March 2014 NEWSLETTER
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Spring into Cleaning with MERS Goodwill! 
Spring has sprung, which means it is time to de-clutter and donate! Below are our three simple tips to help you get your spring cleaning underway. Also, visit our website for donation locations.
 

1. Sentimental? Take a photo and then donate the item to Goodwill.  

2. Turn all hanging clothes backwards. Reverse an item to the correct direction once it's worn. After six months, donate any clothing still backwards; if you haven't worn it by then, you probably never will.  

3. Host an annual Spring cleaning party! Invite friends over to swap unwanted items and donate any extras to the nearest Goodwill location.  

 

Remember: If it's good enough to share with friends, it's great for a MERS Goodwill donation, and someone in your community will benefit and bring new life to your donation.  
Be a Team Player and Donate! cardinals
Fred bird 2012 Cards Drive
Our annual Cardinals promotion is right around the corner! Starting April 1, bring in unwanted items from your Spring cleaning and enjoy half-price tickets to an upcoming ballgame!

 

In addition to the ticket promotion, the Cardinals are doing a special Auto Donation Promotion, with details coming soon.

 

Stay tuned for more information and additional events this year!

MERS Goodwill has teamed up with our friends at Wehrenberg Theatres for another exciting promotion! Donate to Goodwill on Wednesdays in March and get a free movie, compliments of Wehrenberg Theatres. 

 

Offer is good while supplies last and some restrictions apply. 

In the Media    

 

Lipstik Magazine

"Thrift Shop Divas"

Read about the show here.

 

Edwardsville Intelligencer

"Cash found in donated coat"

Read the story here.

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Bleak job market for teens, young adults"

Read the story here.  

 

Belleville News-Democrat

"Thousands in cash accidentally donated to Glen Carbon Goodwill" 

Read the story here. 


KSDK-TV
"Glen Carbon Goodwill receives $2,500 accidental donation"

Watch the story here.


STLtoday.com
"Cheap challenge: Outfits for $25 or less" 
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Contact Us
MERS Goodwill
1727 Locust Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

P: 314-241-3464
F: 314-241-1085
Donate at any of our 42 Goodwill store locations, plus our drop-off sheds and trailer sites. To find a location near you, please visit our website.  

Dear friend of MERS Goodwill,

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We are just a few days away from the first official day of Spring, which means it is time to de-clutter and donate! Read the side bar with just a few of our Spring cleaning tips. Your donation to Goodwill is making a difference to improve the life of someone in our community.  

 

As a matter of fact, the last month has been a very exciting time here at MERS Goodwill. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Autism Employment Center, which currently has a 100% retention rate for individuals placed in employment. Click HERE for more about the Center's success.  

 

I'm also excited to share the latest Employer Spotlight story with you. Click HERE to read about Cintas making a difference in the St. Louis community through our Project Grow Program.    

 

Finally, we have a great number of Spring promotions coming up! Don't forget March is Wehrenberg Wednesdays and there's still time to donate. Click HERE to learn more. Also, keep an eye out for the upcoming Cardinals promotions and recycling drive next month!

 

Thank you for your continued support of MERS Goodwill. Don't forget to donate! 

 
Sincerely,
 
Lewis C. Chartock, Ph.D.
President and CEO, MERS Goodwill
 autismMERS Goodwill Celebrates 1-year Anniversary of Autism Employment Program
 
MERS Goodwill celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Autism Employment Center on Tuesday, March 11. Located at MERS Goodwill's Lippman Center on Hanley Road, the Autism Employment Center provides a place where individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can go to begin or continue their transition to self-sufficiency.
Autism Employment Program client, Barton Havens (L), speaks to a crowd on his experience with Autism in the workforce as Autism Employment Coordinator, Jennifer Glassmeyer (R), listens. 

 

The celebration featured special guest and MERS Goodwill client, Barton Havens, who was referred to the Autism Employment Program by Gina Rathert at Missouri's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Barton shared his personal journey of being diagnosed with ASD and how he overcame his disability to find meaningful employment.


The Autism Employment Program is designed to focus on preparing the individual for the world of work and then helping the person obtain the right job. It provides services that help individuals determine their interests and strengths, and which needs should be supported on the job. 

 

The Autism Employment Program focuses on acquiring work appropriate skills, broadening community social integration abilities, coaching and post-employment services, and independent living skills for St. Louis area residents with ASD. Since its inception, the Autism Employment Program has served 70 individuals through appointments and walk-ins. Out of those 70 clients, the program has had an 85 percent placement rate, taking approximately seven weeks to place a client in a new position. The program currently has a 100 percent retention rate for individuals placed into employment.   

Allen Simms Jr's artwork was a hit at the anniversary celebration of the Autism Employment Center. Allen is a client of MERS Goodwill and a portion of his sales will go to Autism Speaks. 
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Employer Spotlight: Cintas
 
Maintaining an inclusive and diverse workforce are qualities employers strive to achieve. For Cintas Corporation, a specialized service professionals company, diversity and inclusion among both employee-partners and suppliers plays a critical role in the Cintas company culture. 
 

Left to Right: Dave Skaggs, Plant Manager for Cintas;
Lynn Boyd, HR Manager for Cintas; Michael Dodson, MERS Goodwill client; Zach Van Fleet, Production Supervisor for Cintas; and Quentin Williams, General Manager for Cintas.

Lynn Boyd, HR Manager for Cintas' St. Louis location, works hard to make sure the company's corporate diversity model has an impact on the local community's workforce. Lynn supports the recruiting efforts and leadership development for the company. She is responsible for working with the employees and leaders at her location, and identifying ways to support healthy team cultures. In 2014, Cintas was named as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune.

 

"Cintas is always looking for new ways to find great talent for our team," said Lynn. "We have benefited from the partnerships developed with diverse businesses and suppliers to better serve our customer base that is itself richly diverse."

 

That's when Cintas met with MERS Goodwill to learn more about the organization's job training and employment services. As a proud member of the United Way committed to serving diverse communities, MERS Goodwill fits the Cintas model.

 

Lynn then met with Katie Nanney, an Employment Specialist for MERS Goodwill's Project Grow Program, to share information about Cintas' employee culture and discuss job opportunities for Katie's clients. 

 

Read more about our spotlight on Cintas HERE.