For more than 60 years, local Goodwills across the U.S. and Canada have celebrated “Goodwill Week” during the first full week of May.

This year, things look a little different. The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible impact on countless individuals and communities. Those effects have been felt at personal and professional levels and are still being navigated by many who are looking to get back on their feet and on the road to recovery.

During these difficult times, we have taken many dramatic actions, including closing retail stores and Donation Xpress Centers, moving our Job Connection Center services online, and placing greater emphasis on our e-Commerce platforms. Throughout, we have been and continue to be on the front lines to help and serve our neighbors.

We have also taken strong steps to continue delivering core mission services and programs through online and virtual platforms. This transition occurred almost overnight to meet the acute needs felt by millions affected by the pandemic and subsequent workforce crisis.

As Central Florida communities slowly start to reopen and rebuild, we remain committed to providing life-changing opportunities. The way in which that commitment is delivered looks a little different right now. But, our resolve remains unchanged.

From all of us, we wish the best for you as you care for yourself, your loved ones, and those around you. We are in this together, and we will get through this together. Please be safe, continue to hold your valued donations, and help as you can with a financial gift to Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.