The Spirit of Service Lives On

This past weekend stirred up a lot of emotion here in our region of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey – not to mention throughout America. While we normally focus on retail here at A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj, we can’t overlook how deeply that Tuesday ten years ago changed our world.

While there is great, untouchable grief around 9-11, there is also hope. Remember the spirit of service that drew us all together? Below is a brief look at how Goodwill here in New York rallied – and we would love to hear how you and your loved ones came together in the face of unspeakably tragedy to help make the world a better place. Please use the comments section below, post on our Facebook, or send a tweet over to @GoodwillNyNj.

Take care, stay safe, and enjoy today.

After the attacks, Goodwill set its sights on helping displaced workers find jobs and disrupted businesses recover.

Goodwill’s Response in New York (originally featured on goodwill.org)

Immediately following the news of the attacks and collapse of the World Trade Center, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey made phone calls to ensure that all Goodwill staff and program participants were safe, including individuals with disabilities and the 375 individuals employed through its GoodTemps division in the financial district near the World Trade Center. One Goodwill client, Steven Wong, and an advisory board member lost their lives in the attack.

As relief agencies worked to provide survivors with basic medical care and needs, Goodwill set its sights on assisting the nearly 130,000 displaced workers and the more than 18,000 businesses that were dislocated, disrupted or destroyed due to the attacks…In October 2001, the New York-based Goodwill offered its newly opened Goodwill Family Learning Center with classrooms, a computer lab and children’s room, as a drop-in center in Brooklyn for the victims of September 11. The facility, temporarily renamed the Brooklyn Twin Towers Job Link Center, served an average of 80 job seekers per day in the months following the tragedy.

During the same month, Goodwill helped the city of New York coordinate the first Twin Towers Job Fair. Staff members from Goodwill Industries International travelled to New York City to volunteer at the October 17 event, which included 200 area employers and attracted more than 10,000 residents in need of work. Goodwill hired one of the first people hired that day – a computer skills instructor – and continued to assist the city with subsequent job fairs in the following week.

To support businesses as they recovered from the attacks, the New York-based Goodwill worked with other local agencies to establish a business assistance center for small- and medium-sized businesses affected by the 9/11 or the economy. The center helped businesses obtain public and private assistance, find a new location if needed and be connected with volunteer consultants. It also facilitated the donation, warehousing and distribution of business supplies, equipment and furniture to businesses in need.

For the full post, please visit Where the Goodwill Goes.

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