob a check for $42.50 to buy the bags, telling him, "This is the dumbest money I ever gave away!".  It certainly wasn't the last, though.
bulletFebruary, 1927    The first 1,000 Goodwill bags were distributed early in the month, the filled bags providing work for the first Goodwill employees in Terre Haute.
bulletMarch, 1927    The Goodwill Store opened and took in $1.32 the first day.  Mary Carmichael was the first customer.  Soon more people discovered they could buy clothing and household articles at the Goodwill for prices they could afford.
bulletApril, 1927    The Epworth League, the young people's group at Calvary, gave the Goodwill its first truck, a Dodge panel truck which cost $75, for collecting cast-offs around town.
bulletDecember, 1927    At a Rotary Club meeting, Rev. Grob emphasized the need for 2,000 more Goodwill bags.  Rotarian Rev. LeRoy Brown suggested Rev. Grob stand outside the door after the meeting and take contributions from Rotary members who wished to donate toward the $85 cost of the bags.  When everyone was gone, he found the whole amount had been collected.  No civic group has been more supportive of the Goodwill over the years than the Rotary, and several Rotarians have been on the Goodwill Board of Directors.  The 2,000 bags were distributed during the Christmas holiday in the new Deming addition in the area of 21st to Barton.  The Goodwill was overflowing with merchandise after these bags were collected, putting more people to work and providing more low-cost items for purchase by the needy.  The Goodwill was in business, just one short year after Reverend Grob decided to go ahead with the project.
bulletDecember 28, 1927    The end of the organizational stage of Goodwill's development was marked by its official beginning, as articles of incorporation were filed in the Vigo County Recorder's office.
bullet1929    As Reverend Grob's Goodwill work continued, so did his work as pastor of the congregation at Calvary Methodist.  Joseph Entwistle, Superintendent of the Terre Haute Vitrified Brick Company, wrote to local businessmen asking for donations to support Rev. Grob's Sunday School. The letter produced the $25 Rev. Grob needed at that time.  Consistently, businessmen in Terre Haute have been more than willing to support the efforts which would help the unemployed and their families help themselves.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nehf turned over two homes on Mulberry Street to the Goodwill to house workers who could not afford rent.  These became known as the Neukom-Nehf Memorial.  One was used for a dormitory and the other for living, dining and kitchen area.
bullet1930    The Ladies Auxiliary of Goodwill opened a coffee shop which served food to the needy at cost or less.  Much of the food was donated by local firms.
bullet1929-1930    The phenomenal growth of Goodwill Industries made it increasingly evident that new and larger facilities would soon be required to continue to serve the needs of the community.  Goodwill had no money to build, and it was in debt to the Merchants National Bank for two small buildings it had purchased at 120-122 North Fifth Street.  The Grobs' good friend Minnie Muehlmann came through with a $1,000 donation to help reduce the debt, yet there was no money for a new building.  Rev. Grob put into effect the Goodwill principle once more.  He designed the building he wanted, solicited salvage materials for use in the building project and enlisted a crew of unemployed men to dig the basement, paying $1 a day in wages, supplemented by food, clothing and coal.
bullet1932-1935    Through the efforts of Rev. Grob and many leaders of business and industry, the new building at 120-122 North Fifth became a reality, the only Goodwill Industries in the country to be built entirely with salvage materials and donations.  The dedication was the third week of June, 1935.  The third and fourth floors of the building were completed by 1939.
bullet1932    Robert Nunn gave the Goodwill a farm in Riley where broom corn was raised for the manufacture of brooms in the workshop.  These were sold at the Goodwill Stores and at the Oakley Food Stores.  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Talley gave the Goodwill a house at 612 Sycamore to be used to house girls of limited means attending Indiana State Teachers College.  They worked at Goodwill Industries for their room and board.
bullet1933    During Goodwill's years of growth, Rev. Grob continued to request and to receive much support form the community.  A check here, a dollar on his desk there, always coming just when there was a need.  Krietenstein made another of his many contributions, this time a check for $45 and a receipted bill.  Entwistle offered a lease on a 175 acre farm to be used to employ several men and to turn a profit to be used on the building project.
bulletJune, 1935    At the time of the dedication of the new building, Rev. Grob asked board members and contributors to double their pledges if they possibly could, so outstanding debts could be paid.  Ninety per cent of the pledges were doubled.
bullet1940    Benjamin Blumberg donated $200 toward payment of a debt at the Merchants National Bank, clearing the store on Fourth Street of debt.  He also made possible installation of the first electric elevator in the Goodwill building.  Ed Bindley contributed a concrete floor for the basement of the Goodwill building, poured and finished by concrete workers employed by Leroy White, who had assisted in the original building project.  Before this, flies and dampness made use of the basement area almost impossible.  Victor Miller offered money to pay for finishing the second floor and painting the building on the inside, and another friend gave a paint spraying machine valued at more than $150.
bullet1941-1945    Goodwill's work increased during the war years as the Office of Production Management in Washington advised all Goodwill Industries to step up collections of salvage and other discarded materials.  There was a critical need for paper, rags, metal and rubber for processing into new materials; and reconditioning and reuse of other materials would help conserve new consumer goods.  Housewives and children all over responded by donating and collecting materials for war use.
bullet1942    The Terre Haute Community Chest was organized and accepted Goodwill's application for membership allotting $3,600 to Goodwill.  Rev. Grob was one of the campaign chairmen for the initial fund-raising drive.
bulletSeptember 13, 1942    A disastrous fire at the Goodwill building destroyed the inside of the upper three floors and their contents.  Immediately, Rev. Grob began to plan for repairing the damage and continuing the operation elsewhere while repairs were being done.  The community responded with help and, by 1943, the workshops were restored and Goodwill was in full operation again.
bullet1945    As assistant director of Goodwill Industries, Ted, Jr., instituted a new program called "human engineering" which would guide Goodwill during the coming years of change and expanding services.  The focus of all Goodwills had changed since the Depression, from helping those handicapped by economic conditions to those handicapped by physical and mental conditions.  Ted anticipated that disabled veterans returning to the Terre Haute area after W.W.II would need help becoming a part of society again.  This program required working agreements with many state and local agencies -- the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Indiana Veterans Administration, the Indiana Department of Mental Health, the Vigo County Mental Health Association, the Vigo County Tuberculosis society, the American Red Cross chapter and the Family Services Association.  Thanks to local industry, Goodwill was able to obtain several jobs which employed handicapped workers but did not fit into the industries' own production schedules.  Columbia Records, Ethyl Visqueen, Wabash Fibre Box Company, Home Packing, Public Service Indiana, and Coca-Cola bottling Company were just some of the industries furnishing work to Goodwill employees.
bullet1947    The Rotary Club sponsored the first Good Turn Drive for Goodwill, a program which has continued over the years to provide Goodwill employees with a source of goods to work on throughout the year.
