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 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-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… Read More
The Junior Group of Goodwill Auction, held on March 4 and 5 generated over $59,000 to support Goodwill’s job training and employment programs. “The Junior Group volunteers work very hard all year long to make this event such asuccess. The funds it generates for Goodwill come at a perfect time after a the slow winter donation period,” 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 54 items which included a custom made John Deere pub table and bar stool set by Gasser Chair, a Nanette Lepore designer coat, a Mexican vacation package, a vintage Weiss mink, an Avalon golf package 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 of the… Read More
Forty years of anything is a long time, but forty years of volunteering your time to one organization is not only a long time, it’s quite remarkable. It was the spring of 1976 when Dean Ferris was sitting in a room at a Youngstown Optimist Club meeting listening to a speaker talk to his group about the Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS). The speaker explained how the radio station broadcast information to the blind, information that was read from local newspapers and other sources by volunteers. Interested in what the speaker had to say, Ferris decided to start volunteering with the organization. Ferris started off reading various news articles, but would soon begin a sports show. “One day I was having a conversation with the director and I told him how I would grit my teeth when I heard these other volunteers trying to pronounce the names of athletes, so he asked me if I wanted to take on the sports,” says Ferris. For the next forty years, that’s exactly what Ferris did. Every Friday Ferris hosted his own sports talk show for the YRRS listeners. The Cleveland Indians were one of his favorite teams to report on, and a… Read More
Spring cleaning is a great time to sort out the clutter, but it can also be an overwhelming chore that intimidates us out of even getting started. Goodwill Industries International offers these five expert tips to help you not only start, but also conquer, spring cleaning and develop new habits to keep you organized all year long. Lorie Marrero is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Woman’s Day contributing editor and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life and The Home Office Handbook. She also created ClutterDiet.com and is a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International. We asked Lorie for her top five spring cleaning tips: Have a plan. You don’t want unwanted items cluttering up your home any longer than necessary, so plan to spring clean and take items to Goodwill® on the same day. Start with success. For the first room or space to tackle, choose the one that will give you the biggest bang for your buck—one that will provide immediate daily benefits in efficiency and reduced stress. Is it your home office? Does your car not fit in the garage? Do you struggle to… Read More
The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction will be held Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. The two-day event will once again be held at Stambaugh Auditorium with George Roman Auctioneers presiding. Proceeds from the twenty-third annual event will benefit Goodwill’s job training and employment services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mercer and Lawrence Counties. Aim Nationalease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Austintown Plaza, Farmers Trust Company, Gasser Chair Company, Hill, Barth & King, Huntington Bank, Packer Thomas, PNC Bank, Republic Services, Robert L. Smallwood Jr. CPA/Beard Pension Services, Simon Roofing, Vallourec Star and VEC, Inc. are sponsors of this year’s auction. The event begins on Friday with a patron party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Festivities include a collectible jewelry sale featuring several thousand pre-priced pieces, an auction of new items such as a Mexican vacation, a John Deere pub table set from Gasser Chair, Jim Tressel and Bo Pelini autographed merchandise, a limo package, a locally made fire pit by Ohio Flame and much more. The event also includes the popular basket raffle, a silent auction, a Chinese auction, 50-50 raffle, a gift card tree raffle,… 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.