New Goodwill store to open late next month
BUCKEYE LAKE – A grand opening celebration for the new Buckeye Lake Goodwill store is scheduled for late September, but that could change if the remodeling process takes longer than anticipated, said Lisa Baker, Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc. communications and IT administrator.
“Licking/Knox Goodwill has wanted to expand into the Buckeye Lake area for several years,” she said. When the former Albanese grocery store on SR 79 became available, Goodwill began remodeling the building to convert it to a retail store and donation center. Baker said a few of the nearly $50,000 of improvements being made to the store include new drywall, paint, fixtures, and tile.
When the store opens, Baker said the first 100 customers through the door would be entered into a special drawing. She said some drawing winners may win $100 gasoline gift cards, while the grand prize may be a television or something similar, but a final decision regarding prizes hasn’t been made.
“This location will expand our mission services into the Buckeye Lake community by creating jobs, providing a convenient location for donation drop-offs and providing affordable clothing and house wares,” said Baker. She said the store will carry the typical items most Goodwill stores do, but this Goodwill store is bigger than most others, and will have even more to offer.
Baker said the store will carry clothes, domestics, toys, books, and the building is big enough to offer larger furniture items. “Thousands of new items will be put on the sales floor daily,” she said. The store will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Twenty people will staff the store, 14 of whom are already hired locally – 60 people applied. Baker said the remaining seven positions are management and administrative, and applications are available at all Licking/Knox Goodwill stores, the downtown Newark administration offices, or online at www.goodwillnewark. com for anyone wishing to apply.
Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries Executive Director Charles Strauch said Goodwill’s mission is to provide training, employment, and support services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. So, Goodwill definitely favors those with disabilities and barriers (such as recovering from addiction) when hiring. “About 70 percent of disabled people in Ohio are unemployed,” he said.
Strauch said Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries recently received recognition for its employment practices.
According to a press release, CARF International (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) announced that Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc., has been accredited for a period of three years for its Employment Skills Training Services. This is the fifth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to CARF standards. An organization receiving a threeyear accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of persons served. Founded in 1966, CARF is an accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.
Strauch assured that 90 percent of donations to Licking/ Knox Goodwill Industries go back into the local community. Ten percent of donations cover operating expenses. He said other organizations that accept donations place far larger percentages of revenue toward operating expenses.