Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to accept donations of cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, campers, recreational vehicles and more. Instead of selling, trading or storing vehicles, you can make a donation and receive a tax deduction. Vehicles for Charity handles all of the paperwork, logistics and details of the vehicle donation process, including free pickup at your house or office. The net funds from the sale of the vehicle are then distributed to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries. Proceeds received from the sale of your donation will help Goodwill meet its mission of providing vocational services and employment to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The donation process is quite simple and can usually be completed within five to ten business days. To donate your vehicle visit the Vehicles for Charity website at www.vehiclesforcharity.org, look for “Goodwill, Youngstown” in the list of charities and complete the form. You can also call 1-800-833-3006 or 1-866-628-2277 to donate.
Training, materials and even partners are provided for the volunteer vision screenings. Screening sessions are scheduled according to the screeners availability — mornings or afternoons, Monday through Friday in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties — and last anywhere from one hour to two-and-a-half hours. All scheduling and follow up is handled by the program coordinator. Lazy eye, the common name for amblyopia, is reduced vision in an eye resulting when the pathways of vision in the brain do not grow strong enough. Anything that interferes with clear vision in either eye during the critical birth to age six visual development period can cause amblyopia; neither the child nor parent may know there is a problem until screening is provided. If not detected early enough, an amblyopic eye may never develop good vision and may become functionally blind. Early detection and treatment can correct an eye, which may be too damaged for correction at a later time. Volunteer training, provided by the Ohio Department of Health, will be held Tuesday, August 25 from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road in Cornersburg. This training is mandatory for all vision screeners and those attending must register in… Read More
July 30, 2015 (YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) – With some Ohio schools starting back up as early as August, back-to-school shopping is about to kick off. The Youngstown Area Goodwill is reminding parents that it’s never too early to start shopping for back-to-school clothes, as the inventory at its eight local retail locations is ever-changing. “Shop early and shop often,” says its executive director, Mike McBride. “Our merchandise changes very quickly and we put donations out as soon as we get them in.” The National Retail Federation’s 2015 Back to School survey reports that the average family with children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade will spend some $630 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics. As parents seek the best deals for their kids’ apparel, local Goodwill stores are running back-to-school deals on clothing to help ease the burden. Starting in August, stores will be setting up sections specifically for school clothes and uniform items, including white and light-colored polo shirts, and dark-colored slacks and shorts. Most donations come in around the start of back-to-school time, McBride says. “By the time back-to-school season begins, many parents find that their kids have outgrown last year’s clothes,” he says. “That’s when we get in… Read More
The New Castle Store has reopened after closing for a week to restock, refresh and update. Be sure to stop in and see the changes!
The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction, held on March 6 and 7, once again surpassed all previous auctions generating over $65,000 to support Goodwill’s job training and employment programs. “The Junior Group volunteers work very hard all year long to make this event such a success. The funds it generates for Goodwill come at a perfect time after a very difficult January and February,” says Mike McBride, executive director of Goodwill. The two-day event was presided over by George Roman Auctioneers at Stambaugh Auditorium. Over 500 people attended the Friday evening gala which included a live auction of new items, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, jewelry sale, vintage clothing sale, gift card tree raffle and hors d’oeuvres from Kravitz Catering. The live auction featured 64 items which included a custom made Ohio State pub table set by Gasser Chair, a Nanette Lepore designer coat, Disney park passes, autographed boxing gloves, a ride on the Goodyear Blimp and more. The jewelry sale, which is always a crowd favorite, featured several thousand pieces of pre-priced jewelry which was available for purchase on both Friday and Saturday. All of the jewelry in the sale comes from Goodwill donations. The Saturday portion… Read More
Have 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.