bulletApril, 1949    Goodwill continued to expand its services by opening the Brazil retail store, the first outside Terre Haute.  Other area retail stores followed through the years, selling, as did the Brazil Store, material collected in the area and processed at the central workshop in Terre Haute.  These included stores in Marshall, Charleston, Robinson and Paris, in Illinois and in Sullivan, Greencastle, Linton, Clinton, West Terre Haute and North Terre Haute, in Indiana.
bullet1954    The Goodwill Board of  Directors voted to raise $3,000 for new laundry equipment, a basic necessity of the operation since all clothing taken in had to be laundered and pressed after it was sorted and mended at the workshop.
bullet1959    Purchases made possible by board members Harry Arnold and Robert Nunn were a new electric welder, steam iron and shoe repair machine.  Mr. Arnold also gave Goodwill 500 shares of Terre Haute Malleable stock.
bullet1962    The increasing volume of business made it necessary to build a new fireproof brick addition on the site of the old parsonage north of the main building.  This provided an area for storage of filled bags until materials were processed.  Then Goodwill Board President, Forrest  Sherer, donated the first $1,000 of the cost and collected much of the rest from other friends of Goodwill.
bullet1963    When Rev. Grob underwent surgery and took some time off for recovery, he suggested the board ask Ted, Jr., to come back to Terre Haute from his position as Director of the Atlanta Goodwill Industries and prepare to take over the directorship when he retired.
bullet1965    In Ted, Jr.'s first year as Assistant Executive Director, much new equipment was installed and the workshops were remodeled in an effort to modernize training procedures and management policies.  New drop boxes for placement throughout the city were donated by the Rotary Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce, radio station WAAC, radio and television station WTHI, the Callahan Funeral Home, the Bedino Peace Chapel, the Motor Carriers' Association, the Kiwanis Club and the Friendship Class of Centenary United Methodist Church.
bullet1968    Ted, Jr., became Executive Director of the Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries.  A $300 donation from the Exchange Club made possible the purchase of an electric wiper cutter,  which is used for cutting otherwise unusable rags into wiper cloths.  The cloths are purchased by many local industries.  The Junior Chamber of Commerce contributed $700 for new laundry equipment and the Rotary Club gave $800 for a new steam cabinet for the clothing refinishing department.
bullet1969    Ted, Jr., introduced a new activity project, the Work Activity Center, to evaluate the potential work habits of severely mentally retarded clients.
bullet1971    An equipment grant was received from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to purchase office equipment, a new truck, a new baler, air conditioners, a register for the main store, and production equipment such as saws and drills.  A second grant in 1973 allowed the purchase of trucks, an air compressor, a radial arm saw, carts and dollies, a washer and dryer and office equipment.
bulletAugust , 1971    A staffing grant was received from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Indiana Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to facilitate a program of rehabilitation training for the developmentally disable.  Kathy Ratliff was hired to administer the program as Director of Personnel and Rehabilitation Services, and Stuart Wigon as Work Evaluator and Training Director.
bulletDecember, 1971    An accreditation investigation was conducted and accreditation was granted to the Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries from the national Goodwill office, signifying that all standards set forth by the parent organization had been met.  This was the first time the local Goodwill had worked toward accreditation, and it was again earned in 1976 and 1981.
bulletAugust, 1972    Robinson Goodwill was established.
bulletFebruary, 1973    The Goodwill Board of Directors approved a report calling for the hiring of a special planner to aid in the agency's attempts to construct a new building and to develop a plan to submit to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for consideration of a technical assistance grant.  However, after the board surveyed possible sources for financing the building, the idea was tabled because fund-raising opportunities in the community did not appear to be favorable at that time.
bulletFebruary 1, 1974    Fire caused $10,000 worth of damage to the main Goodwill store at 122 N. Fifth Street.  Flames were confined to the first floor, and damage forced closing  of the store for clean-up.
bulletMarch, 1974    The newly remodeled main store reopened to "land office" business the first day.  The opening was combined with the celebration of the Goodwill's 47th birthday in the Wabash Valley, and the first customer was Mary Carmichael, who had made the first purchase on opening day back in 1927.
bulletSeptember, 1974    A Goodwill store was opened in Greencastle.
bulletMarch 27, 1977    Mayor Brighton declared this Goodwill Week in Terre Haute in honor of the 50th year Anniversary Celebration.  Goodwill dignitaries and local leaders toured the Goodwill facility each day and a gala banquet highlighted the festivities.
bulletFebruary, 1979    Charleston Goodwill was established.
bulletFebruary 22, 1979    The store in Robinson, Ill., destroyed by fire in January, 1979, reopened at a new location.
bulletMarch 15, 1979    The ninth Goodwill store supplied from the workshop operation in Terre Haute was opened in Charleston, Ill.
bulletMay, 1981    The Marshall, Illinois Goodwill Store was closed.
bulletAugust, 1982     Sullivan Goodwill was established.
bulletOctober 29, 1982    Appointment was approved by the Board of Directors of William G. Tennis as new Executive Director of Goodwill and Ted, Jr., as Consultant, effective December, 1982.
bulletMarch, 1983    Ted, Jr. retired  Executive Director of the Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries packs up and moves to Iowa, leaving Goodwill Industries under the capable direction of Bill Tennis.
bulletAugust, 1983    Robinson Goodwill moved to its present location at 111 W. Walnut.
bulletSeptember, 1984    The Marshall, Illinois Goodwill Store was reopened at it's former site.  Due to the lack of community support, the store was closed again in Aug., 1986
bulletMarch, 1985    George Miller was elected President of the Board of Directors.
bulletAugust, 1985    The Linton, Indiana Goodwill Store was closed.  The store originally opened in 1965 and had moved on several occasions over the years
bulletFall, 1985    The Goodwill Board of Directors published a book entitled The Story of Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries...A Tribute to Leadership, Labor and Love in the Wabash Valley.
bulletMarch, 1989    Vern W. Fellows was elected as Board President.
bulletSeptember, 1989    Goodwill purchased new facility at 2702 S. 3rd St. at public auction.
bullet1990    Goodwill acquired 2 over-the-road trucks and a new forklift truck.
bulletMarch, 1990    Goodwill's Main Store moved to its newer and bigger present location at 2702 S. 3rd St. in Terre Haute.  Also in March, the West Terre Haute Retail Store was closed.  All West Terre Haute store personnel were reassigned to the new Terre Haute store location.
bulletApril, 1990  The Goodwill corporate offices and processing plant were relocated at the new facility located at 2702 South 3rd Street in Terre Haute, IN.  All operations were discontinued at the  122 North 5th street location.
bulletMarch, 1991    A retirement program was established for Goodwill staff and employees.
bulletSummer, 1991    Goodwill purchased 1 acre of land and a building at the rear of the Main Store location.
