More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. And nearly three-fifths (57 percent) of American adults will shop for spring/summer apparel in whole or in part this year according to a 2016 poll by ORC International, done on behalf of ICSC. Whether consumers are decluttering or refreshing their wardrobes, they can give people in their communities a fresh start through job training and placement by donating to and shopping at Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries this spring. Through its social enterprise model, Goodwill sells donated items in its retail stores and online, to create job opportunities, training and programs for job seekers with disabilities and disadvantages, and others with specialized needs in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mercer and Lawrence Counties. As a result, in 2016, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries served 464 individuals in vocational programs and over 6,700 individuals in all of Goodwill’s combined programs including vision services. Having the right skills and training is essential to securing a job and to succeeding in the workplace. That is why Goodwill is calling on people in the community to spring into action this season and make a… Read More
The board of directors of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has hired Boardman native, Jim Freeze, to replace longtime executive director Mike McBride who is set to retire at the end of April. “I am pleased that the board has chosen someone like Jim who has the desire to be in our community and to continue with the tradition of helping people in our community through Goodwill’s programs and services,” says McBride. After a long and extensive search, Freeze was selected amongst a vast pool of candidates by Goodwill’s board of directors. Freeze officially began his new position with Goodwill on Wednesday, March 22. He will work alongside McBride, learning about his role and the organization, ensuring a smooth transition through Goodwill’s upcoming CARF accreditation process. Freeze is a West Point graduate where he majored in psychology and minored in computer science. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army for six years and completed two tours in Iraq. He settled in Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked at a recruiting firm, helping military veterans find jobs. Freeze later went on to help create Carroll’s Kitchen, a restaurant that employed women from various shelters in the Raleigh area. “Being a… Read More
Thanks to grants totaling $23,00 from three local foundations, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently began work on improving building security. Grants of $5,0000 from the Ward Beecher Foundation, $3,000 from the Home Savings Charitable Foundation and $15,000 from The Youngstown Foundation will enable Goodwill to cover most of the cost of the project to improve building and shopping security. “The safety and security of our clients, employees, customers and other stakeholders is important, however it also affects our business operation, our community reputation and our accreditation,” says Mike McBride, executive director. Additionally, several staff member have attended recent trainings to ensure Goodwill is prepared on how to handle any security threats. The funds will enable Goodwill to provide equipment and renovations that will allow Goodwill to lock down part of the building in case of an armed intruder, to upgrade Goodwill’s computer server and credit card scanners to ensure the most up to date security measures are in place The first phase of the updated security project has already begun with renovations to the reception area currently under construction. Both phases of the project should be completed by late fall or by the end of 2017.
The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction has changed to The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction & Jewelry Sale with the elimination of the Saturday portion of the event, however the Friday event will remain the same. That event will take place on Friday, March 3 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, or using the add to cart button (above this full article). Tickets for the event are $25.00 each and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for tickets is Monday, February 27. Any tickets, if still available, sold after the deadline are $30.00. The auction and jewelry sale includes a live auction of new items donated by area businesses, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, jewelry sale, 50/50 raffle, vintage clothing sale, gift card tree raffle, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The Junior Group of Goodwill volunteers have been preparing for months for the auction and are currently accepting donations. Items that are sought after by the ladies include, sporting event and… Read More
The annual Junior Group of Goodwill has decided to make a major change to the annual auction. On the first Friday and Saturday in March the Junior Group has held a two-day auction at Stambaugh Auditorium. The Friday evening event consists of a live auction of new items, silent auction, Chinese auction, basket raffle, jewelry sale and more, while the Saturday event was a standard auction of collectibles and antiques that were collected through Goodwill donation centers. The group has made the decision to do away with the Saturday auction, while continuing with the Friday evening event. After a discussion with George Roman Auctioneers and testing the waters with an online format, the group will now auction the collectibles and antiques on a quarterly basis at www.georgeromanauctioneers.com. As more auctions have begun to move online, the group thought the time was right for them to make this transition. The online auction allows for a broader audience, is less time consuming for the group and generates funds more often through the year. The first online auction, held this past summer, served as a trial run and generated over $4,000 for Goodwill. Tickets for the Junior Group of Goodwill Auction & Jewelry Sale… 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.