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.

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Find Good Gifts and Create Good Times at Goodwill

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Goodwill can help make the holidays special!

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 Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “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.

 

Be a Job Creator

LET YOUR RESOLUTION TURN INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S JOB SOLUTION

By organizing your home and donating items to Goodwill, you can be a job creator!

baltimore_homedonation_kmp1625Are 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 2,500 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 www.mariongoodwill.org  to find your nearest Goodwill donation center.

Clean Sweep Your Life this Spring!

Four Ways to Make the Most of Spring Cleaning Season

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Spring presents an excellent opportunity to throw open the windows and sort out the clutter, but Marion Goodwill Industries knows it can also be an overwhelming chore that can be intimidating to even get started! So we asked Lorie Marrero, the creator of ClutterDiet.com and a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, to reach out to a few of her favorite fellow Clutter Diet® organizing experts to bring you the best tips to make spring cleaning easy — and even fun. Here they are!

 

  1. Tourney Time

If college basketball’s March Madness has you in a competitive mood, bring the tournament spirit to your spring cleaning routine. Set up a March Madness Spring Cleaning Tournament in your home to compare two like items and then eliminate one. Do you prefer this or that? In your tournament, you keep the one item you prefer and then the winner is compared with the next item in the pile. Just comparing two items is easier than purging many items at once.

— Ellen R. Delap, Professional-Organizer.com.

  1. The Truth, The Whole Truth

Be brutally honest when evaluating items in your closet. Do you fidget with the item once it is on? Does it squeeze your arm or ride too low on your hips? Do you have to continually pull it up or down? Yes? Then it has to go. Replace it with something that fits properly and feels great!

— Nealey Stapleton, author of The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Organized and The-Organizing-Boutique.com

 

  1. Keep It Clean

Once you’re organized, stay organized. Here’s how: for each new piece of paper or object that enters your home or office, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” If not, put it in a recycling bin or a box for Goodwill® donations. Put the keepers with similar items for easy access. To keep clutter from returning, practice the One-In-One-Out Rule when buying things like office supplies or clothes or shoes: When something new comes in, something old must get donated.

— Helene Segura, TheInefficiencyAssassin.com

 

  1. Make it Fun!

Shake up your spring cleaning routine with fun contests: Challenge everyone in your family to find 10 items to put away and 10 items to donate to Goodwill. This can become a race, with the prize of a traveling trophy (or a hot fudge sundae, if you don’t want more clutter!) and you can repeat it once a week for the entire month of March. Your donations to Goodwill help fund programs and services to help people find jobs, earn paychecks and build their careers. You can take pride in the positive impact donating to Goodwill has in your community.

Lorie Marrero, TheClutterDiet.com

 

We hope these tips make spring cleaning just a little less intimidating and even a more exciting for your family. We look forward to seeing you at your nearest Goodwill donation center and we thank you for caring about your community and donating to Goodwill.

 

Have your own tried-and-true spring cleaning tips? Chime in via the comments section below.

 

Happy Spring!

 

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

 

Goodwill Encourages Holiday Giving with #GiveGoodwill Campaign

The holidays bring out the best in most, but scams are rampant. With #GiveGoodwill, Goodwill encourages smart giving this season and all year-round.

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The holiday season inspires generous giving. In fact, most charitable donations and volunteer hours are contributed in the last three months of the year. But while the air of peace, faith and hope brings out the best in most, it can bring out the worst in some in the form of scams and rip-offs.

A 10-year-old email resurfaces annually during the holidays, making erroneous statements about several charitable organizations, including Goodwill. It stands as a firm reminder that everyone considering making a monetary gift or donation should do so wisely. Goodwill reminds donors to be diligent about charitable giving, to research organizations using sites like CharityWatch, and to make sure they’re donating to authentic bins.

We always encourage those generous enough to give to give wisely. Do your research and educate yourself about the recipient’s goals, financials and efficiency. At Goodwill, we’re completely transparent and proud of our consistently high ratings among all charity watchdog groups

Those who choose to give to Goodwill can be confident that their financial gift and donated goods provide exponential benefits throughout the communities we serve.  Monetary gifts can be given safely and securely through Goodwill’s website and they go directly to helping members of our community. A donation of clothing or household items gives belongings a second life and reduces waste. Goodwill shoppers benefit from the opportunity to find the perfect gift or holiday ensemble, and all donations give hope to those seeking work by funding vital training and employment services. Goodwill’s donation impact calculator provides detailed feedback on the effect even the smallest donations can have.

For more information about how your financial gift, donated goods and store purchases support efforts in the local community, visit our website at www.mariongoodwill.org. Share your Goodwill donations on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GiveGoodwill.

Give smart this holiday season. #GiveGoodwill.

 

Springing to a Fresh Start

social-graphic-freshIf there’s one thing we can all agree on this time of year, it’s that we’re just about ready for a fresh start. Winter, we’re done with you. With the cold season (finally) nearing a very welcome end, many of us will soon start gearing up for that annual de-hibernation ritual known as spring cleaning. This year at Goodwill, we’re encouraging people in our community to think of the spring cleaning season as both a time to offer a fresh start to bygone belongings and a time to give individuals in need of work a fresh start, too.

How? By donating clothes and household goods you no longer use to Goodwill, you can ensure that your own fresh start is multiplied by a power of three. Yes, you’ll get the benefit of cleaning out your house and shedding some of that cold-weather baggage, but you’ll also benefit from knowing that your spring cleaning will get a fresh start of its own by being diverted from landfills. Finally, by donating to Goodwill, you can help give people in your neighborhood a fresh start of their own, because the sale of your donations will fund local job training and placement programs.

Goodwill uses the revenues from the sale of goods at our stores to fund programs for job seekers, including youth, seniors, veterans and military families, people with disabilities, and others with specialized needs. In 2013 alone, Goodwill helped more than 9.8 million people train for careers in diverse sectors such as banking, IT and health care, just to name a few, and provided support services to help them land jobs and excel in their careers. Every one of us probably knows someone here in our community who is looking for work and could benefit from programs like these.

So please think of Goodwill when you start out on your spring cleaning plans this year. You’ll get a fresh start for your de-cluttered house, a fresh start for your donated stuff, and finally, you’ll give a local job-seeker or two a very important fresh start to their working life.

To see exactly how much of a difference your donations can make, visitwww.mariongoodwill.org and calculate the impact of everything you plan to donate this spring.

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