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Store Hours Extended!

After Goodwill’s stores officially reopened May 1st with reduced hours, we are pleased to announce on Friday, June 5th, our store operation hours returned normal!

Extended hours mean more time to shop the Best Brands and join the treasure hunt. Find items for the whole family, including NEW goods for Summer! 

Since we reopened in May, we would like to emphasize all the efforts made by our employees to follow CDC guidelines to keep both our employees and shoppers safe. Before opening, we did a deep, thorough cleaning of stores, trained employees in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC, and since then we have, and will continue to implement, numerous safety precautions, including:

• All employees will wear personal protective equipment
• We will encourage and enforce social distancing in stores
• One-way shopping aisles
• Continue increased cleaning and disinfecting in all of our facilities
• Sanitation pumps will be provided at the front and back doors
• Sneeze guards will be in place at all cash registers
• Will be implementing options for no-touch payment options at our stores
• Limiting the number of customers allowed in each store at a given time
• Customers don’t have to get out of their car to donate their items at our drive-thrus
• All donation attendants will be wearing gloves and masks
• For customers who wish to get out of their cars, donation bins will be placed 6 feet from any of our attendants

We believe it is important to return to this new normal. By re-opening, we give our employees the opportunity to return to work and strive to reduce the number of unemployed individuals our community.

We are also happy to announce that along with our previous employees returning to work, we are NOW HIRING for multiple positions! If you’re interested in a career with flexible hours and lots of opportunity for growth, stop by your local Goodwill and ask an employee how to apply, or apply online at http://www.goodwillbigbend.org/careers/ today.

We appreciate your support of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend where training, equals jobs, equals community. Remember, Good WILL Overcome.

Join Us For Our Grand Re-Opening of the Springfield Goodwill Outlet Store!

When: Friday, May 22, 2020

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 3219 E. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401

We’re proud to announce the grand re-opening of our Springfield Goodwill Outlet Store on Friday, May 22. In October 2018, the Springfield Goodwill Outlet Store was destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Before the hurricane, Goodwill had been in the same location for nearly two decades. The return of the outlet is needed and welcomed by the Springfield community. We look forward to positively impacting the economic development of the area, not only by hiring employees but also by attracting shoppers.

#850Strong #PanhandleStrong 

New to Goodwill Outlet Stores?

Get ready for a fun treasure hunt for last-chance items at exclusive discounts. Our outlet concept allows shoppers to purchase clothing by-the-pound, as low as $1.79. Thanks to the generous people who donate and shop at our Goodwill stores, we’re able to expand our services and provide resources at low cost to our community, who need it most.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We’ll be following and enforcing strict CDC guidelines with safety for our employees and shoppers as a top priority. We will be social distancing, donations have been quarantined, and employees are trained in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC. In addition, we would like to encourage shoppers to wear gloves as an extra precautionary measure.

Come join us at 10 a.m. and shop Goodwill’s lowest prices and last-chance items for as low as .79 cents a pound.

Goodwill Will Reopen All Stores on May 1, 2020.

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend stores will be re-opening all retail stores starting Friday, May 1st, following strict CDC guidelines with safety for our employees and shoppers as a top priority. Please check back for most up-to-date information regarding openings.

We invite you to also shop online at shopgoodwill.com/tallahassee

We are taking important precautions to ensure our employees and customers’ protection. We have done a deep, thorough cleaning of stores, trained employees in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC, and are taking numerous safety precautions, including:

  • All employees will wear personal protective equipment
  • We will encourage and enforce social distancing in stores
  • One-way shopping aisles
  • Continue increased cleaning and disinfecting in all of our facilities
  • Sanitation pumps will be provided at the front and back doors
  • Sneeze guards will be in placed at all cash registers
  • Will be implementing options for no touch payment options at our stores
  • Limiting the number of customers allowed in each store at a given time
  • Customers don’t have to get out of their car to donate their items at our drive-thrus
  • All donation attendants will be wearing gloves and masks
  • For customers who wish to get out of their cars, donation bins will be placed 6 feet from any of our attendants
  • We are continuing to hold donations for safe periods before processing

As a self-funding nonprofit, the revenue generated from our retail stores directly supports our vision of ending poverty through the power of work. We do this by offering no-cost career development, training and education services to anyone in need of a job.

Now, more than ever, these services are critical to help Floridians get back to work.

Goodwill’s mission services team is on the front lines to help people with unemployment applications and other critical job services. Our stores will re-open May 1st to help these services and provide value shopping options for our community.

