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 an Outstanding Volunteer for the GIVS (Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services) Salute Event

Our 2022 Outstanding Volunteers will be honored at the Country Club of Jackson on August 18, 2022. For information about the event, please call 601-953-2569.

2020-2021 Honorees:

David L. Allen

Frances Braswell

Roy D. Campbell, III

David W. Clark and Victoria Baugher Clark

Pamela Houchins

Jennifer Boydston Johnson

Mary Largent Purvis

Alfred G. Nicols

Linda Thompson Robertson

Marilyn Hemphill Tinnin

Tom Troxler


Sydney Kathryn Ellis

Mary Bratton Guest

Annelise Self

Isabelle Sandridge

Goodwill Art Show

The 33rd Annual Art Show Awards Ceremony exhibit was held on April 18, 2021. The art was judged and winners were announced. Click the link below to see the winners!

Check out our 2021 Winners!

GIVS Annual Membership Drive

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