NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Throughout October, Goodwill joins employers, government agencies and nonprofits to celebrate the contributions made by workers with disabilities as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).
 
In 2021, Goodwill organizations across North America provided services to nearly 140,000 people with disabilities. Goodwill is made up of a network of 156 independent, community-based organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job placement, training programs and support services for anyone facing challenges to finding employment, including those with disabilities.
 
Goodwill organizations provide a wide range of support services to people with disabilities, including
services like rehabilitation programs for people with injuries or illnesses, occupational skills training, and job readiness and soft skills training.
 
The theme for NDEAM 2022, ““Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” recognizes the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce.
 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that just over 22.5 of Americans with disabilities participate in the labor force. That compares with more than 67% of workers in the general population.
 
People with disabilities are a dependable and valuable workforce who have higher rates of employee retention, which reduces hiring and training costs.
 
NDEAM highlights the importance of inclusive policies and practices to ensure that all Americans who want to work can work, and that they have access to services that will enable them to do so.
 
NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” It was renamed to National Disability Employment Awareness Month and became a month-long event in 1988.
 
To learn more about Goodwill’s job skills training programs visit: www.mariongoodwill.org
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Confessions of a Luxury-Obsessed Thrift Shopper

By Felicia Czochanski

With National Thrift Shop Day on the horizon – August 17th – it’s the perfect time to share my love letter to my local Goodwill store, and some serendipitous confessions of a luxury-loving second-hand shopper. I first started thrift shopping when I was in college – I stumbled upon a Goodwill store in the Flatiron District where after a half hour of scouring through the racks, I would have this magic, serendipitous moment where I’d find a luxury item that just happened to be in my size.

The first time this happened, I came across a new-with-tags Prada blouse. I felt butterflies – almost jittery with excitement. How was it possible that this beautiful silk blouse with a $400 price tag had been waiting for me in this very rack for the mere cost of $14.99? It was a perfect fit, and I still have it to this day. Subsequent trips to this same Goodwill store resulted in scoring similarly magical finds including a Missoni top, Valentino sweater and blouse set, and Gucci halter top. My love for these Italian designers was buzzing with serendipity! There was no way I could have allowed myself to spend retail price money on those items, and so luckily I had my trips to Goodwill to allow me the luxury of incredible designer fabric all for under $20 an item.

Since my move to Brooklyn, I’ve continued to make the trek uptown to visit my favorite Goodwill store, and stop in other locations depending on where in the city I am that day. I love seeing how the inventory changes with each part of the city – the closer you are to NYU the more likely you are to find fun going out items, the closer you are to the Upper East Side or Gramercy Park, the more likely you’ll score finds like my Italian designer collections. I love stopping in new locations throughout the city and Goodwill stores wherever I’m traveling. Recently on a trip to Chicago, I scored a Tory Burch caftan for $7.99 and a See By Chloe dress for $10. These finds have become closet staples, and prove to be fun mementos from my trip!

Upon my return to Brooklyn, I came across this pair of gorgeous Balenciaga leather sandals with their signature studs for the price of $7.99… this pair of shoes is really worth upwards of $300, so I was so thrilled about the score, I didn’t bother trying them on. Turns out, they’re not my size, but they are my sister’s size – so Tori wins this awesome Goodwill find!

Are you a second-hand obsessed Goodwill shopper like me, always on the hunt for the best luxury deal? Show us your thrift love and best Goodwill finds on your social media channels with the hashtag, #thriftlove and be sure to tag us.

We can’t wait to see your favorite finds and fun experiences thrifting for National Thrift Shop Day!

Ten Steps to Get Organized for Back-To-School Clothes Shopping

By Lorie Morrero

We are fast approaching back-to-school time and now is a great time to share how to get ahead of the game with a quick project to ease your way into the shopping season.

Soon, back-to-school ads will be promoted everywhere, including your nearest Goodwill, with great deals on clothing and supplies. But the only way to take full advantage of these savings is to know what you need in the first place!

You can save the most time, money, and hassle if you know what you already have that works, what each child needs for the current season and what each child needs for the next season. So let’s help you get a step ahead by getting your kids’ clothing organized for some savvy shopping.

TEN STEPS TO BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHING ORGANIZATION

Typically, you want to get as much of this project done as possible without the kids and involve them for a targeted amount of time at the end. If kids are older or if they are interested in the process, they may benefit from being involved so that they can learn from what you’re doing.

