Retail Stores Reopening May 12th!

We will be reopening our retail stores beginning Tuesday, May 12th. Our main focuses are safety and the essential services we provide to our community. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our team members, shoppers and donors.
Temporary Hours are:
• Sunday –Saturday: 10am-6pm
• Seniors 60 plus and High Risk/Special Needs Individuals: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9am-10am

Safety Measures

Safer Shopping Experience FlyerTo help minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus and other diseases to customers, donors, and employees in our Goodwill stores, we have implemented the following practices:
• Scheduled wipe-down cleaning process with EPA-approved disinfectants.
• Store-wide cleaning takes place every day.
• Extra attention is given to cleaning areas accessed by numerous people such as door handles, credit card keypads, and restrooms.
• Employees are encouraged to practice CDC-recommended prevention steps including washing their hands frequently throughout the work day, limiting close contact with others, and staying home if they are ill.
• All team members are required to wear a face covering. We strongly recommend customers wear a face covering while shopping with us.
• We are installing sneeze guards at cashier stations.
• We have 6-foot sections marked at cashier stations to help customers keep their distance from others.
• As needed, we are prepared to limit the number of customers in the store to help give everyone more space while shopping.
• We encourage customers and employees to practice social distancing whenever possible.
• We are asking donors to drop off items into the marked donation bins.
• We have increased sanitation and cleaning of donations.

We miss you and can’t wait to see you!!

Good Will Come

The coronavirus has shaken our world.

And like any challenge it’s teaching us how we can work together to overcome.
This lesson, however, is a new one for all of us – coming together, by staying apart.

For Goodwill this means closing stores, donation centers, and programs to keep our employees, customers, and clients safe and healthy.

This is a hard time for everyone, but what we know is that in times of crisis, Good Will Come.

Good will come when we see neighbors dropping off needed supplies to neighbors under quarantine.

Good will come when we hear of restaurants delivering free food to kids locked out of school lunch programs.

Good will come when we notice people using social media to connect others to needed transportation so they can go to a doctor or a pharmacy.

And we look forward to the good that will come when it’s time to reopen our doors for you to donate, shop, and help people facing challenges, build skills, find jobs, and grow their careers.

Until we can be together again, be safe and be looking for the silver lining because in these times of uncertainty…Good Will Come.

Click here to view the Good Will Come video.

 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

COVID Update

As always, Marion Goodwill Industries is committed to the health and safety of our donors, shoppers, employees and program participants. These are unprecedented times; a time of great uncertainty for all of us and a new situation for local Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada as well.

At this time, it has become necessary to announce that:

As per the mandate of the Governor of Ohio, Mike Dewine, we are closing our retail stores effective March 24, 2020 and will remain closed until local officials say it is safe to reopen. We will continue to monitor mandates on an ongoing basis and update the community on any revisions to this timeline.

We regret that Goodwill’s closures will further impact the lives of people who are already feeling concerned for their health, finances and well-being. This has been a difficult decision, but we are following the direction of local government and public health officials in this unprecedented time.

We are all in this together. At a safe and appropriate time, we will resume our normal activities and work together to rebuild stronger, more resilient communities. We’ll share more information on when we will resume operations on our website and social media channels. We ask for your understanding and patience. Stay safe and healthy.

Bob Jordan
President & CEO
Marion Goodwill
Serving Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford & Morrow Counties

 

Marion Goodwill Voluntarily Closing Retail Stores

Goodwill Customers,

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our Goodwill Retail Store’s will be closed to shoppers, effective Sunday, March 22, and until further notice.

We will continue to accept donations during limited hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and Noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

This situation is unlike anything our community has ever faced. Our first concern is the well-being of our employees, many of whom came to work for Goodwill because of an employment barrier that made finding a job elsewhere difficult, if not impossible.

The inability to operate our Retail sales floors has a significant impact on our entire organization. Over the next week, we are building a plan on how we can best move forward in the best interests of our employees and all those whom we serve. We are working with our employees to help them access information on their health and wellness benefits, while proactively working to reduce or remove barriers to any additional services they may need.

We urge our donors to continue donating their gently used items in the coming weeks. Goodwill associates will unload items from cars, without our donors having to exit their vehicles. Donors are also welcome to park and bring items to the donation door, while maintaining sufficient distance from Goodwill employees and each other.

Thank you for your continued support! Your donations and cash contributions help fund our job training programs and makes our mission of “Building Lives That Work” possible.

We will continue to post updates at mariongoodwill.org.

PrintBob Jordan
President & CEO
Marion Goodwill Industries – Ohio
Serving Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford & Morrow Counties
Building Lives That Work

 

Letter From President & CEO, Bob Jordan

2011 MGI

Dear Customers and Donors,

Goodwill is taking every necessary step to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and protect our team members, program participants, community partners, customers and donors.

Our prevention steps follow the recommendations of the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and Goodwill Industries International.

At our stores and donation centers, we have taken great strides to ensure that our stores are cleaned and disinfected. You may see employees wiping down a doorknob that you just touched or wearing gloves when you checkout or donate. These measures, as we have all learned, are necessary to prevent the spread or exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Our stores and donation centers remain open, simply because we are needed.
Goodwill is more than a thrift store. Clothing, housewares and new products sold at our stores are products that many individuals and families in our communities rely on. The money generated through community donations and our Goodwill stores is the driving force for outreach programs that touch the lives of thousands of people. Without that source of funding, our outreach cannot happen.

As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we too may have to adjust our approach and response. Until then, we will continue to follow the guidelines that have been provided to us and maintain a safe and clean shopping environment.

Bob Jordan,
President & CEO
Marion Goodwill Industries – Ohio
Serving: Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow Counties

Random Acts of Kindness Week

A week-long celebration of kindness. Help turn the world kind by celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17) and Random Act of Kindness Week (Feb. 16-23). It is our chance to have fun being a little extra kind.

If you want to participate, here are some things that will bring a smile to someone’s face:

  • Compliment a stranger
  • Donate canned goods to your local food bank
  • Surprise your coworker with their favorite coffee or treat
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store
  • Say “thank-you” to someone who make a difference in the community (firefighter, police officer, philanthropist)
  • Reconnect with an old friend
  • Donate to Goodwill

For these and other ideas visit: www.actsofkindness.org

Help Build Brighter Futures This Holiday Season

This Holiday season is the perfect time to clean out your closets and donate to Goodwill. The items you donate to Goodwill generate the revenue for job training programs and other community-based services for people with disabilities, people who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment.

Click here to read how your donations have helped individuals like Maggie, who received the training and confidence she needed to become employed. Or Tiffany, a participant in our youth program, who is gaining valuable work experience. Or Jeremy, who overcame many barriers to employment and now works in one of our distribution centers.

When you donate to your neighborhood Goodwill, you help build brighter futures for people in your community.

Your neighborhood Goodwill is a great place to find something unique! By shopping at your local store, you also help your community.

Retail Locations:
Marion: 1637 Marion Mt. Gilead Rd.
Delaware: 1135 Columbus Pike
Marysville: 15709 US RT. 36 East
Galion: 753 Carter Dr.
Lewis Center: 123 Neverland Dr.
Powell: 9820 Brewster Lane
Sunbury: 149 St. Rt. 3
Westerville: 7107 Northgate Way
Mt. Gilead: 527 West Marion Rd.

Visit our website www.mariongoodwill.org for store hours.

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