Have a Thrifty New Year!

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It’s the last day of the year – New Year’s Eve 2014.  Go out with a bang (for little buck) with some help from Goodwill.  Found at our Benson Park Plaza store, this unique vintage dress has gold embroidered details and is super warm.  You’ll be a hit at any party with this fun frock.

You can’t ring in the new year without some accessories, of course.  I picked up some fun sparkle high (really high) heels, a gold-toned locket, and a few gold bangles to complete this end-of-the-year outfit.  For about $30, you can’t go wrong with this complete New Year’s look from Goodwill.

As a reminder, our stores will be closing at 5 pm today and remain closed for New Year’s Day. Happy shopping and Happy New Year from Goodwill Omaha!

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters — KMTV/Morning Blend — 12/17/14

A collection of Ugly Christmas sweaters found at Goodwill were modeled by YouthBuild students and staff during KMTV’s Morning Blending Show on 12/17/14!

Topics of discussion during the 7+ minute segment included Goodwill’s selection of Ugly Christmas sweaters, new goods in the stores, YouthBuild, Work Opps, the Goodwill Card, donation sites, year-end donating and the new Goodwill web site!


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#ThriftyThursday – Deck the Halls


The holidays are fast-approaching and decorating your house can be time-consuming and expensive.  Well, Goodwill doesn’t offer a decorating service (yet!), but we can sure help you keep costs down in your holiday shopping.  During a recent trip to Goodwill’s Benson Park Plaza store, I found tons of festive holiday decor – perfect for the season!



No house is complete without a wreath on the door.   You can go with a nature theme (upper left), fancy (upper right), traditional (lower right), or something completely different (lower left).   These wreaths range in price from only $.99 to $4.99.



Of course, you need a tree to really get into the Christmas spirit.  This 5′ artificial tree is a steal (less than $7).  Add some ornaments for $2 and a star on top for $.50, and you’re basically Santa for less than $10.

outdoor deco


If you want to show the neighbors your holiday spirit, our thrift stores have a wide selection of outdoor decoration as well.  A lighted snowman would look great next to this 3-foot high nutcracker in any yard – plus, they are easy to set-up and take down (no ladders!).   You can bring both home fore less than $10.

No matter what you’re looking for, stockings, lights, clothes, or trees, Goodwill is the place to go for your holiday needs!  Happy hunting.



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Our Mission at Work

joey carver

Joey Carver is a strong representation of the Goodwill Mission. Over  the course of ten years or so, Joey has been involved with multiple aspects of Goodwill.

When Joey was younger, his family moved around a lot due to the military. He’s lived in England, Maryland, California and Nebraska. He often moved around within those places more than once.

In high school, Joey found himself back in Nebraska attending Bellevue West. During that time he joined the Work Experience program offered by Goodwill. While in Work Experience he learned a lot and was able to complete a summer internship at Goodwill’s former headquarters building on 41st and Pacific Streets.

After high school, Joey was offered a job at Offutt Air Force Base working on the Goodwill contract. He worked with supervisor Pearl Wilder for about a year and a half then was let go. Joey says this was due to a lot of things going on in his life. He was working two jobs and attending school at ITT Tech  for computer networking.

This time of his life became hectic and Joey decided to take a break from work and school to regroup. About one year later Joey decided to see what Goodwill’s Partnership for Youth Development had to offer. This is where he learned about Job Corps and began training for cement masonry. When he completed these courses he moved to California to live with family and work.

In 2011, Joey received a call from a friend saying there was a position open at Offutt and he thought it would be a good fit. Before he knew it, Joey received a call from Pearl offering him the opportunity to apply. He did and soon moved back to Omaha, working for Goodwill again.

Now, nearly three years later, Joey still shows his will to work hard and take on responsibility. He currently works in Stratcom shampooing carpets, as well as driving a shuttle for other Goodwill employees on the base. This is a big responsibility, as Joey has to be on time and is responsible for driving safely on base, as well as throughout the city to multiple locations.

Joey said he enjoys working on base because he gets to interact with military members and he feels safe there.

When asking about his supervisor, Joey said “Pearl provides encouragement. She also knows a thing or two, about a thing or two,” with a big grin on his face.

“She also makes me feel comfortable.”

“Joey is always courteous to everyone. He helps me out wherever needed. He also gets very good remarks on his paperwork and professionalism,” said Stratcom Supervisor Pearl Wilder.

When not working at Goodwill, Joey likes to go fishing. He told me a story of one fishing trip in particular where he had some bad luck. He lost the anchor to the boat, his fishing lines and he also broke his glasses. I think its safe to say no fish were caught on this day.

In the near future Joey would like to finish his final three classes that will provide him certifications in computer networking.

Joey has experienced many ups and downs thus far in his life but he continues to strive and work hard to accomplish his goals.

Thank you Joey, for working hard and believing in the Goodwill mission: changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training and work. Keep up the great work!

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