Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms. An early social innovator, Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” was born. There are now 162 Goodwill chapters in the United States and Canada.