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Employee Spotlight…Otho Braziel

Think about all of the things you saw today or any day. Think of the faces, the images, the colors, all of it. Imagine if you were never able to see those things or anything new again. Imagine if you were no longer a ble to perform the job you had held and enjoyed for the last 14 years. When you lose your vision and everything changes for you, where do you go from there? For Otho Braziel, or “Miss O,” as she is affectionately called, it took her awhile to figure that out. “I didn’t join any clubs or take part in many activities in high school because I was made fun of for my thick glasses, but I was still able to see back then,” says Miss O. After graduating, Miss O went to college for a few years before deciding to change course and attend Choffin Career Center. She earned a certificate in medical assisting and quickly went to work at a doctor’s office. “I worked there for 14 years and I enjoyed it. I evaluated new patients, drew blood, gave shots, handled paperwork,” says Miss O. While working there, she suffered from a rupture in the back… Read More

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Youngstown Radio Reading Service Dedicates Studios to the Youngstown Lions Club

The Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS) — a private, non-profit station that serves the print and visually impaired — recently named their studios The Youngstown Lions Digital Recording Studio in recognition of the longtime support from Youngstown Lions Club. In 2016, the Youngstown Lions Club provided YRRS with a $5,000 donation to begin the digital transition process. A $6,500 donation in 2017 has recently allowed the YRRS to complete the transition from analog to digital. “The Lions Club has been involved in sight saving since 1925 when Helen Keller spoke in Sandusky, Ohio and challenged the Lions to be ‘knights of the blind’ and we have been supporting this worthwhile service while working towards that mission,” says Roger Guglucello, Youngstown Lions Club member and Goodwill board member. Prior to the transition, the studios were using analog recordings such as cassettes and cd burners. “Everything is completely computerized now,” says Mike Bosela, YRRS coordinator. “If not for the Youngstown Lions, we couldn’t have done it. YRRS has been around for over 41 years and the Youngstown Lions Club has been there right from the beginning,” says Bosela. On October 1, YRRS expanded their broadcast schedule to seven days a week, 24… Read More

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Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries Earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

CARF International announced that Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has been accredited for a period of three years for its comprehensive vocational evaluation services programs. The latest accreditation is the 16th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has given to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.   About CARF CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please… Read More

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Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries Receives $7,500 Chemical Bank Grant

Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently received a $7,500 grant from Chemical Bank to support Goodwill’s sheltered employment program. Goodwill’s sheltered employment program currently provides employment to 46 individuals with disabilities who have the support of a program manager and the opportunity to attend classes at Goodwill. “Chemical Bank is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. With this donation, we know that Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries will provide individuals with disabilities meaningful work opportunities,” says Kyowa Pegues, CRA market manager of Chemical Bank.  “By investing in this great organization we are improving lives and strengthening families.” The funds will allow Goodwill to continue to employ individuals with disabilities that impact work productivity in areas of quality, quantity and behaviors. More opportunities to participate in living skills classes such as budgeting, cooking, computer use, drivers permit and classes in job seeking skills and World of Work will be provided. “We’re so grateful for community partners like Chemical Bank who fund outstanding programs in our community,” says Jim Freeze, executive director of Goodwill. “Without their support and the support of everyone in the community who donates items or shops in our Goodwill stores, we could not continue to employ people… Read More


Junior Group Auction a Success Under New Format

Despite changing the format of the event, The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction and Jewelry Sale was still a huge success. Over $45,000 was generated to help support Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In the past, the Junior Group held a two-day event which consisted of a Friday evening gala and a Saturday antique and collectible auction. The group made the decision to move the Saturday auction online. That auction is now held quarterly through George Roman Auctioneers and The change has allowed the volunteers to focus more on the Friday evening gala. Over 500 people attended the auction and jewelry sale on March 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium. The evening’s festivities included a live auction of new items, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, jewelry sale, vintage clothing sale and hors d’oeuvres from The Georgetown. The live auction featured 53 items including a custom made Ohio State University pub table and bar stool set by Gasser Chair, a Nanette Lepore designer dress, a Fendi purse, a Cleveland Indians game package, limousine service and more. Additionally, over 100 items were available for bid in the… Read More


vc_logoHave you considered donating your car, truck or van to Goodwill Youngstown? Instead of selling, trading or storing your vehicle, you can make a donation and receive a tax deduction. If you have questions about the vehicle donation process, call 1.866.628.2277 and someone will be happy to arrange your donation, or visit This Link for more information about the Vehicles For Charity donation program.