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Monday, January 23, 2012

Conneaut Middle School Drive Begins Today!

This week January 23 – 27th Conneaut Middle School is opening their doors to Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula for a large clothing drive.

John Roskovics, Assistant Principal of CMS said, “I think we realize that there is a need. We understand it will benefit people in our area and there are so many people just here in Conneaut who could really use some good will.”

Goodwill has been working in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania for the past 77 years. They have provided job assistance and training for thousands of people and work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or special needs through education, job training and the power of work.

“Everyone has the power to make a difference,” Roskovics said. “Sometimes it’s as easy as bringing in a bag of used clothing to school. By doing this week hope the students will learn we can all work together to help our community.”

For the next few days students will be hauling small, grocery – sized, bags of clothing donations to school for a chance to help Goodwill and even win a variety of fun prizes.

“We like to make it fun for the kids to donate,” Alexandra VanAllen, Goodwill’s marketing manager said. “So we are offering a variety of board games, toys and fun art supplies as prizes to inspire creativity and perhaps a little friendly competition.”

For each bag of donations a student brings in, they will be awarded one raffle ticket to put towards any of the prizes. The more bags a student brings, the more raffle tickets he/she will receive.

“It has been great working with Principal Bernay and Assistant Principal Roskovics,” VanAllen said. “They have been very generous allowing us to come in and put on such a large drive. We just want them to know how grateful we are.”

Friday, January 20, 2012

Conneaut Middle School Donation Drive

Next week, January 23 - 27th Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula will be at Conneaut Middle School for a clothing donation drive. We will be speaking to the students on Monday morning, teaching them all about Goodwill and encouraging to donate.

As an extra incentive we will be offering several gift baskets of toys and games as prizes for the students who decide to participate. All they have to do is bring in small bags of clothing - for each bag they bring in they will recieve one raffle ticket to bid on a prize. If they bring in ten bags, they will recieve ten raffle tickets.

We hope the students enjoy the drive and learn that Goodwill sponsors growth and education for those with disabilities, special needs or barriers to employment.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Goodwill Erie Commercial

We filmed our first West Erie store commercial and cannot wait to jump head first into the Erie, Pennsylvania market! We hope to eventually bring the same amount of programming and great service to them as we do in the Northeast Ohio area. Joy Henry performed wonderfully as the star of the commercial and we hope you enjoy her honest enthusiasm.

Ashtabula Arts Center Donation Drive

The Ashtabula Arts Center and the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake are teaming up with Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula for a clothing drive next week January 16 - 20. The Arts Center has offered to host the drive in an effort to help Goodwill collect donations and raise awareness.

The Executive Director of the Ashtabula Arts Center, Beth Koski, said, “We have always supported Goodwill in their efforts to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. We know that it can be hard to collect donations in the winter months so we are reaching out to lend a hand.”

To help the Arts Center’s drive, the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-lake has offered one ‘Overnight Dare to Pair Package’ for their February 2nd culinary gourmet food and wine event as an incentive for people to donate. The package includes an overnight stay at the lodge for two people while they sample heavy appetizers and tapas plates created by six celebrity chefs, taste local Ohio wines and enjoy a lively gala with entertainment and delicious food and drink.

Jeannette Petrolia, the General Manager of The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake, said “Since the Lodge opened in 2004, we have seen the good that can happen when the community comes together to support each other. Over the years, the Lodge and its associates have eagerly donated their time and resources to community projects such as the Ashtabula County Heart Walk, Red Cross blood drives and Geneva's Share a Christmas to name just a few. We are delighted to be able to support Goodwill Industries with their clothing drive to help county residents."

All anyone has to do to win the prize is bring in a bag of clothing donations to the Ashtabula Arts Center from January 16 – 20th. For every bag of donations brought in each person will receive one raffle ticket to win a gift basket which will include the ‘Overnight Dare to Pair Package.’ The more bags a person brings in, the more raffle tickets they will receive.

Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. is thrilled to be receiving so much help and support from the community. “We cannot express how grateful we are to the Arts Center and Geneva Lodge for all the support,” Dominic Volpone, Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula’s Executive Director said. “The staffs have been so accommodating and helpful we are sure this will be a successful clothing drive.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Goodwill Christmas Party

The staff at Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. celebrated Christmas this year with family, friends, food and the first ever Ugly Sweater Competition. One of our production workers, Joy Henry, won the competition with the most creatively decorated ugly sweater many of us has ever seen.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Robert Glover - Strength Comes Through Adversity

Robert Glover was born premature in 1958. He had severely crossed eyes and was quickly diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) leaving him very nearly sightless. Growing up he found school very challenging, he struggled with reading and was forced to use large print books. In ninth grade Glover dropped out of school and entered the job force.

“I worked a lot of different jobs,” Glover said. “I have great people skills so jobs were easy to come by; however, due to my conditions they were very hard to keep.”

The constant struggle and pain of poverty became the daily norm for Glover until he hit a streak of luck in 1995.

“It was discovered that I had juvenile cataracts, which is curable with surgery. After the surgery I could really see for the first time,” Glover said.

He went out and bought a truck to celebrate. Two weeks later he ran out of gas on the highway and was hit by a hit and run driver while walking to get more fuel for the truck. The accident destroyed one of his legs, resulting in an amputation and severely impaired vision. Glover was forced to spend nearly a year in a wheelchair before he could learn to walk again.

In 2003 Glover got a divorce and moved back to Ohio to live with his family.

“I left a very nice life in Florida,” Glover said. “When I got to Ohio I applied for public assistance and had to go to Goodwill to work it off.”

That is where he met Harry Corbissero, who was teaching a motivational class.

“Harry and I just hit it off right away. In his class we would sit around a big table and talk about all the things that bother us. So I did that and Harry eventually asked me to lead a class,” Glover said.

Corbissero encouraged Glover and told him that he should pursue a career in Communication. However, his memories of childhood schooling held him back.

“One night I was having a long-winded conversation about education with my son,” Glover said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Well what about you Dad? You didn’t graduate.’ I couldn‘t argue with him.”

Not long after he called the ‘Able’ program at Kent State University. The ‘Able’ program assists disabled adults in getting their GEDs.

“I talked to a man named Doug,” Glover said. “I told him I wanted to take classes but had no transportation, struggled with reading and was unsure of my capacity. Doug assured me that they had public transportation and gave an answer for all of my barriers. He took away all my excuses, so I went.”

He passed his GED test and was the guest speaker at his graduation. Emboldened by his success he started taking college classes at Kent and has already achieved an Associate‘s degree in Science. He is currently 30 credit hours away from a Bachelors Degree in communications.

Glover has dreams of being a public speaker one day and is currently writing an autobiography, “I want to be an advocate for people with disabilities. I want to reach the people who are down and out who say they can’t do it. I feel blessed that I’ve been given the courage to move forward in a positive direction.”

This May Glover will be speaking at the Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. awards banquet and we are thrilled to be able to support him in his dream of inspiring others.

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