Goodwill Industries Receives Multi-Million Dollar PPP Loan
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GREENSBORO, NC – Goodwill Industries of the Triad has received a multi-million dollar loan from the Payroll Protection Program to help people return to work.
“We’re hiring right now and part of the reason we’re hiring is because of this loan. We are hiring for about 60 positions, ”said Joe Scott, spokesperson for Triad Goodwill.
Goodwill Industries in Greensboro received a PPP loan of over $ 2 million.
“It’s critical to our operations and has allowed us to continue doing what we were doing to help people here in our community,” Scott said.
Like so many other businesses, Goodwill has been forced to shut down amid the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was sort of going in phases. It was a very quick shot. We weren’t sure what was going on, ”Scott said.
Dozens of employees have been put on leave or made redundant with uncertain futures. But as soon as the organization received government funding to reopen, it was able to get people back to work. Scott says hundreds of people across the Triad have come forward asking for help.
“Get help with applying for government help, unemployment, filling out their tax returns so they can get their stimulus checks. We were able to do all of these things and more with this loan, ”said Scott.
The organization has changed its business model to offer virtual career fairs and workshops to help job seekers succeed in a company that has not yet returned to normal due to COVID -19.
“We exist primarily to help people improve their lives through the power of work and if there ever was a time we needed help finding work, it’s now,” Scott said.
Goodwill is also a second chance employer and when staff were put on leave at the start of the pandemic, many people struggled to find new jobs. This is another reason Scott tells FOX8 that the loan is crucial to Goodwill’s mission.
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