As of June 3, 2020, all Goodwill Store & Donation Centers in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago are open, with slightly modified hours from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and additional safety guidelines in place.
In accordance with the Phase 3 reopening guidelines for the City of Chicago, Goodwill’s two locations in the City of Chicago (Washington Blvd. and Western Ave.) are now open with capacity limitations based on the municipality’s ordinances.
Additionally, customers will be allowed to shop for 30 minutes per visit if there is a wait to enter the store. These guidelines were established to ensure both customers and employees have a safe and positive experience while in our stores.
Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago Inc., a diverse non-profit community organization which provides training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence, announced today it has reopened most of its store and donation centers in Illinois.
Goodwill Store & Donation Centers will be providing services for its customers and donors Sunday through Saturday, at slightly modified hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to ensure stores are safe and comfortable for employees and customers, allowing for enough time to regularly sanitize and clean the stores. The two Goodwill Store & Donation Centers located in the City of Chicago remain temporarily closed.
The Goodwill Outlet, located at 1630 Enterprise Drive in Racine County, has reopened with slightly modified hours and new safe shopping protocols in place.
Our Goodwill locations will NOT be accepting donations on Thursday, May 21, 2020 as a result of the generosity and overwhelming support we received in the first days of reopening our Goodwill Store & Donation Centers in southeastern Wisconsin.
Our teams have been working tirelessly to process all the incoming donations and will use this Thursday to reset and prepare for the weekend. We will begin to accept donations again on Friday, May 22, 2020 at all locations in southeastern Wisconsin.
Donors are encouraged to not rush in and drop items off, but rather do it over time to allow us to continue to provide a safe, contact-less donation experience for our employees and donors.
Looking to get your thrift fix? Our stores will remain open for shopping during this time and there are many amazing deals to be found.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc., a diverse non-profit community organization which provides training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence, announced today it has reopened most of its store and donation centers in Wisconsin.
Goodwill Store & Donation Centers will be providing services for its customers and donors Sunday through Saturday, at slightly modified hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to ensure stores are safe and comfortable for employees and customers, allowing for enough time to regularly sanitize and clean the stores. Goodwill Store & Donation Centers located in Illinois are still temporarily closed due to the state’s stay-at-home order requiring non-essential businesses to remain closed.
For 60 years, all Goodwill’s have celebrated our mission during the first week of May with job fairs and other job-related events. This year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of that has changed and we have moved some of our services online.
Our full-service recruiting agency, Goodwill TalentBridge, is still placing job seekers in essential jobs in our communities. If you’re looking for employment, click this link for a list of essential jobs through Goodwill TalentBridge.
Because our communities are so very important to us, Goodwill has also taken the lead to provide you with essential information and links to community resources located in one place. To find a list of community resources available in your area, click this link.
This Goodwill Week, you can help provide critical resources to individuals in your community who are most at risk with the challenges that COVID-19 has created. If you are able to give a financial donation to support those who are working to improve their lives, please click this link:.
We are grateful for your continued support of the Goodwill mission. Keep believing in the Power of Work.
The impact of COVID-19 has put America’s nonprofits at risk. Since the pandemic began, Goodwill has advocated for the necessary support needed to continue to serve our communities. We encourage all of our supporters to ask Congress to provide relief for charities so nonprofits like us, and many others working hard around the country can continue to provide much-needed mission services.
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CLICK HERE to read the letter to Congress.
With unemployment at an all-time high and growing every day, Goodwill understands people may need help starting their job search. Beginning today, our job experts from the Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers will host interactive workshops virtually on Facebook Live. Topics will include career reflection and resume writing, and presentations will be available in both English and Spanish.
Simply go to the Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers Facebook page every Monday at Noon for a new workshop presented by our job specialists in Southeast Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago. Presentations will be available once they are complete.
Click this link to be directed to the Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers Facebook page.
Goodwill TalentBridge is currently placing employees in a variety of organizations that support essential businesses. From food manufacturing and distribution jobs that are keeping stores stocked with essential supplies, medical staffing to fill the need for extra help during these times of high demand and production workers making personal protection equipment, Goodwill TalentBridge is assisting companies to fill positions.
If you are currently looking for employment, essential employment opportunities from Goodwill TalentBridge can be found by clicking this link.
