***Correction: The San Francisco News inaccurately reported statements by Mr. Rogers. The Goodwill SF is not filing for bankruptcy and donation centers are open in all three counties where they operate. Its E-commerce website www.sfgoodwill.org is open for business and the Goodwill SF is actively and excitedly planning to reopen its retail stores when the county public health officers orders are lifted.
SAN FRANCISCO—The COVID-19 pandemic has led to temporary closures and more donations for residents using time at home for cleaning out their closets for local Bay Area donation centers.
The Goodwill’s Bay Area Donation Center has been impacted as a result of the stay-at-home orders. CEO of Goodwill William Rogers told The New York Times that current sales are at zero dollars.
The company employs more than 500 people, where 14 of its locations do not qualify for federal aid. The lack of federal assistance means some suites could close and Goodwill may look at bankruptcy restructure. The Goodwill is a nonprofit organization. San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties have been impacted by the shelter-at home order.
The Salvation Army is preparing for an immense influx of donated goods. Lt. Jen Liggett from the Salvation Army indicated there will be phases of the opening at Salvation Army stores. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local governments will be advising. When the attendants are back at the donation systems, they will have masks, gloves, and will practice social distancing. There will be additional safety measures for donated goods in a different area for three days. This will allow any potential contamination to dissipate.