E-NEWSLETTER November 2017

Marion Goodwill Celebrates 40 Years of Impact

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Goodwill’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held on Tuesday, Oct. 19th. The event is held to reflect on the past year and to honor program recipients, volunteers, and community partners for their commitment to Goodwill’s mission. This year Marion Goodwill also celebrated their 40th year anniversary.

“Celebrating 40 Years of Impact” was the theme of this year’s event. Highlights of the evening included proclamations read by Mayor Scott Schertzer and County Commissioner, Kerr Murray, proclaiming October 17th, 2017 as Marion Goodwill day in the city and county of Marion, Ohio.

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Jim Gibbons, President, CEO of Goodwill Industries International, was the featured speaker. Prior to Goodwill, Gibbons served as the president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind as well as Campus Wide Access Solutions, a division of AT&T.

Gibbons earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a Harvard MBA.

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Gibbons has received several awards and recognitions for his work, including being recognized by The Non Profit Times among their 2014 Power & Influence Top 50, the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue University, the 2010 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged and the 2010 SmartCEO/EcoCEO award for organizational commitment to the environment. Gibbons recently served a two-year term on the White House Council for Community Solutions as appointed by President Obama.

Over 200 people were in attendance at this year’s meeting held at All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility. Those present included employees from the five counties, Goodwill board members, and community partners. Dale Claes, MIPA Physical Therapy received the 2017 Community Partner Award for his commitment to our mission. Several Goodwill retail stores were recognized for their achievements in the past year and twelve Goodwill employees were recognized for their service of 15 plus years to Marion Goodwill. Bob Jordan, Marion Goodwill, President, CEO was recognized for 30 years of service. To view more photos from our 40th celebration click here

Giving Tuesday

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations to FRANK AND MELVINA VON BOOTSENBURG on winning the first annual Goodwill/IHeartMedia Pic or Treat contest. IHeartMedia listeners submitted photos of their best homemade Halloween costumes. The top 64 submissions were entered into a head to head online bracket, whittling down from 64 photos to just 1 photo in a 3 ½ week competition. The best costume, as voted on by the listeners, received a $100.00 gift certificate to Goodwill, and a trip for 2 to Savannah, Georgia.

We are thrilled that the Bootsenburg’s took home the prize. Special shout-out to Tarina (Frank’s mom) for submitting their photo. Tarina is an avid Goodwill shopper and most of the styling for this duo was purchased at our stores!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We are already making plans for next year. Happy Halloween.

Giving Tuesday

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Goodwill will be participating in Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2017. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. We have two days for getting deals - Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people like you are creating a new tradition of giving.

Kick off your holiday giving season with an end of year charitable gift to Marion Goodwill on #GivingTuesday.



The holidays are a time of giving, and at Goodwill, that rings especially true! When you do your holiday shopping at your local Goodwill store, you can find great gifts while building a brighter future for someone in your community.

Savvy shoppers understand that Goodwill is the best place to purchase holiday gifts and supplies at low prices. What some may not know is that with each purchase you make, you’re reducing waste and giving used items a second life as well as creating job opportunities for people in your community.

“Goodwill is your place for good finds, good gifts and good times,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “With the great variety of items in Goodwill stores — from holiday knick-knacks and clothing to do-it-yourself inspiration — you can make your holidays something special with Goodwill.”

When it comes to holiday DIY projects, Goodwill helps you go for broke without going broke! Here are a few of the many great ideas to consider as you shop at your local Goodwill store this holiday season:

  • Look for vintage glassware, utensils, serving items and linens to create a chic mix-and-match holiday tablespace.
  • Use chalkboard paint to turn a serving tray into a seriously sophisticated holiday menu board.
  • Get ready for your next seasonal sweater party, either by finding a ready-to-wear, holiday-themed pullover or by adding your own beading and holiday-themed appliques to a Goodwill sweater.
  • For the world travelers on your gift list, find and frame vintage maps of destinations visited or yet-to-be explored.
  • Create stylish and personalized kitchen organizers from baskets and canisters found at Goodwill.

Goodwill is also happy to accept donations of household items, clothing and other useful things to sell in our stores. Know that when you donate — and when you shop — at Goodwill, you’re helping someone on the path to a better job or a better life.

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