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Goodwill Partners with Dell Reconnect to Recycle Unwanted Electronics

April 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Goodwill Partners with Dell Reconnect to Recycle Unwanted Electronics

Goodwill SELA has partnered with Dell's Reconnect program to help our community members safely and easily recycle household electronics! Not only does this partnership keep e-waste out of landfills, it also creates jobs and helps fund our life-changing programs. Here's how it works: Collect your unused or unwanted tech (see acceptable items below). Items can be of any brand and in any shape. Bring them to your nearest Goodwill SELA store.* Let us do the rest! If your items are in good shape, we will put them on the sales floor of one of our stores. If your items are no longer usable, we securely package and ship them to Dell to be broken down and either refurbished or used to make new items from recycled goods. More information about acceptable items can be found here. *Before donating, please be sure to remove any sensitive or personal data. You can

Good Turn Day 2021

March 16th, 2021|Comments Off on Good Turn Day 2021

Saturday, April 10, 2021, hours vary by store The tradition continues! Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana and Girl Scouts Louisiana East are partnering together again this year for our annual Good Turn Day. How it works: Girl Scouts do a Good Turn by collecting gently used items (see our donation guidelines here) to bring to their local Goodwill (find a store here) and are honored with a “Good Turn” patch for participating. Your participation also helps make the general public aware of Goodwill’s mission and need for donations of quality gently used goods. Once items are received, they are processed and sold in Goodwill SELA’s 22 retail stores to support its mission of helping people with disabilities and other employment disadvantages prepare for, find and retain work. Your donations also keep millions of reusable items out of local landfills, making your good turn also good for the environment.

Viewpoint: Displaced Hospitality Workers Can Learn Medical-Industry Skills Through Goodwill

March 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Viewpoint: Displaced Hospitality Workers Can Learn Medical-Industry Skills Through Goodwill

By Danae Columbus, Uptown Messenger Like many New Orleanians, Tiffany Turner has been having a tough time during the pandemic.  She was eager to train for a different career when she saw a Facebook post about Goodwill Technical College’s new Hospitality to Healthcare program for displaced tourism industry workers. “As a driver for Uber and Lyft, I am used to making a good living taking passengers to and from the airport, but it got much harder to make a profit,” she said. Armed with a love of accounting, Turner quickly realized that Goodwill could help her achieve her goal of transitioning to a well-paying job in medical billing without expensive college loans. “I am so thankful for this opportunity,” Turner said. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, 56,000 individuals in the state have been displaced during the pandemic. More specifically, about 25,000 workers in New Orleans are faced with a

Goodwill Technical College Receives RosaMary Foundation Grant for Displaced Hospitality Workers

March 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on Goodwill Technical College Receives RosaMary Foundation Grant for Displaced Hospitality Workers

  NEW ORLEANS—(March 2, 2021)—What was once a thriving industry in metropolitan New Orleans, hospitality jobs have been hard hit this last year by the pandemic. With no discernable timeframe for a return to normalcy, Goodwill Technical College (GTC) has partnered with the RosaMary Foundation to offer displaced hospitality workers an opportunity to change careers into healthcare administration. The RosaMary Foundation grant in the amount of $100,000 allows displaced hospitality workers to enroll in GTC offers in medical billing and coding and medical assistant at no cost. Potential students must have been formerly employed in hospitality and have a high school diploma. For more information, contact the admissions office at (504) 889-5568. Apply for the Hospitality to Healthcare training program here: www.bit.ly/H2HGTC. ###  

February 15 Goodwill Closures

February 15th, 2021|Comments Off on February 15 Goodwill Closures

Due to the deteriorating weather conditions across Southeastern Louisiana today, all Goodwill SELA stores will be closing at 5PM today, February 15, 2021. Currently, all stores will be open normal hours tomorrow, February 16, 2021. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and make updates as necessary.

