The December issue of The Clothes Line is now available for download!

In this month’s issue:

  • Read a heartwarming story about the struggles one of our participants overcame, and how she showed her appreciation to her career specialist…
  • Meet our October employee of the month and our newest Manager of the Quarter…
  • Get to know Tracy Dohe, one of our amazing Customer Connect participants…
  • Celebrate Veterans Day by meeting the veterans who work right here at Goodwill…
  • Learn about the philosophy behind the Giving Pyramid…
  • One of our Goodwill employees shares her favorite turkey brine recipe…
  • Get a glimpse of the adorable centerpieces our Work Experience students made for Thanksgiving dinner…
  • Look back on another awesome BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest…
  • Find out about the latest Goodwill / WOWT / Omaha West Rotary Drive for Drives…
  • Read part 1 of Dave’s Top 10 Fitness Facts…
  • Another exciting word search…
  • Birthdays, anniversaries and new hires…
  • …and more!

Visit our Publications page to download your copy today!

Support Goodwill Omaha on Giving Tuesday!

Post-Thanksgiving, Americans partake in the tradition of shopping. We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. These days allow us all time to shop for our family and friends and get some great deals.

This year, Goodwill is taking part in the first Giving Tuesday. The #GivingTuesday movement is a partnership between thousands of nonprofits and for-profit corporations worldwide, urging Americans to give back to their communities. Visit to learn about the giving effort.

Today, on Giving Tuesday, help spread the word of Goodwill’s mission to help thousands find jobs and hope for the upcoming holiday season. Visit to learn about making a tax-deductible financial donation so that Goodwill can continue to provide Employment and Training programs in Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.

Let’s kick off this first #GivingTuesday right!

A Thanksgiving Story

“We’re not in this line of work to hear thanks — we’re in this line of work to help people,” said Holly McElhatton, a career specialist in Goodwill’s Adult Career Program.

“We don’t always hear thanks. We don’t expect to hear thanks. But it’s cool when people remember the little things.”

This stationery comes from a notepad in Career Specialist Holly McElhatton's cube at Ames Plaza. Little did she know what kind of an impression it would leave on one of her clients.

What strikes some of us as “little things” can be extremely profound to others. That’s what Holly found out recently when she received a surprise visit from one of her former clients, a woman named Lesley “L” Taylor.

Five years ago, L’s car was struck by a drunk driver. Her daughter, mother and granddaughter were killed. L was the only survivor.

For years, she suffered from depression and survivor’s remorse. She had no family left.

“For a long time, she just didn’t care,” Holly said.

L finally got to a point where she could no longer afford to be unemployed. But beyond the struggles with dealing with the loss of her family, she also had unique, pervasive and crippling allergies, especially to perfumes and lotions.

She was good at office work, but she was bouncing around between temp jobs because agencies said employers were unwilling to restrict their employees from wearing perfume and lotion.

L turned to the Adult Career Program for help in January 2012, where she met Holly.
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

We had more than 3,200 votes cast in our third annual BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest, and we had the most impressive batch of entries yet! Thanks to all of you who sent in your submissions — both for sharing your creativity and for supporting Goodwill. When you shop at Goodwill, that revenue goes to support our employment and training programs, which help people with disabilities and other employment disadvantages get the training and support they need to find work.

Finishing in third place, and receiving a $25 Goodwill gift certificate, it’s Frankenstein and The Bride by Kyle!

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Vote for the winners of our 2012 BOO!dwill Costume Contest!

Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s BOO!dwill Costume Contest! We had some amazing submissions, and you can see them all in our costume gallery on our Facebook page. The first year we did this, we narrowed it down to five finalists. Last year, we had more entries, so we bumped it up to six. This year, we had so many amazing entries this year that we bumped our top six finalists up to a TOP TWELVE, and it was still a really tough decision. But now it’s time to choose the winners!

So take a look at our finalists below, and then vote for your FOUR FAVORITE COSTUMES in the poll at the end. On Wednesday, November 7, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!

Now, in the order that they entered, here are your finalists…
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Goodwill named one of America’s most inspiring companies by Forbes

Forbes recently released a list of America’s 25 Most Inspiring Companies that included Goodwill® this year for the first time.

The list was based on results from consulting firm Performance Inspired, Inc., which surveyed 2,175 consumers online to identify these “most inspiring” companies. These consumers responded by explaining the five companies they found most inspirational and why.

The Forbes article quoted Terry Barber, chief inspiration officer for Performance Inspired, as saying: “Consumers are really appreciative of the Goodwill retail stores and the perceived feel-good value they are bringing to local communities.”

According to a separate Forbes article, Goodwill was one of the smaller companies on the list that did well because of a good story behind the name.

“Goodwill has a tried and true history of being a household name and respected brand,” said Kim Zimmer, chief communications officer and senior VP of global affairs at Goodwill Industries International. “Consumers have come to understand that by shopping and donating at your local Goodwill store, they are investing in their local community.”

The research shows that consumers feel more inspired—and spend more at companies that inspire them—than ever before. In general, 92 percent of respondents said they felt inspired to share their experiences with others and another 86 would recommend the company to friends and family. Nearly 40 percent of respondents said that the nonprofit sector has a major role to play in making the world a better place.

Perhaps the most encouraging statistic? More than 70 percent of respondents said they would spend more money on a company that inspires them.

Read more from Performance Inspired.