Rush of donations helps Goodwill train more workers

Posted at 10:47 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 19:25:53-04

MENASHA (NBC 26) -- In a back room full of clothes and shoes, workers at Goodwill in Menasha are training for their next job or their dream job.

It runs like a manufacturing warehouse. Workers will take in inventory, sort through it all, price it, and put it onto the sales floor.

Since Goodwill opened back up during the coronavirus pandemic, donations to the organization have surged. Chris Hess, the President and CEO of Goodwill NCW, said it's been greatly beneficial to the mission.

“We knew coming out of the safer at home order that job training would be something that our communities really needed, so getting a lot of donations right now is great for us," Hess said. “For every donation that we get, we can create on average, three and a half hours of job training and opportunity for folks in our community."

Hess said all of those training efforts are funded through donations and sales at the store. He said the support from the community to carry on during this pandemic has been a blessing.

"We can’t do the work we do in the community without the support we get every single day by our donors, and we’re so blessed to be able to do that because it really does help advance our mission," Hess said.

Donations at Goodwill are accepted any time the retail store is open.