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!
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!
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!
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.
Your resume is written and up to date, you have worked on your interviewing skills and you got an interview for the job congratulations! What are you going to wear?
Let Goodwill help you find that right outfit at an affordable price! Our stores have a vast selection of professional and business casual work wear.
Depending on the type of position and organization you are interviewing for will determine your interview wardrobe. Here are some examples of what to wear to impress.
- Business professional attire
You can’t go wrong with a blazer, this one is cute and professional. I love the pink with the cream and gold, it just looks trendy but also shows that you can dress for the position. Paired with tailored black slacks, a long necklace and black pumps.
Total cost: $26.65
The days of wearing a suit and tie at the office are gone. Most professional men are leaning more towards the button up shirt and slacks. This light gray button up paired with a pair of dark gray pants has a professional look without look stuffy. Add a brown belt and shoes and your turning heads.
Total cost: $31.06
- Business casual
This cute polka dot print dress pair with a red blazer and black heals shoes off your personality, the pattern shoes that you are fun and a little daring. I love the pops of color in the red belt and blazer, it’s a little bit more casual with the less structured blazer but still professional.
Total cost: $20.96
Who doesn’t love plaid! This plaid button up pair with khaki’s gives you trendy business casual look. Paired with a brown belt and brown shoes the look is complete.
Total cost: $36.06
Goodwill, helping you dress to impress without breaking the bank. Check out one of our 17 stores to see what you can find!
- Speak clearly – Make sure to be professional but also show some of your personality while highlighting yourself.
- Be engaged in the conversation– Being able to answer the interviewee’s questions in one thing but showing genuine interest shows that you are able to be attentive.
- Stay positive – When answering questions about your previous employer keep the message positive.
- Match skillsets – Market your skill set to match what the employer is looking for in the position and how you can be an asset to the organization.
- Know the company – Researching the company before an interview is important. The employer might ask you what you know about the organization or to describe what they do.
- Be early – The goal is to arrive 10-15 mins before your interview. This allows you enough time to get settled and mentally prepare for the interview.
- Be professional – Look presentable, carrying a folder or portfolio. It should contain a notepad, pen and even some pre written out questions that you may have about the position.
- Be prepared – It’s important to have extra copies of your resume on hand. Some interviewers might not have a copy of your resume or might just have the copy that you filled out when you applied for the position.
- Ask about follow up – When do they plan on hiring for this position? State how long of a notice you would have to give your current employer.
- Be personal – Send a hand written thank you note or email to the employer thanking them for taking the time to meet with you.
If you would like to get some additional practice on your interviewing skills, Goodwill’s READY services offers mock interviews. To set up a mock interview contact READY staff at (402) 231-1901 or by visiting our website at www.goodwillomaha.org
Every Friday – Open computer lab available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for job readiness assistance at our Goodwill Headquarters (4805 N. 72nd Street)
My son turned one in October and I wanted to get family pictures to celebrate his birthday, and also use the pictures for our holiday cards. I had been searching stores like Target and Kohl’s for the perfect outfit, but just couldn’t come up with anything. Then one day I was in the 72nd and Ames Goodwill when I came across a plaid vest. It was so cute – black and red checkers with a tan collar. The vest was only 99 cents. Once I saw it, I knew this was the outfit for family pictures! I paired the vest with a white onzie and jeans.
It doesn’t take a lot to find inspiration for outfits . . . sometimes all it take is one small item to tie the whole look together!
Meet Dahir Talasow, 18, a Summer Work Experience student at our Benson Park store. Dahir uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury, but that doesn’t stop him from (doing various tasks) around the store.
“Overcoming personal challenges is something that Dahir is working on and he has a positive attitude to achieve success. Dahir’s mother told him that would be unable to work due to his disability, “said Sam Comfort Dahir’s WE Trainer. “Dahir was referred to Goodwill by Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation for Pre-Employment Transition Services,” said Sam. He came ready to work each day.”
“Dahir used public transportation to attend Summer Work Experience every day for six weeks,” said Sam. Working at Goodwill is Dahir’s first job. He has learned various employment task that will help him to gain employment.
“Dahir has demonstrated a superior work ethic. He regularly arrives at work early for scheduled meeting with VR and has, with assistance, submitted several applications for employment,” said Sam. I was able to see Dahir in action working our donation door with Tommy Jones. He seemed happy to be able to work at his own pace and to interact with others.
Dahir was featured in an article in the Omaha World Herald were he talked about how the summer Work Experience has impacted his life and helped to achieve his goals.
Congratulations Dahir on being our Participant of the Quarter.