May, 14, 2020

National Prevention Week, May 10- May 16, 2020

Did you know that nearly all tobacco usage begins before an individual's 18th birthday? For decades, underage smoking and second hand smoke has been a major health threat among children and teens. According to Medline Plus, nearly 25 percent of high school students are smokers, and an additional 8 percent use smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and dip. And with increase in vaping products and the lack of knowledge in teens about such products, the numbers which was slowly decreasing, has significantly increased. Today, 21% of all high school students use e-cigarettes.

In July 1992, Congress enacted the SYNAR Amendment, named after the Oklahoma Congressman Mike SYNAR. This act required states to implement and enforce legislative laws with the goal of barring tobacco products to those under 18. It also requires random, spontaneous checks be performed and an annual printed report produced explaining how the checks were performed and the outcomes of those visits. Last year, legislation was revised and raised the age limit to 21, based on data from the National Academy of Medicine stating this could save more than 223,000 lives and reduce lunch cancer deaths by 50,000 annually.

Louisiana has already seen a dramatic reduction of tobacco access to those under the age of 21. The rates of underage youth who purchased tobacco products from retailers has decreased by more than 25% and the rates of retailers in violation has decreased more than 32% overall. There has also been a major decrease in the number of underage smokers.

In 2015, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) and Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana (GINLA) formed a partnership to help address the issues with underage tobacco use in North Louisiana, as well as to perform the required compliance checks.

From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, more than 400 stops at retailers, such as drug stores, supermarkets, gas stations and franchise discount stores, were attempted or made in the 12 parishes of Northeast Louisiana. Goodwill Industries contracted with several youth who attempted to purchase a variety of tobacco products including cigars, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products, such as e-vaper or chewing tobacco. Of these stops, only 5 were willing to sell tobacco products to underage youth.

Although there is no dedicated federal source of funding in implementing the SYNAR requirements, the partnership between NEDHSA and GINLA has been able to provide the data to the state to demonstrate the overall success in reducing youth access to tobacco products, and prevent youth tobacco use.

Goodwill Industries is proud to spotlight National Prevention Week and partner with NEDHSA in implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce usage of tobacco products. Without the SYNAR program and the random merchant inspections conducted throughout all of North Louisiana, we know that many more youth would have access to these products and the numbers would be even higher. If you are interested in learning more about how to quit, the SYNAR program or how you can get involved, please contact the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority at 318-362-3270.

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

Goodwill Give for Good 2020

To our Goodwill Donors, Friends, Employees and Customers,

The COVID-19 crisis is a sobering reminder of the vulnerability that we all share as human beings. Our thoughts are with those who have been personally impacted by the virus, especially those who have fallen ill. As an important person to our organization, we wanted to remind you that today begins the Community Foundation's 2020 Give for Good Advance Giving Campaign and your support of Goodwill truly matters now more than ever!

For the past three weeks, our retail stores and Job Centers have all been closed due to the stay-at-home mandate of our staff and the public. Our administrative and programmatic staff have all been working remotely to ensure our essential business operations and clients' needs have all been addressed during this uncertain time. As a social enterprise organization, the closure of our stores created new revenue challenges, but we knew the best way for Goodwill to help during this difficult time was to continue fulfilling our mission, "Improving People's Lives Through the Power of Work".

We thank you for your continued trust and partnership as we walk through these uncertain times together. As the health crisis seems to be plateauing and the possibility of life returning to the new normal, we know our mission will be more important than ever as the days unfold. We hope you will take advantage of the Community Foundation's Give for Good campaign and choose to support Goodwill as one of your philanthropic choices.

Thank you for making our mission, your mission!

David Tinkis, President & CEO

March 27, 2020

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana Announces New Board Members and Board Officers for 2020-2021

Shreveport, LA- Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. announces the appointment of five new members of its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2020-2021.
Joining the Board of Directors are Mario Chavez, Lisa Janes, Trey Lutrick, Carolyn Tillman and Doug Warner. "Our new Board Members are a talented group and passionate about the Goodwill mission. The addition of this group will continue to strengthen our accomplished leadership. We are very fortunate to have them join Goodwill as we continue to serve the North Louisiana community. " stated Gloria Washington, Goodwill Board Chair.

The Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana Board of Directors elected the following members as Board Officers for 2020-2021: Gloria Washington - Board Chair, Kevin McCrary- Vice-Chair, Aylwin Holmon - Board Treasurer, R.J. Johnson - Board Secretary and Charles Coleman - Past Chair.