We appreciate your support of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend where training, equals jobs, equals community.

Remember, Good WILL Overcome.

Goodwill Retail Store Closures & Donation Updates

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwill Industries – Big Bend will be temporarily closing our retail stores effective Friday, April 3. We will remain closed until local and state mandates to close are lifted and we are able to resume operations.

During this time, we will be accepting donations, with a few guidelines to follow in order to keep you and our employees safe.

Our stores will have containers for you to drop your donations in, labeled for clothing, hard goods, books, and computer and electronic donations. To limit human contact, we will not be accepting furniture or large items such as bicycles and appliances.

Keep in mind, donations must be able to fit into a 3 ft x 3 ft container opening.


We thank you for your continued support during this pandemic. We encourage you to visit us once we reopen – as shoppers and donors are crucial in helping fund our employment programs for individuals facing significant barriers to employment.

Our social enterprise of stores provides resources and opportunities for job counseling, training, placement and coaching for thousands of people with barriers to employment in our communities.

We will be providing updates as often as we can. Stay informed by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @GoodwillBigBend. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend during these challenging times. We encourage those who wish to help people in need in our community to click here where we will gratefully accept your financial support.

We can all do our part to protect our community and support each other. We will get through this together. #GoodWillOvercome

Goodwill’s Annual Power of Work Awards Banquet and Luncheon

Goodwill of the Big Bend recognized team members and announced award recipients at the Annual Power of Work Awards banquet on Thursday, March 14th at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The annual banquet serves as an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s advances over the past year, share the vision for the coming year, recognize retiring board members, and celebrate the achievements of Goodwill participants.

“I am honored to be able to recognize so many individuals and members of the Goodwill team at this year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet,” said Fred Shelfer, CEO of Goodwill Industries—Big Bend, Inc. “This has been a tough year but we have rallied to continue providing services and programs to assist those in need and transform the lives of individuals in our community.”

The organization honored individuals and team members for outstanding service in the community and presented awards to multiple recipients. This year’s award winners include Graduate of the Year Andrea Johnson, Achiever of the Year Craig Starke, Goodwill of the Big Bend Employees of Distinction John Provenzano and Tom Thornton, Learning Pavilion Award winner Jenn McArtor, and Volunteer of the Year Dr. Graham Kinloch.

Read more at Tallahassee.com

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES – BIG BEND, INC. PROVIDING DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING

Over the next three years, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will result in more than 1 million people around the United States being trained in skills that will make them more marketable workers for the digital age.

“The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator initiative means that Goodwill – Big Bend will have one more tool to help local members of our community build their skills and expand their career options,” said Cody Gray, Goodwill Public Relations Manager. “There is no question that workers with up-to-date digital skills will be in a better position to advance in today’s labor market.”

Digital skills include basic computer skills that would be used to establish an email address, apply for a job or perform many entry level tasks. More advanced digital skills include computer support or programming, digital marketing, and cybersecurity, which are increasingly relevant for achieving well-paying, in-demand careers across the country.

“As a baseline, employers look for workers and job applicants who can proficiently use computers and other electronic devices,” said Jacquelline Fuller, CEO of Google.org. “The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will greatly assist those hoping to get ahead in their careers and obtain the types of jobs that will remain in demand for years to come in a demanding digital economy.”

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. will receive a $50,000 grant to fund its participation in the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, along with an additional Google IT Certificate sub-grant that includes 60 scholarships with a grant award of $39,216.

With this investment, local U.S. Goodwill organizations have three options for participation in the grant, based on their current digital skills training operations, capacity to initiate, enhance or expand digital skills training, and local labor market demand. Those three options include Digital Change Agents, Digital Champions and Digital Enthusiasts. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. will be a Digital Champion.

Ten local Goodwill organizations have been chosen to be Digital Change Agents, receiving a $300,000 grant and serving as leaders in digital skills expansion and training across the network. Seventy-five local Goodwill organizations will participate as Digital Champions in three cohorts of 25. Each Digital Champion will receive a $50,000 grant and engage in extensive learning and technical assistance opportunities to help enhance and expand training offerings. An additional 14 local Goodwill organizations were chosen to participate in the second cohort of Digital Champions and eleven more will be recruited in early 2018. Eighteen local Goodwill organizations are participating as Digital Enthusiasts with an $8,000 grant to participate in learning events. The remaining Goodwill organizations will be recruited in 2018 for a total of 125 participating Goodwill organizations.

