Support Marion Goodwill this #GivingTuesday

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You can empower people with disabilities and other barriers on Tuesday, November 29, when you participate in #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season.

To each individual we serve, the impact of your giving is different, it could be 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 has been incarcerated gain the skills and the support needed to obtain a job. Goodwill helps people overcome barriers so they can achieve a better life and gain greater independence.

To make your gift, simply click here. By doing so, you’ll be supporting programs that restore hope for those who most need it in the communities we serve.

To learn move about #GivingTuesday watch this video.

Thank you!

 

 

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 Looks at Holiday Must-Haves and Asks “Where Are They Now?”

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With the holiday season just around the corner, Goodwill encourages everyone to reduce clutter and support the mission of Goodwill by donating items that they are no longer using. To underscore this effort, Goodwill takes a look at the toys that caused a stir over the past 20 years with, “Where Are They Now?”

tickle-me-elmoFrom plush toys like Beanie Babies and Tickle Me Elmo to gaming console favorites Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, each season brings a holiday must-have that whips consumers into a frenzy. Some gift purchases stand the test of time while others are forgotten before choruses of Auld Lang Syne fill the air.

During the holiday season, we encourage everyone to take a look at the unneeded items around their homes and to consider a donation to Goodwill. Each donation not only clears clutter, but also creates job opportunities and funds employment services for people in the communities we serve.

Preparing donations can become a family affair this holiday season. Get your children involved in donating the toys that are no longer played with and teach them about the impact a donation can have with the Goodwill Donation Impact Calculator. You can also learn about recycling versus donating with the fun and challenging Donation Match Game.

Remember, Goodwill is a great place to shop for your holiday gift-giving and entertaining needs. From gently used fashion accessories to dinnerware and serving pieces, our Goodwill stores are a great, economical choice for your holiday shopping.

Goodwill wishes the Marion, Delaware, Union, Crawford and Morrow communities a happy shopping and giving holiday season

 

Retail Locations

Delaware: 1135 Columbus Pike – Rt. 23, Delaware Square Shopping Center

Galion: 753 Carter Drive – Discount Drug Mart

Lewis Center: 123 Neverland Drive – Snergy Shopping Center

Marion: 1367 Marion Mt. Gilead Road – Forum Shopping Center

Marysville: 15709 US Rt. 36 East – East Pointe Plaza

Mt. Gilead: 527 West Marion Rd.

Powell: 9820 Brewster Lane – Powell Crossing Shopping Center

Sunbury: 149 St. Rt. 3 – Sunbury Mills Plaza

Westerville: 7107 Northgate Way

 

Donation Centers

Lewis Center: 6437 Pullman Drive – Olentangy Crossing

Powell: 210 N. Liberty Street – Shopgoodwill.com

Give Where You Live: Three Reasons to Donate Locally Before December 31

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When asked what our goals are for the holiday season, most of us would include giving back. But let’s face it: between the dinner parties, holiday celebrations, frenzied shopping trips and exciting New Year’s travel plans, few of us actually find a moment to give back in a meaningful way before the end of the year. Fortunately, there’s one way to help people in the communities we serve that is quick, easy and affordable — and it feels good, too!

By donating used clothing and households goods before the end of December, you can help people in your community get back to work while putting your own life on a new path for the New Year — and even saving a little money yourself. Here’s how:

1. Local Donations Have Local Impact
We all know that unemployment is still a major problem here in Ohio and most of us know individuals or families who are struggling just to make ends meet. At Goodwill®, we turn the value of your used goods into job training and placement services for people right here in our community. The sale of donated clothing and household goods in our stores funds programs that help put our friends and neighbors back on the path to employment success.

2. Get a Fresh Start
Helping your neighbors find jobs feels good, but it also feels good to get a fresh start yourself. Make room for holiday gifts and new purchases by cleaning out your closet, garage or storage space, and know that you’re helping give someone a fresh start in the process. Get the kids in on it too! Parents can encourage children to give back this holiday season by donating one toy for every new item they receive.

3. Kick Off Tax Season with a Bang
During this financially stressful time of year, many of us are looking for any way to rack up a little savings. Fortunately, by doing good and donating you can also get a head start on saving for tax season. Items donated on or before December 31 can be counted as charitable deductions when you file your 2013 taxes.

All of us want to give back this holiday season. By taking a quick drive to your local Goodwill donation center and giving before December 31, you can help put friends and neighbors back on the path to employment success, while cleaning out your own closets and getting a fresh start on 2014.

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