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Thrifted Finds to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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Thrifted Finds to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

By: Felicia Czochanski Bisar

Heading off to college is a major milestone. For those who have the opportunity to live on campus, the school year can mean leaving family and friends in your hometown and heading off into the world of the unknown. Especially for freshman, the first few weeks of the school year can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You might feel homesick as you try to figure out who in your class you might be able to form a friendship with. You might feel out of sorts without friendly reminders from home. Preparing for a new school year and setting yourself up for success are the best things you can do to start the semester on the right foot.

This goes for all types of back-to-school shopping, especially putting thought into the place where you’ll sleep, study, and hang out with friends. Fortunately, you won’t need to lug all your furniture and décor from across the country to your new dorm, with the help of the home goods section in a local Goodwill that can make your dorm room feel like home from day one.

Shopping at Goodwill for dorm room décor is a cost-effective way to get your back-to-school shopping done. It’s also an amazing way to pick up unique and eclectic finds that can really make a dorm room feel like home. Whether you buy something new with the tags still on it, or something that’s been donated and has been pre-loved, shopping at Goodwill is an amazing way to express your taste and interests as you display the items as décor in your new room. In fact, not only can it create a more artistic feel to your décor, but it also supports those in the local community as well, with job training and courses that can help them excel in their lives and careers.

Keep reading for inspiration from real Goodwill shoppers around the country, who used thrifted home goods treasures to create the atmosphere of their dreams.

Photo: @kariealleninterior

1. Bright Pops of Color

Starting the school year with confidence can make the semester an experience full of new opportunities. Incorporating bright pops of color into your dorm décor can be a reminder to shine bright throughout the year. You can find everything from curtains to throw pillows to jewelry boxes at Goodwill. Be sure to check them out on your next trip to see what speaks to you!

Photo: @aliciamcastro

2. Thrifty, Useable Décor

Space is likely going to be limited if you’re living in a dorm, which makes the case for décor that serves a purpose while making the place your own. I love the idea of this reverse bookstack topped with a plant and set next to a candle as a fun way to spice up desk or dresser space. Plus, you can swap new books or textbooks as you read them.

The wait is over! New Perrysburg Goodwill is Opening Saturday, June 1st!

By community, Goodwill News, press release, Retail Stores

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Opens New Store in Perrysburg, Ohio Goodwill Opens 14th Store Location in Northwest Ohio

Toledo, Ohio – May 31, 2024 – Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio will open the doors to its highly anticipated store, in Perrysburg, Ohio on June 1st at 10:00 am! Located at 10027 Fremont Pike (former Bed, Bath, & Beyond), this store boosts over 22,000 square feet!

“Goodwill has had donation stations throughout Perrysburg for nearly 20 years. We have tried for just as long to find a store location. Now, on June 1st our organization’s dream of having a Perrysburg store will become a reality”, said Amy Wachob, President/CEO.

“This store is like none other of our store locations throughout the region. The modernized, visual presentation will leave shoppers dazzled! The store features a concept store within the traditional Goodwill store, The Corner. This media shopping experience will feature upcycled artwork, vinyl records, books, DVD’s, CD’s, and so much more. Shoppers will be able to check out the graphic mural from local artist Chilly Rodriguez,” said Tim Kralovic, VP, Retail Operations. The donor experience offers an easy, convenient, and quick drive-thru.

The mission of Goodwill takes front and center as when you enter the new store, you are met with a Mission Outreach Corner. Shoppers will be able to learn about the various workforce development programs offered by Goodwill. When you shop at and donate to Goodwill you are helping those in our area who need Goodwill’s mission programs of assisting people link to job opportunities.

Throughout 2023, Goodwill served over 9,000 individuals with job readiness and workforce development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in Northwest Ohio communities as well as location information, visit www.goodwillnwohio.com.

#7DaysofSpringCleaning: spring clean and declutter your home in seven days with the tips below:

By community, Goodwill News, Mission Services, News For You, Retail Stores
7 days of spring cleaning

Day 1: Clear Your Closet Clutter If you haven’t worn those jeans, jerseys, or jeggings lately, chances are you won’t.  Seize the opportunity to clean out your closet and donate to Goodwill today. 

