People helping people. Communities rallying in support of one another.
With COVID beginning to make a world-wide impact, Goodwill and the rest of Alberta made a very tough decision. On March 21st, 2020 Goodwill aligned with the advice of Canada’s public health authorities and implemented their recommendations on procedures and protocols.
For the first time in almost 60 years, Goodwill made a very difficult, yet honorable decision to temporarily close the thrift retail stores and donation centres across the province to keep our friends, family and team members safe from an impending health crisis. A government lockdown took precedent shortly after lasting 52 days.
This temporary measure was in place to ensure we continue to look out for our staff, people who frequent Goodwill and people with disabilities.
During this time, Goodwill asked the public to hold on to their donations and resist the urge to spring clean, as the resources were not in place during this timeframe.
On May 9th, after approval from the provincial government and COVID safety precautions put in place, Goodwill was able to open donation centres across Alberta. Retail stores followed shortly after, re-opening in a safe and cautious manner.
By June 7, 2020, all facilities were operational once again, delivering hope and optimism for the Goodwill mission of helping those with disabilities to find employment.