Put Dad First This Father’s Day

By Julia Marchand
“Parenthood is the hardest job you’ll ever love.” This sentiment shared with me by my mom has been echoing in my head since she said it about a week ago. I know I’m not the only one to agree because my husband and I have had similar, perhaps less eloquent, conversations on the topic. The nights can sometimes feel never-ending, and the days, just as exhausting, so I know how lucky I am to have a partner with whom I share all of the diapers, giggles, tantrums, and snuggles. It’s because I, too, am experiencing all of these parental trials, that I am really excited to celebrate my husband (and my own dad) on June 17 for Father’s Day.

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Finding the right gift to show Dad that you care is a difficult thing to do and only gets harder as his super-Dad years stack up. Thinking back over my decades, it’s easy to feel like I’ve run out of ideas! As the blog Salt and Pepper Moms points out, you can only give him a new grill or tie so many times. That’s why I love their idea of curating a customized Father’s Day Favorites basket just for him. Grab a cute, but inexpensive, basket from Goodwill® and go to town filling it with all of his favorites. The basket can be reused around the house after for organization that fits into your décor scheme, but that’s just the cherry on top. The real gifts are the sweet printable cards that you can download and have family members fill out to be included in the basket. Kiddos can draw dad (or grandpa) and share their favorite things about him. More than the treats or usefulness of the basket, Dad will have these thoughtful mementos to hold forever.

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If he isn’t a big snacker and you can’t find anything small to fill his basket, the best starting point is probably still to think about what the father in your life really loves. Is it gardening? Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries (Cincinnati) had some great ideas for Dads with green thumbs; thrift a book of gardening tips and some track down some seeds (or even saplings!) then spend the day together in the garden. This is such a wonderful idea partly because time is the best gift you can give and a day together is exactly that, but also because watching something grow that you planted together is like watching the relationship blossom over time, too.

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And while we’re on the topic of investing time, now is the perfect opportunity to applaud Goodwill Easter Seals (St. Paul, MN) for their FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) project. This is an ongoing effort through which Goodwill invests time working with fathers to overcome barriers that prevent them from supporting their children. Being jobless while needing to support a family would make an already trying role even more difficult so Goodwill generates opportunities for people to build brighter futures for themselves and their families through initiatives like this.
You can help support this mission simply by donating to and shopping at Goodwill this Father’s Day! A basket, a book, or even some new clothing, will all be appreciated next Sunday as long as they’re accompanied by a great big hug and two wonderful words: thank you. Even through the rough patches, Dad has always put his kids first; on Father’s Day it’s our turn to return the favor.

 

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12 Ways You Can Help Your Community While Cleaning and Shopping This Spring

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As the weather warms and flowers bloom, thoughts turn to exchanging the drabness and darkness of winter for the bright freshness of spring. The annual ritual of spring cleaning has deep roots associated with various cultures and traditions. Today, the exercise of deep cleaning in springtime is practiced by 72 percent of Americans, and more than half (57 percent) of U.S. consumers say they shop for spring/summer apparel items during this time of year.

Whether you plan to rejuvenate your home or refresh your wardrobe (or both!), include Goodwill in your spring plans. You can help give people in the communities we serve a fresh start through job training and placement, which is supported by donating to and shopping at our Goodwill stores.

Through its social enterprise model, Goodwill sells donated items to create job opportunities and programs for job seekers, including youth, older workers, people with disabilities and disadvantages, and others with specialized needs. In 2015, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed 312,000 people in employment in the U.S. and Canada, and more than 35 million people accessed Goodwill education classes, mentoring services and training online to strengthen their skills.

By donating to Goodwill during this spring cleaning season, you can extend the lifecycle of your goods, which helps the environment while creating employment programs in our community. After you donate, why not also spend some time shopping at Goodwill, replenishing your wardrobe while helping even more?

Here are 12 great ways to spring into action!

  1. Head to your local Goodwill store and create a mix-and-match collection of glasses to use as a great centerpiece and guest giveaway at your next spring fling gathering.
  2. Put a spring in your step with the perfect spring soundtrack. At Goodwill, you’ll find a selection of vinyl records from artists old and new. What’s your pleasure?
  3. Explore. Breathe in that fresh spring air and get outside again! Visit the National Park Service and prepare for your spring camping trip with gear and equipment found at Goodwill.
  4. Design a statement wall in your home and show off your individual style with Goodwill’s selection of mirrors, frames, baskets, art, clocks, plates and other decorative items.
  5. Get moving! Spring cleaning isn’t just for your closet. Toss out unhealthy winter habits and shape up for spring with workout clothes and equipment from Goodwill.
  6. Donate the business attire you no longer wear. You’ll be helping your community and someone else can use it to rock their interview or first day at a new job.
  7. Did you resolve to stop looking at your smartphone to find out the time every five minutes? Spring forward while being fashion forward with a new watch from Goodwill.
  8. Play! Tis the season for spring sports — think, soccer, softball, lacrosse, golf — and you can save on sports equipment. Be a game changer for someone in your community by shopping at Goodwill for your gear.
  9. Power up and change your community. Donate your electronics for someone else to enjoy and be a sustainable shopper by picking up something for yourself!
  10. Shop for spring style. Warmer weather means time to shed those layers! Update your wardrobe with bright colors and patterns by shopping at Goodwill.
  11. Clean out the clutter and organize your space. Take your unwanted items to Goodwill and pick up some storage bins or creative storage items while you’re there.
  12. Grow opportunity and plant seeds of change in your community this spring by donating to and shopping at Goodwill. Get your gardening items and creative planting pots to create the perfect outdoor landscapes.

