April 20, 2021 — Today, Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd and we are grateful that justice has been served. Yet, there is so much more work to be done to fight racism in our country and our organization is dedicated to doing our part in this work.

March 24, 2021 — Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region strongly condemns anti-Asian racism and racism in all forms.  Our hearts go out to the loved ones of those lost in the recent Atlanta shootings.  As we continue our journey toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization, we commit to doing the necessary work to dismantle racism and discrimination against Asians and to standing alongside our Asian community members in a collective fight against hatred and violence.

February 15, 2021 — On President’s Day, as we think about the 46 people who have served as President of the United States of America, we cannot escape the fact that we have had only one President who is Black and have – only now — our first Vice President who is a woman, who is Black, and who is of Asian descent. Why is this? Racism, discrimination, and marginalization have kept people of color from achieving official positions of power in significant numbers for centuries. This has much to do with the story of our country’s founding and development that we were taught in school.

February 1, 2021 — Learning about the past is critical to moving forward to become an anti-racist organization.  Specifically, this means learning about the history of systemic and institutional racism that Blacks have suffered for centuries as well as the many achievements and contributions that Blacks have made, despite the racism that they experience even to this day.

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January 18, 2021 — On this official holiday commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region is honoring another critical milestone in our history by announcing that we will formally observe and celebrate the Juneteenth holiday as a paid day off for our employees. 

Juneteenth is the holiday that marks the day — June 19, 1865 — that the last slaves were freed in the United States. As we work toward becoming an anti-racist organization, it is important that we recognize this day, not only in celebration for the freedom it brought, but also in deep regret and sorrow for the horrors and hatred of the slavery system that preceded it and upon which our United States was built. It is equally important to take this time to recognize the continued racism and injustices that have continued in our country – despite the abolition of slavery – and the urgency and criticalness of eliminating racism in all its forms.

We commemorate this monumental day with full understanding that racism continues to afflict our communities and that our work to become an anti-racist organization has just begun. We call on all members of the community to join the effort to recognize this holiday and continue the work to ensure equity for Black Americans and all people of color. Only together can we bring about the change demanded for a just, fair, and equitable society.

May 31, 2020 — Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region is outraged over the murder of George Floyd and other senseless acts of violence against African Americans and all people of color. As a part of the vibrant and diverse community we serve, we grieve and join our voice in calling for unity with all who want to build a better world. That starts with each one of us speaking out against hatred and using our privilege to defend those without power. Goodwill stands ready to work alongside communities of color to put an end to systemic racism and injustice.

The following statement is posted in all of our stores, our work opportunity centers, and offices.

May 31, 2020 — Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region does not tolerate racism in any form, including racist behavior or language at any time. We are outraged over the murders and other senseless acts of violence against African Americans and all people of color. As a part of the vibrant and diverse community we serve, we grieve and join our voice in calling for unity with all who want to build a better world. That starts with each one of us speaking out against hatred and actively working to put an end to systemic racism and injustice.