INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — A COVID-19 emergency fund has been established by the Goodwill Foundation of Central and Southern Indiana to support the needs of thousands of employees and families served by the organization. The foundation will match donations to the fund, $2 for every $1 donated, up to $500,000 in matching funds.
Goodwill closed all retail stores on Friday, March 20, and the loss of sales has prevented them from providing relief for the state’s most vulnerable, including employees with disabilities and low-income families.
“Like all Hoosiers, we hope this comes to an end soon. In the meantime, there are thousands of Goodwill employees, students and other participants who are depending on us. Many have nowhere to turn but to their Goodwill family. We’re doing everything we can, but without help, it won’t be enough,” said Kent A. Kramer, Goodwill’s president and CEO.
The organization has eliminated all but essential expenditures, leadership has offered to cut their pay and several vendors have offered concessions, but the organization was forced to furlough 2,500 retail and corporate employees. Goodwill continues to provide benefits to furloughed employees and their jobs are expected to remain once the pandemic is over.
“We’re appealing directly to those in our community who are financially stable and have the means to help. You’re used to us asking for your gently used clothing and other goods. But right now, the best way you can help these Hoosiers is by making a financial gift online. That will allow us to provide immediate relief to those who need it most. We thank you for whatever support you can offer,” said Kramer.
Donations to Goodwill are tax-deductible and can be made here.