A History of Giving

Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services (GIVS) is almost as old as Goodwill of Mississippi. It was founded in 1958 through the initiative of Mrs. J. Ray (Kathryn) Stebbins. The Woman’s Auxiliary was developed to assist Goodwill in providing equipment and services not covered in the budget. The auxiliary was quickly recognized as Jackson’s largest civic organization. They generated community awareness of the new Goodwill agency with their motto, “Making others aware because we care.”

Over the years, GIVS has played a vital role in Goodwill’s advancement as a constant supporter of Goodwill and its employees. The support has come in many forms — birthday and holiday celebrations, devotional ministry, fundraising, and community membership drives.

The GIVS tradition of serving Goodwill is a long and storied one and continues today, under the leadership and commitment of the GIVS Board of Directors.

About GIVS

Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services of Mississippi (GIVS)

GIVS is a separate nonprofit organization that supports the Goodwill mission. This all-volunteer organization is composed of community leaders and other individuals who have a heart for service.

Volunteer with GIVS

New faces are always welcome at GIVS. If you are interested in becoming a member of GIVS, contact Melissa.neyland@gmail.com.

GIVS Annual Events

Goodwill Industries Salutes Metro Jackson’s Outstanding Volunteers

Every year, GIVS hosts the Goodwill Salute to honor outstanding volunteers in the community. The 2018 Goodwill Salute Dinner will be held August 16 at the Country Club of Jackson. For reservations or more information, please call 601-953-2569.

2018 Honorees:

Pam Allen

Tyler Lott Armstrong

Alicen Blanchard

Regina Harlan Boyles

Vonda Cooper Bush

Angela Byers

Renee Ebner

Lee M. Nicols, M.D.

Harper Stone, M.D.

Primus Wheeler, Jr. 

David Caddle

Maggie McKinnis

Joseph Voynik

Goodwill Art Show

This year’s exhibit was held on March 25th and sponsored by Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services and was hosted for the 2nd time at Jackson Prep. Goodwill and GIVS are indebted to the servant leadership of the Col. Merrill and students at JP!

GIVS Annual Membership Drive

Plans are currently underway for this year’s membership drive. For information on joining GIVS, contact margob@bellsouth.net.