June is nationally recognized as Pride month. This is a time where community members celebrate the rich history and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. It is a perfect time to show support and learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and what its many colorful flags represent.
When getting ready for Pride events, make sure to put Goodwill on your shopping list. Whether you’re searching for t-shirts or costumes, Goodwill is a must stop for a rainbow of clothing and accessories you need. Save money, keep your closet sustainable and have a fashionable wardrobe for the entire month of June by thrifting your outfits.
Supporting Goodwill ultimately supports the local community. Sales from Goodwill stores support a comprehensive network of 28 local mission programs including job training for people with disability and other barriers to employment, emergency vouchers, rape crisis services and more. One of Goodwill’s newest outreach programs is Coming Together for Good, an awareness and training service focused on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Goodwill embraces diversity. The thousands of people we serve and the nearly 700 staff that work for Goodwill represent a diverse population,” explained Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ellen McCarthy. “We are so proud to engage with Pride events throughout the communities we serve and excited to offer a myriad of products that help Pride participants shine during these community events.”
There are 23 retail stores open seven days a week, located through the 10 counties served by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio is an Open to All coalition member. Open to All is a national collaboration of non-profits and businesses focused on supporting civil rights and racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, health and disability advocacy, and ‘opening doors’ to all customers, donors and clients. To learn more about Open to All, log onto
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio was a sponsor of the first ever Stark Pride festival held on June 11 at Centennial Plaza in Canton, OH.
About the author: Shannon Enoch, Digital Marketing Specialist for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio.