Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania hosted a “Strengthening Lives, Building Communities” Gratitude Gathering to announce the purchase of its Lawrenceville campus, located at 118 52nd St., Pittsburgh. The event also celebrated Goodwill’s 100th anniversary and the kick off of the public phase of a $10 million capital campaign.
Speaking at the event were:
- Jeff Broadhurst, CEO, Eat’n Park
- Lauren Byrne-Connelly, Executive Director, Lawrenceville Corporation
- Shawn Hanlon, Chairperson, Goodwill Board of Directors
- Sara Innamorato, State Representative, District 21
- Rachel Kasper, Student in Goodwill High School Equivalency Prep Classes
- Bill Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.
- Michael Smith, President/CEO, Goodwill SWPA
In 2010, Goodwill SWPA moved from Pittsburgh’s South Side to its Workforce Development Center in Lawrenceville. In exercising a lease to purchase agreement with the Rubinoff Co., the Lawrenceville campus was purchased in January 2020.
“Today we are congratulating Goodwill for the purchase of this campus. It’s great to know that Goodwill will be an important part of the Lawrenceville community and the Pittsburgh region for many, many years to come,” said Lauren Byrne Connelly, Executive Director, Lawrenceville Corporation. “Over the last 10 years, Lawrenceville has made remarkable strides as a community and Goodwill has been an important part of that growth.”
The Lawrenceville campus houses two buildings. The 52nd Street building houses the Goodwill SWPA’s Workforce Development Center and the 51st Street building is being leased to tenants Moments Climbing USA, National Council of Jewish Women and Allegheny Health Network Home Medical Equipment. The Goodwill store located in the 51nd Street building will move to a new location in the 52nd Street facility in just a few weeks.
“Purchasing this campus is one of the most strategic and significant initiatives Goodwill has undertaken in our 100-year history,” according to Shawn Hanlon, Chairperson, Goodwill SWPA Board of Directors. “The purchase has a sustained positive financial impact that will help Goodwill continue to provide comprehensive integrated services to a diverse group of clients under one roof. In short, this campus allows Goodwill to better serve its clients and the community.”
The Goodwill Lawrenceville campus purchase is part of the first phase of a capital campaign to raise $10 million to increase self-sufficiency, strengthen infrastructure, and enhance workforce development. Goodwill SWPA has raised over $7 million to date.
The second phase of the capital campaign will focus on strengthening and enhancing programming across the western Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia service region and eliminating gaps in needed workforce development services. During the public phase of the campaign, Goodwill will be seeking the support of the community in its fundraising efforts.
“Much of Goodwill’s success throughout the years is due to a large number of generous supporters in the community who continue to help us,” said Mike Smith, President/CEO, Goodwill SWPA. “Already so many people have helped us by supporting this campaign. For the campus purchase, we are especially grateful to the leadership support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Allegheny Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation, and Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust.”
“Now that we have met our first goal and purchased the buildings on campus, it is essential that we seek out the support of the public as we move into phase two of this important campaign. We are counting on our neighbors and friends to financially help us to accomplish our program goals and continue to successfully fulfill our mission,” Smith said.
At the gathering event, attendees celebrated Goodwill’s SWPA 100th Anniversary by recognizing several individuals who were instrumental in moving Goodwill to Lawrenceville in 2010. Guests also viewed Goodwill SWPA’s 100th anniversary video which showcases community leaders wishing Goodwill a happy birthday. The event also included a presentation of a time capsule by Sara Innamarato, State Representative, District 21. The capsule, which is filled with well-wishes and letters from other Goodwill CEO’s from across the country and Goodwill memorabilia and photos, will be locked inside a wall in the Workforce Development Center and commemorated with a plaque.
The event concluded with a confetti-filled celebration followed by tours of the facility.
For more information about donating to Goodwill SWPA’s Capital Campaign, visit www.goodwillswpa.org/capitalcampaign.