During the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwill Wyoming stepped up to provide five different Wyoming nonprofits a total of $20,000 to aid them during these stressful times. The Goodwill Wyoming Board of Directors elected during their April board meeting to provide financial assistance to several communities in need. The proposal was approved, and Goodwill Wyoming CEO Jana Conine provided the financial donations to the help the most people in the quickest manner possible.
Contributions were made to the Laramie Soup Kitchen, Laramie Interfaith, Food Bank of Sweetwater County, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Cheyenne and Joshua’s Pantry in Casper.
Goodwill Wyoming Board Director Steve Lovas stated, “The board of directors wanted to provide financial support to organizations that work directly with the most vulnerable in our communities. We are very grateful of the support we’ve had in the communities we operate in, and this was a way for us to give something back during these challenging times.”
Goodwill Wyoming also committed to keeping all employees employed during store and service closures. Any employees who needed to be at home during this time due to health concerns were also compensated. In addition, the many clients that are served through Goodwill Wyoming’s employment services also received their full wages during the time they were not able to work.
Conine stated, “Goodwill of Wyoming believes in the power of work and during this uncertain time, it was important to our staff and the community to be able to continue supporting with full wages for those who could not work.”
All of Goodwill Wyoming’s are now open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily for shoppers and donors. All donations are being sanitized and quarantined prior to being put out on the sales floor to ensure everyone’s safety.