We’re Back!!

Color of the Week sales are back! Visit your nearest Goodwill store in Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow counties to get 50% off Color of the Week tagged items. Every purchase funds job training and placement services that assist persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment gain valuable skills, education, and personalized service to help them achieve their career goals.

Updated Retail Store Hours

We are expanding our hours at the following locations starting June 14th, 2020: Galion, Mt. Gilead, Marion, Marysville and Sunbury. The hours will be: Sunday: 10am-6pm & Monday – Saturday: 9am-8pm.

For directions and more information – visit: www.mariongoodwill.org

In Need of Employment Assistance?

Our Education & Training Center offers help for all your employment needs, including:

  • Job Search Techniques
  • Job Leads & Placement
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills

Call 740.751.4282 or email mission@mariongoodwill.org for additional information

Thrift Love

Show a little love for Valentines Day with this X and O pillow ❤️

Click here for directions: bit.ly/2GNrmGR
#ThriftLove #DIY!


Marion Goodwill Store Receives Patriot Award

Destin Childers, Associate Manager at our Marion store nominated Store Manager, Sharri Moose for her support of his service in the National Guard and Reserve Force. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed. Marion Goodwill is proud to support Destin and the National Guard and Reserve Force.

Ditch Day

January 17th has become know as Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day. That’s because so many people drop their resolutions within the first few weeks of the year. Goodwill suggests doing the ditch-and-switch instead!

Consider:

Typically, New Year’s resolutions are tough to keep; according to one study, only 7 percent of people who made resolutions in 2019 actually stuck to them.

If you’re among the many people who’ve already set aside your New Year’s resolutions, think about doing good this Ditch Day by volunteering, mentoring, or having a social impact by donating to or shopping at Goodwill.

Don’t just ditch your New Year’s resolutions. Instead, switch to a new solution. Think about doing something you’ll hold onto throughout the year. Goodwill can help you ditch and switch. Go to www.goodwill.org to learn more.

How to Ditch and Switch:

Think less about the doing and more about the outcome. Having the right mindset can make all the difference. So, rather than pressing yourself by thinking “I have to clean this room today,” allow yourself to look forward to the finished product, “I’ll be happy when I can walk into the room without tripping over all of my stuff!”

Little steps add up to big steps. You know the old expression about not climbing a mountain in a single leap? It’s true here as well. Small steps for organization could include focusing on one room at a time. Or you could organize your clothes on one day, saving other days for household items or for cleaning up your inbox or files. As you check each item off your list, you’ll be closer to your larger goal.

Consider what’s most important to you. Maybe you really like helping other people. Maybe you want to protect the environment by recycling what you don’t need. Or perhaps you’d like to do something good in your local community. Goodwill can help with all sorts of ways to ditch your resolution and switch to a new solution. Go to www.goodwill.org for more!

Happy Holidays!

During the season, we take time to reflect upon the GOOD things we have…like you! We hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you an abundance of peace, joy and GOODWILL.

Build Brighter Futures Together This Giving Tuesday

Why Support Goodwill on Giving Tuesday?

Because Marion Goodwill helps people in our community overcome challenges to build skills, find jobs and grow their careers.

Last year alone, because of supporters like you, Marion Goodwill helped more than 5,000 people find new jobs, advance their careers, and receive life-changing support services. Marion Goodwill provides critical services to those who need it most, especially now. The individuals we serve work hard to overcome personal and professional barriers to prepare for, find and keep good jobs. Kraig was one of those individuals.

Before coming to Goodwill, Kraig made some poor decisions that put him in the position of having to start over. Kraig was referred to Goodwill and was enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

The SCSEP program is an on-the-job training and employment program designed to help those 55 and older update their job skills, build work experience and confidence, and gain economic security and well-being.

Our Senior Employment Program Manager, Mary, worked one-on-one with Kraig. They did an evaluation to determine his skill set and career interests. They worked on job search techniques and effective interview skills. Kraig received his on-the-job training at one of Goodwill’s retail stores, typically working 20 hours per week. Through the SCSEP program, we were able to provide Kraig with supportive services of clothing and food. Mary and Kraig also developed a housing and transportation plan.

After completing his training, Kraig was offered a position at our Mt. Gilead Goodwill Store. He is currently working in our donation center as a Donation Attendant. Some of his job duties include: assisting donors with their donations, providing receipts to donors, organizing the donations as they are brought in, processing the merchandise, keeping the area neat, clean and organized and maintaining accurate donation records.
Kraig was able to overcome the obstacles he faced and redefine his purpose. We hold true to our mission by recognizing ability, convinced that people often just need a chance to show what they can do. When people are able to work and support themselves, they experience a sense of purpose and dignity. We believe The Power of Work Changes Lives.