The remaining 2020-2021 Board of Directors are:

  • Jennifer Bradford
  • Mario Chavez
  • Claire Childs
  • Kendall Demouchet
  • Sherron Douglas
  • Ginger Hartman
  • David Hoey
  • Lisa Janes
  • R. J. Johnson
  • Charley Kingery
  • Shawanda Lee
  • William Long
  • Trey Lutrick
  • Michael Melerine
  • Brad Nichols
  • Ebonee Norris
  • Gahagan Pugh
  • Carolyn Tillman
  • Craig Toys
  • Doug Warner
  • Dennis Wills
  • David Tinkis, President & CEO

March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020

Goodwill Industries - Coronavirus Update

To Our Donors & Customers,
Over the past few weeks, it's become clear that the world and our community is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our community and our families safe and healthy.

On behalf of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc., I wanted to send a personal note to you to let you know how we are responding to the situation. We are humbled by your loyalty, and we take our responsibility to our customers, our donors, and our employees very seriously.

From the onset of this situation, we have been listening to the appropriate sources for accurate and up-to-date information, and our preparedness plan reflects those inputs. As things evolve, we are actively monitoring the situation and assessing risks, and are ready to implement immediate changes to ensure a high level of safety. We will continue to communicate with you in a timely and transparent way so you can continue to shop with us with confidence.
What We're Doing:

  • We are increasing our cleaning procedures, especially at touch-points at all our Goodwill locations.
  • We are working daily to ensure our customers have access to the unique products they want and need. You can also shop at our on-line platform via https://www.shopgoodwill.com/shreveport
  • We're taking sensible steps to help protect our team of associates. This means fewer meetings, limiting travel, and making it easier for our people to take the time they need to care for themselves or their families in the event they are directly affected by COVID-19.
  • We are monitoring new developments so that we can quickly adapt and continue to provide the products you need and the best possible experience in-store and online.
  • We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we remain deeply committed to the safety of our customers, teams, and community.


Our donors and customers are the heart of Goodwill. Your generosity allows us to provide the job training and job placement programs that serve people with barriers to employment. We look forward to welcoming and serving you wherever and however you choose to donate and shop with us.
Please take care of yourselves and each other,

David Tinkis
President & CEO

February 25, 2020

February 25, 2020

Goodwill Industries & Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College Team Up to Host Job Fair February 26

Shreveport, LA - On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana and Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College will host a job fair at the NLTCC-Shreveport Campus located at 2010 North Market Street, Building E, Shreveport.

Union Pacific Railroad, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., City of Shreveport, Always Best Care, Storer Services, AAFES Exchange, The Service Companies and Red River Sanitors are just a few of the companies that will have representatives accepting applications, doing interviews and filling open positions by job fair attendees. This event is free and open to the public and will be from 10am to 1pm.

"Goodwill's focus is on putting people to work in stable, competitive employment and giving them the skills needed to stay in those jobs," Darelene Robinson, Open Placement Manager says. "A job fair is a great way to introduce our clients to employers who are needing to fill positions, and hire the right people on the spot."

Goodwill believes that giving people a hand up is much more valuable than a hand out. Opening doors to people who need jobs, not only empowers the citizens of Shreveport and all of the communities we serve to succeed, but also helps the city as a whole by providing a well-trained and inspired workforce.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana
Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Goodwill has been on Forbes' list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years, the only nonprofit featured on that list. Since 2010, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped place more than 50,000 individuals people into employment.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana's, ten retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also employment to those in need, and a revenue stream to support Goodwill's charitable mission. In addition, a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance, allows Goodwill to expand further employment opportunities by contracting with federal, state, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Goodwill also offers multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana programs or services, or to find a location near you, visit www.goodwillnla.org.

January 7th, 2020

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December 19, 2019

December 19, 2019

Goodwill Industries to close Monroe Retail Store

Monroe, LA – In an effort to improve efficiency and to better serve the Monroe area, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will close its Monroe retail store and donation center, located at 3158 Louisville Avenue, at month’s end.

“We have been blessed with support from the Monroe community who have donated and shopped with us in our time here.” says David Tinkis, President and CEO. “As a thank you to the community and to help us clear out our existing inventory, the store will be holding a storewide 50% off sale now through December 30th.”

