Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County Celebrates 100 Years ‘Giving a Hand Up’

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Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County will officially turn 100 years old in March 2021, reports

The charity started in 1902 when Rev. Edgar Helms, a Boston Methodist minister, collected used household goods and clothing from wealthy neighborhoods.

Immigrants and the less fortunate were hired to repair the goods, which were given to them or resold.

In March of 1921, Rev. John Beauchamp, a minister at the Asbury Methodist Church in Wilmington, opened a Goodwill office in Delaware, the 16th to be incorporated.

Goodwill of Delaware separated from the Methodist Church In 1968 becoming the oldest, non-religious nonprofit.

Goodwill of Delaware absorbed Delaware County in 1992 after the Goodwill of Southeastern Pennsylvania dissolved.

Today, there are 16 retail stores, three donation centers, an Outlet and recycling center, two job resource centers and the Goodwill Center in Wilmington.

Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provides employment, training and rehabilitation to those facing challenges.

 “I am so proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish over the years,” said CEO Colleen Morrone in a statement.

The organization plans to celebrate its centennial all year long.

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