Participant of the Quarter

img_1771Having a physical disability hasn’t stopped our Participant of the Quarter from achieving goals that he has set for himself.

Meet Dahir Talasow, 18, a Summer Work Experience student at our Benson Park store. Dahir uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury, but that doesn’t stop him from (doing various tasks) around the store.

“Overcoming personal challenges is something that Dahir is working on and he has a positive attitude to achieve success. Dahir’s mother told him that would be unable to work due to his disability, “said Sam Comfort Dahir’s WE Trainer. “Dahir was referred to Goodwill by Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation for Pre-Employment Transition Services,” said Sam. He came ready to work each day.”

“Dahir used public transportation to attend Summer Work Experience every day for six weeks,” said Sam. Working at Goodwill is Dahir’s first job. He has learned various employment task that will help him to gain employment.

“Dahir has demonstrated a superior work ethic. He regularly arrives at work early for scheduled meeting with VR and has, with assistance, submitted several applications for employment,” said Sam. I was able to see Dahir in action working our donation door with Tommy Jones. He seemed happy to be able to work at his own pace and to interact with others.

Dahir was featured in an article in the Omaha World Herald were he talked about how the summer Work Experience has impacted his life and helped to achieve his goals.
Congratulations Dahir on being our Participant of the Quarter.

FREE Youth Employment Skills Training

Funded by the Douglas County Commissioners Office (with Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid funding) in partnership with Goodwill Industries, the 12-week-long Youth employment Skills Training Program is aimed at getting 16-18 year-olds ready to work!  Classes will be offered at two Goodwill locations (72nd and Ames and 72 and F streets).

youth employment skills training hours

Who benefits from this free Youth Employment Skills Training Program?
Youth, ages 16-18, who are working with Juvenile Probation, the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) or youth-serving community based organizations. Other referrals can include youth at risk for not completing high school, or who may not be planning on a post-secondary education. For a referral or more information, please have your school counselor, community agency case manager or probation officer contact Megan Sharpe with Goodwill Industries at 402.231.1901.

What do students do while enrolled in the programs?
Students have the opportunity to learn and gain soft skills for the workplace as instructed by Goodwill Industries Employment READY staff. Job readiness skills training, assistance with interviewing and applications, as well as identifying potential work locations, will be offered. Students who complete the program will leave with a resume, completed mock interviews with community employers, and increased knowledge of job readiness skills. During the program, students will be training on jobs within the Goodwill organization. Work areas may include custodial, production, and retail. In these job assignments, students perform the duties that would be expected of a permanent employee under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and the direction of Goodwill staff.

To enroll in this free program, please complete this application and return it to Megan Sharpe ( by Monday, August 29, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Sharpe, career services coordinator with Goodwill Industries, at 402.231.1901 or

Retail/Business Solutions — Morning Blend/Affordable Friday — KMTV — 7/1/16

It was Affordable Friday on The Morning Blend on 7/1/16!

Take a look at what both Mary and Mike found to wear for the show at Goodwill’s location near 78th and Dodge.  They also focused on our new Business Solutions program and how Goodwill can help companies find the right applicants for jobs.

Here’s the link …


Business Solutions — Community Matters/iHeart Radio — 7/3/16

Goodwill’s John Rumbaugh spoke about our agency’s new Business Solutions services during an interview on 1110 KFAB’s “Community Matters” program.  The twelve-minute segment aired on all five iHeart Radio stations 7/3/16 – 7/9/16.

Here’s the link … the Goodwill segment kicks off the show:


What can we do today? #ThriftyThursday

As we get deep into the dog days of summer, I continue to wonder what kind of activities that I can do with my son to keep him occupied and happy.  Thanks to Goodwill, we are always able to find items to include in our fun indoor and outdoor activities.

During my last thrifty sIMG_0594hopping spree, I found plenty of items in include in my arsenal of answers to “What can we do today?” As I browsed the vast number of books in my local store I was able to find some fun age-appreciate books for my one year old.

We spend several hours a day reading books, so it is always nice to find new books that we can add to our collection that are budget-friendly.  IMG_0595

My journey continued, I love being able to browse around and see what bargains I can find. My son enjoys watching children’s programs every now and again.  I was able to pick up educational movies to keep my son entertained, when he can sit still.

Goodwill has an ever-changing amount of toys and stuffed animals for children. For a thrifty $.99 I was able to pick up a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal. Mickey seems to be my son’s current fascinationIMG_0592. The toy department is always chocked-full of fun items. I was able to find my son a fun Little Tikes ball toy. This will help us as we work on his hand eye coordination and motor development.

So when the weekend comes and you have run out of ideas of what can we do today, head over to Goodwill. Pick up a book, a movie and a toy. These items will surely entertain your children. And you will feel good knowing that because you shopped at Goodwill you’re making a difference in our community.

#ThriftyThursday for America

The Fourth of July only comes around once a year. You want to look good.  How do you strike a balance between looking great (and maybe patriotic) while not breaking the bank?  You go to Goodwill of course!

Yesterday, I stopped at Goodwill’s Benson Park Plaza store and found a variety of styles that would be prefect for any Fourth celebration.

Let’s start casual.

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These three outfits would be great for any firework show, hanging by the lake, or a barbecue at your friend’s house.  First, I paired some trendy white overalls with a striped tee.  This is not an overly-patriotic look, which still embracing today’s style.  The overalls are a comfortable option for all-day wear, and even over a swimsuit at the pool.

Next, I found an America-blue colored short dress with back cutouts.  This dress was brand new – still had the tags on!  Pair it with some red shoes and a white necklace and you’re good to go for the Fourth.

One of my favorite finds of the day was this unique stars and stripes sweater.  It’s perfect to pair with some jeans or shorts that you already own.  Throw it on over your day clothes to keep warm while watching fireworks at night.

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These next looks are more dressy. For a wear-any day outfit, this coral flowy dress is perfect to keep you cool. Or pair it with a cardigan to help keep warm indoors.

If you’re working on the Fourth, keep it festive by looking for red, white, and blue in your pieces.  I found a cute white blouse and paired it with a textured blue skirt.  Or, you can go full-on patriotic with a look like this blue and white polka dotted blouse I matched with a red pencil skirt.


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July – and happy thrifting!

READY — Community Matters/iHeart Radio — 5/29/16

Goodwill’s Megan Sharpe spoke about our agency’s READY program during an interview on 1110 KFAB’s “Community Matters” program.  The ten-minute segment  aired on all five iHeart Radio stations the week of 5/29/16 – 6/4/16.

Here’s the link … the Goodwill segment is the finale of the show starting at the 18:55 mark:

2016 Omaha’s Choice Awards — OWH — 6/5/16

2016 Omaha’s Choice Awards: The winners are …

Thousands of votes were cast in more than 150 categories to determine the winners in the inaugural Omaha’s Choice Awards.  Goodwill took the award for Thrift Store/Consignment category!!!

Here’s the write-up that was in  the 6/5/16 edition of the OWH …

Thrift Store/Consignment: Goodwill

18 metro-area locations /

Looking for more variety than what you find on your average department store shelves? Most Goodwill stores introduce more than 2,000 new items onto the sales floor each day. And you won’t be the only one who gets a great deal. Millions of people benefit from Goodwill employment training, job placement services, financial education, youth mentoring and more.

Finalists: Hand Me Up Store, New Life Thrift, Thrift America


Here’s the OWH link …