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 Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 will be held August 15 at the Country Club of Jackson. For reservations or more information, please call 601-953-2569.
Tyler Lott Armstrong
Regina Harlan Boyles
Vonda Cooper Bush
Lee M. Nicols, M.D.
Harper Stone, M.D.
Primus Wheeler, Jr.
Goodwill Art Show
31st Annual Art Show Awards Ceremony
March 24, 2019 | 2:00pm
Jackson Preparatory School’s Fortenberry School
2018’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 email@example.com.