Starting December 23rd, Goodwill will be adjusting its operational hours to 10am to 7pm, except for December 24, 25 and 29 in which the store will be closed. The final day the store will be open is December 30, 2019.

While the store may be closing, the Goodwill Job Center will remain operational at the Louisville location. “We will continue to fulfill our mission of providing workforce development programs and services to people with disabilities or other barriers, including reentry programs and several supported employment programs,” says Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

As for the employees, Goodwill has transferred all eight retail and donation center employees to its West Monroe store, located at 3426 Cypress Street.

The West Monroe location is one of nine other retail locations that will remain open. As always, 88 cents of every dollar from retail sales supports Goodwill's mission of helping local individuals gain and maintain jobs. Goodwill would like to invite the public to continue to shop and donate items.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana
Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability.

Goodwill has been on Forbes’ list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years, the only nonprofit featured on that list. Since 2010, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped place more than 50,000 individuals into employment.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana’s, ten retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also employment to those in need, and a revenue stream to support Goodwill’s charitable mission. In addition, a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance, allows Goodwill to expand further employment opportunities by contracting with federal, state, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Goodwill also offers multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana programs or services, or to find a location near you, visit www.goodwillnla.org.

November 5, 2019

BBB announces winners of the Torch Awards

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Better Business Bureau held its 15th Annual Torch Awards at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport on Thursday. The groupo honored 26 nominees in the Shreveport/Bossier market.

The special guest speaker was Teddy Allen, Louisiana Tech Writer - University Communications. It was emceed by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison, Bossier Parish School Board.

The awards were presented to four different categories, Integrity Award (businesses that maintain a solid commitment to ethical business practices); Customer Commitment Award (business with outstanding customer service programs); Good Neighbor Award (businesses and employees who play a significant role in their support and involvement in local charities); and Not-For-Profit Award (non-profit organizations that have positively impacted the communities of Shreveport/Bossier and other surrounding parishes).

BBB recognized three finalists in each of the categories:

Winner of the Integrity Award was Basinger Family Dentistry. Other finalists in this category were Career Adventures and Lee Michael Fine Jewelry.

Winner of the Customer Commitment Award was Educator Alexander Consulting. Other finalists in this category were Morgan Tool & Supply and Murray's Auto Group.

Winner of the Good Neighbor Award was Barksdale Federal Credit Union. Other finalists in the Good Neighbor category were Origin Bank and Shreve Memorial Library.

Winner of the Not-For-Profit Award was Providence House. Other finalists were Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier, Renee's Run and Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana.

Also recognized at the luncheon were BBB Scholarship recipients, Carmencita Coniglio, LSU Shreveport; Corbin Phillips, Bossier Parish Community College; Charles Edward Wilson, Jr., Southern University - Shreveport; Gin Pau, Centenary College; Thomas Celles, Northwestern State University and Josie Bush, Louisiana Tech University. The profits from the Torch Awards will continue to be used to establish BBB scholarships to assist business majors pursuing an MBA.

October 31, 2019

The Good Stuff: Ready and able
By Doug Warner

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - 74 years ago, Congress designated the first week in October to recognize people with disabilities.

Now, throughout the entire month of October - the contributions of workers with disabilities are honored with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"Employers don't realize there are so many employees out there now that need a second chance," explains Goodwill Industries' Director of Workforce Development Lynn Stevens.

"They have a small disability, not so drastic, severe, or physical," Stevens said, who helps find and place over 2,000 eager job seekers with available jobs, every year.

"I'm one of those disabilities and I go to work every day."

At age 21, Stevens was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy shortly after giving birth to her firstborn.

"Shocked," Stevens remembers. "It's like when someone says you have cancer, you don't know what to say, or what to do."

And three years ago, her then-teenage son was also diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

Despite losing the ability to walk a few years ago, Stevens remains very spirited in her work, helping those with disabilities.

"It really thrills my heart because some people had given up hope a little bit. And here we are, cheering them on, every day," Stevens said.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the jobless rate among workers with disabilities is double that of those without disabilities.

"Goodwill not only celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities - but we also want to bring awareness to issues they face in gaining meaningful employment," adds David Tinkis, President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana.

Tevin Persley of Shreveport, a college graduate, credits Goodwill for helping him find a job as an auditor at a local casino. Persley was the focus of a 'The Good Stuff' segment earlier this year titled, 'Second Impressions'. Earlier in October, KSLA News 12′s Doug Warner also featured Tony Jones in a 'The Good Stuff' segment titled, 'Love before first sight.'