To see the full list of participating Goodwill organizations and their geographic areas, visit www.goodwill.org/dca/


 

DCF Teams with Goodwill to Provide Better Access to Services

DCF Goodwill FlyerThe Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) joined the Goodwill to provide residents in need with better access to public assistance services.

Monday and Wednesday of each month, from 1pm-5pm, there will be a trained Community Partner available to assist clients in navigating the self-service application and answer general questions about their MyAccess accounts.
 
No appointment needed
Prosperity Center at Goodwill
300 Mabry St., Tallahassee
Call 850.576.7145 for more info.

Good Turn for Goodwill: A Partnership with Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle

November 12th – December 12thGirl Scouts Logo

Goodwill Industries-Big Bend has proudly teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle to help teach the importance of recycling, philanthropy, and community service. Girl Scout will earn a Good Turn for Goodwill patch, and troops will compete to win a pizza party provided by Goodwill.

How to Earn Patch

(one patch per Girl Scout – highest ranking patch will be distributed)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A DONATION FORM TO TAKE WITH YOUR DONATIONS

  • Every Girl Scout who turns in a 13-gallon tall kitchen bag OR copier boxes of donations between Nov. 12th – Dec. 12th will receive a Good Turn for Goodwill patch. A dated rocker will also be earned to show the year the girl participated. Each year the girl will earn a new dated rocker patch.
  • Each Girl Scout (3) in the three areas, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola, who brings in the most bags or copier boxes of donations between Nov. 12th – Dec. 12th will earn a gold patch signifying GOOD TURN CHAMPION, a certificate of appreciation and tickets to a local fun spot.
  • The Girl Scout troop (3) in the three areas, Tallahassee, Panama City, and Pensacola, who brings in the most bags or copier boxes of donations between Nov. 12th – Dec. 12th will earn a certificate of appreciation and a gift certificate for a pizza party at their convenience.

How to Collect Donations

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER TO DISTRIBUTE TO FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND BUSINESSES.

  • Collect items from family, friends, neighbors, And businesses
  • Fill out the donation form and take each 13-gallon bag or copier box of donations to any Goodwill Donation Center. Visit our donations center pagefor a list of all donation sites.
  • Tell the Donation Center attendant that you are participating in the Girl Scouts: Good Turn for Goodwill program. Have the donation attendant verify the donation, sign and date the donation form.
  • Turn in the donation form to your troop leader.

TROOP LEADERS:

  • TURN IN YOUR PATCH ORDER NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 15: Troop Leaders must turn in your Troop’s TOTAL number of boxes and bags donated and the TOTAL number of girls who qualified for a patch, plus the name of the Girl Scout in your troop with the largest number of donations and her individual total during the Nov 12 – Dec. 12 Good Turn program timeline.  Winners will be announced in January 2016.

Image of computers

Goodwill Opens Electronics, Gaming Store

Call employees “Good Geeks.”

No, really, it’s OK.

That name is apt inside Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend’s new stand-alone store that will be selling video games galore (including retro favs), plasma and flatscreen TVs , computers, cords and all things electronics. Opening Sept. 11, the 6,500-square-foot outlet sits next to an existing Goodwill store on Capital Circle Northeast, across from Esposito’s.

“I think there will be a wow effect,” said Fred Shelfer, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend. “It’s a one-stop shop in concept for those looking for a good price and functional equipment and the parts to keep them running.”

The store, a unique entry among the nonprofit’s 26 stores in the region, represents Goodwill’s first electronics store in Florida.

Daily thousands of donations pour in, especially from businesses swapping out their computer systems. Goodwill officials saw a need for a separate store for electronics, and modeled the new store after one dubbed the “Grid” in Charlotte, North Carolina. The new local store will have nine employees. Read more of the article here.


 

 

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FSU CU Presents a $3,460 Donation

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University Credit Union presented Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. with a $3,460 donation on April 3,2015.  The donation is a part of the”Borrow 4 Less, Give Back More” program at FSU Credit Union. FSU Credit Union donated $10 per eligible loan in the month of June to Goodwill Big Bend to benefit the Goodwill GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program. In addition, when you opened a kid’s savings account at the time of your loan closing, FSU CU also donated an additional $50 to Goodwill, resulting in a very generous donation of $3,460.  “We commend Florida State University Credit Union for their dedication to giving back to our community. The financial support they are generously donating to Goodwill Big Bend will directly benefit at-risk youth through our GoodGuides program. The results are stronger families and an even better communities,” Fred G. Shelfer, Jr. President/CEO of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc.   Read more of the article here.