No matter how you celebrate the arrival of spring, by including Goodwill in your warm weather plans, you can make a significant and lasting impact in your community well past summer.

Happy spring from Marion Goodwill!

September at Goodwill

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Marion Goodwill Urges Americans to the #LABOROFLOVE Pledge to Spread Awareness About Goodwill and the Importance of Job Training

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5.6 million job openings on the last business day of June this year. In observance of Labor Day, between August 30 and September 6, Marion Goodwill is challenging people in the communities we serve to sign Goodwill’s #LaborOfLove pledge to spread awareness about Goodwill and the importance of job placement and training programs for people looking for employment. Visit http://bit.ly/LaborOfLove2016 and learn more about Goodwill and how individuals can support its efforts to put people to work.

 

 The Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale Helps Community!

Donate Apparel at Elder Beerman Stores and Receive Discounts on New Fall Merchandise

Facebook JacketConsumers who want to save on fall fashion and support a good cause — know that Elder Beerman Stores are the place to shop this season. People who donate clothing, shoes, accessories or other household textiles for Goodwill will receive discount coupons to purchase the newest fall fashions for the entire family as well as home merchandise. The semi-annual Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale will take place from September 14 – October 1, 2016.

Donors will receive coupons of up to 25 percent off merchandise at Elder Beerman. The special Goodwill donor discount applies to women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; home items; and luggage, with 15 percent off on cosmetics and fragrances.

Elder Beerman stores will donate the items collected to Marion Goodwill, where they will be sold in Goodwill stores. Revenues from the sale of those items help fund job training and services in the communities where they are collected, and they help people find jobs and build their careers.

“When you take part in the Elder Beerman Sale, you can be certain your donations provide services that help people who face challenges to finding employment,” said Kathy Wink, Director of Marketing & Development of Marion Goodwill. “Elder Beerman shoppers get great deals on new fall clothing and other items, and Goodwill is better able to support career development programs that help individuals and families.”

 

Look Good and Help People Find Jobs This Halloween by Shopping at Goodwill

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Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find the unique Halloween costume guaranteed to impress your friends and family. Each year, millions of people come to Goodwill to find the pieces they need to create an amazing Halloween costumes for less. Whether you are looking for the perfect white shirt to complete a pirate or vampire costume or a vintage ball gown to become a zombie princess or prom queen, Goodwill has the clothing, shoes and accessories you need for Halloween.

“Whether you have a costume in mind or you have no idea what to be for Halloween, Goodwill has you covered. Browse the aisles of clothing and unleash your creativity with accessories from Goodwill to complete your unique look,” Lynn Deeter, VP Retail said. “Shopping at Goodwill is fun and helps the community. Your Goodwill purchase helps fund job placement and training programs for people looking for employment.”

When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, you help fund job placement and training programs and other services that help people find jobs, earn paychecks and care for their families. To learn more about the Goodwill career services or to find your nearest Goodwill store or donation center, visit http://www.mariongoodwill.org.

Shop Goodwill for Mother’s Day!

Mothers DayConsidering all of the incredible things our moms have done for us over the years, the very least they deserve is a really wonderful, heart-felt celebration on Mother’s Day. With just a few days left to prepare, we’re hoping you’ve already got some great ideas. If not, let us help! Goodwill’s goal is to aid in the success of people who are striving to earn a paycheck and support their families – many of those people are moms who work tirelessly to provide. Here’s an idea that you can help those mothers in your community while also giving your mom a little relief next Sunday.

Treat your mom to an easy, stress-free brunch, complete with a yummy meal and, most importantly, plenty of quality time with you.  Goodwill has a large variety of linens, plates, & serving dishes all at a great price. And, just by shopping at Goodwill, you will create the perfect brunch to honor your mom while also helping others.

All of the moms we know just want a little break on Mother’s Day. That means no cooking, no cleaning, and a little pampering. Oh, and make sure you thank her for her years of selflessness and hard work. She’s earned it. Happy Mother’s Day!

Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale

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Three Great Reasons to Shop at the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale March 9th-26

Enter for a Chance to Win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover!

Elder-Beerman invites you to donate items and shop during the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale beginning Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 26.  Customers are encouraged to clean out their closets and bring clothing, shoes, accessories and other household textile donations to Elder-Beerman to be donated to Goodwill. Goodwill will then sell those items in its stores to help fund job placement and training programs for people who face challenges in finding employment in your community.

“Our customers look forward to the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale because it is an opportunity to receive great deals on the season’s newest trends while also helping their local communities,” said Terese Veroni, Marion Store Manager. “Our longstanding collaboration of more than 20 years with Goodwill is a hallmark of Elder- Beerman’s commitment to helping people in our community.”

