Back to School Buys for Every Age

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Over the next few weeks, students of all ages will be returning to school. Whether you are enrolled in grad school or your little one is heading off to kindergarten, thrift shopping for your back-to-school needs is the best way to stick to a budget and prepare yourself for the year ahead.
In the world of back-to-school shopping, there are sweaters and lunch boxes, and then there are couches and foosball tables. In college, students finally have the freedom to furnish their own space. They work hard on papers and focus fastidiously during lectures, so in their downtime they deserve to relax and enjoy themselves with some slightly frivolous purchases. The big problem for college students, though, is funding: being newly independent means being suddenly (and shockingly) aware of your living expenses. That’s why Goodwill is a college student’s best friend – low prices for everything an undergrad could possibly need,

Good luck to anyone heading back to school this fall, no matter your age or grade level. May your year pass by with minimal stress and just the right amount of challenge to help you grow. You can do it!

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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.

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!

Random Acts of Kindness Week & More!

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This year’s Random Acts of Kindness week is February 12th-18th.  It is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. This seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Let’s turn the world kind!

  • Monday, Feb. 12th – Place positive sticky notes on computer screens, bathroom mirrors or around your workplace.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13th – Give a handwritten thank you note to a coworker.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14th – Hand out candy hearts with messages to everyone you see.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15th – Donate gently used clothing or household goods to Goodwill.
  • Friday, February 16th – Clean the office refrigerator or microwave.
  • Saturday, February 17th – Compliment the first three people you talk to.
  • Sunday, February 18th – Extend your hand to someone in need; give your full attention & simply listen.

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

Spread Some Love This Valentine’s Day with Goodwill Finds

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How will you spread the love this Valentine’s Day? Of course choosing a sweet card for your love and spending time together is a must. If you’re rocking the single life, doing something special to love yourself is essential. But spreading a little love with your community is a great step to take too, and it’s as easy as shopping at Goodwill! Give your sweetheart something as unique as they are!!

 

 

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.

Marion Goodwill Releases 2016 Annual Report

report3In 2016, Goodwill assisted thousands of individuals. Over 2500 people walked through our doors in search of help.

To each individual we serve, the impact of Goodwill is different. It’s 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 have been incarcerated gaining the skills and the support needed to obtain a job.

It’s the financial security that comes from having a job. It’s about building a better community by working with other community organizations to strengthen services.

We understand that we all have different circumstances, abilities, and interests. Goodwill helps people overcome barriers so they can achieve a better life and gain greater independence. We are delighted to share our stories that show the impact of our services, and what that impact means for the people we serve and employ.

To view this year’s report, visit our website at: www.mariongoodwill.org

 

October is National Disability Employment Month

GOODWILL RECOGNIZES VITAL FUNCTION OF WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

colorado_disabilities_1Grateful for the important role performed by workers with disabilities, Goodwill Industries International commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October. This year’s theme for NDEAM, administered by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, is “#InclusionWorks,” which underscores the important role played by workers with disabilities in enhancing workplace diversity.

“Throughout its history, Goodwill and its independent member organizations have sought to meet the needs of all job seekers,” said Bob Jordan, President/CEO, Marion Goodwill. “To this day, we offer programs for youth, veterans and those with disabilities to reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.”

NDEAM’s origins date back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The name was changed in 1962 by omitting the word “physically” to acknowledge workers with all types of disabilities. The period of recognition was extended to the full month of October in 1988.

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Jennifer Sheehy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works.”

For 114 years, Goodwill Industries International (GII) has worked to support job seekers with disabilities and specialized circumstances through training, placement and employment efforts.

For more information about how your donations help us support employees with disabilities in obtaining meaningful employment, visit our website at www.mariongoodwi..org.

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