Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

4 Ways to Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Each year, we set aside the third Monday in January to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who made waves as a civil rights leader and advocate for action in the mid-20th century.

While many employers offer the federal holiday as a day off, it’s not meant to be a day of rest. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is designated as a National Day of Service, when Americans are asked to give back to their communities as a way to act on Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and equity, as well as his belief in creating a better community for all by serving others.

Here are four ways you can give back through Ohio Valley Goodwill this Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Pass it On: Donate to Goodwill!

Clearing the clutter from your home is a simple task, but your donation of household goods provides the fuel Ohio Valley Goodwill needs to continue its valuable services.

When you donate things like clothing, dishes, or décor, you set off a chain reaction that affects thousands of lives. Ohio Valley Goodwill employs individuals to sort through and repair your donations, individuals to transport goods, and individuals to work in our retail thrift stores. The list of lives affected goes on.

Then, the proceeds raised from the sale of your donated goods help to fund life-changing job skills training, employment services, and more for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. Plus, by donating to Goodwill, you’re making a sustainable choice that extends the life of reusable items and keeps them out of landfills. It’s an amazing cycle of success!

Feeling Generous? Give a Gift!

MLK Day inspires us to support the causes we care about. If you’re looking for a way to uplift important services right here in Cincinnati, consider making a monetary donation to Ohio Valley Goodwill. Your generous gift will directly support vital vocational services that change lives in the Greater Cincinnati community. It’s easy and secure to give to Ohio Valley Goodwill online. You could even set up an automatic monthly gift and change lives for the better all year round without a second thought!

Shop with a Purpose at Your Nearest Goodwill Thrift Store

Thrifting at Goodwill is about more than finding a great deal. Shopping at our retail stores is another amazing way to support the Goodwill mission! Whether you’re looking for something specific, or just want to get out of the house for some retail therapy, thrifting is a great way to save money, make sustainable choices, and give back to your community. Did you know you can shop Goodwill online? Visit ShopGoodwill.com, our online auction site, to find fantastic deals anytime.

Graphic: Donate and Shop. Change a Life.
Graphic: Donate and Shop. Change a Life.

Spread the Word about Goodwill’s Mission (Lend Your Voice)

Dr. King knew that a voice is a powerful thing. You can support Goodwill’s mission just by spreading the word! Add to online conversations, tell your friends, and encourage them to support Goodwill through donations and shopping too. These small acts make a big difference.

At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we’re proud to provide rehabilitation services that lead individuals to vocational success. We’re also grateful for our many supporters and generous donors who make this work possible.

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we can all honor Dr. King and strengthen our communities by prioritizing service to others. Join us!