Volunteer opportunities with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries are available for high school students seeking to fulfill civics, government or scholarship needs. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Goodwill is also able to offer volunteer time for certain court appointed volunteers, but there are some restrictions in this category. For more information, please contact Eve Lawson, at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6260.
Goodwill’s Service Guild has been dedicated to serving the needs of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment for over 80 years through its involvement with Goodwill Industries. The Service Guild is composed of 100 active members and led by a board of advisers. The board has twelve members, one of whom is president. The Guild’s primary mission is fundraising and community outreach, which they accomplish through a variety of special services and events. In 2013, they celebrated 80 years of service and soon will be celebrating 90 years of dedication to Ohio Valley Goodwill.
Established in 1933, the Service Guild of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries began with key women from various churches. These early leaders formed the nucleus of the Guild, which now has over 100 members. The organization’s first leader was Mrs. Edna Woodward who served for the Guild in this capacity for many years. A diverse range of church groups has supported the Service Guild and Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries through monetary gifts and direct services over the past 80 years. The Service Guild runs the Treasure Island Gift Shop, which operates in the Tri-County retail store and generates much of the organization’s income. The Guild also promotes the mission of Ohio Valley Goodwill by conducting fundraisers to benefit the organization’s special activities, and assists in community outreach on behalf of Ohio Valley Goodwill. Service Guild members help with the annual golf outing, sponsor the yearly Thanksgiving, Veterans Day and holiday luncheons, and offer a cash gift to consumers during the holiday.
The Service Guild also holds a semi-annual Mini-Fest each spring and fall at the Goodwill corporate facility as a special fundraising event. The organization also offers a large cash donation to Goodwill each year. The Service Guild is truly an ambassador for Ohio Valley Goodwill. The Service Guild has helped to sponsor many special activities including the annual PigAbilities event as part of the annual Flying Pig Marathon and other special activities that program participants and staff undertake on behalf of the organization. In this, their almost 90th year of service, we salute the Service Guild for their dedication and support of Ohio Valley Goodwill and thank each member for the time they have given to our organization!