Orange County Goodwill

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“Don’t just love your work. Love the outcomes of your work. As you leave today and celebrate tomorrow, I urge you to be gluttonous about your passion to do good. Take more than one helping of opportunity to lead our nation through your service to others. Go back for seconds when the chance to change […]

Tom Tierney and his wife Elizabeth Tierney with veterans at the Tierney Center for Veteran Services in Tustin.
Frank Talarico Jr., CEO and president of Goodwill of Orange County, is far right.
Photo by Steven Georges/Goodwill of Orange County

On Thursday, May 26, Goodwill of Orange County officially opened its Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Center for Veteran Services building in Tustin, an all-in-one resource for veterans living in Orange County and their families. More than 150 veteran leaders, community organizations, elected officials and Goodwill executives gathered as the center was dedicated in […]


Goodwill of Orange County is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. Bob Kurkjian, Executive Director of Bob Hope USO and Jody Hudson, CFTA, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at First American Trust are the newest members to join our Board. They both have a profound passion for […]

Photo by Steven Georges

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards take place every April here in Orange County. Each year when the nomination window opens it gives us the opportunity to recognize individuals and groups for their impactful and outstanding commitment to Goodwill of Orange County and our mission of helping people facing barriers find and keep meaningful employment. This […]


Spring presents an excellent opportunity to throw open the windows and sort out the clutter, but Goodwill of Orange County knows it can also be an overwhelming chore that can be intimidating to even get started! So we asked Lorie Marrero, the creator of and a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, to reach out […]


Styling tips and tricks, mannequin care techniques, and more. Goodwill of Orange County kicked off a new Visual Merchandising Class. On April 20, Goodwill team members from across its retail stores had the opportunity to learn about a new and exciting career option: Visual Merchandising. Eric Smissen, Senior Manager of Merchandising and Acquisitions, led the […]

Floral Tea Set Final

Instead of giving fresh flowers this Mother’s Day, mix it up and make a beautiful gift for Mom you made yourself using silk flowers. This is a present that can be enjoyed all year long! You can put together this DIY Mother’s Day tea cup gift in just a few minutes. This easy craft will […]

Goodwill Final Canvas Wall Art (2)

We found an easy and inexpensive way to decorate a bedroom, dorm room or even a man cave! If you have t-shirts from your favorite teams or groups, or if your kids have outgrown some of their favorite t-shirts, you can turn them into wall art and enjoy them every day. It’s easy and doesn’t […]


It’s that time of year, the flowers are blossoming, baby birds chirping, butterflies and bees buzzing around in the air; you can feel this overall sense of renewal and burst of life unfolding all around you. I can say the same about my closet, however it’s bursting with an abundance of clothing and shoes that […]

the GW finished table from Lisa

Learn how to give old furniture a fabulous paint makeover. This DIY tutorial is guaranteed to have you looking at the furniture section in your favorite Goodwill of Orange County store in a whole new light. If you would like to upcycle old furniture and transform your home on a budget, you are going to […]


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