You’ll need the following supplies to get started:

  • Paper grocery sacks,
  • Plastic storage bins,
  • Permanent marker,
  • Paper and
  • Pen.
  • Bonus: label maker for bins

Let’s dive in:

  1. Get the laundry done as much as possible to give you a full view of what you have. As you fold the laundry, note the sizes of the kids’ underwear, shirts and pants. Also make a note of anything that needs to be replaced.
  2. Tell the kids you’re going to ask them later to try on a few clothes to see if they fit. Many children cooperate better if they have been given advance notice to transition into activities.
  3. Start with the folded clothing in their dresser drawers, such as socks, underwear, shorts and sweaters. Check each item for size and wear-and-tear, neaten it up and organize it as needed. Make note along the way of anything you need to purchase.
  4. If you’re not sure whether something fits, start a try-on pile for each child for later.
  5. Anything that has been outgrown can be placed in a paper sack to donate to Goodwill. Mark the bag with the permanent marker with the word “donate.” You can also label and use the bags to sort other items like toys that need putting away in other rooms.
  6. If you have younger family members who may want outgrown items as hand-me-downs, put these items in storage bins and label the full boxes by gender, range of sizes and season.
  7. Next, move to the closet and tackle the hanging clothing. Keep noting what needs replacing and areas that are coming up short. Consider everything in terms of “good school clothes” and count how many shirts, pants and dresses will currently work.
  8. Once you’ve gone through all of each child’s clothing, take whatever’s left in the try-on pile and grab the kids for a try-on session. Some kids may be more cooperative if you let them try-on while they watch a favorite show as a treat, and some may think it’s a big fun fashion show! Do have fun with it and work with your child’s preferences to make it painless for everyone.
  9. Write down everything you notice that is needed and the correct sizes for everyone. Don’t forget underwear, socks, belts, ties, hair accessories, jackets, sweaters, school uniforms, “party clothes,” athletic shoes, casual shoes and dress shoes.
  10. Take your bags of donations to your nearest Goodwill donation center. You can find the closest one using our locator. You’ll be helping fund programs and services in your own community that help people get good jobs while helping the planet too!

Now you’re ready! Your kids’ clothes are organized, and you have a list of exactly what you need to get from the big sales in a few weeks. And don’t forget the bargains you can get every day shopping at Goodwill, where gently used kids’ clothing can be the perfect way to save even more.

Happy summer and welcome back students!

July News!

It’s prime time for summer parties! Here are a few DIY ideas for your next backyard bash: http://bit.ly/1OqwXwS  

Did you know that National Give Something Away Day takes place on July 15th every year? This observance gives people the opportunity to clear up space by encouraging them to give away or donate things they no longer need. To celebrate, you can give something away, to Goodwill!

It’s yard sale season! Once you’re done selling, make sure to drop the remaining items off at Goodwill! Visit www.mariongoodwill.org for donation centers and hours. Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.

Happy Fourth of July!

We hope you have a fantastic #FourthOfJuly! 🎆

HAPPY JUNE 19TH!

In upholding our commitment to equity and inclusion, we recognize the importance of Juneteenth – a holiday commemorating the end of slavery for more than four million African Americans across the United States – and join all in celebrating emancipation!

To learn more about the history of this holiday and the symbolism of the Juneteenth flag, please visit the Humanity Archive’s podcast episode about Juneteenth: https://www.thehumanityarchive.com/podcast/juneteenth

We hope you’ve had a warm and wonderful Father’s Day! 💙🌻

Happy Pride Month

It’s PRIDE MONTH! As an organization whose mission centers around eliminating barriers to employment for vulnerable populations, Goodwill supports the LGBTQ+ community and continues to advocate for our employees, participants, and community members to have access to meaningful work and thus improve their overall quality of life.

Thank You to our 2022 Wheel-a-Thon Sponsors

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day Style With Green Goodwill Finds

Goodwill has you covered when it comes to finding the perfect green-themed looks for St. Patrick’s Day.

With Saint Patrick’s Day – and spring – right around the corner, it seems that green is starting to sprout up everywhere you look. Regardless of your St. Patty Day plans, Goodwill has got you covered when it comes time to find the perfect green-inspired outfit. Plus, when it comes to shopping at Goodwill, you’re doing a favor to your wallet and the environment – so that’s double the green for everyone!

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season!

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support, and wish you and your family a happy holiday.

