Tacoma Goodwill has grown, and now, so has its name.
Known by the face of its hometown for 92 years, the agency announced Monday that it would henceforth be known as “Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region.”
“This week we unveil the name that best represents Goodwill’s reach and 15 counties we serve,” said Don Johnson, chairman of the local Goodwill board, in a release.
The mission of the nonprofit “has grown to encompass many communities beyond the home of Tacoma,” he stated.
“Today our organization reflects the modern needs of the region with the mission of helping people with barriers to employment go to work,” said Terry Hayes, Goodwill president and CEO. “This year we will help 9,000 people with education, job training, transitional work and job placement services in out 15-county region.”
The agency operates four job placement centers in Tacoma, South Lacey, Yakima and Longview; and assists people in need in Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, South King, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Yakima counties.
Tacoma Goodwill was incorporated in 1922 and opened its first facility at Central Methodist Church at South 21st Street and I Street.