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

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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.

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

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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.

Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. partners with Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Partners with Toledo Lucas County Public Library


Toledo Lucas County Public Library to Offer Early Literacy Courses at Goodwill Stores

Toledo, Ohio – January 8, 2024 – Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) will be offering
early childhood literacy courses for children, parents, and caregivers at Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio’s Greater Toledo stores.
In order to help build early literacy skills, TLCPL’s Ready to Read department will be hosting workshops for families of children from birth through 3rd grade. The first three workshops of 2024 are listed below:

Wednesday, Feb. 7th from 2- 4 p.m. at 3550 Executive Parkway, Toledo

Friday, Feb. 23rd from 2- 4 p.m. at 2021 South Reynolds Road, Toledo

Friday, Mar. 29th from 2- 4 p.m. at 3249 Navarre Avenue, Oregon

“We are thrilled to partner with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. We know that the
sooner a child gains strong literacy skills, the better they are positioned for success throughout formidable school years and beyond in the workplace,” said Amy Wachob; President/CEO Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

Throughout 2023, Goodwill served over 8,500 individuals with job readiness and workforce
development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in
Northwest Ohio communities, visit www.goodwillnwohio.com.

Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. Partners with TARTA

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Bus Passes Now Available for Purchase at Toledo Area Goodwill Store Locations

Toledo, Ohio – January 5, 2024 – Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) customers will be able to add four places to purchase passes at Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio’s Greater Toledo retail locations.  

1-Day and 7-Day passes for fixed-route vehicles will be available for purchase with cash, credit, or debit, at the following Goodwill locations:

3249 Navarre Avenue, Oregon

2600 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo

3550 Executive Parkway, Toledo

2021 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo

Each location is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Effective January 7th, the Goodwill location in Oregon on Navarre Ave. will be the site of one of TARTA’s fixed-route stops.

“Reliable transportation is one of the largest barriers to employment. Goodwill is excited to partner with TARTA; it’s a perfect fit for Goodwill’s mission and the individuals we serve” said Amy Wachob, President/CEO Goodwill of Northwest Ohio.

Throughout 2023, Goodwill served over 8,500 individuals with job readiness and workforce development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in Northwest Ohio communities, visit www.goodwillnwohio.com.

For more information contact:

Tim Kralovic

VP; Retail Operations

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

tkralovic@goodwillnwohio.org

419-380-7093 (cell)

419-255-0070 ext. 3203 (office)

About Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio is a non-profit 501©3 organization that has been helping change lives through the power of work since 1933. When you donate to or shop at Goodwill, you are funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support if our generous community, partners and employees. Goodwill provides employment and related services to thousands of individuals in the region each year. Revenues generated through Goodwill’s network of retail stores, donation stations and commercial contract services help support this mission of service.

January is Get Organized Month, Declutter with Goodwill

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A new year is an opportunity to rethink home organization, set personal goals, and help create jobs by donating your items to Goodwill

Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. January is Get Organized (GO) Month. It is time to rethink home organization and consider ways to not only declutter your homes but benefit others in the process. When you donate to Goodwill, the revenue generated from those items sold at our Goodwill stores are used to pay for job training and placement programs that help people in our local community receive much-needed skills and ultimately jobs.

Here are some useful tips to consider when getting organized in the new year.

1) Relieve Stress: Endless clutter can often be a source of stress in your life. With so many external stressors in the world right now, negative feelings can pile up and create emotional turmoil. Getting organized could help lift a weight off your shoulders. By letting go of what you no longer use, you can gain a clear — less stressful — outlook on your home and your life.

2) Increase Productivity: Disorganization can often make you feel unmotivated and unproductive. Clutter can stunt productivity at home and at work. Clearing out what you no longer need can give you the energy to focus on what’s important. If one of your resolutions involves getting back on track, then decluttering and organizing can be a great place to start.

3) Stay Present: Even if you don’t realize it, clutter in your life can cause distractions. As you move through the new year, look each day at the things around your home that you really use. When you allow yourself some time for reflection on what you need — or don’t need — you’ll see what you can remove. Letting go of past clutter can help you stay present and set clear intentions for the future.

Once you’ve decluttered and reorganized, take the clothing and household items you no longer need to your local Goodwill so we can serve the resolutions of a new family, a budding hobbyist, or someone else in your community.

Please visit our website for specifics on what we do and don’t accept. You’ll also find your nearest donation site on our website, and you can schedule a pickup for furniture by clicking on the button at the bottom right of any page on our website.

By donating to Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. you not only help achieve your own 2023 goals, but the revenue generated from items sold at Goodwill stores in the NW Ohio community are used to pay for job training and placement programs that give people in our local community a brighter future.

Tooling U

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Classes Start

On Tuesday August 29, Goodwill started our Tooling U Manufacturing Training Program at our DeVeaux Job Connection Center. The classes are Tuesday- Thursday 10-12, and all students are provided a laptop where online modules and instructions are given. When students successfully complete the program they will have an Advance Manufacturing Certificate. Program Manager Candace Odenweller and JCC Navigator Melody Godwin are facilitating the class and helping each participant successfully make it through the program.  

Congratulations to all the participants and way to go Candy and Melody!

