Mark Your Calendars – Fun things happening in May!!

Please Join Us! Savings & Budgeting Presentation  

Thursday, May 8th, 2014


Goodwill Delaware Store

1135 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

During this presentation you will learn how to establish a monthly budget, how to reduce everyday expenses and general cost-cutting tips.  

This presentation is brought to you by Matthew Tway – Fifth Third Bank  

Start budgeting today and save money!



Clear out your Garage in One Day with Jeff Ruth’s Tradio Garage Sale and Goodwill Industries!


Saturday, May 10th, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Marion Centre Mall

1509 Marion Waldo Rd., Marion, OH 43302

What: Jeff Ruth’s Garage Sale is a one-day mega sale featuring your items. The Marion and surrounding communities are invited to check out the best garage sale deals all in one location. Get there early for the best deals!

When: The event opens to the public on May 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Set-up for vendors begins at 8:00 a.m.

Where: Marion Centre Mall-1509 Marion-Waldo Rd. Marion, OH 43302

Rules and Regulations: Each Vendor will receive a 10 x 10 area to display Garage Sale items. There are to be no firearms on premises and no titled items such as vehicles, campers, motorcycles, etc. Booths will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Receipt must be presented the day of the event to claim booth space. Tables will not be supplied-you must bring your own tables and any equipment needed to unload.

You must bring your receipt the day of the event to claim your space. Limited space is available so sign up early for your spot!

Don’t want to pack back up? Vendors are encouraged to leave their unsold/unwanted items with Goodwill Industries the day of the event. Goodwill will also have a truck on site the day of the event to take donations.

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Goodwill Wheel-A-Thon Celebrates 24th Anniversary of Promoting Disability Awareness

Looking for a hands-on opportunity to promote disability awareness? Marion Goodwill’s 24th Annual Wheel-A-Thon is Saturday, May 17th at the Tri-Rivers Career Center parking lot located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road. For over 20 years now, the event has welcomed all members of the community to show their support for Goodwill and it’s mission to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers find employment. The Wheel-A-Thon features a wheelchair relay race, 50/50 raffle, auction of donated items from notable community patrons, and spaghetti dinner from the Warehouse.

Events for the Wheel-A-Thon kick off at 9:30 a.m. with team registration. The wheelchair races begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until one team is declared the big winner. The wheelchair race is a fun learning experience as three-person teams from various businesses, organizations, and schools discover how difficult it is to maneuver a wheelchair and make it move the way you want.

Throughout the event, racers and spectators can enjoy the auction and 50/50 raffle, both additional fundraisers for Goodwill. The grand finale will be the auction featuring items donated from local businesses. This year promises to deliver some intense bidding as there will be a small appliance package from Whirlpool, a lady’s 14K white gold amethyst and diamond pendant necklace from Carroll’s Jewelers, an OSU quilt from Stitch ‘n Fix, children’s birthday party from bluefusion entertainment, YMCA membership, gift certificates from local restaurants and much more!

The spaghetti dinner sponsored by The Warehouse will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Adult spaghetti dinner tickets are $5.00 and children are $3.00.

Wheelchair owners will want to take advantage of the Wheelchair Round-Up offered by Marion Area Physical Therapy, who will once again be providing their services from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Wheelchair Round-Up features a mobility station to make minor repairs and consultations to wheelchairs, free of charge. Each chair will receive a “tune-up”, which includes a power wash, complete inspection, and repairs.

Goodwill will also be accepting wheelchair donations on behalf of Wheels for the World, an internationally recognized organization, which collects and distributes wheelchairs to disabled individuals in need. If you would like to donate a gently used wheelchair, you can bring them to the Wheel-A-Thon or to a Goodwill store near you.

For additional information about the event, including how you or your business can form a team for the races, sponsor a team, or donate an auction item, contact Kathy Wink at (740) 223-3114. Again, the event is open to the public, no RSVP necessary for spectators.






Earth Day 2014


As our community prepares to mark Earth Day once again this April 22, the environmental movement has become more and more difficult for everyday people to navigate: a maze of climate change, carbon offsets, emissions guidelines and more. While these big-picture issues can often seem far removed from everyday life, Marion Goodwill encourages consumers to remember the widespread impact from one simple act: donating goods. 

For over 35 years Marion Goodwill has been an environmental pioneer of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice, diverting more than two billion pounds of clothing and household goods from landfills every year. In 2010, Marion Goodwill launched the Donate Movement, a public awareness platform that lets people calculate the social impact of their own clothing and household item donations. The Donate Movement website also offers consumers a step-by-step guide on how to organize a donation drive at a campus, school or other location, gives bloggers the opportunity to raise awareness by joining the Donate Movement Network, and provides resources on where to bring used goods for donation.  

On Earth Day this year, don’t forget that small actions can still have a big impact..

One Week Guide to Donating While Cleaning Helps Fund Job Training

More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all their unneeded stuff. As the green movement grows, consumers are increasingly concerned about reusing and recycling.

Marion Goodwill is calling on local communities to donate items that they used to love during this spring cleaning season. Goodwill collects used clothes and household goods and then use the revenues from sales to fund job training programs and community-based services. These services help job seekers with skills and search tools like résumé writing and job interview practice. By donating household goods, spring cleaners can help their neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed get off to a fresh start.

“When your spring cleaning ends with a donation to Goodwill, you not only extend the lifecycle of goods but you help fund Goodwill‘s employment programs that create jobs and strengthen families and your community,” said Kathy Wink, Goodwill Marketing Director.

This season, Goodwill compiled a Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, which provides suggestions on specific items that can be donated this year. Using Goodwill’s guide, consumers are encouraged to clean just one part of their house each day and find things to donate for seven consecutive days during this spring season. Examples include:

Day 1: Go through your closet and remove any clothing you no longer wear. Donate it to Goodwill. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.

#7 Days of Spring Cleaning

At the end of the week, consumers are encouraged to visit to calculate just how much of an impact their donations will have for people in their local communities.

“Spring cleaning is often one of the most daunting tasks of the year,” Wink, said. “At Goodwill, our goal is to not only make spring cleaning a fun activity for the whole family, but also to help people realize the positive impact their Goodwill donations have on their neighbors’ lives.”




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