MOKAN Goodwill store in Pittsburg opens back up

Goodwill, Pittsburg store

PITTSBURG, Kan. – MOKAN Goodwill reopened its Pittsburg retail store and donation center, located at 2412 N. Broadway on Wednesday, May 20th.

This retail store, which also accepts donations, will reopen and operate on a reduced schedule from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The store says staff will actively monitor and meter guest traffic when needed to promote social distancing.

In a release, the business stated, “Occupancy limits will be in effect according to local government guidelines and be determined by the store’s specific square footage. Additionally, Goodwill will implement new safety measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, conducting health assessments of its team members and requiring employees to wear face masks and gloves at work, while continuing to encourage healthy hygiene habits as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shoppers will be encouraged to do the same. With the health and safety of its shoppers, donors and team members in mind, daily rigorous cleaning routines will be executed at this store and donation center, while social distancing measures will be enacted that include directional floor signage to encourage guests and team members to remain six feet apart, plexiglass partitions at all registers, and touchless payment systems. Customers will not be allowed to bring personal shopping bags into stores but will be provided free Goodwill plastic bags at checkout. All drinking fountains, restrooms, and fitting rooms will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. New signage and frequent in-store audio announcements will inform shoppers of these new policies.”

Customers can donate goods with new contactless donation options, including self-drop offs or pop-your-trunk assisted collections. All new donations will be held for 72 hours prior to display in stores.

“We’re incredibly proud of the commitment of our frontline team members who understand their safety and well-being, like that of our loyal shoppers and donors, is of our utmost concern,” said Ed Lada, Jr, President and CEO of Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. “The measures are aimed at ensuring we are creating a safe environment for the guests who continue to turn to Goodwill, while also providing our team with additional resources as they fulfill an essential service in communities across our territory.”

“Now more than ever, we will play a critical role in assisting our most vulnerable segments of our community who have been laid off or dislocated from employment,” stated Laura Ritterbush, Chief Mission Officer. Goodwill is now offering free career services virtually through a new text line at 816-842-7425. “Through this support line, we can help individuals with resume preparation, job searches, and online applications, plus unemployment claims, stimulus dollars, free checking accounts, and food/shelter resources.”

The business says providing these community services requires funding, and the Goodwill thrift stores provide a direct financial source to support career support programs.