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!!

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. http://abcn.ws/1Lfj4Qb

Thrift Love

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

Help Build Brighter Futures This Holiday Season

This Holiday season is the perfect time to clean out your closets and donate to Goodwill. The items you donate to Goodwill generate the revenue for job training programs and other community-based services for people with disabilities, people who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment.

Click here to read how your donations have helped individuals like Maggie, who received the training and confidence she needed to become employed. Or Tiffany, a participant in our youth program, who is gaining valuable work experience. Or Jeremy, who overcame many barriers to employment and now works in one of our distribution centers.

When you donate to your neighborhood Goodwill, you help build brighter futures for people in your community.

Your neighborhood Goodwill is a great place to find something unique! By shopping at your local store, you also help your community.

Retail Locations:
Marion: 1637 Marion Mt. Gilead Rd.
Delaware: 1135 Columbus Pike
Marysville: 15709 US RT. 36 East
Galion: 753 Carter Dr.
Lewis Center: 123 Neverland Dr.
Powell: 9820 Brewster Lane
Sunbury: 149 St. Rt. 3
Westerville: 7107 Northgate Way
Mt. Gilead: 527 West Marion Rd.

Visit our website www.mariongoodwill.org for store hours.

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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Image via GoodwillEasterSeals.org

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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Image via GoodwillFabulous.com

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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Image via ItAllStartedWithPaint.com

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:

Delaware
1135 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015
Delaware Square Shopping Center

Galion
753 Carter Dr.
Galion, OH 44833
Discount Drug Mart

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

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

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

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

Powell
9820 Brewster Lane
Powell, OH 43065
Powell Crossing Shopping Center

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

Westerville
7107 Northgate Way
Westerville, OH 43082

Inside Goodwill Open House & Tours

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Join us at our Marion Goodwill Store & Distribution Center on Tuesday, March 26th from 11am-1pm for our Inside Goodwill event.

Inside Goodwill participants will follow the path taken by donated items as they move through the donation door to the employees who sort, tag & process them for sale.

Tour takers will meet key staff and gain insight into Goodwill’s impact on communities, the environment and the economy. As part of our mission, Building Lives That Work, they will also hear testimonials from a few of the many individuals who have overcome hardships and challenges with Goodwill’s help.

“Though Goodwill has always prided itself on being open and transparent, relatively few people have personally viewed the inner working of this historic social enterprise,” said Bob Jordan, President & CEO of Marion Goodwill Industries. “Touring it is an amazing, eye-opening experience. What people see and hear on the tours will educate and inspire them.”

Hopefully at the end of the tour, you will be like many others and say “I didn’t know Goodwill did that!”

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

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
11am-1pm

Goodwill Date Night Scavenger Hunt

 

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A few years ago, my other-half and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a #GoodwillDateNight! It was so fun for us to pick outfits for one another and find inexpensive, surprising activities for us to do after we shopped. This year, we thought we’d try another Goodwill date, but shake it up by adding a scavenger hunt! So, I whipped up a quick list of things for us to look for and we headed out to our local Goodwill.

When you shop at one of the more than 3,300 Goodwill stores, you help Goodwill create employment placement and job training programs as well as other community-based services, so we’d love for you and your partner to give our scavenger hunt a try this Valentine’s Day, too! But, before you step into the store, make a plan with your honey about the rules, time limit, and prize for the winner. That way, as soon as you get inside, you can jump right into the game! A few things to consider:

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TIME LIMIT

How long do you two want to hunt around for? The longer you’re there, of course, the more likely it is you’ll both find everything on the list. Plus, you won’t feel rushed to focus on the list and you can do a bit of browsing, too. But at the same time, some people do well under pressure and if you have plans for dinner or a movie after your scavenger hunt, then you’ll need to keep that in mind. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re both on the same page and that you set timers if necessary!

 

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Are you a viciously competitive team? If so, maybe make sure you’re not being spied on! Should one person start at the back of the store and work their way forward while the other starts on the right and works their way left to minimize the chances of running into each other? Or, do you welcome the idea of bumping into one another? You are doing this to spend time together, after all. And how will you keep track of the items you’ve found—is it just enough to check them off of your lists or do you require photographic evidence?

We know how hard our Goodwill associates work hard to keep stores tidy, so we wanted to make sure we weren’t putting everything on our checklists into a cart for them to have to put back. (Although, if we did find something we loved, then obviously it would be a fun memory of our Goodwill date and have a welcomed place in our home.) So we decided to text each other a photo of each item on the list as we found them. It was kind of exciting to see the progress the other person was making. Sort of like the feeling of watching a sports game and seeing the other team score—makes you want to up your game, right? And we decided that the first person to find an item gets the point for it. I can’t just walk over to something he’s already counted and use that, too. I’ve got to find something different for my list. Tricky!

Another thing to decide ahead of time; if you find an item that actually meets two of the conditions on the list, does that one thing qualify for both or do you have to find a different item for everything on the list? It’s up to you!

Now, what determines the winner? Is it the first person to find everything on the list? The person with the most items checked when your time limit is up? And what happens if there’s a tie? All are important things which you can discuss and decide upon on your way over to your local Goodwill.

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THE PRIZE

You could go a few different ways with a prize for the winner. One of the items on the list is to find a clothing piece for your Valentine. If you’re going by the traditional idea of a Goodwill Date Night (where you choose a statement outfit—sometimes they can be pretty wild—for your partner to wear on the rest of the date), the reward for the winner might play into that. But you could also say that the loser buys dinner or the winner picks what movie you see that night. Whatever works for you! Just make sure you decide beforehand so you know what’s at stake.

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THE GAME

Okay, ready to check in and see how we did? We printed off our checklists, swung by our favorite coffee shop for game fuel, and headed out to Goodwill. I found almost everything on the list (and even a few things that weren’t!). Here’s how mine came out…

THE CHECKLIST:

Something heart shaped
• A pink candle or candlestick
Red roses
A Valentine’s Date clothing item for your partner to wear
A movie with “Love” in the title
A romance novel
A product or item designed specifically for a wedding
A vinyl record made with crooner-style songs
A red dress
A red necktie
A flower vase
• Something with the word “Valentine” on it
• A picture frame with a photo/painting of a couple in it
A piece of diamond jewelry (faux is okay)
• A chocolate or candy tin
• A china set suitable for newlyweds
Cupid’s arrow
A board game that only works with two people (Examples: Battleship, Guess Who?)
• Something that says “Dear,” “Darling,” or another term of endearment
Two matching champagne flutes or wine glasses

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I can’t decide on my favorite find of the date. It was either this heart-shaped baking pan or the adorable cream and sugar containers on the shelf behind it (even though they’re not Valentine’s Day related, they may or may not have ended up in my cart…). I also have to admit that I cheated a little when I texted the dress below to my husband and just mentioned how well it would work as a Valentine’s Date clothing item for me to wear—ha! I mean, it does have little hearts on the label and the faux-leather detailing coupled with the silky bodice is just perfect! It also has a statement zipper in the back which is pretty much my style weakness. I didn’t mind helping his chances of winning if it meant that maybe I’d get to take the dress home!

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All in all, it was a really fun and different way to spend time together for Valentine’s Day. As adults, we rush around between work and our other life responsibilities without much time to play games. It was a nice return to our dating years for us to just set some time aside for the scavenger hunt. I’d rate the date: 10/10 would play again! I hope that whatever you do to celebrate the your loved one this Valentine’s Day, you have just as much fun.

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