bulletFall, 1991    A new roof was installed at the main branch.
bulletMarch, 1992    Brazil Goodwill moved to a new location at 111 W. National.
bullet1993    An employee park area was established for Goodwill employees to have lunch and breaks in.  All parking areas were resurfaced and paved.  A new access road was constructed for affording a safer vehicular path for trucks, as well as patrons and employees.  An additional storage building was constructed to accommodate agency growth.
bulletFebruary, 1993    Terre Haute Goodwill opened a booth at Antique Crafts & Things, located in Honey Creek south Mall.
bulletDecember, 1993    Esther Kearschner (oldest daughter of founder Rev. Grob) retired from Goodwill Industries.  Esther served at the Wabash Valley Goodwill organization for over 67 years.
bullet1994    A corporate video was produced.
bulletMarch, 1994    At its annual meeting the Goodwill Board elected not to seek funding from the local United Way, but to become an unfunded member agency.
bulletApril, 1994    Terre Haute's Plaza North store opened its doors on the city's north side in the Plaza North Shopping Center.
bulletApril 30, 1994    Charleston Goodwill closed and moved out of the city.
bulletMarch, 1995    Goodwill opened a drop-off and recycling center at the Main Goodwill facility located at 2702 S. 3rd St. in Terre Haute.  The Center is open 7 days a week.  Link to Recycling Center information.
bulletDecember, 1995    Brazil Goodwill was closed to prepare to move to a new location.
bulletJanuary, 1996    Brazil Goodwill reopened at 219 W. National Ave., its present location.
bulletMarch, 1996    Goodwill's booth at Antique Crafts & Things was closed.
bulletMarch, 1996    Terre Haute's Plaza North store closed.
bulletSeptember, 1996    Sullivan Goodwill moved to its present address at 22 North Main.
bullet1996    Goodwill exceeds 2 million dollars in revenue for the first time.
bulletSept., 1997    Goodwill began its first Managing Work Program for Welfare-to-Work clients.  The Managing Work Program is intended to assist the person served in providing evidence of a recent work history and a work reference to prospective employers, and also to provide the client with case management assistance in dealing with and/or solving problems both inside and outside the workplace for the purpose of increasing the person's employability potential.
bulletNovember, 1997    The Terre Haute Rotary Club coordinated the 50th Annual Rotary/Goodwill Drive. Goodwill received a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to purchase recycling equipment.
bulletMay, 1998    The Ft. Harrison Street Goodwill was opened at 1699 Ft. Harrison Street, in Terre Haute.
bulletDecember, 1998  For the first time annual payroll taxes generated by the Goodwill program exceeded $100,000.
bulletMarch, 1999    Barry Powell was elected as Goodwill's 14th Board President.
bulletApril, 1999    Goodwill received a grant from Microsoft Corporation to upgrade existing software used by the agency.
bulletMay, 1999    Goodwill received a $5,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District to help defray expenses relating to the operation of their Drop-Off Recycling Center.
bulletJune, 1999  Goodwill makes application for funding to provide IMPACT services in Vigo County.
bulletJuly, 1999  Goodwill is notified they will be awarded a contract to provide IMPACT services in Vigo County beginning October 1, 1999.
bulletSeptember, 1999 Goodwill offers groundbreaking training for area nonprofit managers and staff. The program consist of eight live satellite broadcast to be aired over the next nine months.  September 30, 1999 Goodwill hosted a live satellite event. Topic:  Creating Higher Education Opportunities That Support Welfare-to-Work.
bulletOctober, 1999  Goodwill begins providing IMPACT services in Vigo County. A lease was signed to move the Clinton Goodwill store to a new location by the end of the year.
bulletNovember 6, 1999  The Terre Haute Rotary club conducted the 52nd annual Goodwill Industries donation drive. Forty-one Rotarians participated in this years event.
bulletNovember 20, 1999 Goodwill received a $5,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District to help defray expenses relating to the operation of their Drop-Off Recycling Center.
bulletNovember 24, 1999 Goodwill joins the world of e-commerce when they upload items to be sold on the Goodwill internet auction site. Auction address:  www.shopgoodwill.com
bulletJanuary 12, 2000  Goodwill reopens it's Clinton store at a 223 South 11th. The new site is adjacent to the Clinton IGA.
bulletFebruary, 2000  The Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District provided $3000.00 to promote the Goodwill recycling center in Terre Haute on WTHI TV.
bulletMarch 31, 2000   Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Lori Danielson, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer.
bulletApril 13, 2000  The April Wabash Valley United Way AAC meeting was held at Goodwill.  A video entitled "Outcome Measures" was shown to agency directors. 
bulletMay, 2000 The Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District provided $1500.00 to promote the Goodwill recycling center in Terre Haute on the local cable TV system.
bulletJune 5 - 15, 2000  The Goodwill Store located at 2702 South 3rd Street in Terre Haute is closed for remodeling.
bulletJune 27, 2000  The Vigo County Office of the Division of Family and Children notify Goodwill Industries that they have been selected to provide IMPACT services in Vigo county for another year.  
bulletJuly 3, 2000   The Terre Haute-Downtown Rotary Club begins holding their monthly board meetings in Goodwill's meeting room. 
bulletJuly 24, 2000  Goodwill received another $5,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District to help defray expenses related to the operation of their Drop-Off Recycling Center.
bulletAugust 19, 2000  Goodwill host the Rotary Club - Short Term Youth Exchange meeting in the board conference room. Rotary clubs from Indiana and Illinois were represented.
bulletAugust, 2000  Goodwill received a grant from Microsoft Corporation to upgrade existing software used by the agency.
bulletSeptember 16, 2000  Goodwill host the Rotary Club - Short Term Youth Exchange meeting in the board conference room. Rotary clubs from Indiana and Illinois were represented.
bulletNovember 4, 2000  The Terre Haute Rotary club conducted the 53rd annual Goodwill Industries donation drive. Forty-four Rotarians participated in this years event.  Gary Schomer chaired the event.
bulletNovember 30, 2000  Goodwill provides facilities to view a live satellite downcast regarding changes to the GED test that will be implemented in January 2002.  25 local service providers participated in this free event.  
bulletDecember 13, 2000  The first Wheels to Work car is presented at city hall. The mayor of Terre Haute donated the first automobile.
bulletDecember 20, 2000  The Greater Terre Haute Church Federation held it's monthly meeting in the Goodwill Board room.
