Goodwill and the Girl Scouts are teaming up for the Good Turn Day donation drive on Saturday, November 4. Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries’ donation centers in Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Liberty, Salem and Warren will be participating in the event along with Girl Scouts in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Girl Scouts earn a patch by collecting re-saleable clothing and household items from friends, family and neighbors, and then donating these items to one of the participating donation centers on Good Turn Day. Girl Scouts are asked to donate three bags to earn their patch. The Girl Scout, or their troop, must register in advance to participate in the event. To register, a parent or troop leader must contact Goodwill’s marketing office at 330.759.7921 ext. 1207 with their troop number, donation center location, and number of girls participating, or they can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those located outside of Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties, please contact your local Goodwill to find out if they are participating in the event. Boy Scout troops are also welcome to participate since the patches are not specific to either organization. Good Turn Day not only provides Girl Scouts with the opportunity to earn… Read More
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 proxibid.com. 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
The Amblyopia Vision Screening Program of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries needs help in reaching as many preschoolers as possible during the upcoming school year. The program is looking for new volunteers, with an increased need in Trumbull County, to visit area preschools and conduct vision screenings on children. 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 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… Read More
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
Individuals and organizations can sponsor Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS) programming with a contribution. Listeners of YRRS live in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Ashtabula, Lawrence and Mercer Counties. Radios are stationed in area nursing homes and hospitals, which expand listening audiences beyond private homes. For over 40 years, Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS) has enabled blind and print-impaired people to remain in touch with their community through broadcasts of in-depth newspaper readings and more. Operating as a side band of WYSU and housed at Youngstown Goodwill, this station reaches over 1,200 people through its special radio receivers, provided free to qualified listeners. Each year the station has continued to experience funding cuts that have forced YRRS to cut back on their broadcast schedule and staff. These funding cuts have made the support of sponsors even more important to our operation. YRRS provides unique access to current information such as retail and grocery ads, entertainment listings, financial and investment coverage, and health information. Many of the listeners are older adults who depend upon YRRS for their news and local information. Sponsors receive quality on-the-air exposure to a loyal audience, which extends to their family members and friends. Messages… 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.