Since Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania's founding in 1919, the core of our mission is the belief in the potential that lies within each and every human being. The work that we do seeks to eliminate barriers that prevents any individual from the opportunities before them in reaching their fullest potential, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
Goodwill cannot and will not tolerate racism or other social injustices in any form and all that it does to destroy the lives of individuals, families and the greater good of our communities. Our organization is committed to speaking up and calling out such injustices to all marginalized people that are bred by hatred and intolerance which prevent those among us from having the same opportunities in life.
We support those who come together peacefully in wanting to create positive change. But we must ensure that this time their voices are not disregarded once again, and their message is heard loud and clear. In the words of Winston Churchill “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
As an important community institution, Goodwill will work to be a vital part of accelerating needed change:
• We will implement our own comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
• We will stand with others in the community to promote healing.
• We will play a lead role in stronger advocacy.
• We will institute programs, policies and practices focused on creating a community that is fair and equal for all. Racism and other social injustices should have no place in our nation’s present and cannot be part of our future.
We must put our perceived differences aside and join forces to affect change. We can be much stronger together!