The second Wheels to Work car is presented in the Goodwill Board room.
bulletJanuary, 2001  Goodwill signs agreement to continue as a non-funded United Way member agency.
bulletFebruary, 2001  The Brazil store was closed for remodeling and new carpet.  
bulletMarch 1, 2001  Wabash Valley Goodwill earns a three year  accreditation from Goodwill Industries International.
bulletMarch 30, 2001  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Lori Danielson, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer. Jenny Higginbotham was elected 
as a new board member.
bulletApril 1, 2001  Goodwill  begins hosting the Terre Haute Rotary Club's website.
bulletMay 14, 2001  Goodwill received a $6,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District to help defray expenses relating to the operation of their Drop-Off Recycling Center.  
bulletMay 15, 2001  The Wheels to Work program has matched 18 vehicles with Impact participants.   
bulletMay 17,  2001  New Excel horizontal baling equipment, conveyor system, and diesel Bobcat are installed to aid in the recycling of paper and old corrugated containers in the recycling center.
bulletJune 27, 2001  Goodwill host visitors from the South Bend Goodwill.  
bulletJuly 17, 2001  Goodwill was the program at the evening Kiwanis meeting.
bulletJuly, 2001  The Vigo County Office of the Division of Family and Children notify Goodwill Industries that they have been selected to provide IMPACT services in Vigo county for the contract period of October 2001 thru September 2002.  
bulletAugust 29, 2001  Carol gets ready to drive away in the 23rd Wheels to Work Program car.
bulletSeptember 6, 2001  Goodwill hosted the local PEO chapter AW in the board room.  Bill Tennis presented a program on
Goodwill Industries.  He talked about the history of the Terre Haute agency and current activities and programs.
bulletNovember 3, 2001  The Terre Haute Rotary club conducted the 54th annual Goodwill Industries donation drive.
 Forty Rotarians participated in this years event.  Mel Krueger chaired the event.
bulletNovember 5, 2001 Sarah Petts becomes the first Wheels to Work participant to pay off her car loan.
bulletNovember 26, 2001  Goodwill received a grant from Microsoft Corporation to upgrade existing software used by the agency.
Microsoft's generous grant is used both by office staff and workforce development participants.
bulletNovember,  2001  Goodwill received a $6,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District to help defray expenses relating to the operation of their Drop-Off Recycling Center.  
bulletDecember 17, 2001  The 74th annual employee Christmas party was held.
bulletJanuary 2002  Wabash Valley Goodwill begins it's 75th year of service to the Wabash Valley.  Goodwill Industries International begins it's 100th year of service.                       Centennial Celebration Commemorative Edition books available at the following libraries. Click here.
bulletJanuary 2002  Goodwill is notified they have been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District.  Goodwill signs agreement to continue as a non-funded United Way member agency.
bulletFebruary 1, 2002  The Goodwill public relations committee met at Goodwill to plan the agency anniversary celebration to be held later in the year.
bulletFebruary 21, 2002  Goodwill host the Wabash Valley United Way AAC meeting.
bulletMarch 6, 2002  Bill Tennis speaks to classes at  McLean high school regarding workforce development issues.
bulletMarch 22, 2002  Goodwill honors 3 former Goodwill employees who participated in an anniversary celebration at the main store  located in Terre Haute.
bulletMarch 28, 2002  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Lori Danielson, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer. New members elected to the board included: Tom Dever, Karen Goeller, and Tim Weir.
bulletApril 15, 2002  Goodwill was the program at the Paris Il. Rotary club.
bulletMay 10, 2002  Barry Powell, Goodwill board president presents Bill Tennis with a 75th anniversary plaque.
bulletJune 20, 2002  Bill Tennis presents the Goodwill 75th anniversary program at the Vigo County Public Library.
bulletJuly 18, 2002  Goodwill's 1st annual swimming party held at Deming park. Everyone enjoyed the "Deming Dipper" waterslide.
bulletJuly 19, 2002  The 35th Wheels to Work recipient takes delivery of an automobile to help attain their self-sufficiency.
bulletJuly 2002  Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries is featured in a display at the Vigo County Historical Museum.
bulletSeptember 27, 2002    Wabash Valley celebrates it's 75th year of service to the Wabash Valley.  Mayor Anderson
was on hand to proclaim it Goodwill Day in Terre Haute.  The Mayor of Terre Haute, board members, staff and employees
enjoyed the festivities. Proclamation  News Release Group Photo  Bill Tennis, Executive Director
bulletNovember 9, 2002   The Terre Haute Rotary club conducted the 55th annual Goodwill Industries donation drive. Thirty-five Rotarians participated in this years event.  Bill Aubin chaired the event. 2002 Drive Flyer
bulletNovember 2002  The Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District grants Goodwill $5,000 to help defray the cost of new
shredding equipment to be installed at the Goodwill recycling center.
bulletDecember 16, 2002  The 75th annual Goodwill employee Christmas party was held.
bulletDecember 19, 2002  Goodwill is notified they have been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District.
bulletJanuary 2003  Wabash Valley Goodwill begins it's 76th year of service to the Wabash Valley.
bulletMarch 26, 2003  The North Terre Haute store closes for business.
bulletMarch 27, 2003  Goodwill is notified they have been awarded a $8,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District.
bulletMarch 28, 2003  The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 75th annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room.
The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Lori Danielson, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer.
bulletApril 11, 2003   The Goodwill store at 2702 South 3rd Street in Terre Haute is expanded by 2000 square feet of selling area. Furniture, household items and wares occupy the new space.
bullet April 12, 2003  Goodwill Industries and the Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District co-sponsor the "Spring Fling" at the Terre Haute Action Track
bulletApril 22, 2003  Hi-99 radio and on-air personality Party Marty celebrate Earth Day 2003 at the Goodwill recycling center. Food and give-away items were furnished by the Clay, Own, Vigo Solid Waste District.
bulletApril 25, 2003  Goodwill Industries launches a Personal Document Destruction Service for area residents.
bullet May 15, 2003  Wabash Valley Goodwill store managers attend sales meeting in Terre Haute.
bulletJune 27, 2003  The Goodwill board of directors met at noon in the large meeting room.
bulletJune 30, 2003  The Vigo County Office of the Division of Family and Children notify Goodwill Industries that they have been selected to provide IMPACT services in Vigo county for the contract period of October 2003 thru September 2004.
bulletJuly 1, 2003  A new point-of-sale retail system was installed in the Terre Haute store. Other stores will come online in the near future.
bulletJuly 16, 2003  Goodwill annual picnic and swim party held at Deming Park. Our CEO on the slide.
bulletJuly 25, 2003  Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District host live radio remote with "Party Marty from  Hi-99 radio. Janet Reed from the district said " Goodwill provides a very valuable service to the citizens of Terre Haute" when referring to the Goodwill personal document destruction program.
bulletAugust 11, 2003  Goodwill was the program at the noon meeting of the Farm Bureau Home Economics Past Presidents club.  Bill Tennis, executive director presented the program.
bulletAugust 14, 2003  A new point-of-sale retail system was installed in the Sullivan store. Other stores will come online in the near future.
bulletSeptember 3, 2003   A new point-of-sale retail system was installed in the Brazil store. Other stores will come online in the near future.
