The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!

Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have nineteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.

We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

To enter:
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].

Updated: This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Please visit the Boo!dwill 2015 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win..

2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.

That’s it! We’ll be sharing the entries as we receive them on our Facebook wall. On Wednesday, November 11, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!

If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out last year’s finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:

Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha
Shop Goodwill for Halloween Costumes – KMTV Omaha

Good luck!

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The Goodwill Coffee House is now open!


On Sunday, February 24th, Goodwill Omaha opened its new coffee shop!

The Goodwill Coffee House is located at Benson Park Plaza (72nd & Ames) and is accessible from the Goodwill retail store (Monday – Sunday) or from the administrative offices (Monday – Friday). Hours are Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Coffee House will serve brewed coffee, espresso drinks, smoothies and iced and blended coffees starting at $1.29. In addition, made-to-order breakfast and lunch fare are also available.

Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Menu items start at $1.29 and include: breakfast sandwiches with egg, cheese and meat; bagels with cream cheese; pastries; fruit; orange juice and milk.

Lunch service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sandwiches start at $3.49 and include: ham, turkey, roast beef and club sandwiches (served on a variety of breads). For an additional $1.95, customers can make a “Combo Meal” which includes a 24 oz. soda, and chips, pasta salad or apple.

Fountain soft drinks, featuring Coke products, are available for $0.99 for a 24 oz. serving.

Specials, soups and different sandwiches are introduced on a monthly basis. You can find the full menu here (PDF).

“We are excited to bring The Goodwill Coffee House to the North Omaha community,” Retail Sales Director Shannon McGree said.

“Not only will we provide quality products to our customers, The Coffee House will also serve as a training ground, providing customer service and food service training opportunities for our program participants.”


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