News Release

Goodwill

As always, Goodwill of the Great Plains is committed to the health and safety of our donors, shoppers, employees and program participants. These are unprecedented times; a time of great uncertainty for all of us and a new situation for local Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada as well.

At this time, it has become necessary to announce that:

Out of an abundance of caution and keeping in mind Goodwill’s unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of our employees, donors, shoppers, program participants and community, we are voluntarily closing our retail stores and job centers temporarily, effective March 26th at 7 pm, and plan to reopen on April 27th.  If COVID-19 conditions improve before then, we will open sooner.   We will continue to monitor the situation and seek guidance from local health departments on an ongoing basis and update the community on any revisions to this timeline.

We regret that Goodwill’s closures will further impact the lives of people who are already feeling concerned for their health, finances and well-being. This has been a difficult decision, but we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our team members during this unprecedented time.

We are all in this together. At a safe and appropriate time, we will resume our normal activities and work together to rebuild stronger, more resilient communities. We’ll share more information on when we will resume operations on our website www.goodwillgreatplains.org  and social media channels. We ask for your understanding and patience. Stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

John Hantla
CEO
Goodwill of the Great Plains

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your continued support of your local Goodwill.

We are aware of the global situation concerning the Coronavirus, we are taking additional cleaning action to ensure you have a positive shopping experience year-round.

Your health and safety is our top priority.

  • Goodwill of the Great Plains is committed to the health and safety of our donors, customers, and program participants.
  • We are closely monitoring recommendations from health officials to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Employees are staying home if they are sick. We take the health and safety seriously and we care about reducing the spread of illness.
  • We continue to follow hygiene precautions, such as regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol and covering our noses and mouths when coughing and sneezing. These are health guidelines that we follow every day.
  • Donors and shoppers can and should continue to donate to and shop at Goodwill stores, which fund Goodwill’s employment and training programs to help people find jobs.
  • Goodwill will work with local health authorities to reduce the spread of potential illness, if needed. Store hours have been changed to Monday-Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Any additional updates will be posted on our website and/or our Facebook page.

The Story Behind the Stores – Sandy

Sandy started the Work Adjustment Training program at Goodwill of the Great Plains in Rapid City, SD in May 2016.  After her program (October 20, 2016), Sandy was hired by JC Penney Portrait Studio as a seasonal part time associate.  After the Christmas season January 2017), Sandy was hired as permanent part time associate, and was given the opportunity to learn the photography aspect of the Portrait Studio.  In March 2018, Sandy was given the position of Temporary Management, and a pay raise.  On August 26, 2018 Sandy was promoted to Permanent Manager of the Portrait Studio, and given another raise.

Sandy has always loved photography, and stated “I love what I do, I love the kids, and taking their pictures.  I like seeing the customer’s reactions when they see the pictures and capturing the character of the child.”

Sandy stated about her experience at Goodwill that she loved how they made you feel, and worked with you if you weren’t feeling up to par and building stamina and confidence.  Sandy stated that she also wanted to say that “Goodwill believes in helping you to grow, fixing whatever you needed to move forward toward economic independence.”

Outlet Center New Hours

We are excited to announce that the Goodwill Outlet Center will be open Saturdays from 10am to 3pm starting October 6, 2018!

The Goodwill Outlet Center is located at 3100 W. 4th St., Sioux City, IA next to our retail store. We invite the community to come out and experience the thrill of the hunt. You can expect to find deep discounts by buying items by the pound (with the exception of furniture, electronics and large items).

The outlet store allows Goodwill to give a second chance to items that do not sell in our stores. This helps Goodwill further decrease contribution to landfills and maximizes every donation. Goodwill makes every effort to recycle items that do not sell through our retail program.

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 10am to 6pm
Starting October, 6th Saturday Hours: 10am to 3pm

Bring Good Home

When you put an awesome find in your Goodwill® cart, you’re not just thrifting. You’re being a local hero.

Last year, more than 2 million people engaged in face-to-face services at Goodwill to help prepare for and gain a good job, build their financial assets and advance in their careers. More than 36 million people connected with Goodwill online to access education, training, mentoring, learning services, virtual career fairs and employment opportunities offered by Goodwill organizations. Together with our donors and shoppers, Goodwill helped more than 300,000 secure jobs and start their journeys to a brighter future.Collectively, more than 87 cents of every dollar spent in Goodwill stores is reinvested in communities to support job training programs, onsite and virtual skills training and provide community support services for job seekers — such as child care, financial education, free tax preparation, transportation, and career mentoring. Here’s how that happens:

  • People donate clothing, household items and more to local Goodwill nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Goodwill sells the donated items in more than 3,300 stores, providing the critical revenue that helps fuel our nonprofit mission that helps people find, earn and keep good jobs and create better futures for themselves and their families.
  • People who buy unique finds from Goodwill stores and online at shopgoodwill.com use their items with pride. And, shopping at Goodwill gives their communities a reason to celebrate because purchases support Goodwill’s nonprofit mission of providing job training, education and more to people in local communities.
  • People build their skills and find employment, with help from Goodwill.

Give your community a reason to celebrate!