bulletSeptember 22, 2003  A new point-of-sale retail system was installed in the Paris store. Other stores will come online in the near future.
bulletOctober 2, 2003   A new point-of-sale retail system was installed in the Robinson and Clinton stores. The Greencastle location will come online in the near future.
bulletOctober 4, 2003  The Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District hosted a live radio remote with 102.7 F.M. to promote recycling in Vigo county.
bulletOctober 9, 2003   A new point-of-sale retail system was installed in the Greencastle store.
bulletOctober 29, 2003  A new sign ( Smiling G ) was installed at the main headquarters in Terre Haute.
bulletNovember 7, 2003  The Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District hosted a live radio remote with 102.7 F.M. to promote recycling in Vigo county
bulletNovember 8, 2003  The  Terre Haute Rotary Club conducted the 56th Rotary/Goodwill material drive. Bill Aubin chaired the event for the Rotary Club.
bulletNovember 11, 2003  Bill Tennis presented a program about Goodwill Industries to the Sugar Grove Home Extension Club.
bulletDecember 15, 2003   The 76th annual employee Christmas party was held.
bulletJanuary 20, 2004  Bill Tennis presented a program about Goodwill Industries to the Social Services Division of the Women's Department Club of Terre Haute.
bulletMarch 26, 2004  The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 76th annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room.  The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Lori Danielson, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer.
bulletApril 10, 2004  Goodwill Industries and the Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District co-sponsor the "Spring Fling" at the Terre Haute Action Track.
bulletApril 16, 2004  Wabash Valley Goodwill earns a three year  accreditation from Goodwill Industries International. 
bulletApril 26, 2004  The Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce awards Goodwill their "Environmentally Friendly Award 2004". Jeanne Harrington accepted for Goodwill.   Picture
bulletApril 29, 2004  Goodwill is notified they have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District. This grant helps subsidize the Goodwill drop-off recycling center.
bulletMay/June 2004  Digital video recording equipment installed in all Wabash Valley Goodwill branch stores.
bulletJune 26, 2004  New board member David Piker is introduced at the June board meeting.
bulletJuly 2004  Goodwill has distributed 13,315 frequent shopper cards to area customers.  Customers use the cards for discounts and special sales in Wabash Valley Goodwill stores.
bulletJuly 16, 2004  Goodwill's 3rd annual picnic and swim party held at Deming Park.  Over 100 employees and family members attended.
bulletAugust 18, 2004  The Goodwill employee United Way luncheon was held.  Goodwill is one of the      
pilot campaign companies this year.
bulletSeptember 1, 2004  A video rental program was implemented in our Terre Haute store.
bulletSeptember 15, 2004   A 911 cellular telephone program to benefit seniors and individuals with disabilities is started.
bulletSeptember 20, 2004  Goodwill begins a community telephone answering service for employees, clients and others. The program is designed to aid people who do not have telephones have a central place to retrieve messages.
bulletOctober 28, 2004  Bill Tennis and Jeanne Harrington presented  a program about Goodwill Industries to the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 0327.
bulletNovember 6, 2004  The Terre Haute Rotary Club conducted the 57th Rotary/Goodwill material drive. Bill Aubin chaired the event for the Rotary Club.
bulletNovember 19, 2004  Alcan Aluminum company employees visit Goodwill as part of
their United Way campaign.
bulletDecember 21, 2004  Goodwill is notified they have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District. This grant helps subsidize the Goodwill drop-off recycling center.
bulletDecember 20, 2004  The 77th annual employee Christmas party was held at the
Golden Corral restaurant.  Over 125 people attended. 
bulletDecember 30, 2004   For the first time an operating budget in excess of 3 million dollars was approved by the board of directors.
bulletJanuary 1, 2005  A new accounting system and point-of-sale interface is implemented in the Terre Haute office.
bulletJanuary 1, 2005  The Board made changes to Goodwill's 403(b)3 thrift plan to accelerate employee ownership of employer contributions to the plan.
bulletJanuary 21, 2005  Goodwill is one of the recipients of the annual trust fund distribution from First Financial Bank. Jeanne Harrington accepts for Goodwill.
bulletFebruary 10, 2005  Goodwill has distributed over 17,195 frequent shopper cards to area customers.  Customers use the cards for discounts and special sales in Wabash Valley Goodwill stores. Store specials available with the shopper card can be found at:    http://www.wvgoodwill.org/sales.pdf
bulletFebruary 15, 2005  Jeanne Harrington and Bill Tennis present a program on Goodwill to the St. Patrick's Ladies Alter Society.
bulletFebruary 22, 2005  The Vigo County Impact providers meeting was held in the Goodwill board room. Bill Tennis presented a program on Goodwill's history and current activities.
bulletMarch 9, 2005  The video-rental area in the Terre Haute Goodwill store closed.
bulletMarch 31, 2005 The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 77th annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room. The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Troy Helman, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer.
bulletApril 9, 2005  Goodwill Industries and the Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District co-sponsor the "Spring Fling" at the Terre Haute Action Track.
bulletJuly 5, 2005  The Paris store is closed for remodeling.
bulletJuly 15, 2005  Goodwill's 4th annual picnic and swim party was held at Deming Park.  Nearly 200 employees and family members attended.
bulletSeptember 29, 2005  The Goodwill Board of Directors vote to send $10,000 to the Goodwill Industries Hurricane Relief fund.
bulletAugust 30, 2005  The purchase of the Paris, Il property is completed.
bulletNovember 5, 2005  The  Terre Haute Rotary Club conducted the 58h Rotary/Goodwill material drive.
bulletDecember 19, 2005  The annual employee Christmas party was held at the Goodwill facility.
bulletDecember 30, 2005  The Board approves an operating budget in excess of three million dollars.
bulletMarch 31, 2006 The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 78th annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room. The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Troy Helman, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Jerry Einstandig, Treasurer.
bulletApril 8, 2006  Goodwill and the Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District sponsor the Spring Fling Race at the Terre Haute Action Track.
bulletMay 6, 2006  Goodwill Industries is a recipient of a $10,000 mini grant from the Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District.
bulletJune 20, 2006  Goodwill Industries adds a new truck and de-mountable body to better serve donors and customers of it's donated goods program.
bulletJuly 14, 2006  Goodwill's 5th annual picnic and swim party was held at Deming Park.  Nearly 175 employees and family members attended.
bulletJuly 26, 2006  Goodwill begins utilizing the de-centralized model of processing and distribution of donated goods.
bulletAugust 26, 2006  The State of Indiana extended the current IMPACT contract with Goodwill for another year.
bulletNovember 4, 2006  The Terre Haute Rotary Club conducted the 59th Rotary/Goodwill material drive. Material collected helps provide work for people with disadvantages/disabilities.
bulletNovember 9, 2006  The Clinton, Indiana Goodwill retail outlet closed.
bulletDecember 19, 2006  The 79th annual employee Christmas party was held. Over 100 people attended. 
