Halloween Comes Alive at Goodwill

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We’re so excited to share the spooky season with the First Family of Halloween. Goodwill is serving up Addams Family DIY inspiration and frighteningly unique costume ideas… Get ready to Meet The Addams in theaters on October 11!

 

Pic or Treat Contest

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Show us your best homemade Halloween costume, for a chance to win a shopping spree to Goodwill and a trip for two to Savannah Georgia, the most haunted city in America!

Submit you photo by October 6th to:  www.buckeyecountry943.com
There will be a bracket style elimination contest to determine this year’s winner.

Voting will begin on Tuesday, October 8th with our winner being determined on Thursday, October 31st.

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Summer Youth Program is a Success

Marion Goodwill’s Summer Youth program is in its third year and is a collaborative project with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The program is designed to provide students with a variety of team building and vocational exploration experiences structured to help them gather information about the world of work.

As part of the Summer Youth Work Experience program, each student has the opportunity to learn work appropriate skills during the beginning of the program and then, participate in four weeks of work experience in the community at various job sites. This year 46 youth participated in the work experience program at over 16 jobsites. Jobsites included Boys & Girls Club, Buckeye Central High School, Candlewood, Chick-Fil-A, Edison Depot, The Tomorrow Center, Riverside Native Trees as well as our Goodwill stores. The youth were able to work up to 20 hours per week with a direct job coach onsite to support them.

The Summer Youth Career Exploration program had 29 participants this year. During the first 9 days of the service, students attend classes and focus on topics like professionalism, teamwork, business ethics, communication, networking, problem-solving as well as the practical aspects of filling out applications and putting together a resume. They toured businesses and learned about the careers that are available there. Some of the tours included: Marion General Hospital, Whirlpool, Kroger, Boys & Girls Club, Kohl’s, A1 Printing, Baker’s Pizza, Groovy Plants Ranch, Morrow Dog Shelter, Joe’s Tru Value, YMCA and Petco.

Marion Goodwill is grateful to all of our wonderful employers for their support in providing these important work opportunities for the students as well as Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities for making these critical services possible.

 

Festive Designs for Your Independence Day Celebration

By Julia Marchand

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may be looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate. Of course, a parade and fireworks are basically mandatory, but don’t forget to dress up yourself and your home! These are two of my favorite ways to enjoy holidays since they really set the tone for whatever merriment is approaching.

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The first thing I like to do to prepare for an upcoming event is to pull together at least one themed display at home. Just setting something up on a tabletop or bookshelf doesn’t take long, but can make a great statement. You don’t even need to have guests over to appreciate it! I find that changing up my surroundings even just a little at a time keeps my home feeling fresh and inspiring. This quick and patriotic display made by Sarah for Goodwill Easter Seals (Saint Paul) is exactly what I’m talking about. It’s bright, bold, and brilliantly priced since she found everything at Goodwill!

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Be a firework this fourth by decking yourself out head-to-toe in red, white, and blue like Molly and Penny, the sisters behind the blog Goodwill Fabulous. Can you believe that the dress Molly scored for $4.99 from her local Goodwill originally retailed for $138? That’s about 96% off! I’d say the hunt is well worth it for a price like that. What do you think?

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Another aspect of Independence Day that I truly adore is how social the holiday is. This is not one of those intimate family days like Easter nor is it a one-on-one type evening like Valentine’s Day. It’s an all-you-can-eat, everyone’s invited, break out the sparklers kind of jubilation! As such, it might be a good idea for you to have some snacks and activities on hand. Here are some fantastic ideas for themed décor and pastimes from Marion Goodwill Industries (OH) including the super simple silverware stash above!

But perhaps the most patriotic thing about celebrating the Fourth of July by shopping at your Goodwill is that every dollar you spend is going back into your own community. Eighty-three percent of collective revenues raised through the sale of donated goods support and grow Goodwill’s critical community-based programs and services. Thrifting at Goodwill is such an easy and effective way to help keep your unique community strong to ensure that we can continue to applaud it every July 4th for a very long time.

