This Earth Day, Save, Shop at and Donate to Goodwill to Help People in Communities

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Goodwill’s commitment to sustainability and job creation makes for a happier planet

Every year, people clean out their closets and homes to start fresh for the spring season. This Earth Day, Marion Goodwill is encouraging people to live more sustainable lifestyles and help people in their local communities find jobs. In addition, people can shop at our Goodwill stores and save while collectively diverting more than three million pounds of items from landfills impacting environmental sustainability. By shopping at and donating to Goodwill, you can people find employment, and build their work skills.

Goodwill’s donation-resale model extends the life of clothing and other goods, and earns revenue for Goodwill job training programs, employment placement services and other important social services, such as credentials, job readiness classes, financial education, and more. Donating to Goodwill is a simple way to begin living more sustainably. Last year, college students at more than 55 colleges and universities participated in Goodwill Campus Move-Out donation programs. Students donated what they no longer needed to Goodwill before moving out of their dorms or apartments for the summer. In the process of giving these items a new life and collecting more than 1.1 million pounds of donations, the Goodwill Campus Move-Out programs collectively helped fund more than 26,000 hours of critical job training and placement services for the people in the various communities where the programs took place. Our Goodwill partnered with Ohio Wesleyan University on the move-out donation program.

“Revenue raised through the sale of donated goods creates employment opportunities and important social services to help transform someone’s life. This is all done through the simple act of cleaning out a closet,” said Bob Jordan, President, CEO of Marion Goodwill. “Making a commitment to reduce, reuse and repurpose this Earth Day is as simple as heading to the nearest Goodwill store or donation center.”

Every donation at Goodwill provides on-site training, access to computers for job search assistance, employment placement job training and other community-based services such as career counseling, financial education, industry-recognized credentials, and résumé preparation for anyone facing challenges to finding employment.

Support Marion Goodwill this #GivingTuesday

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You can empower people with disabilities and other barriers on Tuesday, November 29, when you participate in #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season.

To each individual we serve, the impact of your giving is different, it could be a youth that needs guidance from a mentor to get back on the right track; an adult with disabilities that has the desire to work but needs coaching to be successful; a mother given a second chance to re-enter the workforce; an individual who has been incarcerated gain the skills and the support needed to obtain a job. Goodwill helps people overcome barriers so they can achieve a better life and gain greater independence.

To make your gift, simply click here. By doing so, you’ll be supporting programs that restore hope for those who most need it in the communities we serve.

To learn move about #GivingTuesday watch this video.

Thank you!

 

 

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.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

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Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb. 14-20, 2016

Experience the joy that comes from doing good things for others! To help you get things started here are a few ideas:

Say Something Nice to Someone

In our daily lives, it’s easy to let negativity bring us down. But you can help create a positive environment for yourself and those around you by going out of your way to say nice things to others. Thinking of something nice to say to others isn’t always easy, but if you make it a habit, you’ll become a more positive, happier person.

Bring a Treat to Your Neighbor or Your Co Workers

Bring a treat to work, to school, or to your neighbor today! Surprise your coworkers with a homemade treat, coffee, donuts, fresh fruit, or cookies. Bringing a small treat like homemade bread or cookies for your coworkers, classmates, and neighbors will really make them feel valued and appreciated. If you’ve got the time to bake, great! If not, make a quick stop on your way to work or school and pick up some goodies, or invite your neighbor over for coffee!

Encourage Someone

Encourage someone who needs it. Whether it’s a friend, sibling, parent, child or coworker, a little recognition could make a world of difference in their lives. Let them know that you are thankful for them and that you appreciate having them in your life. You can encourage someone with words, a hug, a gift or even an email or phone call. It is so simple to do; act now and go encourage someone!

Clean Out Your Closets

As seasons change and styles change many of us have items in our closet that no longer fit our body or our wardrobe!  Make an effort to find unused items in your closets and drawers and donate them to a local shelter or charity organization such as Goodwill.

Visit Someone Who Is Lonely

People can become lonely for any number of reasons, regardless of their age. Some people are alone because they don’t feel like they fit in, while others may become lonely after the death of a close friend or relative. Other people might just suffer from an illness that doesn’t allow them to see many people. Children with family troubles will often become lonely as a result of the tough issues they face at home. Offer your companionship to someone who is lonely in exchange for their wisdom or a lifetime of stories.

Leave Quarters at Laundromat

The next time you do your laundry at the Laundromat, leave a couple of quarters behind for the next person. You could even leave them on top of the machine with a note saying “Have a great day!”

Give Care Packs to the Homeless

There are so many everyday accessories and toiletries we take for granted – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant.

Imagine how you would feel if you didn’t have access to these small things. Well, many people in your community can’t afford these things. By donating even the smallest items to those who don’t have them, you’ll be providing someone with a greater sense of self-worth. Simple accessories you may take for granted could be greatly appreciated by those who are less fortunate. Maybe your support will open a door that will give that person a change to get a job or give them a fresh start to a new life.

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

 

Jordan’s Hot Wheelers take 7th Title

By Anthony Conchel

Marion Star

Jordan Freeman had his game face on.

At the 25th annual Marion Goodwill Industries Wheel-A-Thon on Saturday, May 9th at Tri-Rivers Career Center, Freeman led his team, Jordan’s Hot Wheelers, to their seventh consecutive title. 1234066_687700718024205_7339734050827689351_n

The 15-year-old Freeman, who has spina bifida, doesn’t say much. He lets his wheeling do the talking.