bulletDecember 26, 2006  Goodwill Industries is a recipient of a $10,000 mini grant from the Clay, Owen, Vigo Solid Waste District. This grant is used to subsidize Goodwill's recycling center.
bulletDecember 27, 2006  The Terre Haute Goodwill store joins the "million dollar club". Store sales reached $1,000.000 for the first time. Only 22 percent of U.S. Goodwill stores have revenues above one million dollars annually.  Proceeds from store sales fund employment and services offered by Goodwill. Goodwill does not receive any United Way funding.
bulletDecember 29, 2006  The Goodwill Board of Directors approved an operating budget for 2007 of $3,140,250. The agency organizational chart was adopted.  Other business included the Compensation Committee report, a report regarding the review of the agency by-laws and discussion on remaining a non-funded United Way member.
bulletDecember 31, 2006  Over 418 people were served during 2006 in the Goodwill IMPACT program. This program is offered under contract with the State of Indiana and serves welfare and food-stamp recipients.
bulletJanuary 2, 2007  Goodwill has distributed frequent shopper cards to more than 33,400 customers.    The cards are used for discounts and special sales in Wabash Valley Goodwill stores.
bulletFebruary 1, 2007  WabashValleyBooks opens for business. This is the Terre Haute Goodwill's eBook store.
bulletFebruary 27, 2007  Over 75 people are signed up to use Goodwill's free voice-mail system. For details of this program send e-mail to Darin.
bulletMarch 28, 2007  Lillie Sekerak retires from Goodwill after 35 years of service.
bulletMarch 30, 2007  The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 79th annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room. The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Troy Helman, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Lori Danielson, Treasurer.
bulletApril 2, 2007  The recycling center is now open Tuesday - Saturday.
bulletJune 21, 2007  Wabash Valley Goodwill earns a three year  accreditation from Goodwill Industries International. 
bulletJuly 13, 2007  Goodwill's 6th annual picnic and swim party was held at Deming Park.  Over 200 employees and family members attended.
bulletJuly 2007    Goodwill Industries raised over $762.00 for the local Meals on Wheels organization. This United Way agency delivers meals to disabled/elderly individuals in Terre Haute, IN.
bulletSeptember 1, 2007  The recycling center re-opens  to a Monday thru Saturday schedule.
bulletSeptember 12 thru 24, 2007  Elder-Beerman conducts the annual "The Goodwill Sale".
bulletSeptember 31, 2007  Goodwill's contact to provide IMPACT services to state clients ends.
bulletNovember 3, 2007   The Terre Haute Rotary Club conducted the 60th Rotary/Goodwill material drive. Material collected helps provide work for people with disadvantages/disabilities.
bulletDecember 17, 2007  The 80th annual employee Christmas party was held. Over 100 people attended. 
bulletJanuary 2008   Goodwill agrees to sort material generated by the Terre Haute / Republic Services curbside recycling program.
bulletJanuary 5, 2008  Wal-Mart and Goodwill team to go "Green". A Goodwill truck will be at the U.S.41 South Wal-Mart the first Saturday of each month and at the U.S. 46 east Wal-Mart on the second Saturday. The truck will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will be accepting donations of clothing, household items, books, shoes and other items typically found in a household. This partnership makes it very easy to donate your gently used items.  Tax receipts will be available.
bulletFebruary 25, 2008  All Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries retail stores begin selling Gift Cards.
bulletMarch 4, 2008  We are notified by the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives that we meet the required service provider criteria and have been added to the Indiana Access to Recovery provider list for Vigo County.
bulletMarch 20, 2008  A 42 foot slider belt conveyor is installed in our recycling center.
bulletMarch 21, 2008  Goodwill's new online book store goes on-line. Books can be purchased over the internet and shipped to the customer.
bulletMarch 27, 2008  The new Terre Haute curbside recycling program's first load of material is delivered to Goodwill. Picture  See June 2nd entry. Goodwill no longer associated with the Republic Services
curbside recycling program. Read the story in the Tribune Star: Click here
bulletMarch 28, 2008  The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 80th annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room. The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Troy Helman, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Lori Danielson, Treasurer.
bullet April 1, 2008  A cross-belt self cleaning magnet is installed in the recycling area to help pull metal off of the sorting belt.
bulletMay 18, 2008   The recycling center is now open Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
bulletJune 2, 2008  Goodwill is no longer associated with the Republic Services / Terre Haute curbside recycling program. We encourage everyone to use our Free Drop-off recycling center located at 2702 South 3rd Street in Terre Haute. More information on our recycling center can be found by clicking our recycling link. RECYCLE  Read the story in the Tribune Star: Click here
bulletJuly 8, 2008   Bill Tennis is awarded the "Four Avenues of Service Citation" from the Terre Haute Rotary Club. David Patterson is awarded the "Community Service Award." Pictured left to right is: Bill Tennis, Kim Ingalsbe, Neil Garrison and David Patterson.  Tribune Article
bulletJuly 18, 2008  Goodwill's 7th annual picnic and swim party was held at Deming Park. 
bulletAugust 28, 2008  Employee Labor Day picnic was held today.
bulletDecember 15, 2008  The 81st annual Goodwill Christmas party was held.
bulletDecember 31, 2008  For the first time Goodwill's employee wages, taxes and benefits exceeded          2 million dollars.
bulletMarch 26, 2009 T.G.I. Fridays, in Terre Haute, donated 3000 coupons to distribute to Goodwill donors. Each coupon is good for a smoothie, appetizer or a dessert.
bulletMarch 27, 2009  The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 81st annual meeting at noon in the large meeting room. The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Troy Helman, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; and Don Garvin, Treasurer.
bulletMay 13, 2009  Goodwill distributes the first computer under the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program.
bulletJune 8, 2009  Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries, Inc. officially becomes a member of the Dell Reconnect computer recycling program.  Press Release   More Information
bulletJune 8, 2009  South Vigo High School students interested in recycling tour the Goodwill recycling center.
bulletJuly 17, 2009  Goodwill's 8th annual picnic and swim party was held at Deming Park.  Over 300 employees and family members attended.
bulletJuly 17, 2009  Goodwill shipped the second load of computers recycled through the Dell/Goodwill Reconnect computer recycling program.
bulletJuly 24, 2009  The newly remodeled house wares and furniture room at the Terre Haute store reopens for business. Click here for picture.
bulletJuly 31, 2009  Goodwill customers and employees raised over $1,600.00 for the local Meals on Wheels organization. This United Way agency delivers meals to disabled/elderly individuals in Terre Haute, IN.
bulletAugust 6, 2009  Rachel Sutopo and Bill Tennis made a Goodwill presentation to the women's group at the Methodist Church in Seelyville, Indiana.
bulletAugust 11, 2009  Bill Tennis gave a presentation on Goodwill Industries to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Terre Haute.
