Goodwill Looking for Volunteer Preschool Vision Screeners

  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


Shop “Early and Often” for Back-to-School Savings

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!

Auction Raises over $65,000 for Goodwill

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

Donate to Goodwill When You Spring Clean

Spring is the perfect time to go through items in your home and decide what should stay and what should go. As you de-clutter your home, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries can put your unwanted items to good use. When you donate your gently used clothing, housewares and electronics, you are helping Goodwill provide job training and employment services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment in the community. Items that you donate are sold in Goodwill stores in your area and generate funds which enables Goodwill to continue to provide these services in your community. Because of the cold winter months, donations have been down at Goodwill, while the demand for job training programs remains high. Items most needed right now are various houseware items, electronics, glassware, home décor items, furniture and small kitchen appliances. Goodwill will even take those Christmas gifts you forgot to return.   You can drop off you donations at any one of the following Goodwill donation centers: Austintown – Austintown Plaza, 6000 Mahoning Ave., 330.792.8830 Boardman – Boardman Plaza, 285 Boardman-Canfield Rd., 330.758.0282 Calcutta – 15765 State Route 170, 330.385.7998 Hermitage – Hermitage Hills Plaza, 2986 East State St., 724.346.4456 Liberty – 2747… Read More