Goodwill Southern California to Host Virtual Event – “Out of the COVID-19 Crisis: A Pathway to Shared Prosperity”


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Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 2020 – Goodwill Southern California will host a virtual event from 10am – 12pm on Wednesday June 3, 2020 entitled “Out of the COVID-19 Crisis: A Pathway to Shared Prosperity”. Record unemployment across the nation will take unprecedented effort and coordination to address. This conversation about the current state of employment and opportunities for the future in Southern California will feature Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and California Labor Secretary Julie Su.

In this virtual gathering, public and private stakeholders will hear from leaders and experts on the impact of this crisis, share promising practices for reskilling workers, and propose policy solutions to begin rebuilding a strong, inclusive workforce. Together, we can put our workers and communities back on a path to economic security and mobility.

Simon Lopez, Goodwill Southern California’s Chief Impact Officer, stated, “The current COVID-19 crisis is devastating the health and economy of communities across the country. Without thoughtful, inclusive, and collaborative efforts, this crisis will potentially widen existing disparities. In this virtual gathering, we hope to discuss and advance efforts that collectively address this unprecedented challenge and reshape the future of employment and economic mobility for all of our communities.”

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To address the serious employment challenges our community is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwill Southern California launched the Goodwill Southern California Jobs Accelerator Fund, to address the employment crisis resulting from COVID-19. Donations to the Goodwill SoCal Jobs Accelerator Fund will be used to provide free employment services to community members who have experienced furloughs or layoffs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Goodwill Southern California has provided employment services for over 100 years in Los Angeles (N. of Rosecrans), Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The organization serves people with vocational challenges, including veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, and those who were formerly incarcerated or are homeless.

At the request of funders, including the city and county of Los Angeles, Goodwill Southern California’s employment centers were designated as essential services. Employment centers remain open and continue to serve people in need in our local community. Employees are assisting job seekers in person, with social distancing, by phone or via virtual services. Until recently, Goodwill SoCal’s retail stores and donation centers, which help fund its employment programs and services, were closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, increasing the need for donations.

Organizations or individuals wishing to donate to the Goodwill SoCal COVID-19 Jobs Accelerator Fund may contact the organization’s Development team at  Donations may be tax deductible. 

About Goodwill Southern California
Transforming lives through the power of work, Goodwill Southern California (GSC) serves individuals with disabilities or other vocational challenges by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services.  Each year, GSC prepares and places thousands of individuals into sustainable employment through programs and services offered at three campuses, Career Resource Centers, WorkSource Centers, Deaf, Youth and Veteran Employment Programs throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.), Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  GSC supports its mission with proceeds generated from more than 80 stores and over 40 attended donation centers.  GSC spends 95 percent of its budget on programs and services.  Committed to caring for the earth, last year GSC diverted over 100 million pounds of reusable or recyclable goods from landfills. Goodwill is GOOD for Everyone! 


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