DIY Denim Shorts

Have you ever ruined a pair of jeans trying to make the perfect cutoff shorts? You’re not alone. To never fail at this super simple DIY project, we are sharing five tips that are sure to guide you in the right “I-want-those-denim-shorts” direction.

Buy a pair of jeans two sizes too big.

Next time you hit up your favorite Goodwill store, try looking for a pair of jeans that are around two sizes too big, the extra room will create the most flattering and loosely lived-in pair of cutoffs.

Measure the inseam.

It’s key to measure the inseam of your denim to determine your best length. You typically want to leave about 3” at the inseam, but you can go longer or shorter depending on what works on you. This is where most DIY disasters happen; you quickly chop your jeans without keeping in mind that the inseam needs to be a smidge longer to create a natural and appropriate angled look. So remember: determine the length of your inseam and then cut at angle to make the outer seams a bit shorter.

Draw your desired hemline with chalk.

It may be tempting to just hack away, but once you’ve figured out your ideal length, use a piece of chalk to draw a guideline for a foolproof even and not-too-long-not-too-short hemline.

Create the perfect fray.

Once you are happy with the length of your shorts, it’s time to focus on the fray. This process is simple; all you need to do is run a pair of pinking shears at the edge of your shorts. Voilà: you now have an effortless, perfectly unraveled frayed edge.

Wash and dry before wearing.

Finally, you want to make sure to wash and dry your cool new cutoffs before wearing them. This last step will ensure that your shorts have that comfortable vintage vibe.

Retail Stores Reopening May 12th!

We will be reopening our retail stores beginning Tuesday, May 12th. Our main focuses are safety and the essential services we provide to our community. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our team members, shoppers and donors.
Temporary Hours are:
• Sunday –Saturday: 10am-6pm
• Seniors 60 plus and High Risk/Special Needs Individuals: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9am-10am

Safety Measures

Safer Shopping Experience FlyerTo help minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus and other diseases to customers, donors, and employees in our Goodwill stores, we have implemented the following practices:
• Scheduled wipe-down cleaning process with EPA-approved disinfectants.
• Store-wide cleaning takes place every day.
• Extra attention is given to cleaning areas accessed by numerous people such as door handles, credit card keypads, and restrooms.
• Employees are encouraged to practice CDC-recommended prevention steps including washing their hands frequently throughout the work day, limiting close contact with others, and staying home if they are ill.
• All team members are required to wear a face covering. We strongly recommend customers wear a face covering while shopping with us.
• We are installing sneeze guards at cashier stations.
• We have 6-foot sections marked at cashier stations to help customers keep their distance from others.
• As needed, we are prepared to limit the number of customers in the store to help give everyone more space while shopping.
• We encourage customers and employees to practice social distancing whenever possible.
• We are asking donors to drop off items into the marked donation bins.
• We have increased sanitation and cleaning of donations.

We miss you and can’t wait to see you!!

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

COVID Update

As always, Marion Goodwill Industries is committed to the health and safety of our donors, shoppers, employees and program participants. These are unprecedented times; a time of great uncertainty for all of us and a new situation for local Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada as well.

At this time, it has become necessary to announce that:

As per the mandate of the Governor of Ohio, Mike Dewine, we are closing our retail stores effective March 24, 2020 and will remain closed until local officials say it is safe to reopen. We will continue to monitor mandates on an ongoing basis and update the community on any revisions to this timeline.

We regret that Goodwill’s closures will further impact the lives of people who are already feeling concerned for their health, finances and well-being. This has been a difficult decision, but we are following the direction of local government and public health officials in this unprecedented time.

We are all in this together. At a safe and appropriate time, we will resume our normal activities and work together to rebuild stronger, more resilient communities. We’ll share more information on when we will resume operations on our website and social media channels. We ask for your understanding and patience. Stay safe and healthy.

Bob Jordan
President & CEO
Marion Goodwill
Serving Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford & Morrow Counties


Marion Goodwill Voluntarily Closing Retail Stores

Goodwill Customers,

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our Goodwill Retail Store’s will be closed to shoppers, effective Sunday, March 22, and until further notice.

We will continue to accept donations during limited hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and Noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

This situation is unlike anything our community has ever faced. Our first concern is the well-being of our employees, many of whom came to work for Goodwill because of an employment barrier that made finding a job elsewhere difficult, if not impossible.

The inability to operate our Retail sales floors has a significant impact on our entire organization. Over the next week, we are building a plan on how we can best move forward in the best interests of our employees and all those whom we serve. We are working with our employees to help them access information on their health and wellness benefits, while proactively working to reduce or remove barriers to any additional services they may need.

We urge our donors to continue donating their gently used items in the coming weeks. Goodwill associates will unload items from cars, without our donors having to exit their vehicles. Donors are also welcome to park and bring items to the donation door, while maintaining sufficient distance from Goodwill employees and each other.

Thank you for your continued support! Your donations and cash contributions help fund our job training programs and makes our mission of “Building Lives That Work” possible.

We will continue to post updates at

PrintBob Jordan
President & CEO
Marion Goodwill Industries – Ohio
Serving Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford & Morrow Counties
Building Lives That Work


Letter From President & CEO, Bob Jordan

2011 MGI

Dear Customers and Donors,

Goodwill is taking every necessary step to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and protect our team members, program participants, community partners, customers and donors.

Our prevention steps follow the recommendations of the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and Goodwill Industries International.

At our stores and donation centers, we have taken great strides to ensure that our stores are cleaned and disinfected. You may see employees wiping down a doorknob that you just touched or wearing gloves when you checkout or donate. These measures, as we have all learned, are necessary to prevent the spread or exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Our stores and donation centers remain open, simply because we are needed.
Goodwill is more than a thrift store. Clothing, housewares and new products sold at our stores are products that many individuals and families in our communities rely on. The money generated through community donations and our Goodwill stores is the driving force for outreach programs that touch the lives of thousands of people. Without that source of funding, our outreach cannot happen.