Participating in the Goodwill Sale has never been so rewarding. Here are three great reasons to donate items and shop during the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale:

#1  You will directly impact your community by donating to Goodwill. Donate gently used items for Goodwill at your local Elder-Beerman’s department stores from Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 26.

Here are a few popular donation needs:

  • Men’s and Ladies’ shirts & blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Men’s and Ladies’ denim
  • Men’s and Ladies’ business suits
  • Men’s, Ladies’ and kids outerwear
  • Shoes (athletic, dress, and casual)
  • Jewelry
  • Accessories, belts, scarves, hats
  • Soft home goods such as blankets
  • Luggage

“The simple act of donating during the Elder-Beerman Goodwill Sale has a positive and lasting impact on people in our communities who are looking for work,” said Bob Jordan, President and CEO of Marion Goodwill. “We are thankful for the generosity of Goodwill donors and Elder-Beerman shoppers for helping Goodwill provide the services people need to build their careers and care for their families.”

#2  It’s easy to donate and save on Spring fashions, beauty and home.

Donors receive coupons for up to 25 percent off for every item donated. Customers can also receive three coupons for a five dollar donation to Goodwill.  Goodwill Sale coupons are valid on nearly everything in the store and can be used to purchase stylish New & Now spring merchandise. Shop the five new trends of the season:

  • So Blue: Shades of blue from sky to navy
  • Pick Flowers: Bold watercolors to subtle blooms
  • Bold and Graphic: Colorful unexpected patterns and stripes
  • White Hot: Crisp, cool and timeless
  • 70’s Revival: Modern looks with retro flare

Another beautiful reward is receiving 15 percent off your favorite cosmetics like Estee Lauder, Clinique and Lancôme.

#3  You have a chance to win a $100 Daily Prize and a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover.

We believe doing good deserves to be rewarded. Consumers who visit the Million Acts of Goodwill website can enter for a chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. To enter, visit http://www.millionactsofgoodwill.com and register to play the Spin to Win game. You could instantly win a $100 gift card—plus, each day you play, you will earn a chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. The winner will receive a consultation with a celebrity stylist from Visual Therapy, a closet review and edit and a shopping spree with the stylist at their local Elder-Beerman department store.

 

#GoodwillDate Begins to Go Viral

Goodwill Date 300A young Florida couple is being credited for creating what might be the next big date night trend: “Goodwill Date.”

The idea was initially conceived when Cody Andrews and his girlfriend Paula Williams, were donating items and shopping at their local Goodwill store in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The duo selected a quirky outfit for each other and then went on a date without informing others of their plan. They also challenged friends to participate.

Andrews posted a photo from one of his outings on Facebook. The picture received 4,000 shares only four days after being uploaded and its accompanying caption reads, “Hitting McGuires for dinner then out for drinks. Official rules: each person picks out their significant others (or BFF’s) surprise outfit at Goodwill, $10 budget, outfit has to be gender appropriate. When on the date you can’t tell people it’s a joke. When you upload your picture you have to challenge two more couples.”

While some spectators appeared confused by how the “Goodwill Daters” were dressed, the reactions have been positive overall, which was the goal according to Andrews. Those responding to his dare have been using #goodwilldate to display their attire on social media channels such as Instagram and Twitter.

“Even if we were millionaires, we would still shop at thrift stores. It’s good for the environment, the organization itself and you can find some very unique items from every decade in the last fifty years,” Andrews told ABC News.

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Five Tips For Making The Perfect Cutoff Denim Shorts

Jean ShortsHave you ever ruined a pair of jeans trying to make the perfect cutoff shorts? You’re not alone. To never fail at this super simple DIY project, we are sharing five tips that are sure to guide you in the right “I-want-those-denim-shorts” direction.

  1. Buy a pair of jeans two sizes too big.

Next time you hit up your favorite Goodwill store, try looking for a pair of jeans that are around two sizes too big, the extra room will create the most flattering and loosely lived-in pair of cutoffs.

  1.  Measure the inseam.

It’s key to measure the inseam of your denim to determine your best length. You typically want to leave about 3” at the inseam, but you can go longer or shorter depending on what works on you. This is where most DIY disasters happen; you quickly chop your jeans without keeping in mind that the inseam needs to be a smidge longer to create a natural and appropriate angled look. So remember: determine the length of your inseam and then cut at angle to make the outer seams a bit shorter.

  1. Draw your desired hemline with chalk.

It may be tempting to just hack away, but once you’ve figured out your ideal length, use a piece of chalk to draw a guideline for a foolproof even and not-too-long-not-too-short hemline.

  1. Create the perfect fray.

Once you are happy with the length of your shorts, it’s time to focus on the fray. This process is simple; all you need to do is run a pair of pinking shears at the edge of your shorts. Voilà: you now have an effortless, perfectly unraveled frayed edge.

  1. Wash and dry before wearing.

Finally, you want to make sure to wash and dry your cool new cutoffs before wearing them. This last step will ensure that your shorts have that covetable vintage vibe.

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