Goodwill closing 80 thrift stores in central, southern Indiana during pandemic

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana announced Friday that it has closed all 80 of its stores to shoppers until further notice because of the pandemic.

The not-for-profit organization said it plans to continue accepting drive-up donations Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“This situation is unlike anything our community has ever faced,” Goodwill said in a written statement. “Our first concern is the well-being of our employees, many of whom came to work for Goodwill because of an employment barrier that made finding a job elsewhere difficult, if not impossible.”

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has more than 4,000 employees. More than half of them have a disability, criminal history or lack a high school diploma.

“The inability to operate our retail sales floors has a significant impact on our entire organization,” Goodwill said. “Over the next week, we are building a plan on how we can best move forward in the best interests of our employees and all those whom we serve.”

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3 thoughts on “Goodwill closing 80 thrift stores in central, southern Indiana during pandemic

  1. They should have been one of the first places to close. People are at home bored and restless so they start Spring cleaning and getting rid of stuff to Goodwill. This virus can live for days on certain items. I hope their donation teammates are wearing gloves and masks.

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