May 26th, 2020 by Goodwill
With a Focus on Job Skills and Work Readiness, Goodwill Prepares to Reopen Stores in Delaware, and Delaware County, PA
May 26, 2020 – Wilmington, DE – Following statewide and regional proclamations from Delaware and Pennsylvania regarding the safe reopening of retail stores, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County is preparing to reopen 11 retail stores in Delaware on June 1, and two in Delaware County, PA on June 5.
Goodwill’s retail business model functions by collecting and selling donated materials that households no longer want or need, which in turn keeps millions of pounds of materials out of our landfills each year. Public donations of household items generates funding which is reinvested into Goodwill to provide a comprehensive array of tools for the unemployed and underemployed.
“We are already preparing to meet anticipated record demand for our job training and job placement services in the weeks and months ahead. The reopening of our stores strengthens our preparation to serve by restarting an essential revenue stream that provides vital job training, work readiness and other employment supports to people who would otherwise experience barriers to self-sufficiency,” said Colleen Morrone, President and CEO of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County.
Following guidance from the CDC and in alignment with the requirements of state governments, Goodwill of Delaware has implemented comprehensive health and safety protocols for the well-being of our team members, donors, shoppers, clients, and vendors. These include:
- no contact donating at our donation centers,
- frequent cleaning of all high-touch surfaces,
- limiting the number of shoppers and staff inside the store,
- signage and floor graphics to encourage social distancing, and more.
- the Goodwill Industrial Services (Janitorial) team deep cleaned all of our retail stores and outlet, and
- in Delaware, Goodwill is participating in the Division of Small Business’ COVID-19 Customer Protection Standards program.
Goodwill stores that will re-open in Delaware on June 1 are located in: Bridgeville, Claymont, Dover (Rodney Village), Fox Run, Gateway, Kirkwood, Middletown, Milford, Millsboro, Newark, and our Outlet in New Castle. In Delaware County, Pennsylvania the Concord and Upper Darby locations will re-open on June 5. The public is encouraged to visit our website, Goodwillde.org, or follow us on social media, @GoodwillDE, for updates on store and donation center openings and hours of operation.
Members of the media are invited to our Newark Goodwill store (311 Newark Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711) for photos, b-roll footage and interviews with our President & CEO, Colleen Morrone, store associates, and job resources center clients through June 3, 2020. Please contact Leah Coles (mobile: 302.307.6119) to schedule access to our store and for interviews.
About Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County
For nearly 100 years, the mission of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County has been to improve the quality of life for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work! This mission is supported by proceeds from donations to our retail and e-commerce operations, and revenue generated through our Industrial Services and Staffing Services divisions. In 2019 alone, through our Workforce Initiatives programs, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provided more than 19,300 services to individuals throughout the region. For information on our stores, donation locations, or services, visit our website: www.GoodwillDE.org.
Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County Locations Reopening June 1
18178 Sussex Highway
Bridgeville, DE 19933
2701 Philadelphia Pike
Dover – Gateway
1030 Forrest Avenue Suite 113
Dover – Rodney Square
1678 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE 19904
334 Fox Hunt Dr
Bear, DE 19701
4315 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19808
801 N. Broad St
Middletown, DE 19709
694 N. Dupont Highway
Milford, DE 19963
28595 Dupont Blvd
Millsboro, DE 19966
311 Newark Shopping Center
The Goodwill Outlet
400 Centerpoint Blvd
New Castle 19720
Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County Locations Reopening June 5
255 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
201 E Baltimore Ave
E Lansdowne, PA 19050