By Wayne Allen
Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio held an open house on Tuesday in celebration of National Goodwill Week, May 4-11.
When asked about the local impact of Goodwill in Portsmouth, Lenore Mason, CEO/executive director said, “affordable purchases. We have things that are donated by the community, we choose the very best of what we get and put it out on the retail floor at prices that are affordable to the community.”
An open house was held at both Goodwill locations in Portsmouth 1910 Robinson Ave., and at the Goodwill Book Store, 322 Chillicothe St., in Portsmouth.
“We (Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio) have 50 employees within six counties, Scioto, Lawrence, Gallia and Meigs in Ohio along with Greenup and Lewis Counties in Kentucky. We generate the revenue so that we can continue to hire and employ people with disabilities and other disadvantages,” Mason said. “We also go out into the community looking for employment opportunities for people with disabilities, that is our true mission.”
She said the Robinson location recently underwent some upgrades to enhance the shopping experience.
“We did this for our local community, thanking them and this way they have a nice, clean place to shop,” Mason said. “We got a new truck, so we can continue to do our local pickups.”
Mason said the book store set to go online in the next six weeks, offering older and valuable books.
“In not too long we’re going to be going online with our bookstore. That’s going to be a new service for us, we’re ever-changing,” Mason said.”We’re going keep the physical bookstore, but online will be for more of the older and valuable books.”
As a part of the open house, Portsmouth Mayor Steve Sturgill delivered a proclamation, proclaiming May 4-11 Goodwill Industries Week in the city.
The hours of operation for the bookstore are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The hours of operation for the Robinson Avenue location are Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.