Announcing Senior Discount Days!

Exciting news! Senior Discount Days is here! On the first Wednesday of each month, customers 55 years of age and above, will receive 10% off their entire purchase. See store for details!

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Washington County Gives!

Goodwill Omaha is proud to participate in the first Washington County Gives! a 24-hour charitable challenge organized by the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce and Blair Area Community Foundation. The online giving event will take place on November 28 starting at midnight.

All funds raised by Goodwill support our Work Experience program in Blair. Goodwill’s Work Experience program provides students in special education services an opportunity to gain exposure to a work situation in a supportive environment. By participating in Work Experience, students can take the first step in making the transition from a school setting to the world of work.

The Work Experience program at Goodwill’s retail store in Blair allows students with disabilities the opportunity to experience aspects of employment. From following a supervisor’s instructions to staying on task, students are gaining valuable skills to assist in the transition from the classroom to employment.

Earlier this month, the Blair Work Experience staff hosted an Open House to invite student’s families, teachers and community members to see what the students have been learning this semester. Blair Work Experience Trainer, Jenny organized an engaging night for both students and guests that included student-led store tours, face painting and craft tables. Students demonstrated the skills they’ve learned through the Work Experience program and guests enjoyed seeing the students in action.

Your support will allow Goodwill to continue to provide these opportunities for students in Washington County. Help us continue to change lives and strengthen our community by giving to Goodwill’s Work Experience program in Blair during Washington County Gives!

  1. Visit WCNEGives.org on Tuesday November 28, 2017
  2. Click “DONATE NOW”
  3. Select “Goodwill Industries Inc.” to support Goodwill’s Work Experience program in Blair!
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Mayor’s Proclamation Supports National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Today Goodwill Industries in partnership with the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors hosted a special ribbon cutting and mayoral proclamation to celebrate the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

The event was held at the Omni Center in Council Bluffs and brought together more than 100 community members to celebrate NDEAM. High school students from Goodwill’s Work Experience program served refreshments as guests gathered for the presentation.

The program began with introductions from the Council Bluff’s Ambassadors through the Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of Ambassadors representing a wide variety of businesses and organizations stood in support of the proclamation.

Council Bluffs Mayor, Matt Walsh thanked the crowd for their support of NDEAM. Mayor Walsh emphasized the importance of work in defining oneself. Citizens with disabilities also need the opportunity to work and contribute their skills to the community.

Mayor Walsh presented the official proclamation affirming Council Bluff’s commitment to building an inclusive community for all citizens. The city recognizes the month of October as an opportunity to raise awareness on disability issues throughout the community.

Next Dan Koenig, representing the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, explained the Chamber’s responsibility to educate businesses about the importance of inclusive hiring practices. He highlighted the impact of programs like Work Experience at Goodwill, which provides high school students with disabilities the opportunity to develop employment skills in a supportive environment.

Goodwill's Work Experience and Staff

Brad Krause, owner of Grease Monkey in Council Bluffs spoke about his experience working with representatives from Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation to employ individuals with disabilities. He explained the positive impact that disabled employees have had on his business.

Goodwill Work Experience participant, Noah Wegener spoke about the importance of work in his life. This is Noah’s third year in the Work Experience Program and he’s learned many tips to being successful on the job; including hard work, being responsible and being nice to your boss. Noah is proud to be able to work and contribute to his household. He looks forward to the future and gaining more independence as he works toward his goals.

Goodwill is proud to bring together many community members committed to bringing awareness to issues for employees with disabilities. Visit our interactive calendar HERE for more information and events to celebrate NDEAM. Check out our Facebook to view a video from this morning’s event (click the Videos tab on our Facebook page).

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Out & About Storytime at Goodwill

Goodwill is proud to partner with the Omaha Public Library to host a monthly Out & About Storytime event at the Benson Park Goodwill Store! Storytime fosters early literacy skills by providing parents the opportunity to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. Storytime is designed for preschoolers and their parents, but children of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate.

