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.
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 email@example.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 2019 Goodwill Salute Dinner was sponsored and held at the Country Club of Jackson on August 15, 2019. For information about the event, please call 601-953-2569.
Next year’s event will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
Mary Kelly Farrish
Mayo Flynt and Renee Box Flynt
Gloria “Jean” Gross
Sara Carson Hailey
Reverends James Morris and Tommye Morris
Goodwill Art Show
31st Annual Art Show Awards Ceremony exhibit was held March 24th, hosted for the third time at Jackson Preparatory School. Goodwill and GIVS are indebted to the servant leadership of Colonel Merrill and the students at JP!
GIVS Annual Membership Drive
Plans are currently underway for this year’s membership drive. For information on joining GIVS, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.