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 margob@bellsouth.net.

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.

Click here to submit your nomination for the 2023 Goodwill Salute Honorees!

2022 Honorees:

Amanda Alexander

Margaret Cupples

Gay Drake

Lynn Fitch

Ellen Gabardi

Mary Lohrenz

Virginia Wilson Mounger

Mary Schiele Scanlon

Amy Lampton Walker

Slade and Susan Exley

David and Carol Mann


Ella Bennett

Matthew Hardy

Ryleigh Johnson

Adam Maatallah

Margaret Maloney

Goodwill Art Show

The 35th Annual Art Show Awards Ceremony exhibit was held onvThe 35th Annual Goodwill Art Show Awards Ceremony and art exhibit was held on April 26, 2023 at the Jackson Prep Centre for Arts & Leadership. Over 40 pieces of wonderful art was available for viewing and purchase. The 2023 art participants were awarded a participation certificate and art category winners were announced.

Check out our 2023 Winners!

GIVS Annual Membership Drive

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