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.

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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.

One Week Guide to Donating While Cleaning Helps Fund Job Training

More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all their unneeded stuff. As the green movement grows, consumers are increasingly concerned about reusing and recycling.

Marion Goodwill is calling on local communities to donate items that they used to love during this spring cleaning season. Goodwill collects used clothes and household goods and then use the revenues from sales to fund job training programs and community-based services. These services help job seekers with skills and search tools like résumé writing and job interview practice. By donating household goods, spring cleaners can help their neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed get off to a fresh start.

“When your spring cleaning ends with a donation to Goodwill, you not only extend the lifecycle of goods but you help fund Goodwill‘s employment programs that create jobs and strengthen families and your community,” said Kathy Wink, Goodwill Marketing Director.

This season, Goodwill compiled a Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, which provides suggestions on specific items that can be donated this year. Using Goodwill’s guide, consumers are encouraged to clean just one part of their house each day and find things to donate for seven consecutive days during this spring season. Examples include:

Day 1: Go through your closet and remove any clothing you no longer wear. Donate it to Goodwill. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.

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At the end of the week, consumers are encouraged to visit www.mariongoodwill.org to calculate just how much of an impact their donations will have for people in their local communities.

“Spring cleaning is often one of the most daunting tasks of the year,” Wink, said. “At Goodwill, our goal is to not only make spring cleaning a fun activity for the whole family, but also to help people realize the positive impact their Goodwill donations have on their neighbors’ lives.”

 

 

 

Marion Goodwill Joins the Giving Tuesday Movement

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Building on Goodwill’s belief that it feels good to give back, Marion Goodwill is joining the Giving Tuesday movement.

Giving Tuesday takes place December 3 — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — and is a collective effort to transform how people take part in the giving season. Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping, the goal of Giving Tuesday is to be a national day of giving.

“Goodwill® has been changing lives through job training, employment placement and other services for more than a century,” said Kathy Wink, Marketing Director. “It just makes sense for us to take part in a broader effort to give to others this holiday season.”

Begun by New York’s 92nd Street Y last year, Giving Tuesday has brought together thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizers.

Goodwill is asking residents of Central Ohio to make a special tax-deductible gift on Giving Tuesday.

“Even a small amount can make a life-changing difference,” said Wink. “During this time of economic uncertainty and high unemployment, the demand for Goodwill’s services has grown significantly. Thanks to the help of loyal supporters, we can continue to meet the diverse needs of people in our community.”

Goodwill serves people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Last year alone, more than 1,538 people in the counties we serve (Marion, Delaware, Crawford, Union & Morrow) participated in one of our nine programs.

The mission of Marion Goodwill is to assist individuals with disabilities and other special needs to attain self-sufficiency through employment and training, thus enabling them to reach their maximum potential in the community.

For more information about Goodwill, visit http://www.mariongoodwill.org

For more information about Giving Tuesday, go to http://www.givingtuesday.org.

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