Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store is owned and operated by The Arc Greater Twin Cities (The Arc). The Arc’s mission is to “secure for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families the opportunity to realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play.” The Arc fulfills their mission in part from thrift store profits. All of the proceeds from the thrift store go directly to The Arc. In addition, Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores offer great employment training opportunities for persons with disabilities and others. The thrift stores are also made possible due to dedicated, passionate volunteers. Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores offer outstanding social, economic, and environmental benefits to society by carrying out their mission on a daily basis.
Goodwill Industries are social enterprises that utilize the revenue generating capacity of reuse to allow people from all walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified by helping people earn a living. Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a 501c3 organization which provides support services to the 165 independent, community-based Goodwill agencies (“affiliates”) throughout its network. Some of the ways GII supports its affiliates is by leveraging buying opportunities through strategic sourcing; contracting opportunities for the employment of those served by Goodwill, acquiring goods and services for more than 2,500 of Goodwill’s retail business, and providing business models for reuse, repurpose, landfill diversion and sustainable consumption for the billions of pounds of donations that enter their donation stream.