Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries joins organizations around the nation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the month of January. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. Dr. King helped organize the first major protest of the African-American civil rights movement and was a civil rights leader who advocated for equality and led nonviolent resistance and peaceful protests.
Dr. King was driven by serving others, his community, and the world; thus his most important mission to humanity. LLGI is dedicated to serving others through our Career Development Services by helping job seekers find employment, providing developmental training to individuals with intellectual disabilities, and mentoring disadvantaged youth to make better life choices through our Youth Services program. Our goal is to increase community awareness and support the Goodwill mission in the communities we serve.
As we recognize the life and legacy of Dr. King, we also draw attention to our founder, Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister who stated, “Goodwill Industries is a business plus. It exists for service not profits. Goodwill Industries is a social service plus. It offers not alms but opportunities.” Goodwill maintains a tradition of service to others. Our mission of supporting people who need a hand-up is at the heart of what we do.
On behalf of everyone at LLGI, we want you to think about an important question that Dr. King once asked, “What are you doing for others?”