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!

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).

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!


Daily Nonpareil — Ashlie Hite/Work Experience — 2/15/16

You’ll WANT to read this front page Daily Nonpareil story about Ashlie Hite who is a member of the Abraham Lincoln High School (Council Bluffs, IA) Lynx Basketball TEAM!

Ashlie is also a participant in Goodwill’s Work Experience program at our Madison Avenue store!


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!

#ThriftyThursday – Halloween decor



Halloween has two sides – the fun side and the scary one.   You can bring out both sides with unique decorations from your local Goodwill store.


From salt and pepper shakers to black cat lawn decorations, Goodwill is full of fun ways to celebrate the holiday for little and big kids alike.  All of these items, from our Benson Park and Madison Avenue stores, range from $.99 to $6.99.



If you’re looking for a spookier side, these creepy decorations are great for your haunted house.  With items ranging from a skull for $.99 to a haunted pumpkin face for $.59, you can get some good scares in for a really low price.

So, be fun, be scary, or be a little of both.  Have fun this Halloween with the help of Goodwill.  Happy haunting!

#ThriftyThursday – Toys on a budget

This Thrifty Thursday post was guest-written by Goodwill’s Community Development Manager Elizabeth Donner.  The post guest stars her cute daughter, Amelia.


Anyone who has kids probably has a love-hate relationship with toys like I do.  Toys can be fun and entertaining for your child . . . well, at least for a while.  They can also be terribly expensive and of course, the more expensive they are, the quicker your kid loses interest in them.  Right?!?

I have found that buying toys second-hand is the way to go.  I never feel guilty about buying a toy and am saving a TON of money in the process.

This week I went in search for a deal on toys.  I was at Goodwill in Council Bluffs off of Madison Avenue and found a number of toys at great prices.

The VTech – Touch and Teach Turtle and Leap Frog’s Learn and Groove Alphabet Drum both retail on Amazon for $19.99.  Both were marked at Goodwill for $1.99 each!


Playskool’s Poppin Ball toy was only $.99 at Goodwill and retails new for $12.99.

The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Vacuum Cleaner retails on Amazon for $26.99 and was priced at Goodwill for $2.99.

Each of these toys would have been a good option for my daughter, but I had to pick just one.  I went with the vacuum cleaner.  I think she liked it.