As our State begins to reopen I want to share our progress toward preparing our stores and our teams for operating in this new environment. In the very near future we hope to open several of our nonprofit thrift stores, in service of providing growth opportunities for our students and employees. And as we do, you will see some things that look very different than they used to. We want to assure you that we’re making the safety of our community our highest priority in everything we do.
Reopening our stores will allow us to sustain our ability to serve our mission to provide free job training, education and basic services to our neighbors in need. And they need us now, more than ever.
We have adopted many new practices and taken measures to ensure maximum safety of employees and customers. You can take a video tour of some of the changes with our very own DIY Guy Gary Foy and find much greater detail below about the new safety features and procedures to be aware of to make your next visit to Goodwill safe and enjoyable.
Our stores may be closed, but our work continues.
Make no mistake - this is a difficult time for everyone. At Goodwill, we’re working hard to continue our steadfast mission of helping people and families in our community by preparing those in need for sustainable, lasting employment.
And right now, when so many in our community are feeling the impact of this health crisis, there is still so much that we can do. At Goodwill, our bottom line is simple – our mission is to provide free job training, education and basic services to those in need. And even though our stores and donation centers are temporarily closed, we are still delivering on that promise. We are helping the most vulnerable in our community to meet critical needs like rent, utility bills, medical care, and food, to help them get through this tough time. Needs that we couldn’t provide without the support of our neighbors and partners throughout the entire north Puget Sound. Our work readiness training and education also continue online, preparing people for available jobs now, and when this crisis is over.
In the midst of these unprecedented times, Goodwill is working tirelessly to fulfill the growing needs in our community. Here are some ways that you can still support Goodwill during this time.
In line with Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay-at-Home Order, Seattle Goodwill Leadership has made the following decisions in order to protect the health and safety of our community.
This is a challenging time for all of us. At Goodwill, we share your deep concerns and sadness about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our community. We are committed to getting through this crisis together, with the health and safety of everyone as our top priority. However long it takes, we will continue to do everything possible to serve the people of this community as we have for nearly 100 years, by providing basic services to those in need, and by helping people get skills and training to get good jobs and take care of themselves and their families.
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