Auction & Jewelry Sale to Take Place in February

  The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Auction & Jewelry Sale will take place on Friday, February 16 at 6:30 pm at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Tickets are now available at any of the eight area Goodwill stores (Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Hermitage, Liberty, New Castle, Salem and Warren), at the Goodwill offices on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown. Tickets for the event are $25.00 each and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for tickets is Monday, February 12. Any tickets, if still available, sold after the deadline are $30.00. The evening’s events includes a live auction of new items donated by area businesses, silent auction, basket raffle, jewelry sale, 50/50 raffle, vintage clothing sale, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. New this year will be a wine pull. The Junior Group of Goodwill volunteers have been preparing for months for the auction and are currently accepting donations. Items that are sought after include, sporting event and concert tickets, gift cards, hotel or trip packages, jewelry, services or products by local businesses, gift baskets, collectibles, cash, etc. Donations valued at $125 or more entitle the donor to two complimentary tickets to the event. Donors also have the option of giving cash and having the… Read More

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Make Room for Your New Holiday Gifts, Donate to Goodwill

If you’re looking to get rid of those holiday gifts that didn’t fit quite right, aren’t really your style or you simply don’t need, try donating them to Goodwill. Goodwill will even take those gently used items that you are getting rid of to make room for those holiday gifts you are keeping. The winter season is typically a slow period for donations to Goodwill. “People don’t venture out in the cold weather to drop off donations. As a result, Goodwill sees a drastic decline in donations over the winter months,” states Jim Freeze, executive director. It becomes a critical time for Goodwill and makes stocking the Goodwill retail stores to their full capacity difficult. The items that the community donates to Goodwill stay local and are sold in the eight area Goodwill stores in Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Hermitage, Liberty, New Castle, Salem and Warren. The revenue generated by the sale of merchandise in the stores is used to fund Goodwill’s job training and employment programs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in the local community. “When considering donating an item to Goodwill, ask yourself if it is something you would give to someone else,” advises Freeze…. Read More

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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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Consider Goodwill for Your Year-End Contribution

Whether you are looking for a tax deduction or just simply looking to help out a charitable organization, Goodwill hopes you will remember them when contemplating where to make your year-end giving donation. Monetary donations to Goodwill helps fund programs that provide job training and employment services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment, such as welfare dependency, lack of education, lack of work experience, etc. In addition to these programs Goodwill also provides Radio Reading services, Amblyopia screening and other social services. Through it’s services, Goodwill helps people become independent, tax-paying members of the community. Contributions can be made by credit card at or a check can be sent to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, 2747 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44505. Of course, in addition to monetary contributions, Goodwill always accepts donations of clothing, household items, electrical items, home décor items, furniture, and other items that can be sold in the Goodwill stores. Click here for some helpful donation guidelines, including a list of items we can not accept. Maximize your donation to Goodwill through the Youngstown Foundation Maximize your donation to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries when you donate through The Youngstown Foundation’s Support Fund. The Youngstown… Read More

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Save the Date!

The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction & Jewelry Sale will take place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale in December; however, donations are now being accepted. Check back for more information or to get tickets.  


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.