Goodwill Overcame the Pandemic

Smiling woman working at Goodwill, a partner agency of Tulsa Area United Way after Goodwill overcame the pandemic

Although Goodwill overcame the pandemic, there is no area of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa‘s work that COVID-19 did not impact. It managed to help Tulsa-area residents get placed in jobs, pull themselves out of debt, put food on their tables, and stay in their homes.

Yes, the pandemic challenged Goodwill, but it found ways to continue the intake of clients and household items to keep employees, participants, and members of the public safe. 

At the same time, Goodwill kept its company values of respect and empowerment strong when it refused to lay off or furlough team members during the mandated closures.

Basically, Goodwill had a choice — it could either lament all of the problems brought about by COVID-19 or seek to improve the organization. We are pleased to say that as an organization, Goodwill chose the latter option to make a difference for the people and community it proudly serves.

Through Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s TulsaWORKS & Job Connection program, 390 individuals were placed in jobs, resulting in them earning a total of $4.6 million collectively and making an economic impact of $22.6 million. That really says so much about how Goodwill overcame the pandemic to change lives.

Goodwill’s Vision:
With your help, we can create a community where all people have the training and opportunities they need to be successful in the workplace, regardless of the barriers to employment they must overcome.

Goodwill helps people find jobs through education and training programs

offered by Goodwill. Thanks to your donations, Goodwill diverts millions of pounds of clothing and household goods from landfills annually. Then when you shop our stores, you are reusing goods, saving money and helping the planet. Most significant of all, Goodwill reinvests profits right back into the community by offering education, job training, job placement and case management services to individuals with disabilities or other challenges to employment. At Goodwill, we work hard to empower people to overcome the hurdles they face to obtain and maintain a job and experience the dignity and self-respect that comes from work. Your donations and purchases help us reuse, resell, recycle AND reinvest!

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