During Storytime, a librarian leads parents and children in engaging stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays – all designed to help your child learn to love reading. Parents must stay with their children during Storytime and are encouraged to participate in activities. Parents can also learn tips from Omaha Public Library staff about reading aloud, age-appropriate books, music, songs and other activities used during Storytime.

Join us for Out & About Storytime at the Benson Park Goodwill store located at 4805 N 72nd St (72nd & Ames) from 10:30-11:00 on Friday, January 26.

Guests at Goodwill’s Out & About Storytime will also enjoy snacks, stickers and a coupon for one FREE book to take home!

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Storytime at Goodwill

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Back to School Shopping with the Kids

Goodwill wants to make back to school shopping fun for kids…and parents!

Our Director of Marketing and Development took her children back to school shopping.
Below is her experience at our 180th & Q location!

Back to school shopping is a major process – going from store to store hunting for clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Not to mention your wallet takes a hit. For the past few years I started planning my back to school shopping a bit differently. Before I shopped at the big box retailers for back to school items, now I make Goodwill my first stop. I start looking for deals on kid’s clothing – because let’s be honest, kids can be quite picky when it comes to finding that perfect outfit for the first day of school. And with kids growing out of their clothes so quickly, it is a challenge to not spend too much by paying full price.

This year we began our back to school shopping at Goodwill on 180th and Q Street. I took my four year old daughter Amelia to look for deals on clothes she can wear to preschool. We found the perfect Justice shirt with a bright pink sparkly A on the front for only $1.59. Now it’s her new favorite shirt! We even had luck finding pants – Old Navy jeans for $2.99 and lounge pants for $1.59.

Of course we couldn’t leave the store without hitting up the toy section.  We walked out with a Disney princess game and a stuffed animal for $1.99 each.

By shopping at Goodwill for back to school clothes, I can feel good about diverting clothes from the landfill as well as saving money for my family.  All while getting really great items that my kids love.

Make Goodwill your first stop for back to school shopping!

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The Inside Scoop from a Regular Goodwill WearHouse Shopper

If you’ve never been to the Goodwill WearHouse store, you’re in for a truly unique experience! The WearHouse features a wide variety of items found in traditional thrift stores but it’s all priced by the pound. And the more you purchase the cheaper the price – a thrift shopper’s dream! New merchandise is brought out regularly in large bins so grab a cart and dive in.

Regular Goodwill WearHouse customer Kathe first discovered the WearHouse while thrift shopping with her daughter in South Omaha. Kathe’s daughter enjoyed shopping at thrift stores off 36th and Q Street but Kathe was looking for a new place to shop. She noticed the Goodwill WearHouse on the same block and was immediately hooked.

Kathe loves the thrill of the hunt and there is no place like the Goodwill WearHouse to discover the unexpected. Kathe keeps a keen eye on the merchandise bins as they are rolled out onto the sales floor brimming with potential treasures. She doesn’t hesitate to dive in and hunt for the next big find. Many of the items that Kathe purchases at the WearHouse become listings on her eBay page. She’s sold everything from sewing patterns and craft supplies to Christmas ornaments and Halloween costumes. Every item starts with a 99¢ opening bid and she enjoys watching bidders try to outbid each other. The most unique item she has sold on eBay from the WearHouse was a simple plastic cookie cutter that said “Jesus loves me” – it sold for over $80! Kathe isn’t sure what made that specific cookie cutter so desirable but she hopes to find the next hidden gem at the WearHouse.

Kathe - regular shopper at Goodwill WearHouse

Kathe – regular shopper at Goodwill WearHouse

From the time Kathe became a regular shopper at the original South Omaha location, she has enjoyed getting to know WearHouse Manager Shantel. When it was announced that the WearHouse would be relocated to 72nd and F Street, Shantel was adamant that Kathe needed to visit the new location and continue to shop at the WearHouse. Kathe appreciates that Shantel is very conscious of every shopper’s safety while in the store. There are often dozens of shoppers hoping to get the first look at items in a new bin and Shantel makes sure that everyone stays safe. Kathe especially enjoys shopping at Goodwill to support the mission of eliminating unemployment for those that want to work. She appreciates the people that work hard every day to operate Goodwill.