bulletAugust 12, 2009  The annual United Way employee luncheon was held in the Goodwill cafeteria.
bulletSeptember 3, 2009  The Sullivan, Indiana Goodwill store reopens after being closed for remodeling.
bulletSeptember 4, 2009  The Goodwill employee labor day cook-out was held at the Terre Haute location.
bulletSeptember 30, 2009  Goodwill collaborates with 10 other agencies on the Autism Spectrum Disorder Speaker Series. Click here for more information.
bulletSeptember 9, 2009  Excel baling equipment is installed in the recycling department to increase the efficiency of the recycling operation.
bulletDecember 11, 2009  Property at 1905 South 13th is purchased by Goodwill to provide additional storage for the organization.
bulletDecember 14, 2009  The employee Christmas party was held with over 100 in attendance.
bulletDecember 28, 2009  The Goodwill/Dell Reconnect Computer recycling program has collected over 200,000 lbs of e-waste since June.
bulletDecember 30, 2009  Goodwill does not renew it's membership with the United Way of the Wabash Valley.
bulletJanuary 28, 2010  Goodwill takes delivery of a 2010 Kenworth truck. The new vehicle will be used to  make store deliveries and home pick-ups.
bulletMarch 1, 2010  A new computer refurbishing department is started.
bulletMarch 15, 2010  Goodwill representative Darin May's interview on WTHI-TV.  Click here.
bulletMarch 31, 2010  The Goodwill board of directors conducted the 82nd annual meeting. The auditors report and election of officers and directors highlighted the event.  Board members elected to serve a one year term as officers were:  Barry Powell, President;  Troy Helman, Vice-President; Gary Schomer, Secretary; Don Garvin, Treasurer and Bill Tennis, Executive Director. An Executive Leadership Succession Plan was adopted by the board of directors.
bulletApril 1, 2010  Goodwill begins recycling televisions. Free TV recycling 7 days a week at the 2702 S. 3rd street recycling center. More details available at www.wvgoodwill.org/recycle.htm  Tribune Story
bulletApril 20, 2010  Wabash Valley Goodwill earns a three year  accreditation from Goodwill Industries International.
bulletApril 27, 2010  Bill Tennis provided a program on Goodwill to the Exchange Club of Terre Haute. Program
bulletMay 14, 2010  Students from Meridian Elementary School located in Brazil, IN toured the Goodwill recycling center.
bulletMay 14, 2010    Goodwill ships first semi-trailer load of televisions for recycling.
bulletJune 8, 2010    The second semi-trailer load of televisions for recycling is shipped.
bulletJuly 1, 2010  Bill Tennis provided a program on Goodwill to the Terre Haute South Rotary Club.
bulletJuly 2, 2010  Goodwill ships the 3rd load of televisions for recycling.
bulletJuly 8, 2010  Since June of 2009 over 293,000 lbs of computer items have been recycled with our Goodwill/Dell Reconnect computer recycling programMonitors ready for shipment
bulletJuly 16, 2010  Goodwill employees and customers raised $1,399.86 for the local Meals on Wheels chapter.
bulletJuly 23, 2010  Goodwill conducts it's 9th annual employee and family picnic at Deming Park.  Photo
bulletSeptember 10, 2010  Customers and employees raised over $1336.00 for Multiple Sclerosis.
bulletSeptember 15 - 29, 2010  Elder-Beerman conducts their fall Goodwill sale. Thank you Elder-Beerman for supporting our program.
bulletSeptember 30, 2010  Linda Hayne, Goodwill sales director retires after 40 years of service to Goodwill.
bulletOctober 21, 2010  Goodwill is notified that it was selected as one of the Illinois Recycling Association's Recycling Heroes for 2010.
bulletAugust 2010  A new roof was installed at our Terre Haute facility located at 2702 South 3rd Street.
bulletNovember 12, 2010  Decals were installed on our newest truck.  Picture1       Picture2       Picture3
bulletDecember 3, 2010  Goodwill conducts art contest with Vigo County Middle Schools. Tribune Story
bulletDecember 20, 2010  Goodwill purchases the former Blockbuster building located at 6oo South 3rd Street in Terre Haute. Plans are underway to open a thrift store and donation drop-off site there in the near future.
bulletDecember 29, 2010  At it's December meeting the Goodwill Board of Directors approved an operating budget of $3,912,684.00 for 2011.
bulletFebruary 2, 2011  A new Excel horizontal baler is installed in the Goodwill Recycling Center.
bulletFebruary, 2011  Our new 2012 Kenworth truck is delivered.
bulletMarch 14, 2011  Goodwill's newest store located at 600 South 3rd Street in Terre Haute, IN opened for business. Opening Day
bulletApril 15, 2011  Students at Sugar Creek, Sugar Grove, Rio Grande and Riley Elementary schools collected clothing items
during a week-long effort for a donation to Goodwill Industries. Duke Energy sponsored the event.   Read the story.
bulletApril 16, 2011  Goodwill participated in the 13th annual Earth Day celebration at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
bulletApril 22, 2011  Goodwill booth at the Union Hospital Earth Day event.  Picture
bulletMay 1, 2011  Goodwill officials present a check to the Terre Haute Children's Museum director. Money was raised by Goodwill employees and customers. Picture
bulletJune 2011  A new roof and two new HVAC units are installed at the 600 S 3rd street store.
bulletJune 23, 2011  Goodwill CEO - Bill Tennis celebrated his 40th anniversary at Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries, Inc.
bulletJuly 15, 2011  Goodwill conducts it's 10th annual employee and family picnic at Deming Park.
bulletAugust 24, 2011  Goodwill becomes an Indiana State University Sycamore Athletics sponsor.  GoSycamores.com
bulletDecember 1, 2011  Goodwill signs agreement to open a new store at 2645 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute in early 2012.
bulletDecember 12, 2011  The 84th employee Christmas party was held with over 120 in attendance.
bulletDecember 22, 2011  Girl Scout Troop #2245 toured our Recycling Center.
bulletDecember 30, 2011   The Goodwill Board of Directors passes a 2012 budget of over $4,000,000.
bulletJanuary 1, 2012  Goodwill rents property located at 2645 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute. Plans call for opening a new store and donation center in late January or early February.  Tribune Article
bulletJanuary 11, 2012  Goodwill announces that due to changes made by their TV recycling partner the TV Recycling Program operated by Goodwill  
 will soon charge a fee for televisions. Fees will begin on February 1, 2012. 27" or less will be $5.00 and over 27" televisions will be $10.00.
bulletFebruary 1, 2012  The Goodwill TV recycling program becomes fee based.