“I’ve gotten faster,” said Freeman, who had a large cheering section in the parking lot.

His father, Mike Freeman, said they began taking part in the event “because we wanted to help out Goodwill. Now we can’t get away from it.”

Goodwill Industries Director Bob Jordan said he and Ed Hutchman came up with the idea for a wheel-a-thon a quarter century ago as a way to “raise awareness for individuals with disabilities.”

Goodwill emphasizes abilities through its job training programs. The agency serves Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow counties.

In addition to the racing, 38 auction items were sold.

After a grueling first-round Linda Pfeiffer was tired but happy.635667742282379907-Mar-0510-WheelaThon01

“It’s just a good cause. Goodwill is a good place. It helps a lot of people. My arms are Jello,” she said.

Jordan’s grandchildren — Katie, 9, and Colin, 5 — had plenty of energy. 635667742277231709-Mar-0510-WheelaThon002After a first round elimination, Colin seemed disappointed but his older sister simply said, “Oh well.”

They were joined by their father, Brad, in the race. Mother Kirsten chose to watch.

“I’m the cheering section. It’s just a fun, but important, activity that brings awareness to those with disabilities,” she said.

“It gives you an idea of what they have to go through every day.”

Rushmore took second, Peggy Mae’s Cakes third and Roger’s Hot Wheelers fourth in the 8-team event.

Mark Your Calendars – Fun things happening in May!!

Please Join Us! Savings & Budgeting Presentation  

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

6pm-7pm

Goodwill Delaware Store

1135 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

During this presentation you will learn how to establish a monthly budget, how to reduce everyday expenses and general cost-cutting tips.  

This presentation is brought to you by Matthew Tway – Fifth Third Bank  

Start budgeting today and save money!

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Clear out your Garage in One Day with Jeff Ruth’s Tradio Garage Sale and Goodwill Industries!

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Saturday, May 10th, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Marion Centre Mall

1509 Marion Waldo Rd., Marion, OH 43302

What: Jeff Ruth’s Garage Sale is a one-day mega sale featuring your items. The Marion and surrounding communities are invited to check out the best garage sale deals all in one location. Get there early for the best deals!

When: The event opens to the public on May 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Set-up for vendors begins at 8:00 a.m.

Where: Marion Centre Mall-1509 Marion-Waldo Rd. Marion, OH 43302

Rules and Regulations: Each Vendor will receive a 10 x 10 area to display Garage Sale items. There are to be no firearms on premises and no titled items such as vehicles, campers, motorcycles, etc. Booths will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Receipt must be presented the day of the event to claim booth space. Tables will not be supplied-you must bring your own tables and any equipment needed to unload.

You must bring your receipt the day of the event to claim your space. Limited space is available so sign up early for your spot!

Don’t want to pack back up? Vendors are encouraged to leave their unsold/unwanted items with Goodwill Industries the day of the event. Goodwill will also have a truck on site the day of the event to take donations.

For additional information visit: http://www.wmrn.com

 

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Goodwill Wheel-A-Thon Celebrates 24th Anniversary of Promoting Disability Awareness

Looking for a hands-on opportunity to promote disability awareness? Marion Goodwill’s 24th Annual Wheel-A-Thon is Saturday, May 17th at the Tri-Rivers Career Center parking lot located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road. For over 20 years now, the event has welcomed all members of the community to show their support for Goodwill and it’s mission to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers find employment. The Wheel-A-Thon features a wheelchair relay race, 50/50 raffle, auction of donated items from notable community patrons, and spaghetti dinner from the Warehouse.

Events for the Wheel-A-Thon kick off at 9:30 a.m. with team registration. The wheelchair races begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until one team is declared the big winner. The wheelchair race is a fun learning experience as three-person teams from various businesses, organizations, and schools discover how difficult it is to maneuver a wheelchair and make it move the way you want.

Throughout the event, racers and spectators can enjoy the auction and 50/50 raffle, both additional fundraisers for Goodwill. The grand finale will be the auction featuring items donated from local businesses. This year promises to deliver some intense bidding as there will be a small appliance package from Whirlpool, a lady’s 14K white gold amethyst and diamond pendant necklace from Carroll’s Jewelers, an OSU quilt from Stitch ‘n Fix, children’s birthday party from bluefusion entertainment, YMCA membership, gift certificates from local restaurants and much more!

The spaghetti dinner sponsored by The Warehouse will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Adult spaghetti dinner tickets are $5.00 and children are $3.00.

Wheelchair owners will want to take advantage of the Wheelchair Round-Up offered by Marion Area Physical Therapy, who will once again be providing their services from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Wheelchair Round-Up features a mobility station to make minor repairs and consultations to wheelchairs, free of charge. Each chair will receive a “tune-up”, which includes a power wash, complete inspection, and repairs.

Goodwill will also be accepting wheelchair donations on behalf of Wheels for the World, an internationally recognized organization, which collects and distributes wheelchairs to disabled individuals in need. If you would like to donate a gently used wheelchair, you can bring them to the Wheel-A-Thon or to a Goodwill store near you.

For additional information about the event, including how you or your business can form a team for the races, sponsor a team, or donate an auction item, contact Kathy Wink at (740) 223-3114. Again, the event is open to the public, no RSVP necessary for spectators.

 

 

 

 

 

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