Ten Steps to Get Organized for Back-To-School Clothes Shopping By Lorie Morrero

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Ten Steps to Get Organized for Back-To-School Clothes Shopping
By Lorie Morrero

We are fast approaching back-to-school time and now is a great time to share how to get ahead of the game with a quick project to ease your way into the shopping season.

Soon, back-to-school ads will be promoted everywhere, including your nearest Goodwill, with great deals on clothing and supplies. But the only way to take full advantage of these savings is to know what you need in the first place!

You can save the most time, money, and hassle if you know what you already have that works, what each child needs for the current season and what each child needs for the next season. So let’s help you get a step ahead by getting your kids’ clothing organized for some savvy shopping.

TEN STEPS TO BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHING ORGANIZATION

Typically, you want to get as much of this project done as possible without the kids and involve them for a targeted amount of time at the end. If kids are older or if they are interested in the process, they may benefit from being involved so that they can learn from what you’re doing.

You’ll need the following supplies to get started:

  • Paper grocery sacks,
  • Plastic storage bins,
  • Permanent marker,
  • Paper and
  • Pen.
  • Bonus: label maker for bins

Let’s dive in:

  1. Get the laundry done as much as possible to give you a full view of what you have. As you fold the laundry, note the sizes of the kids’ underwear, shirts and pants. Also make a note of anything that needs to be replaced.
  2. Tell the kids you’re going to ask them later to try on a few clothes to see if they fit. Many children cooperate better if they have been given advance notice to transition into activities.
  3. Start with the folded clothing in their dresser drawers, such as socks, underwear, shorts and sweaters. Check each item for size and wear-and-tear, neaten it up and organize it as needed. Make note along the way of anything you need to purchase.
  4. If you’re not sure whether something fits, start a try-on pile for each child for later.
  5. Anything that has been outgrown can be placed in a paper sack to donate to Goodwill. Mark the bag with the permanent marker with the word “donate.” You can also label and use the bags to sort other items like toys that need putting away in other rooms.
  6. If you have younger family members who may want outgrown items as hand-me-downs, put these items in storage bins and label the full boxes by gender, range of sizes and season.
  7. Next, move to the closet and tackle the hanging clothing. Keep noting what needs replacing and areas that are coming up short. Consider everything in terms of “good school clothes” and count how many shirts, pants and dresses will currently work.
  8. Once you’ve gone through all of each child’s clothing, take whatever’s left in the try-on pile and grab the kids for a try-on session. Some kids may be more cooperative if you let them try-on while they watch a favorite show as a treat, and some may think it’s a big fun fashion show! Do have fun with it and work with your child’s preferences to make it painless for everyone.
  9. Write down everything you notice that is needed and the correct sizes for everyone. Don’t forget underwear, socks, belts, ties, hair accessories, jackets, sweaters, school uniforms, “party clothes,” athletic shoes, casual shoes and dress shoes.
  10. Take your bags of donations to your nearest Goodwill donation center. You can find the closest one using our locator. You’ll be helping fund programs and services in your own community that help people get good jobs while helping the planet too!

Now you’re ready! Your kids’ clothes are organized, and you have a list of exactly what you need to get from the big sales in a few weeks. And don’t forget the bargains you can get every day shopping at Goodwill, where gently used kids’ clothing can be the perfect way to save even more.

Happy summer and welcome back students!

Reynolds Rd. Goodwill Store opened in Dec. 1990

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On Dec. 22nd 1990, the landmark Reynolds Rd. Goodwill store opened its doors for the very first time! Since that date, this store has been remodeled a handful of times. Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio’s President/CEO, Amy Wachob, started her career with Goodwill at this location in 1991. This was the first new concept location, which transformed Thrift Shopping in NW Ohio. The Reynolds Rd. location was designed intentionally to offer shoppers a modern and updated shopping experience.

2021 S. Reynolds Rd.

Toledo, OH 43614

2021 S. Reynolds Rd.

Original Articles of Incorporation, 1933

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Today, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. is launching its 90 Days of Goodwill leading up to its 90th Anniversary in Northwest Ohio! March 29, 1933 Goodwill began its mission of changing lives through the Power of Work in Toledo and throughout the Northwest Ohio region. Goodwill will tell its story from its inception in 1933 to its impact in today’s environment. Daily postings will be made on our Facebook page (@GoodwillNow), and Instagram (@GoodwillNow). Throughout 2023, Goodwill will host many activities to mark its 90 years of service. These activities will include a Customer Appreciation Day, Workforce Development Community Resource Fairs, People Served Highlights, Team Member Recognition, and our reach throughout our 13 counties.

Pictured: Goodwill’s original Articles of Incorporation proudly displayed in “The West Wing” meeting room. The West Wing is a meeting room that is a casual space for innovative thinking and brain storming.

West Wing Meeting Room
Article of Incorporation, signed March 29, 1933

Goodwill Presents – A Parking Lot Party Resource Fair

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On June 16th, join us for a parking lot party at the Madison Ave location!  There will be fun, food and other activities!  Goodwill’s community partners will be there with information for you to start your journey to job skills and job opportunities.  Need assistance with work clothes and boots?  Stop out and learn what Goodwill and our partners can do for you!  For more information contact Tisha at tcarroll@goodwillnwohio.org or call 419-255-0070.

Hope to see you there!