New Program Gives Lafourche Inmates a Fighting Chance to Succeed in Life

February 11th, 2021|Comments Off on New Program Gives Lafourche Inmates a Fighting Chance to Succeed in Life

By Dan Copp, The Courier  Terrell Joseph has big plans when he gets released from the Lafourche Parish jail. “I feel that I’m being given a second chance,” the 28-year-old from Raceland said while taking a break from his welding class Saturday. “They’re giving me a real chance to go back into society. I’ve been taking different classes and my credits go toward Nicholls. So when I get out I can go to Nicholls. With this class I’m getting qualifications so that it gives me a better chance to beat the odds.” Joseph is one of 21 Lafourche inmates who are participating in a new partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and Fletcher Technical Community College to offer industrial certification classes to people who are incarcerated. The program, which is being provided by a grant from Goodwill Industries of Southern Louisiana, offers classes for welding, forklift and automotive certifications. Inmates will also be offered other classes and

Goodwill SELA Honored to Receive $10M Gift from MacKenzie Scott

December 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Goodwill SELA Honored to Receive $10M Gift from MacKenzie Scott

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana recently received a $10 million gift from renown philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.  This donation to Goodwill SELA is the largest single donation in the 73-year history of the organization. According to Scott, we are one of 384 organizations receiving gifts totaling $4.1 billion.  Scott’s team vetted over 6,000 potential recipients paying special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates and low access to philanthropic capital. “We are incredibly grateful and honored that our organization received this recognition,” said Jodee Daroca, President and CEO. “Receiving this gift after the due diligence of her team is a validation of the work we do in the communities we serve.” Goodwill is widely recognized for our retail stores, but this gift will help further workforce development programs, the Goodwill Technical College and the number of custodial and

Updated Hurricane Zeta Closures

October 28th, 2020|Comments Off on Updated Hurricane Zeta Closures

UPDATED 11/2: Due to continued power outage, the Chalmette store remains closed as of Monday, November 2. UPDATED 10/30: Due to continued power outages, the following stores will be closed on Friday, October 30: Chalmette Manhattan UPDATED 10/29: Due to power outages from yesterday's storms, the following stores will be closed on Thursday, October 29: Chalmette Covington Houma Luling Mandeville Manhattan Metairie Rd (Unique) Slidell River Ridge ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Due to the forecasted effects of Hurricane Zeta on our area, the Goodwill administrative offices, Goodwill Technical Colleges and the following stores will be closed on Wednesday, October 29: Chalmette Covington Esplanade Hammond Houma Lakeview LaPlace Luling Mandeville Manhattan Metairie Rd (Unique) River Ridge Slidell Tulane Ave Veterans The Burbank, College, Coursey, Denham Springs, Gonzales, O'Neal, Walker and Zachary stores will be open for normal operations.

Tulane Avenue Is Getting a New Look!

October 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Tulane Avenue Is Getting a New Look!

On November 1, 2020, we will temporarily close the doors of our Mid City store on Tulane Avenue in order to renovate the combined warehouse and retail space. To more effectively and efficiently process the generous donations from our community members, we'll be expanding the size of the warehouse space in the rear of the building. The store's interior will also be getting a brand new look. We are so thankful to be part of the New Orleans business community and grateful for the support of our donors, customers, neighbors and friends. We look forward to serving you all again soon at our new and improved Mid City store! Please note that donations can still be accepted at this location during renovations. Additionally, the administrative offices inside the Tulane Avenue building will remain open and operating as normal during this period. To learn more about sales leading up to the

Hurricane Sally Closure Updates

September 14th, 2020|Comments Off on Hurricane Sally Closure Updates

Due to the expected effects of Hurricane Sally on our area, we will be closing some of our locations at various points over the next two days. These closures are based on current forecasts, and are subject to change. Please see below for more information.   Monday, September 14  Closed All Day: LaPlace, Luling Closing at 11AM: Lakeview Closing at 3PM: Chalmette, Covington, Harvey, Kenner, Mandeville, Metairie Road, River Ridge, Slidell, Tulane (store & administrative offices), Veterans Open Normal Hours: Burbank, College, Coursey, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, O'Neal, Walker, Zachary Tuesday, September 15  Closed: Chalmette, Covington, Harvey, Kenner, Lakeview, LaPlace, Luling, Mandeville, Metairie Road, River Ridge, Slidell, Tulane (store & administrative offices), Veterans Open: Burbank, College, Coursey, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, O'Neal, Walker, Zachary Wednesday, September 16 All stores will be open regular hours.