Michelle Roberts, President & CEO – Marion Goodwill Industries

2021 Goodwill Halloween Survey Uncovers Trends for the Halloween Season

According to Goodwill’s annual Halloween Survey, three in four Americans (74%) plan to celebrate Halloween this year. The most popular ways people plan to celebrate include giving out candy to trick-or-treaters (41%), wearing a costume or dressing up (34%), decorating their homes (34%) and attending a party (either in-person or virtual) with family/friends (24%).

As many people plan to partake in traditional Halloween activities this year, safety concerns around COVID-19 loom over the season. A majority of Americans (73%) say overall safety concerns due to the pandemic will have some impact on their Halloween plans this year. Most say their plans will be affected a lot (32%) or somewhat (29%), while 12% feel their plans will be impacted a little.

Roughly two-thirds of adults indicate their Halloween plans will be impacted to some extent by concerns with unvaccinated family members, friends or neighbors (67%) and/or the inability of children ages 12 and younger to get vaccinated (65%).

“Halloween is Goodwill’s busiest season as customers embrace do-it-yourself costume and décor shopping at Goodwill stores,” said Beth Whitaker, VP Retail of Marion Goodwill. “There are many ways to celebrate Halloween while taking safety precautions during the pandemic. Whatever your plans, Goodwill stores are a one-stop shop with a wide range of Halloween merchandise to fit your needs.”

The Goodwill Halloween Survey also found that Halloween costumes based on pop culture trends or characters from TV, movies, video games or books are the most popular among respondents planning to dress up this year. Twenty-eight percent preferred these kinds of costumes this year, followed by iconic Halloween costumes, such as witches, ghosts, zombies or werewolves (25%), and very unique, one-of-a-kind costumes (24%).

The survey also found that Goodwill stores top the list (88%) of favorite places to shop among those who prefer DIY costumes and look for materials at thrift stores. Two-thirds (66%) of adults who prefer DIY costumes say they or members of their household turn to social media and websites for DIY costume ideas and inspiration. Pinterest (32%) and YouTube (31%) are the top-cited social media platforms, followed by Facebook (22%), Instagram (20%) and TikTok (15%). For more information and a fact sheet with additional Goodwill Halloween Survey results as well as to explore costume ideas, and DIY décor and makeup tutorials, visit goodwill.org/Halloween.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Throughout October, Goodwill joins employers, government agencies and nonprofits to celebrate the contributions made by workers with disabilities as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

In 2020, Goodwill organizations across North America provided services to nearly 160,000 people with disabilities. Goodwill is made up of a network of 156 independent, community-based organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job placement, training programs and support services for anyone facing challenges to finding employment, including those with disabilities.

Goodwill organizations provide a wide range of support services to people with disabilities, including occupational skills training, job readiness and soft skills training, and rehabilitation programs to assist with physical recovery.

This year’s theme for NDEAM, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” highlights the talents of workers with disabilities at a time when companies have a critical need for skilled and reliable workers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that just over 21% of Americans with disabilities participate in the labor force. That compares with more than 67% of workers in the general population.

The BLS also reports the jobless rate among workers with disabilities is double that of those without disabilities (10.9% versus 5%, as reported in August 2021).

People with disabilities are a dependable and valuable workforce who have higher rates of employee retention, which reduces hiring and training costs.

NDEAM highlights the importance of inclusive policies and practices to ensure that all Americans who want to work can work, and that they have access to services that will enable them to do so.

NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” It was renamed to National Disability Employment Awareness Month and became a month-long event in 1988.

To learn more about Goodwill’s job skills training programs visit www.mariongoodwill.org

Ten Steps to Get Organized for Back-To-School Clothes Shopping


By Lorie Morrero

We are fast approaching back-to-school time and now is a great time to share how to get ahead of the game with a quick project to ease your way into the shopping season.


Soon, back-to-school ads will be promoted everywhere, including your nearest Goodwill, with great deals on clothing and supplies. But the only way to take full advantage of these savings is to know what you need in the first place!
You can save the most time, money, and hassle if you know what you already have that works, what each child needs for the current season and what each child needs for the next season. So let’s help you get a step ahead by getting your kids’ clothing organized for some savvy shopping.


