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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Work Experience Students Support Goodwill’s Retail Stores

Goodwill’s Work Experience program provides young adults with disabilities the opportunity to gain exposure to a work situation in a supportive environment. Eight Goodwill locations host students for a few hours a day during the school year. Most students work in one of Goodwill’s retail stores, but some students are able to get a behind-the-scenes look at Goodwill’s Retail Operations Center.

The Retail Operations Center at 72nd and F Street houses Goodwill’s logistics operations to help the retail stores operate smoothly. The Retail Operations Center services all of Goodwill’s 15 retail stores, donation pods, Attended Donation Centers and community donation drives.

My'Kel tagging donated clothesNew this year, Work Experience students utilize five new hanging and sorting stations. When Goodwill receives donated goods through community donation drives, donation pods, and Attended Donation Centers, those goods need to be sorted, tagged and hung up. However, the Retail Operations Center is not a retail store and therefore does not always have staff to complete these tasks. That’s where Work Experience students are able to step in and help out.

 

Work Experience students are trained to follow the same procedures for hanging and sorting as employees in Goodwill’s retail stores. Clothes arrive in gaylords (large cardboard boxes). Then the students sort the clothes, hang them on the rack and follow guidelines to determine the appropriate tag to attach.

Zach selecting price tags

Once the clothes are tagged and hung, they are either sent out to a Goodwill retail store or stored for later use. The extra help of Work Experience students at the Retail Operations Center allows Goodwill’s retail stores to remain fully stocked even if donations slow at that location. Their support allows Goodwill’s retail operations to keep running smoothly.

Work Experience students Zach, Mikeala and My’Kel enjoy working in the hanging and sorting stations because it keeps them busy and helps the day move fast. Work Experience trainer Patty explains, “This is a terrific job for our students. They are learning skills that are directly applicable to any retail job as well as basic employment skills like following guidelines and procedures.”

Goodwill’s Work Experience program is proud to support the work of Goodwill’s retail stores while providing students exposure to a work environment. Next time you shop at Goodwill, remember that the clothing you purchase may have been sorted and tagged by a Work Experience student.

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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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Round It Up For Hurricane Relief

Communities throughout the Gulf Coast have been devastated by hurricane damage and historic flooding. The international Goodwill community has rallied together to help our fellow Goodwill employees that have been affected by the hurricane. We too pledge our support.

From September 9 – 30, 2017, all donations received from the Round It Up campaign will go directly to support Goodwill employees along the Gulf Coast that have been affected by storm damage. The Round It Up Campaign gives Goodwill shoppers the opportunity to round up their transaction to the nearest dollar. The money raised during September will go a long way to help Goodwill employees in the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild.

We hope that you will join us in this effort. Shop at Goodwill from September 9 – 30 and Round it Up at checkout!

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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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All Goodwill Card Holders to Receive 15% Off Every Time They Shop!

Join Goodwill Omaha on July 8th as we introduce a brand new Goodwill Card Discount! Beginning July 8th, all Goodwill Cardholders will receive a whopping 15% off all purchases. And that’s just the beginning.  Starting on the 8th all customers with a Goodwill Card will receive 15% off  – all day, every day! You heard it right… Every Goodwill cardholder will receive 15% off any purchase anytime they shop. No need to be a student, teacher, senior or military member. Every one with a Goodwill Card will receive this discount every time they shop!

Stop into any Goodwill Omaha store to get signed up for the Goodwill Card and start shopping and saving today.

And don’t forget, when you shop or donate with Goodwill Omaha, you support our Employment & Training programs that help friends, family, neighbors right here in our community! To learn more, visit goodwillomaha.org. See you July 8! Happy shopping!

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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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Dress to impress!

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.

  1. Business professional attire

For women:

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

For men:

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

  1. Business casual

For women:

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

For men:

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!

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What to do with all those toys!

The holidays are over and this year my son’s playroom has been bombarded with new toys. What to do with all those toys! I tried my hardest to tell the grandparents to limit their purchases but the response is always the same, “but he’s our only grandchild”.  As I sit in our playroom I just feel overwhelmed by all the toy clutter!

Now is the perfect to start fresh! 2017 is going to be the year of organization for me, or so I hope. Starting before the year begins gives me a leg up on the goal. I have my boxes ready to tackle the clutter. I enjoy being able to donate my gently used toys to Goodwill knowing that other children will find the same enjoyment out them as mine did.

Don’t just stop at the playroom, my journey takes me beyond toys. I sort through clothes, shoes, mounds of books, stuffed animals and baby items. Getting a leg up on the clutter allows my son to enjoy his new toys and books.

As your children unwrap their holiday toys, think about donated those that aren’t played with anymore to Goodwill.

 

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