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!!

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

Valentine’s Day at Goodwill!

Bring Good Home 

Valentines Day is a great time to Bring Good Home! Your Goodwill purchase helps bring job placement and training to people in YOUR community – when you shop, you help others. 💙

Find Some Good

There are some amazing finds at your local Goodwill for  Valentines Day! Your Goodwill finds help people in your community with job placement and career training, changing people’s lives through the Power Of Work!

Goodwill Date

Looking for a unique Valentines Day date idea that can also help your community? Try a Goodwill Date! Enjoy the budget-friendly fun with your sweetheart, your best galentine, or celebrate that special bromance in your life. http://abcn.ws/1Lfj4Qb

Thrift Love

Valentines Day is coming up! Thrift something sweet that can also make a difference in your community at Goodwill!

Thank You!

Thank you to our donors, to our customers, to our staff and Board of Trustees. Your support of Goodwill has helped thousands of people in Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow counties this past year.  You have helped changed lives for GOOD!

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Contest Winner

Congratulations to Danielle Candel the winner of Goodwill’s 2019 Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. Thank you to everyone that submitted a photo in the Ugly Sweater contest, you made our holiday season beautiful.

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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.

Top Five Tips for Making Halloween Costumes More Treat Than Trick for Your Pet

Written by Goodwill Industries International and the Humane Society of the United States

Dressing up as your favorite pop culture icon or well-loved classic, like a zombie or ghost, is a great way to celebrate Halloween. But costumes are not just for people anymore.

Halloween is the busiest time of year at Goodwill® stores, as people look for one-of-a-kind costumes for themselves and their families. It makes sense for pets to join in on the fun!

Many people dress up their pets for the holiday — and we don’t blame them! Who doesn’t love to see a cute dog or cat dressed up to celebrate on social media? DIY costume creation with items from Goodwill is also a great way to create a unique costume for your pet while saving money. Plus, Halloween pet costume enthusiasts can take pride in knowing their Goodwill purchases fund job training and placement programs for people who need them in our local communities.

We love to dress up our pets, but it is important to make sure we are being compassionate to their needs. Goodwill has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to provide some tips to celebrate the holiday while keeping your pets happy and comfortable.

The key to successfully dressing up your pet in costume is to consider the experience from your pet’s point of view.

Consider their mobility:
Don’t put anything on your pet that will interfere with their ability to see, hear or move around. That pair of novelty glasses or witch’s hat may be fine for the length of time it takes to snap a quick pic, but it can pose a danger if left for a longer period of time or makes your pet feel uncomfortable.

Of course, if your pet appears uncomfortable, it’s important to take off the costume. Signs of discomfort include folded down ears, eyes rolling back or looking sideways, a tucked tail or hunching over.

Consider their personality:

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What type of costume might he be most comfortable wearing, and for how long? Rescue dog Royce loves pretending to be a schoolboy wizard, but pets must be supervised to ensure they don’t chew and swallow parts of their costumes.

Dressing up your cat:

Meowgi

Meowgi started life as a poorly socialized kitten from the streets; now he’s master of the boardroom! Since many cats don’t like to wear costumes, keep them minimal. A short tie clipped to a collar will keep most cats in character — and happy!

Small pet considerations:

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This shelter pup is pretty as a flower! Simple, lightweight costumes are best for small pets; be sure to remove any objects that could come off and pose a choking hazard. Don’t have a pet? Head over to your local animal shelter and #AdoptPureLove!

Dress-up doesn’t have to be just for cats and dogs:

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Who says guinea pigs can’t wear Halloween costumes? Well, your guinea pigs might. But, if they’re super chill adopted guinea pigs Hoss and Little Joe (that’s right, animal shelters aren’t just about dogs and cats, many have a variety of other animals looking for homes too!), you may get away with lightweight wings or a simple skirt. Be sure to pay their modeling fee in carrots or kale!

Safety from high-risk décor and accessories:

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Chef Miles’ large prop veggies are harmless, but some decorations can pose safety hazards. Beware of things like rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks (possible poison), potpourri and scented candles (toxic to birds) and strung lights (entanglement risk).

All of the pets featured in this blog were adopted from shelters or rescued from other situations. If you are interested in opening up your home to a pet, visit theshelterpetproject.org and type in your zip code to find cats and dogs available for adoption near you.

Maximize your Halloween enjoyment by learning more Halloween safety tips for pets from the Humane Society of the United States. Visit humanesociety.org to learn how the Humane Society of the United States fights for all animals, and sign up at for quick actions you can take to help. Happy Halloween!

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