News & Publications

Communication is one of our core values. Here we share our organization's media releases, latest blog posts, annual reports and more. Get to know Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota!

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990


Recent press releases:

White Bear Lake Goodwill Grand Opening June 3, 2017

GESMN Names Mary Jones Chief Philanthropy Officer

Stillwater Goodwill Grand Opening May 6, 2017

GESMN Partners with Girl Scouts

Second Chance Day on the Hill

GESMN Awarded $700,000 for Alternative Education Program, YouthBuild


Community Need: In 2016, the average duration of unemployment in the U.S. was 27.6 weeks – that’s half a year without income! Our 1-1 employment services help lessen this gap.

Our Response:

  • In 2016, we made progress in advancing workforce-related public policy, engaging with 117 elected officials on our public policy objectives.
  • Our retail stores exist to provide support for programs and services that help people experience the power of work; every Goodwill retail location provides 40-50 jobs in the community.
  • Customers champion our mission - nearly $1M was raised by Goodwill shoppers who rounded up at the register in 2016!

Community Need: The U.S. has roughly 5 million job openings in any given month. Our employment, education and training services position job-seekers for success.

Our Response:

  • Our holistic approach ranges from assistance with interview clothing to industry-specific job training programs, and we place 4 people in the workplace every day.
  • In any given year, we partner with 150 government and nonprofit agencies to connect participants with community resources.

Community Need: In any given year, Americans generate over 250 tons of waste that populates landfills. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has a number of initiatives to reduce our community’s carbon footprint.

Our Response:

  • Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 50M pounds from landfills annually and brings us one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.
  • Over 60% of our retail stores are Energy Star Certified and many have electric car charging stations.
  • Check out our green initiatives here!

Media contact: Marketing & Communications Director Melissa Becker or 651-379-5955