TEN STEPS TO BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHING ORGANIZATION
Typically, you want to get as much of this project done as possible without the kids and involve them for a targeted amount of time at the end. If kids are older or if they are interested in the process, they may benefit from being involved so that they can learn from what you’re doing.
You’ll need the following supplies to get started:
• Paper grocery sacks
• Plastic storage bins
• Permanent marker
• Paper and Pen.
• Bonus: label maker for bins


Let’s dive in:

  1. Get the laundry done as much as possible to give you a full view of what you have. As you fold the laundry, note the sizes of the kids’ underwear, shirts and pants. Also make a note of anything that needs to be replaced.
  2. Tell the kids you’re going to ask them later to try on a few clothes to see if they fit. Many children cooperate better if they have been given advance notice to transition into activities.
  3. Start with the folded clothing in their dresser drawers, such as socks, underwear, shorts and sweaters. Check each item for size and wear-and-tear, neaten it up and organize it as needed. Make note along the way of anything you need to purchase.
  4. If you’re not sure whether something fits, start a try-on pile for each child for later.
  5. Anything that has been outgrown can be placed in a paper sack to donate to Goodwill. Mark the bag with the permanent marker with the word “donate.” You can also label and use the bags to sort other items like toys that need putting away in other rooms.
  6. If you have younger family members who may want outgrown items as hand-me-downs, put these items in storage bins and label the full boxes by gender, range of sizes and season.
  7. Next, move to the closet and tackle the hanging clothing. Keep noting what needs replacing and areas that are coming up short. Consider everything in terms of “good school clothes” and count how many shirts, pants and dresses will currently work.
  8. Once you’ve gone through all of each child’s clothing, take whatever’s left in the try-on pile and grab the kids for a try-on session. Some kids may be more cooperative if you let them try-on while they watch a favorite show as a treat, and some may think it’s a big fun fashion show! Do have fun with it and work with your child’s preferences to make it painless for everyone.
  9. Write down everything you notice that is needed and the correct sizes for everyone. Don’t forget underwear, socks, belts, ties, hair accessories, jackets, sweaters, school uniforms, “party clothes,” athletic shoes, casual shoes and dress shoes.
  10. Take your bags of donations to your nearest Goodwill donation center. You can find the closest one using our locator. You’ll be helping fund programs and services in your own community that help people get good jobs while helping the planet too!
    Now you’re ready! Your kids’ clothes are organized, and you have a list of exactly what you need to get from the big sales in a few weeks. And don’t forget the bargains you can get every day shopping at Goodwill, where gently used kids’ clothing can be the perfect way to save even more. Happy summer and welcome back students!

THANK YOU BOB!

Bob Jordan, President & CEO

Last week we said goodbye to our longtime President & CEO, Bob Jordan. Bob left a position he lived and loved for 34 years. He took us from a single small retail shop with a handful of employees to an organization with 300+ employees and multiple stores, the organization has grown dramatically under his leadership. Bob believes in the power of work to change individual lives and has seen many successes over his term, and each and every Goodwill person was treated like a family member. There isn’t enough that can be said for his personal relationship with nearly everyone, his community involvement, his dedication to our mission and to the incredible success that we’ve experienced under his leadership. We wish him well in his retirement.

CONGRATULATIONS

Michelle Roberts

The Marion Goodwill Board of Trustees and Staff would like to welcome and congratulate Michelle Roberts on her new role as President & CEO of Marion Goodwill. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment and vision for the future will help us fulfill our mission to reach and shape lives and positively impact the communities we serve. Congratulations Michelle.

Marion Goodwill Continues Path of Excellence with CARF Re-Accreditation

Marion Goodwill Industries is pleased to announce the renewal of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers.

This three-year accreditation for Goodwill’s community employment- job development services cements more than 40 years of exceptional service to individuals with barriers to employment.

CARF was complimentary of Marion Goodwill’s exceptional service and reputation:

  • The employment specialist serves each consumer as of that person was the only consumer. The specialist exudes warmth, compassion, flexibility, and a strong spirit of encouragement and honesty. The specialist’s professional mission is to see that every consumer meets the goal to work. The specialist accomplishes this through abundant communications with consumers, referral sources, and stakeholders while maintaining the consumer’s right to confidentiality and privacy. The specialist connects well with consumers, especially since the onset of COVID-19 when it became clear that consumers were experiencing issues with mental health. The specialist describes the most rewarding aspect of her job is being able to “help consumers overcome barriers to get the jobs they want.” One consumer experienced difficulties and the consumer’s case was closed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities; however, the organization kept the consumer’s case open and helped the consumer achieve employment that has now been held for four years. Employers reach out to Marion Goodwill Industries for candidates to fill their open positions.
  • Marion Goodwill Industries’ staff members are clearly dedicated professionals who work hard to achieve excellence. It is also clear that they are a fun bunch of people who hold one another in warm regard.
  • Marion Goodwill Industries is also applauded for identifying alternative methods for persons served to fully participate in the services during the health pandemic and while schools were on lockdown.

