Junior League of Columbus and Goodwill Columbus Join Forces to Bring Back Bargain Box
The highly popular Junior League Bargain Box event will return to Columbus on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. As a result of a strategic partnership between two well-known non-profits, the event will have a new home -- Goodwill Columbus’s Grandview-area corporate headquarters, located at 1331 Edgehill Road, in Grandview.
“This is a powerful example of two longstanding non-profits coming together to sustain a tradition of offering gently used goods for sale, with the proceeds benefitting those most in need in our community,” said Margie Pizzuti, President and CEO of Goodwill Columbus. “This is Goodwill’s 75th year in Columbus, and it is an honor to partner with the Junior League of Columbus.” Pizzuti added that the two organizations hope to make this an annual event.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Goodwill Columbus,” said Liz Zuercher, President of the Junior League of Columbus. “It’s not only a project that is near and dear to our members, but so many people in our community relied on our sale year after year, and we are excited to be able to continue to serve this need.”
In addition to having a new venue for the sale, Junior League’s 450 members will also utilize Goodwill’s six retail stores in Franklin County to collect Bargain Box donations from now until the time of the event. Junior League members will sort the donations at Goodwill’s Fisher Road distribution center.
The Junior League of Columbus announced in March of this year that after 65 years, Bargain Box would end as a result of the demolition of Veteran’s Memorial downtown. Pizzuti contacted Junior League’s leadership to see if there was a way to save the event. Meetings were held at the Edgehill location and at Goodwill’s Fisher Road warehouse, and it soon became apparent to both groups that Goodwill would be a great partner for the Bargain Box event. Its headquarters building on Edgehill Road is a prime location, given its proximity to two bus lines, on West Fifth and West Third Avenues.
The Grandview-area location will provide ample space for Junior League members to showcase Bargain Box wares for sale, and for members of the public to shop for the “treasures” they find each year. “From everyday clothing to the occasional wedding dress, linens and towels to pots and pans, baby clothes, toys, and even a few gently used designer purses, we have a little bit of everything each year,” said Zuercher.
Proceeds from the event will once again support the Junior League’s many community projects, including the Kelton House Museum and Garden, Adopt-a-Backpack for Children, and Kids in the Kitchen. Unsold items will be donated to Goodwill and subsequently sold in its retail stores, which generate earned income to support their mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers.
About Goodwill Columbus:
Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 75 years. Since 1939 the organization has dedicated itself to building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Goodwill Columbus is the sixth largest nonprofit in central Ohio and is among the top 50 largest employers central Ohio. Goodwill Columbus provides nearly 1.2 million hours of service to more than 4,100 participants with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information on Goodwill Columbus, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.
About the Junior League of Columbus:
Founded in 1923, the Junior League of Columbus is an organization of women committed to voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and impacting communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. As a 501 (c) (3), the Junior League of Columbus is a leading resource for trained volunteers. Through our programs and the Kelton House Museum and Gardens, we educate the community, preserve the past and build for the future of Columbus. The Junior League of Columbus is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, comprised of 292 Junior Leagues in four countries. For more information, please go to www.jlcolumbus.org.