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Youngstown Area Goodwill Hires New Executive Director

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


Goodwill Receives Grants to Improve Security

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.  


Junior Group of Auction & Jewelry Sale Tickets Now Available

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


Major Change Announced for The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Auction

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 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

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Youngstown Area Goodwill Executive Director Announces Retirement

Michael W. McBride, executive director of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, is retiring after 38 years with the agency, 34 as the director. McBride’s retirement date is set for March 1, 2017, with the possibility of earlier if a successor is found. “I have chosen to retire because it is time. I will always love Goodwill, our employees, our staff, our board and the people we provide services to every day, but it is time that I do some things I want to do with my wife and family, says McBride. I am sure that my working days are not over, but they will no longer be every day.” McBride graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He began his tenure with Goodwill in 1978 as the finance director. He later took over as executive director in 1982. The Goodwill board of directors has formed a search committee to begin the process of looking for McBride’s replacement. The committee will be using a The Yunker Group of Cincinnati to conduct a comprehensive search for potential candidates. Under his guidance Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries has earned 12 straight CARF accreditations with… Read More


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