Springing to a Fresh Start

social-graphic-freshIf there’s one thing we can all agree on this time of year, it’s that we’re just about ready for a fresh start. Winter, we’re done with you. With the cold season (finally) nearing a very welcome end, many of us will soon start gearing up for that annual de-hibernation ritual known as spring cleaning. This year at Goodwill, we’re encouraging people in our community to think of the spring cleaning season as both a time to offer a fresh start to bygone belongings and a time to give individuals in need of work a fresh start, too.

How? By donating clothes and household goods you no longer use to Goodwill, you can ensure that your own fresh start is multiplied by a power of three. Yes, you’ll get the benefit of cleaning out your house and shedding some of that cold-weather baggage, but you’ll also benefit from knowing that your spring cleaning will get a fresh start of its own by being diverted from landfills. Finally, by donating to Goodwill, you can help give people in your neighborhood a fresh start of their own, because the sale of your donations will fund local job training and placement programs.

Goodwill uses the revenues from the sale of goods at our stores to fund programs for job seekers, including youth, seniors, veterans and military families, people with disabilities, and others with specialized needs. In 2013 alone, Goodwill helped more than 9.8 million people train for careers in diverse sectors such as banking, IT and health care, just to name a few, and provided support services to help them land jobs and excel in their careers. Every one of us probably knows someone here in our community who is looking for work and could benefit from programs like these.

So please think of Goodwill when you start out on your spring cleaning plans this year. You’ll get a fresh start for your de-cluttered house, a fresh start for your donated stuff, and finally, you’ll give a local job-seeker or two a very important fresh start to their working life.

To see exactly how much of a difference your donations can make, visitwww.mariongoodwill.org and calculate the impact of everything you plan to donate this spring.

Elder Beerman Sale and More…

Goodwill Sale at Elder BeermanBLUE-FLATS-ELDER-BEERMAN-2015 Facebook

Marion Goodwill and Elder Beerman are encouraging consumers to donate and save during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale, which will take place from March 12 –28, 2015. Throughout the sale, The Elder Beerman Stores will be accepting donations of used clothing and soft home goods to benefit Marion Goodwill. Donations given at the Goodwill Sale are sold in Goodwill stores to fund programs that help put our friends and neighbors back on the path to employment success. By donating, you become a job creator.

Bring your stuff to the donation desk in Elder Beerman stores. In exchange, you’ll earn up to 25% off with a coupon for each item donated. Score on items that rarely (if ever) go on sale! Use your coupons in cosmetics, fragrances, handbags, shoes and better sportswear and almost everything in the store.

“The semi-annual Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is a unique opportunity for customers to clean out their closets, get great deals on new spring sale items, and make a difference in their own communities by harnessing the power of donations,” said Kathy Wink, Director of Marketing & Development,  Marion Goodwill.  “By funneling the revenue from donations into job training and placement programs, the Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale enables Marion Goodwill to provide an array of services to job-seekers.”


Your Small Change Makes a BIG DifferenceRound Up Counter Sign

A little bit of small change can go a long way. That’s what we learn everyday as we see shoppers at our retail stores round up their change at the register. A few pennies here, a quarter there, the spare change that you donate at the end of your purchases helps Goodwill raise funds for its important programs and services.

In 2014, the Round Up Program was introduced to our shoppers at our newest location in Westerville. As of today the program is in place at seven of our locations. The remainder of our retail stores will be participating in the program by the end of spring.

Donations of items and money in the form of purchases and Round Up make it possible for us to help individuals to train and find jobs. Since we started the Round Up Program, everyone who gave a dime here and there was a part of the success of Goodwill. Thank you so much for your generosity at the register. We hope you keep shopping and rounding up so we can continue to meet our mission in the community and for those we humbly serve.


See our latest and Greatest… New Mt. Gilead Store Opening Soon!Mt Gilead Store Front 1

We are excited to announce that our newest location in Mt. Gilead is opening soon! The store is 5600 square feet, offers a drive up donation door for your convenience and employs approximately 10 people. This location also features a Job Readiness Center that will offer free job readiness classes that will help individuals prepare for employment success. The store and center are located at 527 West Marion Road behind McDonalds.

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