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It’s a sure sign of spring at Ohio Valley Goodwill when the Service Guild holds its annual Spring Mini Fest! Held on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th at the organization’s corporate facility in Woodlawn, OH, the two-day semi-annual event is planned and presented by the Service Guild and their many volunteer members. The bi-annual event is a way for the Service Guild to promote the organization and to raise funds in support of their mission to assist Goodwill with its programs and services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. The Spring Mini-Fest also serves as the celebratory kick-off for National Goodwill Week which takes place May 7th through May 13th this year. The annual event features homemade baked goods and candy, an “Elegant Junque” table and collectibles booth, special items from the Service Guild’s Treasure Island Gift Shop, dozens of books, and the always popular grilled hot dogs served during lunchtime.
“Our members work for weeks preceding the Mini-Fest to plan for the event. Many people who come to the festival have done so for years knowing that our members offer wonderful baked goods and extra-special goodies,” said Sue Burreson, Service Guild President. “Service Guild members prepare their special treats for days before the festival just so that we have lots of baked goods and candy on hand for everyone who comes to the Mini Fest. The Service Guild has been presenting the annual spring and fall festivals for more than 25 years in support of Goodwill’s mission to put people to work. “It’s always a great way to reach out to the public and have them learn more not only about the work that we do, but also about Goodwill’s mission of serving the needs of people with disabilities and homeless veterans,” said Burreson.
The Goodwill Service Guild has approximately 65 volunteers who have been actively supporting the group for over 80 years to advance the mission of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. “We appreciate the great work that the Service Guild does on behalf of Goodwill and the programs that they offer throughout the year. The semi-annual festivals help to promote our very important mission to the public and assist in making more people aware of the important work that we do on behalf of people with disabilities and veterans,” said George Palmer, Goodwill’s Director of PR and Marketing.
Goodwill thanks the Service Guild for their dedication and support over that past many years and encourages the public to stop by the two-day festival!