BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest in Shout! Weekly

Thanks to Lindsey Baker, style columnist at Shout! Weekly, for writing about the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest in this week’s paper!

This year, I’ll be joining my sister and her husband as a small crew from Alice in Wonderland (and, on another night, a microcast of ER for a TV-show-themed party), and I’m in the market for a frilly blue dress. Thusly, I’m going to be spending a chunk of this week thrifting.

For all of you also allotting time to second-hand racks, you might be able to score more than the perfectly poufed gown if you do your shopping at any of the city’s Goodwill locations. From now through Oct. 31, you can piece together your costume, photograph it and enter it in the Goodwill’s BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest on Facebook.


It’s a pretty sweet deal — you can stock up for next year’s Halloween with the winnings, or, you know, you can renew your plaid shirt collection in time for the Tim Kasher show next month.

Check out Lindsey’s blog, Only Style Remains the Same, at And don’t forget to enter the contest!

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R.E.A.D.Y. helps people find jobs

Goodwill’s workforce development R.E.A.D.Y. program was in attendance with nearly 50 other companies at the career fair yesterday.

From WOWT Omaha:

Helping people find jobs is what the R.E.A.D.Y. program at Goodwill Industries is all about.

People looking for work can get one on one practice for interviews or update their resume but the Vice President of Employment and Training at Goodwill says those looking for work at job fairs should dress for success.

Linda Kizzier says, “You want to look professional you want the employer feel that you are interested in the position that you are applying for and if you look professional they are going to be more interested in you as an applicant.”

To schedule an appointment with the R.E.A.D.Y. program in Omaha, contact Heather Carrico at (402) 231-1978. In Fremont, call Erin Wiesen at (402) 727-1547.

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Announcing the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

Goodwill is a great place to shop for Halloween costumes! Whether you’re the type who prefers pre-made costumes and masks, or if you’re someone who’d rather assemble a costume from various articles of clothing and other props, we have what you need.

And we’d love to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

To enter:
1. Become a fan of Goodwill Omaha on facebook:
2. Between now and October 31, 2010, post a photo of yourself on our facebook page in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill.
3. Tag yourself in the photo.
4. In the comments, tell us at which store(s) you bought your costume.

That’s it! On November 1, we will select our favorites, and those finalists will be posted here at the GoodTimes Blog for a public vote. On Friday, November 5, the voting will close, and the top 3 will all receive Goodwill gift cards ($30 for 1st place, $20 for 2nd, $10 for 3rd)!

If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out this recent local television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:

Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha
Shop Goodwill for Halloween Costumes – KMTV Omaha

Good luck!

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Benson-Ames Alliance welcomes Goodwill to the neighborhood

Goodwill is hosting a community open house at our Benson Park Plaza location on Thursday, November 18 to celebrate the opening of our new store, and The Benson-Ames Alliance helped spread the word in their latest newsletter (PDF download).

“We welcome Goodwill to the Benson-Ames Alliance and look forward to partnering with the organization on projects that help improve the quality of life for everyone in our corner of the city,” said Troy Arthur, chairman of the Benson-Ames Alliance.

For more information on our open house, check out our Events page. And to learn more about the Benson-Ames Alliance, visit their newsletter archive.

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Shop Goodwill for Halloween ideas!

Goodwill was featured on KMTV’s Morning Blend Monday morning, highlighting several creative, easy and inexpensive Halloween costumes. As mentioned in the segment, Goodwill is a great place to shop because you’re keeping materials out of landfills, but you’re also helping our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training and work.

Visit the Morning Blend website to watch the full video!

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Remembering Jim Swoopes

Jim Swoopes, a longtime friend of Goodwill, passed away last week at the age of 73.

Swoopes came to Omaha after a lengthy career in the Air Force, where he served as a race relations instructor and social services counselor for senior commanders.

He was inducted into the Goodwill Omaha Hall of Fame this year in recognition of his eleven years on the Board of Trustees, including two years as Board president.

You can read more about Swoopes’ career and lengthy resume of community service in today’s Omaha World-Herald.

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Midlands Mentoring Partnership helps GoodGuides expand

Goodwill’s GoodGuides mentoring program will be able to expand and serve more at-risk youth thanks to help from Midlands Mentoring Partnership. The program currently serves 100 young people and hopes to soon serve 25 more.

GoodGuides is one of eight mentoring programs in the Omaha area to receive one of the MMP grants. To read more about Midlands Mentoring Partnership and other programs recognized this year, check out the story in Sunday’s Omaha World-Herald.

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New R.E.A.D.Y. workshops

Friday’s Omaha World-Herald included a story on the new workshops provided by Goodwill’s R.E.A.D.Y. (Real Employment Assistance for Developing You) program.

READY … will provide free one-on-one job readiness services and is geared to help anyone looking for employment or looking for a better job.

Services available include assistance with Internet job searches, résumé and cover letter review, practice interviews, advice on planning and executing a successful job search, plus counseling on tax credits and other low-income benefits.


Group workshop sessions will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at Goodwill’s headquarters, 4805 N. 72nd St., in Omaha. To register for a workshop, call Heather Carrico at 231-1978. Workshop dates and topics follow:

Thursday, attitude; Oct. 21, dependability; Nov. 4, ethics; Nov. 11, money management; Nov. 18, motivation; Dec. 2, organizational skills; Dec. 9, self-advocacy; Dec. 16, social interaction; Dec. 30, stress and anger management; Jan. 6, 2011, time management; Jan. 13, conflict resolution, Jan. 20, customer service relationships; Jan. 27, decision-making skills.

For more information on R.E.A.D.Y., call 231-1978 in Omaha or 402-727-1547 in Fremont, or read more about it here at

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