bulletFebruary 7, 2012  Goodwill's newest store located at 2645 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute opens for business.  Tribune Article
bulletMarch 1, 2012  A free public use computer lab is opened at Goodwill's 600 S 3rs Street location in Terre Haute. Hours: M-S 9 to 7:30 and
Sunday from noon till 5:30. Tribune Article
bulletMarch 16, 2012   A new 700 square foot hard goods area was opened at our 600 South 3rd street store.
bulletApril 2012  Goodwill was voted "The Best Resale Shop" in the Tribune Star's 2012 Readers Choice Award. Thank you Wabash Valley.
bulletApril 11, 2012  A lease was signed paving the way to relocate the Goodwill store in Greencastle, IN. The Goodwill store has been located at 21 North Indiana street in Greencastle since 1974. The new location is on the Indianapolis Rd about two miles from the present location. A free public use computer lab will be available in the new location.
bulletApril 11, 2012  Goodwill's own Marlene Cox participated in ISU's 2012 Earth Day activities and volunteer fair.  Picture
bulletApril 17, 2012  Two student organizations at Terre Haute South Vigo High School conducted a school wide drive and collected about 50 bags of items to donate to Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries. Tribune Article
bulletMay 17, 2012  Meridian Elementary fourth-grade students toured the Goodwill Recycling Center. Tribune Article
bulletJuly 13, 2012  A lease was signed paving the way to relocate the Sullivan Goodwill store to 800 W. Wolfe Street in Sullivan.
bulletJuly 13, 2012  The 11th annual Goodwill Employee Picnic was held at Deming Park.  Over 325 people attended.
bulletJuly 17, 2012  Over 330 people have used the free computer lab located at our 600 S 3rd street store since March 1, 2012.
bulletJuly 20, 2012  The new Greencastle Goodwill store opens for business. The store is located at 1021 Indianapolis Rd in Greencastle. Picture
bulletJuly 20, 2012   Over 120 Goodwill employees and their families enjoyed an evening swimming at Deming Park.
bulletJuly 24, 2012  Goodwill employees and customers raise $2073.91 for Meals on Wheels.
bulletSeptember 25, 2012  The new Goodwill store located at 800 W. Wolfe Street, Sullivan, IN opens for business.  Store Front
bulletOctober 30, 2012   Agency revenue hit the $4,000,000 mark for the first time.
bulletNovember 3, 2012  The Terre Haute Rotary Club conducted the 65th annual Rotary/Goodwill donation drive.
bulletNovember 21, 2012  The annual Thanksgiving employee luncheon was conducted.
bulletDecember 17, 2012  Goodwill's 85th annual Christmas party was conducted. Over 130 folks attended this year.
bulletDecember 24, 2012  The e-Commerce department was moved to our facility located at 600 S. 3rd Street in Terre Haute.
bulletDecember 27, 2012  The Goodwill Board of Directors passes a 2013 budget of over $5,000,000.
bulletDecember 28, 2012  Jeanne Harrington, Executive Assistant retires after almost 22 years of service.
bulletDecember 31, 2012  Over 818 people used our free computer lab during the year.
bulletJanuary 1, 2013  Goodwill begins it's 86th year of service.
bulletJanuary 4, 2013  A lease was signed for property located at 228  Broadway East in Mattoon, IL. Our 9th Goodwill store will
open sometime in late February or early March.
bulletMarch 2, 2013  Our Brazil store re-opened after re-modeling.
bulletMarch 15, 2013  Our Mattoon, IL store opens for business.  The store is open 9 to 8 M- S and Sunday 12 to 6 and is located at228 Broadway East Mattoon, IL.
bulletApril 1, 2013  Wabash Valley Goodwill earned another three year accreditation from Goodwill Industries International.
bulletApril 9, 2013 Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries Career And Learning Center opened to serve the community. Picture
bulletApril 12, 2013 Volunteers from ISU were at Goodwill Industries for Donaghy Day sprucing up the landscape. Picture
bulletApril 17, 2013 Earth Day at ISU, Marlene Cox talked to students about Goodwill Industries Recycling\Donation Center and how Goodwill has recycled since 1927.
bulletApril 19, 2013 Earth Day at Union Hospital. Deann Hayne and Marlene Cox sold many treasures that came from donations at Goodwill Industries. Teaching the public
 that there are many ways to recycle.
bulletApril 20, 2013 Earth Day at The White Violet Center. Goodwill Industries was present sharing information about recycling to many who attended. Marlene Cox asked
asked questions to attendees as to how they recycle and then in turn discussed how Goodwill Industries recycles; from clothing, household items, furniture, electronics to paper,
plastic and so much more.
bulletMay 1st - 30th 2013 All Wabash Valley Goodwill retail locations and customers took part in raising 1,468.90 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Workforce Development/HR Director Rachel Sutopo of Wabash Valley Goodwill proudly presented the check to Mary Jo Brown who is a representative for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
bulletMay 21, 2013 Our Brazil Indiana retail store closed for emergency repairs, the employees stayed busy receiving and sorting donations. The store reopened on Monday June 10th 2013.
bulletJuly 3-21, 2013 Wabash Valley Goodwill sales associates raised over $1800.00 dollars for Meals On Wheels.
bulletJuly 19, 2013 The 12th annual Goodwill Employee Picnic was held at Deming Park.  Over345 people attended.
bulletJuly 20, 2013 Goodwill employees participated in the Mattoon, IL Bagel Fest Parade.
bulletAugust 23 - September 15, 2013 Wabash Valley Goodwill customers and sales associates raised $1,124.61 dollars for Multiple Sclerosis.
bulletSeptember 18, 2013 We attended the ISU Volunteer Fair.
bulletNovember 4, 2013 Staples Distribution Center in Terre Haute, IN is now sponsoring a collection box for Wabash Valley Goodwill.
bulletNovember 26, 2013 A lease was signed for property located at 562 West Lincoln Ave in Charleston, IL. Our 10th Goodwill store will open in the 1st quarter of 2014.
bulletNovember 27, 2013 The annual Thanksgiving employee luncheon was conducted.
bulletDecember 16, 2013 Goodwill's 86th Employee Christmas party was conducted. Over 150 folks attended this year.
bulletJanuary 6 & 7, 2014 All Wabash Valley Goodwill's were closed due to a winter snow storm and below zero temperatures.
bulletApril 30, 2014 Our Charleston, IL store opened for business.  The store is open 9 to 8 M- S and Sunday 12 to 6 and is located at 562 West Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL.
Executive Director, Bill Tennis and Board President Barry Powell at the grand opening.
bulletMay 15, 2014 Our Executive Director Bill Tennis spoke to the local SCORE Group.
bulletMay 29, 2014 The Vigo County School Corporation donated 15,000 to Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries.
bulletJune 2, 2014 Executive Director Bill Tennis and Sales Director Meredith Osburn were presented with a plaque from
Cystic Fibrosis.
bulletJune 5, 2014  Goodwill was the program at the noon Kiwanis club meeting.



 

 

 

 
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