On August 22, 2014, UIRVDA issued a $2,320,000 bond on behalf of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois to construct a new facility in Crystal Lake, IL (McHenry County). The project will take place on an outlet on property next to a Walmart and will house a retail store and administer a LEt’s Go to Work program which provides individuals with significant employment barriers with a dedicated job coach to help them achieve dignity of work while learning valuable job skills. The total project is $3.1 million and will employ 41 full and part time workers.

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides jobs training, and placement services for people with barriers to achieve meaningful employment.  Rockford, IL serves as the headquarters for Goodwill Northern Illinois and is one of 165 Goodwill agencies under the auspices of Goodwill Industries International (GII).  Goodwill was recently named by Forbes Magazine as the #2 not-for-profit in the country as well as one of America’s 25 most inspiring companies.  Goodwill Northern Illinois’ territory includes an 18-county area in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin with a combined population of over 1.1 million residents. Goodwill’s retail operations sell donated, gently-used products as well as new items such as overstocks and close-outs from well known stores in the state. Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, and Huntley) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 330 people.