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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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!!

 

 

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!

 

 

Shop, Donate and Make a Difference During the Goodwill Sale

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Everyone knows someone who is out of work and looking for a way to make ends meet. Unemployment is a nationwide problem often told through statistics, but here in Central Ohio, it’s a problem that has names and faces. Unfortunately, it’s a problem that can seem too monumental for individuals to do anything about. But here’s a quick, fun and productive way you can help out.

Marion Goodwill Industries of is pleased to participate in the 20th year of the semi-annual Goodwill Sale with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. During the Goodwill Sale, which takes place from September 17 to October 4, 2014, The Bon-Ton Stores’ 273 locations will accept donations of clothing and household textiles to benefit Goodwill. For each item donated, shoppers will receive discount coupons of up to 25 percent off new purchases at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores. In addition to supporting Goodwill’s mission, the Goodwill Sale is a great shopping event just in time to save on new fall merchandise.  Customers can also visit MillionActsofGoodwill.com and spin the wheel for a chance to win a $100 Bon-Ton gift card instantly. One grand prize winner will be awarded a $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.

That’s about as easy as it gets to help people find employment. Not only do consumers get to shop with significant discounts at Elder Beerman their donations go directly toward furthering Goodwill’s mission of helping people find jobs right here in Marion County. Revenues from the sale of these donations will fund Goodwill’s job training and community programs in the communities we serve.

Throughout the years, the Goodwill Sale has become a tradition for many Elder Beerman shoppers in Marion who put aside their donations in preparation for the Goodwill Sale. Consumers who have grown out of last year’s clothes, gone through those summer wardrobe items that they won’t wear again, or just have household textiles that they no longer need, should start thinking now about what to donate — and, of course, what to buy.

Those who don’t have anything to donate can also participate and make a difference. In 2013, the sale introduced a new donating opportunity, allowing shoppers to give $5 at any Bon-Ton register in exchange for sale coupons. All of the money collected is then donated to Goodwill.

This spring, shoppers donated a total of $482,000 to benefit Goodwill’s mission of helping people find jobs. The Goodwill Sale also collected more than 2.5 million pounds of clothing and textiles nationwide with an estimated value of $10 million in revenue. The combined positive impact of these donations equals approximately 344,000 hours of job training services to help people gain skills and go to work in the communities where they were collected.

Marion Goodwill of is thrilled to play a part in the Goodwill Sale. What began as a local partnership spearheaded by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee) 20 years ago has grown over time to include other Goodwill agencies and Bon-Ton stores across the United States. In 2006, the promotion was expanded to all seven nameplates operated by The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Marion Goodwill is honored to be one of the organizations helping people find jobs via the Goodwill Sale.

 What do you plan to donate at Elder Beerman during the Goodwill Sale?

 

 

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