Summer Youth Programs Keep Youth Busy as Bees!

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Our youth programs help guide youth on their way to becoming self-sufficient and productive adults in the communities we serve. We assist young adults, ages 14 to 24, in developing the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work.

Through our partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, we are working with 37 individuals in our Work Experience Program and 17 individuals in our Career Exploration Program this summer.

Our Work Experience Program helps young people gain work skills, improve their communication skills and their ability to work with others. They are able to develop a work history, as well as gain experience to prepare them for long-term employment and independence. This program begins with one week of education and is followed up with four weeks of work experience.

Our Career Exploration Program is designed for young people who can benefit from learning more about careers that are available in their communities. The program participants have the opportunity to experience a variety of different community worksites and are transported and supported by Goodwill team members at all locations. A variety of work opportunities are explored including, landscaping, food service, day care, retail, warehousing and janitorial, just to name a few.

Through our partnerships with Marion County Job & Family Services, Morrow County Job & Family Services and Crawford County Job & Family Services, we are giving close to 200 young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience this summer. These programs allow the youth to develop a work history and have a current reference from an employer. Goodwill is responsible for placing the youth at job-sites, as well as providing training, job coaching and mentoring. The programs continue to be strong employment programs for our youth, as well as a great opportunity for local businesses. Businesses receive additional summer help and they can evaluate and observe the youth before a potential job offer.
Overall, these programs are allowing Goodwill to work with close to 250 young people over the summer months. We have also added an additional 19 job coaches to our staff this summer to help with these programs.

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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.

Put Dad First This Father’s Day

By Julia Marchand
“Parenthood is the hardest job you’ll ever love.” This sentiment shared with me by my mom has been echoing in my head since she said it about a week ago. I know I’m not the only one to agree because my husband and I have had similar, perhaps less eloquent, conversations on the topic. The nights can sometimes feel never-ending, and the days, just as exhausting, so I know how lucky I am to have a partner with whom I share all of the diapers, giggles, tantrums, and snuggles. It’s because I, too, am experiencing all of these parental trials, that I am really excited to celebrate my husband (and my own dad) on June 17 for Father’s Day.

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Finding the right gift to show Dad that you care is a difficult thing to do and only gets harder as his super-Dad years stack up. Thinking back over my decades, it’s easy to feel like I’ve run out of ideas! As the blog Salt and Pepper Moms points out, you can only give him a new grill or tie so many times. That’s why I love their idea of curating a customized Father’s Day Favorites basket just for him. Grab a cute, but inexpensive, basket from Goodwill® and go to town filling it with all of his favorites. The basket can be reused around the house after for organization that fits into your décor scheme, but that’s just the cherry on top. The real gifts are the sweet printable cards that you can download and have family members fill out to be included in the basket. Kiddos can draw dad (or grandpa) and share their favorite things about him. More than the treats or usefulness of the basket, Dad will have these thoughtful mementos to hold forever.

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If he isn’t a big snacker and you can’t find anything small to fill his basket, the best starting point is probably still to think about what the father in your life really loves. Is it gardening? Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries (Cincinnati) had some great ideas for Dads with green thumbs; thrift a book of gardening tips and some track down some seeds (or even saplings!) then spend the day together in the garden. This is such a wonderful idea partly because time is the best gift you can give and a day together is exactly that, but also because watching something grow that you planted together is like watching the relationship blossom over time, too.

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And while we’re on the topic of investing time, now is the perfect opportunity to applaud Goodwill Easter Seals (St. Paul, MN) for their FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) project. This is an ongoing effort through which Goodwill invests time working with fathers to overcome barriers that prevent them from supporting their children. Being jobless while needing to support a family would make an already trying role even more difficult so Goodwill generates opportunities for people to build brighter futures for themselves and their families through initiatives like this.
You can help support this mission simply by donating to and shopping at Goodwill this Father’s Day! A basket, a book, or even some new clothing, will all be appreciated next Sunday as long as they’re accompanied by a great big hug and two wonderful words: thank you. Even through the rough patches, Dad has always put his kids first; on Father’s Day it’s our turn to return the favor.

 

Earth Day Zero Waste

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Earth day is this week, but you can celebrate every day! One way you can do your part to reduce waste is by embracing reusable alternatives when you’re eating at a restaurant or anywhere on the go. Here are a few simple items you can thrift at your local Goodwill to help you be prepared!

Reusable Bag:
The perfect way to keep your kit together, great for runs to the store, useful for transporting food – skip the flimsy plastic!

Cloth Napkin:
Pass on the paper and go for a cloth option. Practical, washable, durable – just throw a few in your kit!

Metal Straws:
Make plastic straws a thing of the past by keeping a few of these on hand, plus you’ll never have to contend with the occasional dreaded punctured straw…

Reusable Drinkware/Travel Mug:
Keep your drinks warmer/colder longer and avoid disposable drinkware.

Divided Container:
Great for bringing lunches or taking leftovers home. Skip the Styrofoam and plastic to-go boxes!

Silverware:
Handy for avoiding disposable plastic alternatives, easy to clean – keep a few sets on hand so you can wash and rotate.

Glass Jar:
A great small container option for snacks or drinks.

Small Containers:
Have a few for dry snacks or smaller to-go items – flexible, convenient, a must in any kit.

Preparing your own zero waste kit is a fun challenge that will help you avoid unnecessary trash and single use items in your daily routine. Create your own, and share any new ideas you discover by tagging us on social media: Marion Goodwill.

 

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.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

 

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This year’s Random Acts of Kindness week is February 11th-17th. 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!

• Smile
• Call a family member
• Say “I love you” to someone who is special to you
• Hand out flowers
• Leave money in the parking meter
• Hand out blankets, gloves, beanies, etc. for the homeless
• Send someone a note telling them what they mean to you
• Volunteer for an organization you love – like Goodwill!
• Send a Valentine’s Day card to someone
• Donate unwanted items to a charity – like Goodwill!
• Bring your neighbor’s paper &/or trashcans up
• Leave a big tip

For other ideas, visit: www.actsofkindness.org

 

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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