Jones, diagnosed with macular degeneration, was given extensive guidance by the Louisiana Association for the Blind in preparing for his future without sight, and landing a job as a print shop employee.

Spencer Harrison, highlighted in 2018′s 'The Good Stuff: What can Brown do for Spencer', also overcome his special needs diagnosis, and is set to return to work with UPS again this holiday season.

The United Parcel Service eventually offered his seasonal employment during the 2018 Christmas season after learning of his love of UPS.

Copyright 2019 KSLA. All rights reserved.

September 25, 2019

September 25, 2019

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF NORTH LOUISIANA MARKS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

(Shreveport, LA) - Throughout October, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana joins employers, government agencies and nonprofits in honoring the contributions of workers with disabilities by celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Each and every day, Goodwill employment services are offered free of charge for anyone looking for a new job or a better career. Among the more than 2,300 individuals served by Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana in 2018, more than 4% of those reported a disability and looked to us for help securing employment.

NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress designated the first week in October to recognize people with disabilities. This year's theme, "The Right Talent, Right Now," emphasizes the benefits of welcoming the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, to the workplace.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the jobless rate among workers with disabilities is double that of those without disabilities. At a time when companies are struggling to find skilled and reliable workers, Goodwill Industries would like to call upon employers to consider hiring or expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

"We know that work can be a powerful source of pride, identity and self-sufficiency," said David Tinkis, President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana. "Goodwill not only celebrates the contribution of workers with disabilities, we also want to bring awareness to issues they face in gaining meaningful employment. By doing so, we help build stronger families and make North Louisiana a more vibrant community with a stronger economy."

To commemorate NDEAM, Goodwill Industries will initiate a new Disability Employment Coalition on October 1st to ensure that all individuals with disabilities, who want to work, will have access to services and employers that will enable them to do so. The coalition is open to all employers and the public who may have an interest in the topic. Confirmed attendees include Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Eldorado Casino, Shreveport Convention Center, Brookshire's Grocery, Bossier Parish Community College and the Service Companies.

To find out more about the coalition, or the employment services offered at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, contact Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development, at 318-629-5980 or visit www.goodwillnla.org.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana
Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Goodwill has been on Forbes' list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years, the only nonprofit featured on that list. Since 2010, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped place more than 50,000 individuals people into employment.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana's, ten retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also employment to those in need, and a revenue stream to support Goodwill's charitable mission. In addition, a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance, allows Goodwill to expand further employment opportunities by contracting with federal, state, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Goodwill also offers multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana programs or services, or to find a location near you, visit www.goodwillnla.org.

September 17, 2019

Goodwill Industries & Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College Team Up to Host Job Fair September 19

Shreveport, LA - On Thursday, September 19, 2019, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana and Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College will host a job fair at the NLTCC-Shreveport Campus located at 2010 North Market Street, Building E, Shreveport.

Caddo Parish Schools, Continental Drilling & Services, Preferred Care at Home, Red River Sanitors, Adecco, Sabre Industries, Teleperformance, US Census Bureau, Cricket Wireless, Frito Lay, Primerica, AAFES Exchange and the Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen are just a few of the companies that will have representatives accepting applications, doing interviews and filling open positions by job fair attendees. This event is free and open to the public and will be from 10am to 1pm.

"Goodwill's focus is on putting people to work in stable, competitive employment and giving them the skills needed to stay in those jobs," Darelene Robinson, Open Placement Manager says. "A job fair is a great way to introduce our clients to employers who are needing to fill positions, and hire the right people on the spot."

Goodwill believes that giving people a hand up is much more valuable than a hand out. Opening doors to people who need jobs, not only empowers the citizens of Shreveport and all of the communities we serve to succeed, but also helps the city as a whole by providing a well-trained and inspired workforce.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana
Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Goodwill has been on Forbes' list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years, the only nonprofit featured on that list. Since 2010, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped place more than 50,000 individuals people into employment.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana's, ten retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also employment to those in need, and a revenue stream to support Goodwill's charitable mission. In addition, a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance, allows Goodwill to expand further employment opportunities by contracting with federal, state, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Goodwill also offers multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana programs or services, or to find a location near you, visit www.goodwillnla.org.