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Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, Inc.
Available Resources for Goodwill SJV Team Members

As we all take measures to ensure the health and safety of our families, Goodwill San Joaquin Valley offers support to its team members through gathering of this list of resources that may be of help to you. As the status changes, this list of resources will be updated.

Agency Communications

  • Email: Important communications and timeline reminders are coming to you through our PayCom system to the email you have on file. Please log in to to update your contact information (under the Information tab). Debbye in Payroll can help you log in (call 209-466-2311 x 1050), but any changes to an employee’s record must be made directly by the employee in the system.


  • A message from PG&E announcing “No Disconnection”
    “We understand that many of our customers are facing severe economic challenges because of this crisis, as businesses and schools close. In consideration of this, PG&E will not disconnect any customer’s power for nonpayment during this health crisis. We want customers to have confidence in this time that they can turn on the lights, keep the heat on and cook on their stoves.” March 24, 2020
  • United Way offers assistance with bills, rent, and food through their COVID-19 community economic relief fund. Call 866-211-9966 and provide your home zip code and you will be provided with a list of local agencies to provide the assistance needed.


  • El Torito Restaurants (all cities) are offering free meals for children 12 and under until schools resume.
  • Public school districts are providing free drive-thru “grab and go” meals for children ages 0-18. (Children must be with you and visible in your vehicle.) Find details for your school district at this website:
  • Food Banks
    • Emergency Food Bank Stockton / San Joaquin, 7 W. Scotts Avenue, Stockton: Call 209-464-7369
    • Second Harvest Food Bank (serving San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties):
      Visit or call 209-239-2091 for food distribution times and locations.
    • Merced County Food Bank: Call 209-726-3663
    • Madera County Food Bank, 225 Pine Street, Madera: Call 559-674-1482
    • Fresno Community Food Bank, 3403 E. Central Ave, Fresno: Call 559-237-3663
    • Central CA Food Bank, 4010 E Amendola Drive, Fresno: Call 559-257-3663
    • Salvation Army, 1824 Fulton Street, Fresno: Call 559-233-0149
    • Bethlehem Center, 1638 N. Dinuba Blvd., Visalia: Call 559-734-1572
    • Foodlink, 7427 W. Sunnyview Ave, Visalia: Call 559-651-3663


  • Crisis Text Line: Are you feeling anxious or fearful? You’re not alone! Text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a Crisis Counselor who is waiting to help. This is a 24/7 texting resource.
  • 2-1-1 Services: Call 2-1-1 for free, confidential referrals to local non-emergency services you may need in the areas of crisis help, housing, healthcare, counseling, substance abuse, education, food, financial help, employment training, children and senior services, marriage/relationships, transportation and legal services.


Please check city and county websites for additional updated information regarding the COVID-19 and additional services your community may be providing during this challenging time. Here are a few:

  • State COVID website:
    Here you will find state guidance, FAQs, downloadable graphics and PSAs.
  • EDD – Unemployment Insurance Claims
    The fastest way is to file online:

    Self-Service Phone Line (available 24/7):

    English: 866-333-4606
    Spanish: 866-333-4606

    Call a UI Representative: 800-300-5616

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION Resources are available HERE. Para español, haga clic AQUI.

Employee Assistance Program

Effective July 1st, 2020 Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, Inc. rolled out an Employee Assistance Program for all full time and Part Time team members. The Employee Assistance Program is through a third party vendor called Concern. This benefit is at no cost to the employee. This benefit includes anonymous assistance intended to help our employees and their immediate family members. All Concern personnel are license professionals in the following areas:

  • Short term counseling
  • Financial services through a Certified Finical Advisor (this includes tax preparation)
  • Adult/Family Care
  • Parent/Childcare issues
  • LUMA ( a digital format for computer & tablet users)
  • Performance improvement issues-coaching and assistance for Managers
  • Legal expertise

To connect with Concern, follow these easy steps:

  • Check your breakroom for posters, business cards and refrigerator magnets. You can call Concern directly or go to their website for a listing of all the services they can provide.
  • For any related issues, please call Denise-Marie Gibbs for how you activate your services, questions, inquiries or family support:  209-495-3443 (cell phone number) / 209-466-2311 x 1005 (office line)

Goodwill stores and donations sites temporarily closed

In response to Governor Newsom's statewide Shelter in Place Order of March 19, 2020, Goodwill San Joaquin Valley closed its retail stores and donation sites effective March 20, 2020, and further notice.

Please hang on to your donations until we are able to resume operations!  

Ginis Receive 2019 Goodwill Helping Hands Award

Gene and Dianne Gini were honored with Goodwill's 2019 Helping Hands Award at EVENING OF GOOD WILL on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, Stockton, CA. 

The Goodwill Foundation Board of the Directors thoughtfully selected Gene and Dianne for this honor. The award recognizes community leaders who have shown deep respect for the dignity and value of every individual and their economic participation in society.   

The list of past honorees is long and impressive: 


David Brewer 


Judith Chambers 


Patrick Johnston 


Joan & Dino Cortopassi 


Judge Rolleen McIlwrath 


Marion Jacobs 


Robert (Bob) Kavanaugh 


Dea and Ron Berberian 


Andy Prokop 


Peter Jaffe 


Douglass (Doug) Eberhardt 


Mimi Eberhardt 


Phylliss & Fritz Grupe 


Douglass (Doug) Wilhoit 


Ole Mettler 


William (Bill) Trezza 




Michael P. Duffy 




Gene and Dianne Gini 

Assemblymember Tours Goodwill SJV Headquarters

August 16, 2019 (Stockton)  Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, Inc. President/CEO Denise Ost was honored to host Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman on a tour of Goodwill's Headquarters located in Downtown Stockton on Friday, including the Corporate Administrative Offices, E-Commerce Operations ( and their Northern Distribution Center and "As-Is" bulk sales.

Joining the tour was Rich Aschieris (Port of Stockton Director), Goodwill SJV Board Chair Jeff Gilbert (Verve Networks) and Board Directors Kate Lindell (Edward Jones) and Melanie Vieux (WMB Architects).


David's Story

David Holland is a driver now.

This December, David Holland will celebrate his 10th anniversary working for Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley. He will also celebrate 10 years of having a roof over his head at night, and 10 years of receiving a steady paycheck that puts food on the family table.

I will always be grateful to Goodwill for giving me a chance when no one else would.

David Holland

In 2009, David and his wife became victims of the great recession. They both lost their jobs and then lost their apartment. They used their meager unemployment to keep themselves and their clothes clean, to buy toiletries, to eat and to support their job search. At night, they slept in a building alcove across the street from the Employment Development Department offices. When the EDD doors opened at 8:00 a.m., the Hollands were there--clean, dressed for interviews and ready for their job search.

Through the daily grind of this months-long job search, David never lost hope. He always showed up. One cold day in early December, the counselor told him about a job at Goodwill. While David walked the long blocks to Grant Street, the counselor contacted Melissa in Goodwill SJV's HR department and explained David's situation and his determination to get a job (how David showed up every day, ready to roll).

David was hired for a job in the warehouse. He still chokes up when he remembers receiving his first paycheck on December 23. On December 24, the Hollands moved into their apartment and spent their first warm night off the streets. Christmas 2009 is a special date in David's memory. "I will always be grateful to Goodwill for giving me a chance when no one else would."

Super Bowl LIII Raffle

Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, Inc. is one of 33 not-for-profit agencies throughout San Joaquin County that has partnered with The Community Foundation of San Joaquin to raise funds for our agencies through the Foundation’s 11th Annual Super Bowl Raffle.  More information can be found by calling Goodwill SJV at 209-466-2311, x 1013.