Day 2:  Tackle the Kitchen  Just 20 minutes spent going through your cabinets can make a world of difference for individuals in NW Ohio.

Day 3: Spread Holiday Cheer Are you holding on to boxes of holiday decorations? Spread cheer by donating your Holiday and Halloween decorations to Goodwill. They will light up someone else’s home for sure!

Day 4: Downsize Your Toys  Not sure what to do with your used electronics? Bring them to Goodwill and they’ll find a happy home! Plus, that means waaaay less clutter in your home.

Day 5: Clear Your Office If your office is filled with extra pens or pencils or things that you probably will never use, go through them and give your neighbors a fresh start. They are sure to be put to good use elsewhere and your office will be Martha Stewart neat afterwards. And, we all want that, right?

Day 6:  Provide Quality Entertainment Is your house overflowing with unused movies, video games and music media, even some vinyl?  Pass along the entertainment by donating to Goodwill today. 

Day 7: Downsize Your Bookshelf If you’re guilty of having your old college or university text books in your bookshelf and a whole bunch of other titles collecting dust, go through them and find the ones that you will probably never read again and donate them Goodwill.

There is a great need within our community. Our most needed items are clothes, household items and electronics. Have you always wanted to help but, didn’t know how?

Well, now you can help and all you have to do is look through your home, declutter, downsize and donate to your nearest Goodwill location and you can make a world of difference. Not to mention, you will benefit from the knowledge you are giving someone a fresh start, you’re helping the planet by allowing your items to be re-loved and that your home is much neater too.

Goodwill’s mission is to change lives through the Power of Work. When you donate to, or shop at your local Goodwill you are helping to change lives of individuals and families right here in NW Ohio.

Now scheduling! Donate for Good, a corporate donation drive program

By community, Donation Drives, Goodwill News, Uncategorized

Donation drives create meaningful engagement opportunities for employees, while fostering social and environmental stewardship. Goodwill collects donations of gently used clothing and household items for resale in our stores. The funds generated from the sale of your donated items helps Goodwill in its mission building dignity and quality of life for individuals and families throughout Northwest Ohio through the Power of Work by eliminating barriers and providing opportunities.

Benefits for your Company include:

  • Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employee Engagement
  • Positive Public Relations
  • Convenient for Employees to Donate
  • A great opportuning to promote community service

Services that Goodwill will provide:

  • Goodwill branded containers dropped off and picked up at your convenience
  • When your bins are full, they will be swapped out ASAP
  • Marketing material to help promote your donation drive

Goodwill’s Special Events Coordinator will work with you to help organize your event and arrange to pick up the donations. Our goal is to ensure a successful partnership and help your organization achieve success. A donation drive is a wonderful way to create unity and camaraderie throughout your organization and in your community.

Contact us for more information at https://bit.ly/4d2KX2s

DO GOOD – Jupmode’s “Here for Good” Goodwill T-shirt!

By community, Goodwill News, News For You

Hey there, Thrifters and Thriftettes! 🌟 Ready to rock some “DO GOOD” style? Goodwill’s got you covered with our exclusive Goodwill shirt from Jupmode. Goodwill is excited to be part of Jupmode’s Here for Good Program! This is the 5th consecutive year for this program that has featured over 1,000 local businesses.

🛍️ From March 11-31, grab your Goodwill shirt or sweatshirt and be part of Jupmode’s “Here for Good” Program. You can’t order these shirts outside of this time frame.

Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer! Click the link below to order yours today!

DO GOOD.

Mission Moment: Meet Christie

By community, Mission Services, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Meet Christie! Christie has been a client at the Job Connection Center (JCC) since 2019. Since then, she has made many strides. When Christie first came to us, she was at Ohio Link and using the JCC computer lab for her online college classes. She is now enrolled in our Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Alliance program (NOMA), working two part-time jobs, and has a place of her own. Congratulations, Christie, on the progress you have made!

