Thanks to grants totaling $23,00 from three local foundations, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently began work on improving building security. Grants of $5,0000 from the Ward Beecher Foundation, $3,000 from the Home Savings Charitable Foundation and $15,000 from The Youngstown Foundation will enable Goodwill to cover most of the cost of the project to improve building and shopping security.
“The safety and security of our clients, employees, customers and other stakeholders is important, however it also affects our business operation, our community reputation and our accreditation,” says Mike McBride, executive director. Additionally, several staff member have attended recent trainings to ensure Goodwill is prepared on how to handle any security threats.
The funds will enable Goodwill to provide equipment and renovations that will allow Goodwill to lock down part of the building in case of an armed intruder, to upgrade Goodwill’s computer server and credit card scanners to ensure the most up to date security measures are in place The first phase of the updated security project has already begun with renovations to the reception area currently under construction. Both phases of the project should be completed by late fall or by the end of 2017.