Even though our Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers have temporarily closed, our job specialists are still assisting job seekers in the Southeastern Wisconsin & Metropolitan Chicago communities. The virtual services, offered remotely and through Facebook messenger, will help job seekers who may have questions about their employment situation or career options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Job specialists are available Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to help clients by providing helpful information on resume writing, interview preparation, employment counseling and more.
To connect with us, simply go to the Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers Facebook page and click “send message.”
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, I want you to know that Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metropolitan Chicago has taken action to ensure the safety of our employees and the communities we serve as we continue to operate our longstanding essential businesses supporting community need. We are friends, neighbors, family, co-workers—we are the shared fabric of the communities where we live and work. We are all in this together.
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In response to the latest developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago will temporarily close its 70 Retail Store & Donation Centers, effective immediately until further notice in the interest of keeping our employees, participants, customers, and communities safe and healthy. Goodwill will continue to support essential services in our community.
During these difficult times, Goodwill is making every effort to make the right decisions to ensure that we will be able to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and disadvantages well into the future. We recognize that this pandemic is creating safety concerns, uncertainty and hardships for everyone.
We look forward to continuing to serve our local communities as we follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local government officials. As a partner in our communities for over 100 years, we remain committed to our belief in the “Power of Work.” Thank you for your support of our mission.
The following essential services will continue to operate:
To our Amazing Goodwill shoppers and donors,
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to change, we have made the decision to close our Goodwill Store & Donation Centers for shopping until further notice, effective Friday, March 20th. We believe this is the best option to ensure the health and safety of both our customers and employees who remain our top priority. We will be spending the next two days working with our staff to support them as best we can as we transition to this model.
Although our retail stores are temporarily closed, our donation doors remain open. Our new donation guidelines have one simple objective: to keep our customers and our employees safe.
To maintain social distancing, just pull into the drive-thru, remain in your vehicle and our attendants will remove the items for you. Drive-thru donations will be accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the majority of our Goodwill retail locations. You can find a list of drive-thru donation centers by clicking this link.
The coronavirus pandemic has placed thousands of people temporarily out of work and the need for our mission is greater than ever. Your generous donations allow us to continue our mission of providing jobs and training for people in our communities, even during times of crisis when some need help the most.
Although our retail stores are closed for shopping, many of our Goodwill services are essential and still operating to serve our communities during this period of heightened risk.
We are proud to provide these important services and need your ongoing support to continue this great mission work..
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago is actively monitoring the national health emergency related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Goodwill leadership is working directly with a specialized response team to make decisions about our business, keeping the safety of our employees, customers, program participants, donors and community in mind. We will continue to update this page with important information during this period of heightened risk.
The following is a list of the status of programs and services.
Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Centers, Goodwill Attended Donation Centers and the Goodwill Outlet remain open. All these locations will be open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. until further notice.
Goodwill Great Lakes is operational and providing food service, administrative, logistic services and laundry to both U.S. Navy Sailors and Recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes.
Goodwill Laundry & Linen Services is open and supporting local healthcare providers as they respond to the national health emergency.
Goodwill TalentBridge is open. If current employees or their employers have specific questions, they should contact their TalentBridge recruiting consultant directly or call their local TalentBridge office.
Goodwill DataShield will be closed as of Friday, March 20, 2020.
Goodwill E-cycle will be closed as of Friday, March 20, 2020.
Kenosha County has decided to close the Kenosha County Human Services building to the public effective 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. Many of Goodwill’s Kenosha County Job Center services are being offered remotely under guidance from Kenosha County.
The Pack’er Up Donation Challenge has been canceled.
Like many others, we’re taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), along with state and local resources. We encourage everyone to refer to these credible sources for information about coronavirus.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
At Goodwill our focus on service and support is not only reflected in our mission but in the way we operate our facilities every day. With the increasing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) happening in our communities, we want to share the steps we’ve taken to keep our customers, employees and program participants safe.
Like many others, we’re taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) among other credible sources.
Here are the preventative measures currently in place:
Our stores remain open and we are still accepting donations. According to the CDC, there has not been a documented case of a person getting infected from a surface contaminated with coronavirus.
We know that navigating a situation like this isn’t easy. However, we remain dedicated to providing the service our customers expect and committed to our mission to serve and support those with disadvantages or disabilities during this challenging time.
Mission Support Center
Tel: (414) 847-4200
James O. Wright Center forWork & Training
Tel: (414) 353-6400
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Tel: (312) 994-1440