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.

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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.

Inside Goodwill Open House & Tours

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Join us at our Marion Goodwill Store & Distribution Center on Tuesday, March 26th from 11am-1pm for our Inside Goodwill event.

Inside Goodwill participants will follow the path taken by donated items as they move through the donation door to the employees who sort, tag & process them for sale.

Tour takers will meet key staff and gain insight into Goodwill’s impact on communities, the environment and the economy. As part of our mission, Building Lives That Work, they will also hear testimonials from a few of the many individuals who have overcome hardships and challenges with Goodwill’s help.

“Though Goodwill has always prided itself on being open and transparent, relatively few people have personally viewed the inner working of this historic social enterprise,” said Bob Jordan, President & CEO of Marion Goodwill Industries. “Touring it is an amazing, eye-opening experience. What people see and hear on the tours will educate and inspire them.”

Hopefully at the end of the tour, you will be like many others and say “I didn’t know Goodwill did that!”

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

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
11am-1pm

Goodwill Wheel-A-Thon Celebrates 28th Anniversary of Promoting Disability Awareness

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Looking for a hands-on opportunity to promote disability awareness? Marion Goodwill’s 28th Annual Wheel-A-Thon is Saturday, May 19 at the Tri-Rivers Career Center located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road. For 28 years now, the event has welcomed all members of the community to show their support for Goodwill and their 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, ladies diamond earrings from Carroll’s Jewelers, a 3-night trip to Savannah, Georgia provided by I Heart Media – Marion, an OSU quilt from Stitch ‘n Fix, and 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.

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.

LET YOUR RESOLUTION TURN INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S JOB SOLUTION

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By organizing your home and donating items to Goodwill, you can be a job creator!
Are you having trouble coming up with a good new year’s resolution — one that you’ll actually stick to this time? Don’t worry! Goodwill has just the incentive for starting off the New Year right, with a resolution that will help you — and your neighbors, too. By clearing out the clutter from your home and donating unwanted items to Goodwill, you can help fund job training programs and services right in your local community.

The new year is a great time to resolve to clean out unwanted items from your home. It’s also a time of year when many people set out to find new jobs or career paths. Thanks to Goodwill, many people can make good on their de-cluttering resolutions this year — and it all centers on donations.

Marion Goodwill has 9 retail locations and 2 Attended Donation Centers that accept donations of clothing and household goods. We also accept donated electronics, computers and furniture. Goodwill then sells those items in its stores, generating revenue to fund job training programs for people with barriers to employment.
In the past year, donations to Marion Goodwill allowed over 3,400 individuals access to career, family and financial services. Our Education and Training Center helped individuals find new jobs thanks to the generosity of Goodwill donors.

“Your donations to Goodwill have a direct, positive impact on the lives of people in your community,” said Kathy Wink, Marketing Director of Marion Goodwill Industries. “By donating just two bags of clothing and a working computer you no longer need, you can help fund eight hours of classes for someone searching for a job. Every donation helps.”
Visit http://www.mariongoodwill.org to find your nearest Goodwill donation center.

Thank You!

Thank you for making our 27th annual Wheel-a-Thon a success! 

WAT Thank You MarionStar 2017

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.

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