Kathe’s advice for a first time shopper at the WearHouse is to keep an open mind – you never know what you’re going to find! She recognizes that first time shoppers might be confused by the per-pound pricing structure that decreases the more you buy, but the staff at the WearHouse are always there to help. If you’re looking for a thrilling shopping experience visit the WearHouse!

Click here to visit the WearHouse webpage >>>

 

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Customer Appreciation Days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our customers! Because of loyal customers like you, in 2016 Goodwill has been able to provide over 22,000 employment services to people in our community.

Please join us for a 2-day sale! All customers will receive 10% off, and if you are a Goodwill cardholder, you’ll receive 20% off!

During our sale we will be having popcorn, refreshments and we will be doing merchandise credit drawings, goody bags and coloring pages for children.

And don’t forget to also sign up for our big giveaway!

Two lucky winners from each store will receive 20% off for a whole year!

 

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Old computers? Recycle them with Goodwill

Technology has been changing so quickly that we find ourselves with piles of older electronics that we do not use. What to do with those electronics? Goodwill has the answer, donate them to be recycled.

In 2016 Goodwill recycled 545,552 pounds of computer and electronics.

Goodwill will accept your residential computers, printers and monitors without charge, regardless of age or condition. Just drop off at any of Goodwill’s convenient donation centers.

What does Goodwill do with your used computer equipment? 

Through our partnership with the Dell Reconnect Computer Recycling Program, Goodwill will accept your residential intact computers, printers and monitors without charge, regardless of age or condition. See our Recycling FAQ tab for more information about Dell Reconnect.

Goodwill’s highly trained staff will safely disassemble the CPUs and sort the various components for responsible recycling, thus eliminating the environmental risk of landfill disposal.

What about security?

We take the privacy of our donors very seriously, and we take great care and concern for all items that may possibly contain customer data. To begin the process, we do ask that people do their best to delete any sensitive information they may have on their computers before donating. Once the computers are in our hands, we undergo a four-step process as follows:

Phase One: Our technicians determine which desktop and laptop computers are viable for refurbishing and which ones are to be decommissioned and used for parts. The units are powered on and checked for defects. Hard Drives and memory are bench-tested for quality.

Phase Two: We secure all systems and hard drives determined to be reusable, as well as any materials that will be sent out for recycling, in a locked area that only the manager and techs have access to until they are processed.

Phase Three: We apply a rigorous three-pass Department of Defense-standard data wiping process to all drives determined to be usable.

Phase Four: We select random hard drives from every wiping session and verify they have no retrievable data on them. Also, every month Dell Reconnect sends an independent auditor to verify that the data on the hard drives has been erased and no personal data remains, and that all our process conforms and exceeds their high standards. Goodwill has passed this audit every month since we started with the program.

Goodwill takes pride in being able to partner with Dell Reconnect to keep electronics out of landfills and do our part in being green.

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Improve your job skills with READY

READY services provided by Goodwill offers free, one-on-one, job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed.

Assistance with resumes, job applications, cover letters, letter of explanation or referrals to other programs in our community are just some of the employment assistance services READY provides. If your barriers to employment keep you from searching for work or if you aren’t confident in your interviewing skills, the READY program is for you.

Since July 2016, READY has helped 665 individuals in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area with employment assistance. Of those served, 200 individuals have found employment with an average wage of $12.26 per hour and 38 hours per week.

READY is continuously looking for participants and organizations to work with. Our services are offered at no cost to participants or partnering agency. We currently partner with seven agencies in the Metro Area. For those not able to come to our main office on 72nd & Ames, READY may be able to bring services to outbound partnering locations.

If you have any questions, or would like to set up an appointment, please contact Megan at 402-231-1901.

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