A signature benefit of CARF Accreditation for consumers is the determination that a provider is committed to continuously improving service quality and focusing on the satisfaction of the persons served.

Marion Goodwill Industries CEO Retires, and Successor Named

After 34 years of service to Marion Goodwill Industries, Bob Jordan, President and CEO, announced his plans to retire in the winter of 2020. His last working day will be June 30, 2021.

Jordan was named President & CEO of Marion Goodwill Industries in 1987. During his tenure at Marion Goodwill Industries, the organization:

  • grew from employing 25 people to more than 300;
  • expanded retail operations from 1 to 10 locations including Shopgoodwill.com
  • increased annual revenue from $250,000 to over 11 million to support the growth of programs & services
  • created the Marion Goodwill Wheel-a-Thon
  • opened the Goodwill Education & Training Center
  • increased the number of persons served to more than 6000 annually
  • developed community partnerships in the 5 counties we serve
  • now owns and operates 23 rental units for low income & accessible housing

Jordan and his wife Jan have four sons and nine grandchildren. He plans to continue to live in Marion and stay involved and supportive of the Marion community. After retirement, his plans include spending more time with his friends and family, time at Lake Erie and traveling.

Jordan stated that he appreciates the strong community support over the years and the opportunity to lead such an outstanding organization.

Paul Omness, past chair of Goodwill’s Board of Trustees shared, “We mark this period in our Goodwill’s history with a change in leadership. Our longtime CEO, Bob Jordan, is leaving a position he lived and loved for 34 years. Bob took us from a single small retail shop with a handful of employees to an organization with 300+ employees and multiple stores and has grown the organization dramatically under his leadership. He believes in the power of work to change individual lives and has seen many successes over his term, and each and every Goodwill person was treated like a family member. There isn’t enough that can be said for his personal relationship with nearly everyone, his community involvement, his dedication to our mission and to the incredible success that we’ve experienced under his leadership. We wish him well in his retirement.”

With Jordan’s retirement approaching, Goodwill’s Board of Trustees announced, effective July 1, 2021, Michelle Roberts has been named President and CEO.

Roberts is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Mission Services for Marion Goodwill. She has been employed with Marion Goodwill for 12 years. Roberts has a Master in Business Administration from Franklin University and an undergraduate degree in Education plus 40 hours in Education at the Graduate level from The Ohio State University. She is a 2019 graduate of the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development program.

In her current role, Roberts has developed, applied for, been awarded, and managed 26 programs/grants, which have served over 6000 community members in a year.  Her vision is to focus daily on the organization’s growth, employee’s personal development, community awareness, and community partnerships while achieving goals and outcomes, impacting those that Goodwill serves while enjoying what we do.

In addition to her role at Marion Goodwill Industries, she has served as a Board Member on the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI), Core Member of the Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaborative Board of Directors (MAWAC), volunteered as an Ally for Bridges Out of Poverty, participated in the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce HR and Safety Council and has been an active member of Family Life Church.

“I could not be more grateful to accept the position as President/CEO to this well-established and well-loved organization that consists of an extremely talented team and long history of dedication to Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, and Union counties,” says Roberts. “My goal in leading this organization is to build on the achievements of the past 44 years.

Roberts resides in Marion County with her husband Jeremy and their two children, Brandon and Brittany. 

“One of the pivotal times in the life of a very successful organization is when there is a transition in the leadership. There is no question Marion Goodwill has grown and prospered, both in terms of community impact and financial outreach, during Bob Jordan’s tenure as CEO. One of the things Bob has done very successfully is facilitate the development of his leadership team.” states Don Stone, chair of Goodwill’s Board of Trustees.  

“Someone once said, in order to guarantee the continuing success of an organization the most important thing a CEO can do is groom their replacement. By mentoring, encouraging, providing opportunities for advancement and seeing to it that requisite leadership skills were developed, he did exactly that and the evidence is in the hiring of Michelle Roberts as his successor.”

