Honoring Those Who Have Served

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The U.S. Veterans Administration notes that 22 million veterans have reintegrated back into civilian life since World War I. That reintegration often proves difficult for veterans as they face numerous challenges, including finding meaningful employment to support themselves and their families. They lack the skills, education and credentials for jobs in the current marketplace. Many also have physical and emotional disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Still others face non-work-related challenges such as lack of health care, child care, housing and transportation.

At Goodwill Omaha, we strive to streamline re-entry and reduce the stressors of an already challenging time in the lives of returning military members. Many veterans who approach Goodwill for career services are surprised to find that they can gain much more than just job search assistance.

Goodwill Omaha employs veterans throughout our retail, employment and training, contracts and administrative divisions.

At our October Town Hall, we honored 18 of those veterans. Goodwill employees who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard were given plaques and gift cards as a small token of our appreciation for their dedicated service to our country. Veteran Tom Bessey represented the group, telling the audience what his service means to him. He then led the group in a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.

Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country.

Congratulations to the Boo!dwill Costume Contest Winners!

We had more than 7,300 votes cast in our fourth 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 Mummy by Aaron and Jeremy!

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Vote for the winners of our 2013 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. This year we had many entries and we have narrowed it down to our top 13 finalists. But now it’s time to choose the winners!

So take a look at our finalists below, and then vote for your THREE FAVORITE COSTUMES in the poll at the end. On Thursday, 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, here are your finalists…

Aaron (Frankenstein) and Jeremy (Mummy) purchased items from Goodwill on 180th & Q streets to complete their outfits.

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