Unfortunately, even charitable organizations aren’t safe from the falling retail landscape.
Goodwill is closing down all locations across the GTA due to a “cash flow crisis“. The closures include 16 stores, 10 donation centres and 2 offices in Toronto, effecting approximately 430 employees as well as stakeholders and communities.
The non-profit organization provides job training, employment placement services and community based programs for individuals with disabilities. All programs were funded through sales of donated clothing and goods, and had been running for the past 80 years.
Employees arrived at their workplaces to find them closed with no explanation. “It has come as a complete shock to the union and its employees,” union lawyer Denis Ellickson told the Star. Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario is under a collective agreement with the union and is suppose to give employees 30 to 60 days’ notice before closing.
What makes the closures especially surprising is the fact that Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario reported a total revenue of over $28 million in 2014, receiving over $4 million in government funding.
“Goodwill is exploring a variety of options to continue its decades-long mission,” CEO Keiko Nakamura said in a statement. We hope that things get sorted out for the non-profit, as the program has benefited many.
Are you surprised that Goodwill is shutting down operations across the GTA?
*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that Goodwill was shutting down all operations. We have revised it to correct our error.