Marion Goodwill Retail Locations:

Delaware
1135 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015
Delaware Square Shopping Center

Galion
753 Carter Dr.
Galion, OH 44833
Discount Drug Mart

Lewis Center
123 Neverland Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Snergy Shopping Center

Marion
1637 Marion Mt. Gilead Rd.
Marion, OH 43302
Forum Shopping Center

Marysville
15709 US Rt. 36 East
Marysville, OH 43040
East Pointe Plaza

Mt. Gilead
527 W. Marion Rd.
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338

Powell
9820 Brewster Lane
Powell, OH 43065
Powell Crossing Shopping Center

Sunbury
149 St. Rt. 3
Sunbury, OH 43074
Sunbury Mills Plaza

Westerville
7107 Northgate Way
Westerville, OH 43082

Racing For Awareness

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The 29th annual Goodwill Wheel-a-Thon event took place on Saturday, May 18 at Tri- Rivers Career Center in Marion.

Nine teams, some with members who never sat in a wheelchair before, raced to see who would be first to complete three lengths of a course about 60 feet long.

Third place winners were from the team: Marion Kiwanis sponsored by Marion Noon Kiwanis. Second place winners were from the team: Team Clarity sponsored by Clarity Technology Solutions and the first place winners (once again) were from the team:
Jordan’s Hotwheels sponsored by Dr. Bipin Desai.

The efforts of Goodwill, local volunteers and sponsors helped to raise over $23,000.00. Funds were raised through sponsorships, racing, auction items, 50/50, Round Up at the Goodwill retail stores and a spaghetti dinner provided by the Warehouse. Proceeds benefit Goodwill programs and services that improve lives and empower the communities we serve.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Community Sponsors
• Marion Noon Kiwanis
• Verne Hart/ Grange Insurance
• Medical Mutual
• Wilson Marketing

Corporate Sponsors
• Kohl’s
• Marion Technical College
• Rush Truck Center
• Omness Design
• Cooper’s Bowl
• OhioHealth

Leadership Sponsors
• The Culp Sisters
• Marion Industrial Center
• Marion Auto Sales
• Dr. Bipin DeSai
• Johnson Property Services
• Clarity Technology Services
• The Dixon Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
• Vector Security
• Fahey Bank
• Wyandot, Inc.
• The Door Guys
• A1 Printing
• Marion Young Professionals

Team Sponsors
• Henry Lumber
• DePolo & Associates
• Howald Industrial Park
• Ridgedale Lions Club
• Sims Brothers Recycling
• Nachurs
• United Bank
• Stevens Construction
• Union Bank
• Wilson Bohannan Padlock Co.

In Kind Sponsors
• Vizual Express
• Marion Technical College
• The Warehouse
• Tri-Rivers Career Center
• MIPA – Physical Therapy
• Brite Lite Media Group

Auction Items Donors
• Andrew’s Pastries
• Blue Streak Auto Wash
• Carle’s Restaurant
• Carroll’s Jewelers
• Cinemark/Rave Movie Theatres
• Cooper’s Bowl
• Dan Kelly Stump Grinding, LLC
• Delmar Distributing
• The Door Guys
• Goldrush Jewelers
• Green Acres Golf Course
• Hemmerly’s Flowers & Gifts
• I Heart Media
• Jer-Zee
• Kings Mill
• Lincoln Park Aquatics Center
• Logan Tire Sales & Service
• L & P Cake & Candy Shoppe
• Marion Country Club
• Marion Family YMCA
• Marion Flower Shop
• Marion Palace Theatre
• Mega Moo Dairy Barn
• Ohio Neck Back & Pain Relief Center
• OK Cafe
• Payne’s Pizza & More
• Pop’d Sensations
• Peacock Water
• Peltier Chiropractic
• PJ’s Heating & Cooling
• Price Farms Organics
• Sansotta’s Italian
• Scioto Shoe Mart
• Showplace, Inc.
• Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
• Sports Ohio
• Stitch N Fix
• Tanger Outlets
• TC Auto Repair
• Walmart
• Whirlpool Corp.

