About Us

History of the Agency

In the Fall of 1960, a select group of concerned citizens in Johnstown, Pennsylvania banded together because of their common interest and concern for individuals with disabilities and the lack of opportunities available to them for well-paying jobs. Many of these citizens had links to Johnstown’s Franklin Street United Methodist Church. This led to their interest in Goodwill Industries, founded in 1902 by Methodist minister, Reverend Edgar J. Helms, who pioneered the organization that gave people hope, dignity, and independence. The Johnstown citizens group later formed an agency, naming it Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley and incorporating it on December 6, 1962.

On January 1, 2017, the agency became Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies.

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower individuals and families with barriers to employment to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services.



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Online Shopping at Goodwill

Through the Shopgoodwill online auction site, you can experience a fun and exciting way to shop for specialty items such as one-of-a-kinds, collectibles, antiques, estate pieces, jewelry, nostalgic items, and more!

At Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, we know that our donors value their donations to Goodwill and want us to get the maximum value possible to support our mission. Listing these items on Shopgoodwill allows us to generate more revenue because these items go to the highest bidders who know the values of the items.

Donors can be sure that the revenue generated from the sale of their donated items on Shopgoodwill.com will support job training and employment services for people in their community – just as it does through purchases made in our 10 Goodwill Retail Stores.