ORLANDO, Fla. (May 20, 2020) – As of today, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has reopened 90% of its retail stores and all Donation Xpress Centers across a six-county region. By the end of May, the nonprofit will have rehired approximately 800 of the 1,000 employees who were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Goodwill’s mission is to ‘build lives that work,’ so we feel fortunate to not only reopen so many of our stores, but also to rehire so many of our employees,” said Kim Praniewicz, senior director of marketing and communications. “We’re grateful for the shoppers and donors who have already returned. Donations and store sales are imperative for our job connection services, which are much needed as unemployment rates continue to rise.”
Goodwill’s retail stores are the main source of funding for the organization’s employment services, which include career counseling, vocational training and job placement. Ninety cents of every dollar in revenue goes directly to support employment assistance in Central Florida.
Goodwill operates locations in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties. In addition to the 18 stores that reopened last week and a new Lady Lake location, the following stores will reopen this week:
- 1312 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka
- 7390 Curry Ford Road, Orlando
- 300 E. 3rd St., Sanford
- 2633 N. Hiawassee Road, Orlando
- 1550 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island
- 10600 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg
- 18573 U.S. Highway 441, Eustis
- 1155 Malabar Road N.E., Palm Bay
All locations continue to operate under limited hours. Donation Xpress Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Retail stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
New safety measures, such as one-way aisles, plexiglass partitions at the registers and limited shopper capacity, will be in place at all reopened stores. In addition, employees will be wearing facemasks and gloves. Dressing rooms will be closed, and as a result, the return policy will be extended to 14 days.
Job-seekers can access all Job Connection Center resources and counseling online by emailing JobConnection@GoodwillCFL.org or calling (407) 235-1541. For more information about Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, visit www.GoodwillCFL.org.
About Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc.
Since 1959, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has provided vocational and job placement services to tens of thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. With 29 retail stores and 20 Donation Xpress locations in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties, Goodwill directly channels more than 90 percent of its annual revenue into programs that enable individuals to secure long-term employment and become self-sufficient. For more information about Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, visit www.goodwillcfl.org, “like” GoodwillCFL on Facebook or follow @goodwillcfl on Twitter.