Happy Goodwill Industries Week

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May 5-11

It’s Goodwill Industries week, and we’re celebrating everyone who makes the Goodwill mission possible. We couldn’t do it without the support of our shoppers, donors and community partners. Thank you for making a difference.

This Goodwill Industries Week, we’re celebrating the people who use our services and are taking charge of their lives to gain the skills to earn meaningful employment. People such as Cheyenne.

Cheyenne is a participant in our Marion Youth Program, a collaboration with Marion County Job & Family Services. She has been enrolled in the program since February 2018 and has been working at the Marion City Hall / Marion Police Department. Cheyenne has made huge strides towards her goals. She has been working full time hours, caring for her children (including a baby born in the last year) and recently obtained her high school diploma. Cheyenne’s work site has been instrumental in her success by allowing her time during the workday to do her homework and even helping her with her studies if needed.

This Goodwill Industries Week, we are celebrating everyone who makes a difference at Goodwill. Our employer partners like Marion City Hall/Marion Police Department are vital to our success.

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Pictured: Diane Patrick, Marion City Hall, Paul Omness, Goodwill Board President, Cheyenne Williams, Goodwill Program Participant, Lt. BJ Gruber, Marion City Police Dept. and Bob Jordan, Marion Goodwill President/CEO.

Goodwill Date Night Scavenger Hunt

 

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A few years ago, my other-half and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a #GoodwillDateNight! It was so fun for us to pick outfits for one another and find inexpensive, surprising activities for us to do after we shopped. This year, we thought we’d try another Goodwill date, but shake it up by adding a scavenger hunt! So, I whipped up a quick list of things for us to look for and we headed out to our local Goodwill.

When you shop at one of the more than 3,300 Goodwill stores, you help Goodwill create employment placement and job training programs as well as other community-based services, so we’d love for you and your partner to give our scavenger hunt a try this Valentine’s Day, too! But, before you step into the store, make a plan with your honey about the rules, time limit, and prize for the winner. That way, as soon as you get inside, you can jump right into the game! A few things to consider:

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TIME LIMIT

How long do you two want to hunt around for? The longer you’re there, of course, the more likely it is you’ll both find everything on the list. Plus, you won’t feel rushed to focus on the list and you can do a bit of browsing, too. But at the same time, some people do well under pressure and if you have plans for dinner or a movie after your scavenger hunt, then you’ll need to keep that in mind. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re both on the same page and that you set timers if necessary!

 

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Are you a viciously competitive team? If so, maybe make sure you’re not being spied on! Should one person start at the back of the store and work their way forward while the other starts on the right and works their way left to minimize the chances of running into each other? Or, do you welcome the idea of bumping into one another? You are doing this to spend time together, after all. And how will you keep track of the items you’ve found—is it just enough to check them off of your lists or do you require photographic evidence?

We know how hard our Goodwill associates work hard to keep stores tidy, so we wanted to make sure we weren’t putting everything on our checklists into a cart for them to have to put back. (Although, if we did find something we loved, then obviously it would be a fun memory of our Goodwill date and have a welcomed place in our home.) So we decided to text each other a photo of each item on the list as we found them. It was kind of exciting to see the progress the other person was making. Sort of like the feeling of watching a sports game and seeing the other team score—makes you want to up your game, right? And we decided that the first person to find an item gets the point for it. I can’t just walk over to something he’s already counted and use that, too. I’ve got to find something different for my list. Tricky!

Another thing to decide ahead of time; if you find an item that actually meets two of the conditions on the list, does that one thing qualify for both or do you have to find a different item for everything on the list? It’s up to you!

Now, what determines the winner? Is it the first person to find everything on the list? The person with the most items checked when your time limit is up? And what happens if there’s a tie? All are important things which you can discuss and decide upon on your way over to your local Goodwill.

