Due to Governor Inslee’s order to Stay Home Stay Healthy, all of our retail stores, donation centers, and Work Opportunity Centers remain closed. We ask that you hold on to your donations until we reopen. Please do not leave donations outside of our stores or donor doors.
An Update From Goodwill
As the coronavirus has spread throughout our region and the state of Washington, we have been taking steps to support the health and well-being of our employees and our community. Two weeks ago, we closed our retail stores to help contain the spread of the virus and we must continue to do all we can to mitigate its impact.
Therefore, we have now temporarily halted all of our retail operations for at least the next few weeks and possibly longer and our vocational school remains closed as well. Wherever possible, our Workforce Development team is continuing to serve our students and program participants virtually through phone calls, emails, texts, and videos.
Yet, the stark reality is that without our regular inflow of retail revenue, we cannot continue to cover all of our expenses and we have made the extremely difficult decision to significantly reduce our workforce. Effective April 3, 2020, we will temporarily lay off approximately 1,300 employees, 90 percent of whom work in our retail enterprise.
We will retain a set of core staff members to provide critical business continuity functions for the organization and our Executive Team members will take a temporary reduction in salary.
We view this situation as a temporary, yet critically necessary, step to help our organization survive this crisis and to preserve and protect our Goodwill to continue to serve our community in the future.
We will re-open our Goodwill operations as soon as possible and when we do, we hope to recall laid-off employees in all areas of our organization as our retail enterprise rebounds. In the meantime, our Workforce Development team will continue to provide free virtual job training and support services to help as many people as possible regain a foothold in today’s uncertain time.
We wish for our state of Washington a rapid return to good health, a vibrant society, and a strong economy. We will do our part to make this happen and we are committed to working with all of you to recover, rebuild, and revive our beautiful community.
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