Help us give people in our community the chance to transform their lives and build brighter futures by donating to Goodwill this Giving Tuesday.

Donate at www.mariongoodwill.org

Happy Thanksgiving

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours.

We are Thankful for Your Continued Support.

Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Outfit with Goodwill

Enjoy #Thanksgiving this year in a thrifted outfit that’s chic and comfortable. Get started with some fashionable finds from Goodwill: bit.ly/2A3tMfq

3 VINTAGE COSTUME THEMES TO LOOK FOR THIS HALLOWEEN

As well as being fun, shopping for vintage looks can bring you an authentic costume for Halloween made up of truly unique pieces to integrate into your regular wardrobe during the other 364 days of the year. With donations pouring in from homes across the U.S. and Canada, at Goodwill® it’s super easy to track down looks inspired by some of your favorite TV shows and movies, especially those that remind us of a bygone era! Here are three vintage costume ideas to inspire your shopping this fall…

Image via brit.co

Ready to travel back to the ‘80s with me and the cast of Stranger Things? Pick your favorite character from the hit Netflix show (it’s Barb, right?) and head over to this Stranger Things costume breakdown from Brit + Co for their guidelines. With the basics they’ve laid out, you’ll be able to quickly comb through your local Goodwill’s selection to find what you need. Whether you seek mom jeans, cross-trainers, or a perfectly broken-in screen printed tee, the only place to meet your Carter/Reagan-era clothing goals will be at Goodwill, I promise.

Image via skirtastop.com

Go a little further back in history and you’ll find the shift dresses and saddle shoes of the early ‘60s that were perfectly embraced by Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. The tiny Sam and Suzy costumes pictured here were shared in this Halloween-centric blog post by Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. (South Bend, IN) and it, alongside the other ideas in the post, completely charmed me! As with every Anderson movie, there are so many one-of-a-kind characters — from Bill Murray’s despondent dad to Bruce Willis’s dim but devoted police officer, and the tribe of audacious khaki scouts — that could steal the show this Halloween, especially as a group costume!

Image via amazinggoodwill.com

Now if you’re ready to really head back in time, maybe you’ll want to dive leg-lamp first into a costume from the film A Christmas Story. Set in the frigid winter wonderland of suburban Indiana sometime around 1940, the costumes from this classic holiday movie are mostly humble and hardy, so they’re perfect if trick-or-treating tends to be cool where you live. Dress as Randy bundled up “like a tick about to pop” or Ralphie in his pajamas and galoshes with the highly-prized Red Ryder BB gun in hand. If low temperatures aren’t an issue where you live, you could take a little inspiration from the Major Award costume pictured above, which I found on Goodwill of North Georgia (Atlanta)’s Holidays & Occasions pinboard. Or, for a really eye-catching costume, search your local Goodwill for a set of pink footsie pajamas that you can add bunny ears to. It would be a Halloween to remember, for sure, and the perfect segue into the rest of the holiday season.

But let’s not dwell too much on the past. Goodwill believes that career navigation and skills attainment can lead to long-term economic stability for individuals, their families and the greater community, so it’s in programs designed to support these goals and build a brighter future for all that Goodwill invests their revenues. Don’t forget that, just like history, fashion repeats itself. So, pick up what you need for your vintage costume this year and hang onto it. When that style comes back in vogue you’ll instantly be ready for the runway.

All of these costumes would look great with a custom mask and some gloves to be sure you stay safe. Enjoy your socially distanced Halloween!

Workforce Development Professionals Month

September is Workforce Development Professionals Month. Local Goodwill’s help people find a job and grow their careers so they can change their lives. Let one of our Workforce Development professionals help you achieve a brighter future!

  • Mary Ewing – Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  • Beth Granlee – Employment Specialist – Job Readiness
  • Sherry Stapleton – Lead Employment Specialist – Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Tricia Cunningham – Mission Services Manager

You can contact our team at: 740.751.4282 or mission@mariongoodwill.org.

Mission: Building Lives That Work

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day

What Does Labor Day Mean to You?
For us, the holiday ties directly to our mission of “Building Lives That Work.” Each year, Goodwill provides free job training opportunities to individuals who are living with disabilities or other barriers to employment. And that’s cause for celebration — not just on Labor Day but every day. Your donations and purchases make our mission possible, so thank you for helping us to help others. Our stores are open until 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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