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THE PRIZE

You could go a few different ways with a prize for the winner. One of the items on the list is to find a clothing piece for your Valentine. If you’re going by the traditional idea of a Goodwill Date Night (where you choose a statement outfit—sometimes they can be pretty wild—for your partner to wear on the rest of the date), the reward for the winner might play into that. But you could also say that the loser buys dinner or the winner picks what movie you see that night. Whatever works for you! Just make sure you decide beforehand so you know what’s at stake.

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THE GAME

Okay, ready to check in and see how we did? We printed off our checklists, swung by our favorite coffee shop for game fuel, and headed out to Goodwill. I found almost everything on the list (and even a few things that weren’t!). Here’s how mine came out…

THE CHECKLIST:

Something heart shaped
• A pink candle or candlestick
Red roses
A Valentine’s Date clothing item for your partner to wear
A movie with “Love” in the title
A romance novel
A product or item designed specifically for a wedding
A vinyl record made with crooner-style songs
A red dress
A red necktie
A flower vase
• Something with the word “Valentine” on it
• A picture frame with a photo/painting of a couple in it
A piece of diamond jewelry (faux is okay)
• A chocolate or candy tin
• A china set suitable for newlyweds
Cupid’s arrow
A board game that only works with two people (Examples: Battleship, Guess Who?)
• Something that says “Dear,” “Darling,” or another term of endearment
Two matching champagne flutes or wine glasses

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I can’t decide on my favorite find of the date. It was either this heart-shaped baking pan or the adorable cream and sugar containers on the shelf behind it (even though they’re not Valentine’s Day related, they may or may not have ended up in my cart…). I also have to admit that I cheated a little when I texted the dress below to my husband and just mentioned how well it would work as a Valentine’s Date clothing item for me to wear—ha! I mean, it does have little hearts on the label and the faux-leather detailing coupled with the silky bodice is just perfect! It also has a statement zipper in the back which is pretty much my style weakness. I didn’t mind helping his chances of winning if it meant that maybe I’d get to take the dress home!

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All in all, it was a really fun and different way to spend time together for Valentine’s Day. As adults, we rush around between work and our other life responsibilities without much time to play games. It was a nice return to our dating years for us to just set some time aside for the scavenger hunt. I’d rate the date: 10/10 would play again! I hope that whatever you do to celebrate the your loved one this Valentine’s Day, you have just as much fun.

Find GOOD Gifts and Create GOOD Times at Goodwill

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The holidays are a time of giving, and at Goodwill, that rings especially true! When you do your holiday shopping at your local Goodwill store, you can find great gifts while building a brighter future for someone in your community.

Savvy shoppers understand that Goodwill is the best place to purchase holiday gifts and supplies at low prices. What some may not know is that with each purchase you make, you’re reducing waste and giving used items a second life as well as creating job opportunities for people in your community.

“Goodwill is your place for good finds, good gifts and good times,” said Bob Jordan, President and CEO of Marion Goodwill Industries. “With the great variety of items in Goodwill stores — from holiday knick-knacks and clothing to do-it-yourself inspiration — you can make your holidays something special with Goodwill.”

When it comes to holiday DIY projects, Goodwill helps you go for broke without going broke! Here are a few of the many great ideas to consider as you shop at your local Goodwill store this holiday season:

• Look for vintage glassware, utensils, serving items and linens to create a chic mix-and-match holiday tablespace.
• Use chalkboard paint to turn a serving tray into a seriously sophisticated holiday menu board.
• Get ready for your next seasonal sweater party, either by finding a ready-to-wear, holiday-themed pullover or by adding your own beading and holiday-themed appliques to a Goodwill sweater.
• For the world travelers on your gift list, find and frame vintage maps of destinations visited or yet-to-be explored.
• Create stylish and personalized kitchen organizers from baskets and canisters found at Goodwill.

Goodwill is also happy to accept donations of household items, clothing and other useful things to sell in our stores. Know that when you donate — and when you shop — at Goodwill, you’re helping someone on the path to a better job or a better life.

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