In late 1966, several prominent Lubbock citizens, spearheaded by Clem Boverie, joined forces to raise the funds needed to establish Goodwill Industries in Lubbock. Mr. Boverie approached the Lubbock Lions Club whose members agreed to donate $25,000-their largest donation ever at that time-and the Lubbock Rotary Club whose members committed $5,000.
In September 1967, Goodwill Industries of Lubbock, Inc. opened its doors at 715 28th Street. The organization boasted a sewing room staffed with experienced seamstresses, a cleaning plant to launder all saleable merchandise that was contributed, and a furniture repair shop.
Lubbock Goodwill Industries now operates out of the four stores in Lubbock and satellite stores in Plainview, Levelland, and Wolforth. There are four donation sites at convenient locations in Lubbock and donations are also accepted at any store location.
Goodwill's primary efforts are aimed at training and placing people with barriers to employment in useful and productive jobs. Many participants work in various jobs throughout the community thanks to our contract services, temporary services, and job placement department, as well as in our stores. These services are provided free of charge to our participants looking for employment with very little cost to the employer.
In April 2007, Goodwill Industries of Lubbock, Inc. opened a specialty store at the 28th St. location which offers refurbished computers, both fully assembled and in parts, and a large selection of books.