“Michelle is intimately familiar with how and why Marion Goodwill has achieved a very high level of success. With her knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment and vision for the future of the organization, and with the support of the Board of Trustees, she will guide it in efforts to continue to fulfill its mission to reach and shape lives and positively impact the communities it serves.”

Virtual Wheel-a-Thon

Now more than ever, we are so grateful for the community that has funded, volunteered, celebrated, and advocated for Marion Goodwill through the years at our annual Wheel-a-Thon event.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be able to hold our Wheel-a-Thon event this year. Because our mission of “Building Lives That Work” has not stopped during the pandemic, we are asking you to continue to support our work this year through our Virtual Wheel-a-Thon.

Our Virtual Wheel-a-Thon is simply a request for a financial donation to help support our programs and services. Goodwill’s Workforce Development Department and Mission Services programs help individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment explore possible careers, prepare for the job market, and find appropriate employment opportunities within their community.

Your financial support helps individuals such as Jordan, find purpose, pride and dignity. Jordan was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, but that does not stop him from getting where he wants to go. Jordan was introduced to Goodwill at the age of three when he attended one of our Wheel-a-Thon events. Jordan and his family are active race participants and have won the past ten (plus) years.

Jordan has participated in several Goodwill programs. During the Summer Youth Program, he worked in the contracts division at Goodwill, where he learned skills needed for the world of work. He has also worked with our Workforce Development Office and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Through our Strengthening Families Program, we were able to help Jordan purchase his first bicycle, a three-wheeled hand cycle. Jordan loves boating, camping, video games, hanging out with his best friend and racing in the Goodwill Wheel-a-Thon!

Supporting the Virtual Wheel-a-Thon, is the safest, simplest, and most effective way to financially support us, as we adapt to ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19.

Thank you in advance for your financial donation. Please call (740) 223-3114 with any additional questions. Click here for a sponsor form.

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

Girl Scouts Good Turn Day

On Saturday, November 5th, Scouts across Ohio will visit Goodwill stores to earn a special patch for Good Turn Day. The partnership between Marion Goodwill Industries and Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland allows Scouts the opportunity to participate by donating to their local Goodwill retail stores.

Members of the area Scout troops are asked to contribute one large bag of gently used items to the nine retail locations throughout Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow counties. In return, each Scout will receive a Good Turn Day fall 2022 patch.

The idea of Good Turn Day is to provide Girl Scouts an opportunity to do good for the community by collecting housewares, toys, home décor, clothing and other items to be donated to Goodwill Industries.

The Scouts’ efforts will help Goodwill’s mission as a nonprofit organization by helping the people in the community to build connections to better jobs and brighter futures.

Donations to Marion Goodwill Industries for Good Turn Day can be brought to any of the following Goodwill locations:

Delaware: 1135 Columbus Pike

Galion: 753 Carter Drive

Lewis Center: 123 Neverland Dr.

Marion: 1637 Marion Mt. Gilead Rd.

Marysville: 15709 US Rt. 36 East

Mt Gilead: 527 W. Marion Rd.

Powell: 9820 Brewster Lane

Sunbury: 149 St. Route 3

Westerville: 7107 Northgate Way

Create One-of-a-Kind Halloween Costumes for Less at Goodwill

Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find the unique Halloween costume guaranteed to impress your friends and family. Each year, millions of people come to Goodwill to find the pieces they need to create an amazing Halloween costumes for less. Whether you are looking for the perfect white shirt to complete a pirate or vampire costume or a vintage ball gown to become a zombie princess or prom queen, Goodwill has the clothing, shoes, and accessories you need for Halloween.

“Whether you have a costume in mind or you have no idea what to be for Halloween, Goodwill has you covered. Browse the aisles of clothing and unleash your creativity with accessories from Goodwill to complete your unique look,” Michelle Roberts, Marion Goodwill President & CEO said. “Shopping at Goodwill is fun and helps the community. Your Goodwill purchase helps fund job placement and training programs for people looking for employment.”

Each day, people donate clothes and other items that can be transformed into unique Halloween costumes, including clothing and accessories from different eras, imaginative props and more. You can find great costumes for your squad or family while staying within budget.

When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, you help fund job placement and training programs and other services that help people find jobs, earn paychecks and care for their families. To learn more about the Goodwill career services or to find your nearest Goodwill store or donation center, visit http://www.mariongoodwill.org.

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