Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.


Decision Maker: Jonathan Balog
Decision Maker Phone: 410-837-1800 ext. 175
Contact Person: Jonathan Balog
Contact Person Phone: 410-837-1800 ext. 175
Office Phone: 410-837-1800


Address: 222 E. Redwood Street
City, State: Baltimore, MD
Zip Code: 21202
Market: Baltimore, MD


# of Employees: 11-50

Category: Non Profit

For over ninety seven years, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. has helped others help themselves. Operating as a non-profit entity in two primary industries, retail and workforce development, Goodwill collects reusable items for resale in its retail stores, trains people for work and living skills and instills dignity and purpose in countless peoples’ lives.

In 1919 Rev. John S. German and a group of prominent civic leaders incorporated the Baltimore Goodwill Industries and opened the first factory in the Fellowship Hall of the Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church. Two indigent employees were hired to stencil and fold burlap bags that would be sent out to collect reclaimable household goods that could be sold. Proceeds would pay the workers and make the operation self-sustainable. Burlap bags and the jobs they created would come to symbolize the origins of the new organization whose slogan was “Not a charity, but a chance”.

While Goodwill’s focus for many years was helping people with disabilities find gainful employment, that mission has expanded over the years. Goodwill has brought its years of experience to initiatives that train and place people with barriers to employment including dislocated workers, individuals with no work training, and those receiving public assistance, all the while maintaining its commitment to serve those with disabilities.

Today, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., employs more than 850 individuals, operates 29 retail stores, 9 workforce development sites, and provides a variety of contract commercial services at several locations. Most importantly, Goodwill provides more than 35,000 services to people in need of assistance because of physical, mental, or other social barriers, and places approximately 3,300 into jobs. We consistently look for new programs and collaborations in the community to provide better services for our clients. Additionally, we are committed to opening new retail stores and donation centers to grow our mission, and support our community.