For more information on how Goodwill’s Job Connection Center and other programs can help you: https://bit.ly/_MissionServices

Mission Moment

Goodwill Employee’s receive Certified Employment Support Professional Credentials

By community, Mission Services, Uncategorized, Workforce Development

Goodwill Mission Services would like to congratulate Lisa Broseke and Yusuf Gardner for passing their respective Certified Employment Support Professional Credential (CESP) Test.  The CESP credential is designed for job coaches, job developers, transition employment specialists, job placement personnel, and employment specialists/consultants who serve a wide variety of target audiences including individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders. CMO, David Takats said, “I feel the certification adds a level of professionalism for our staff. It shows a higher level of understanding and education for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), consumers and employers. It lets them know Goodwill’s employment staff has a broad knowledge needed to be successful in this field.” We are extremely proud of both of their efforts.  Congratulations Lisa and Yusuf!

Individuals who earn the CESP credential have demonstrated knowledge of the facilitation and advocacy skills necessary to help establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. CESPs also raise awareness of benefits within the business community, and promote social change that fosters an independent, productive lifestyle for individuals with disabilities.

Thrifted Finds to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

By Retail Stores, Uncategorized

Heading off to college is a major milestone. For those who have the opportunity to live on campus, the school year can mean leaving family and friends in your hometown and heading off into the world of the unknown. Especially for freshman, the first few weeks of the school year can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You might feel homesick as you try to figure out who in your class you might be able to form a friendship with. You might feel out of sorts without friendly reminders from home. Preparing for a new school year and setting yourself up for success are the best things you can do to start the semester on the right foot.

This goes for all types of back-to-school shopping, especially putting thought into the place where you’ll sleep, study, and hang out with friends. Fortunately, you won’t need to lug all your furniture and décor from across the country to your new dorm, with the help of the home goods section in a local Goodwill that can make your dorm room feel like home from day one.

Shopping at Goodwill for dorm room décor is a cost-effective way to get your back-to-school shopping done. It’s also an amazing way to pick up unique and eclectic finds that can really make a dorm room feel like home. Whether you buy something new with the tags still on it, or something that’s been donated and has been pre-loved, shopping at Goodwill is an amazing way to express your taste and interests as you display the items as décor in your new room. In fact, not only can it create a more artistic feel to your décor, but it also supports those in the local community as well, with job training and courses that can help them excel in their lives and careers.

Keep reading for inspiration from real Goodwill shoppers around the country, who used thrifted home goods treasures to create the atmosphere of their dreams.

Photo: @kariealleninteriors

1. Bright Pops of Color

Starting the school year with confidence can make the semester an experience full of new opportunities. Incorporating bright pops of color into your dorm décor can be a reminder to shine bright throughout the year. You can find everything from curtains to throw pillows to jewelry boxes at Goodwill. Be sure to check them out on your next trip to see what speaks to you!

Photo: @aliciamcastro

2. Thrifty, Useable Décor

Space is likely going to be limited if you’re living in a dorm, which makes the case for décor that serves a purpose while making the place your own. I love the idea of this reverse bookstack topped with a plant and set next to a candle as a fun way to spice up desk or dresser space. Plus, you can swap new books or textbooks as you read them.

Mission Moment: Meet Ty

By Goodwill News, News For You, Success Stories, Testimonials, Workforce Development

 

Tyrone (Ty) has been involved with Mission Services since January. His mother, Demetria, The Spaghetti Warehouse, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, and Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio’s Workforce Development, came together to support Tyrone in his quest for his first  part-time job. First, Ty completed a community based assessment at The Spaghetti Warehouse. This allowed him to identify and develop on-the-job skills.

After completing Goodwill’s employment skills training, resume development, and interview skills training, the pandemic hit. For a while, things ground to a halt in Ty’s chosen field of food service and restaurant work. However, Ty’s persistence resulted in his being hired by The Spaghetti Warehouse as a porter and dishwasher. In his time as a restaurant team member, Ty has made great strides in the world of community employment. Restaurant general manager, Chad Swint, and his Goodwill Job Developer, Bernie Filipski, report that Ty is doing great on the job! He really looks forward to receiving a paycheck every other week! This is truly “The Power of Work”!