As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we too may have to adjust our approach and response. Until then, we will continue to follow the guidelines that have been provided to us and maintain a safe and clean shopping environment.

Bob Jordan,
President & CEO
Marion Goodwill Industries – Ohio
Serving: Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow Counties

Valentine’s Day at Goodwill!

Bring Good Home 

Valentines Day is a great time to Bring Good Home! Your Goodwill purchase helps bring job placement and training to people in YOUR community – when you shop, you help others. 💙

Find Some Good

There are some amazing finds at your local Goodwill for  Valentines Day! Your Goodwill finds help people in your community with job placement and career training, changing people’s lives through the Power Of Work!

Goodwill Date

Looking for a unique Valentines Day date idea that can also help your community? Try a Goodwill Date! Enjoy the budget-friendly fun with your sweetheart, your best galentine, or celebrate that special bromance in your life.

Thrift Love

Valentines Day is coming up! Thrift something sweet that can also make a difference in your community at Goodwill!

Halloween Comes Alive at Goodwill


We’re so excited to share the spooky season with the First Family of Halloween. Goodwill is serving up Addams Family DIY inspiration and frighteningly unique costume ideas… Get ready to Meet The Addams in theaters on October 11!


Pic or Treat Contest


Show us your best homemade Halloween costume, for a chance to win a shopping spree to Goodwill and a trip for two to Savannah Georgia, the most haunted city in America!

Submit you photo by October 6th to:
There will be a bracket style elimination contest to determine this year’s winner.

Voting will begin on Tuesday, October 8th with our winner being determined on Thursday, October 31st.

Summer Youth Program is a Success

Marion Goodwill’s Summer Youth program is in its third year and is a collaborative project with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The program is designed to provide students with a variety of team building and vocational exploration experiences structured to help them gather information about the world of work.

As part of the Summer Youth Work Experience program, each student has the opportunity to learn work appropriate skills during the beginning of the program and then, participate in four weeks of work experience in the community at various job sites. This year 46 youth participated in the work experience program at over 16 jobsites. Jobsites included Boys & Girls Club, Buckeye Central High School, Candlewood, Chick-Fil-A, Edison Depot, The Tomorrow Center, Riverside Native Trees as well as our Goodwill stores. The youth were able to work up to 20 hours per week with a direct job coach onsite to support them.

The Summer Youth Career Exploration program had 29 participants this year. During the first 9 days of the service, students attend classes and focus on topics like professionalism, teamwork, business ethics, communication, networking, problem-solving as well as the practical aspects of filling out applications and putting together a resume. They toured businesses and learned about the careers that are available there. Some of the tours included: Marion General Hospital, Whirlpool, Kroger, Boys & Girls Club, Kohl’s, A1 Printing, Baker’s Pizza, Groovy Plants Ranch, Morrow Dog Shelter, Joe’s Tru Value, YMCA and Petco.

Marion Goodwill is grateful to all of our wonderful employers for their support in providing these important work opportunities for the students as well as Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities for making these critical services possible.


Festive Designs for Your Independence Day Celebration

By Julia Marchand

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may be looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate. Of course, a parade and fireworks are basically mandatory, but don’t forget to dress up yourself and your home! These are two of my favorite ways to enjoy holidays since they really set the tone for whatever merriment is approaching.

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The first thing I like to do to prepare for an upcoming event is to pull together at least one themed display at home. Just setting something up on a tabletop or bookshelf doesn’t take long, but can make a great statement. You don’t even need to have guests over to appreciate it! I find that changing up my surroundings even just a little at a time keeps my home feeling fresh and inspiring. This quick and patriotic display made by Sarah for Goodwill Easter Seals (Saint Paul) is exactly what I’m talking about. It’s bright, bold, and brilliantly priced since she found everything at Goodwill!

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Be a firework this fourth by decking yourself out head-to-toe in red, white, and blue like Molly and Penny, the sisters behind the blog Goodwill Fabulous. Can you believe that the dress Molly scored for $4.99 from her local Goodwill originally retailed for $138? That’s about 96% off! I’d say the hunt is well worth it for a price like that. What do you think?

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Another aspect of Independence Day that I truly adore is how social the holiday is. This is not one of those intimate family days like Easter nor is it a one-on-one type evening like Valentine’s Day. It’s an all-you-can-eat, everyone’s invited, break out the sparklers kind of jubilation! As such, it might be a good idea for you to have some snacks and activities on hand. Here are some fantastic ideas for themed décor and pastimes from Marion Goodwill Industries (OH) including the super simple silverware stash above!

But perhaps the most patriotic thing about celebrating the Fourth of July by shopping at your Goodwill is that every dollar you spend is going back into your own community. Eighty-three percent of collective revenues raised through the sale of donated goods support and grow Goodwill’s critical community-based programs and services. Thrifting at Goodwill is such an easy and effective way to help keep your unique community strong to ensure that we can continue to applaud it every July 4th for a very long time.

Marion Goodwill Retail Locations:

1135 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015
Delaware Square Shopping Center

753 Carter Dr.
Galion, OH 44833
Discount Drug Mart

Lewis Center
123 Neverland Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Snergy Shopping Center

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

15709 US Rt. 36 East
Marysville, OH 43040
East Pointe Plaza

Mt. Gilead
527 W. Marion Rd.
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338

9820 Brewster Lane
Powell, OH 43065
Powell Crossing Shopping Center

149 St. Rt. 3
Sunbury, OH 43074
Sunbury Mills Plaza

7107 Northgate Way
Westerville, OH 43082

Racing For Awareness


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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