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.
New 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.
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.
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 fifteen 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!
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 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 2017 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 Monday, November 6, 2017, 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 2015 finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:
Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha
Goodwill’s YouthBuild Omaha program was able to marvel at one of the biggest projects that they had finished throughout the year in the program yesterday.
For over a month, YouthBuild participants had been working on a children’s playhouse called Kid Cafe. The project was a partnership between YouthBuild, The Hope Center for Kids and Builders of the Future. YouthBuild members got the chance to hang out with some of the kids at The Hope Center and were able to talk about the team work that was put in to making the project happen. The toy house was filled with a kids’ kitchen set and an array of toy food items and ingredients.
YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adults ages 16 to 24 years who have struggled with school, many not having a high school diploma, and are looking to make a positive change in their lives. The YouthBuild program combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience. Our goal is to empower YouthBuild participants to become self-sufficient.
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!
White Elephant parties seem to the rage every holiday season. Some years I am just at a loss for what to get for them. You can’t go wrong with getting the safe gifts like that $5 gift card to a coffee house but for those of you that are looking to get more creative this season let Goodwill help you come up with some great gift ideas.
- Hula hooping Santa, because you just need one!
- A sassy coffee mug
- A golf frame, for the avid golfer
- The mini leg lamp, just a classic
Those are just some ideas. Goodwill is filled with treasures to make your White Elephant party a blast.
Looking for some easy steps to help you write your resume? Look no further!
- Simple easy to read layout. Stick with a font like Times New Roman or Calibri which are easy to read both in print and on a computer screen. Use a simple layout, you can have your name in a larger bolder font, your previous employers and titles.
- List your previous employers in reverse chronological order. Keep your most recent job as the first job on your list and then work backwards.
- When writing about your previous positions, list things that you did instead of tasks. Example- interacted daily with customers while providing answers to questions. Instead of did customer service.
Our READY program provides free one-on-one job readiness services, as well as employability skills workshops and computer classes. One-on-one staff attention allows READY to help individuals with their job readiness needs. Goodwill has partnered with a number of nonprofits in the community to offer READY services.
Our READY staff serve these agencies through an array of customizable employment readiness workshops. When a person begins READY services an assessment of needs, goals and abilities is completed. Based on that outcome, either the person continues to work on employability skills with READY, or is referred to Business Solutions for placement services.
To get in contact with one of our READY specialists please contact us at (402) 231-1901 or via email at [email protected]