May 2021

Businesses, here’s a chance to team up with Goodwill Omaha! We’re currently looking for community partners to contribute to prizes for the Girl Scouts who participate in the 2021 Good Turn for Goodwill donation drive and a prize package for the troop that collects the most donations during the 2021 drive. If your business would like to become a Good Turn for Goodwill partner, contact the development team at Goodwill Omaha.

Calling All Girl Scouts & Troop Leaders!

The annual Good Turn for Goodwill Girl Scout donation drive is an exciting community service project for Girl Scouts in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. This event allows Girl Scouts and their troops to give back to the community by collecting material donations for Goodwill Omaha. The sale of these and other donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores supports our vital employment training, certification, and placement programs and services that help put people to work.

Here’s how: You collect gently used items your friends and family no longer want and donate them to Goodwill Omaha. We sell those items in our retail stores. The proceeds from those sales subsidize our mission programs, which help thousands of people in the Omaha area earn a living, discover independence, and find financial stability.

How Does the Donation Drive Work?

This year is the 35th annual Good Turn for Goodwill Girl Scout donation drive, which will run from May 1 through May 31, 2021. This community service project is open to all Girl Scouts in the Greater Omaha area, providing them a way to give back to the community by collecting material donations, which subsidize Goodwill Omaha’s employment training and placement programs and services.

Troops must have a minimum of five Girl Scouts to be eligible for donation quantity-based prizes. Individual Girl Scouts are welcome to participate independently. All participants will receive a thank-you prize.

Register Online: Use the form below to register as a troop or an individual any time between April 12, 2021, and April 28, 2021. Make sure to include your troop number, so your troop gets credit for its donations.

Donation Receptacles: You may use any bags or boxes you’d like, but you also can simply drop off items at any Goodwill Omaha Retail Store & Donation Center or attended donation center (ADC) location!

Donation Tracking: When you drop off donations, it’s very important to tell the donation center attendant that you are participating in the Good Turn drive and provide them with your troop number. This is how we track your troop’s donations and how you’ll receive patches and prizes. If the donation center attendant doesn’t know your troop number, we won’t know who donated the items! If someone else drops items off for you, make sure they know your troop number and leave it with the donation center attendant.

Donation Drive Period: The Good Turn for Goodwill donation drive runs for one month in the spring. Donations can be dropped off at any Goodwill Omaha Retail Store & Donation Center location between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Prizes and patches will be distributed the first week in June.

Recognition and Prizes: Following the completion of this service project, each registered, participating Girl Scout will receive a Good Turn patch and thank-you prize. At the end of the donation drive period, we’ll hold three raffle drawings for special prizes for your whole troop. To be entered into the grand prize raffle, you must sign up before the drive starts and donate at least once during the donation drive period.

How Your Efforts Help: You collect donations of gently used items and bring them to a Goodwill Omaha Retail Store & Donation Center. Goodwill sells those donated items in our retail stores, and the money from those sales subsidizes Goodwill Omaha’s employment programs, which help thousands of people in Omaha and surrounding communities find long-term jobs so they can earn a living, discover independence, and find financial stability. Plus, donating to Goodwill is a way to recycle responsibly, so you’re helping your community and the environment!

Registration is currently closed.

Thank you for your participation in the “Good Turn for Goodwill” Girl Scout Donation Drive!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I don’t live in the Omaha area. Can I still participate?

A. Yes, but the items you collect must be donated at a Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Center in our territory (Omaha, Council Bluffs, Gretna, Papillion, Bellevue, Fremont, Blair). To see the locations available to drop off donations, please click here.

Q. Should I register as a troop or individual?
A. Please register as one or the other, not both. If you’re participating as a troop, we’ll need to know how many Girl Scouts are in your troop so we order the correct number of patches. If you register as an individual, then we’ll only order one patch.

Q. Can I participate if my troop doesn’t want to but I do?
A. Yes! Any Girl Scout can participate. Just register online as an individual and list your name and address.

Q. Does my troop have to drop off their donations as a troop or can my Girl Scouts donate independently at different times?
A. Girl Scouts can drop off donations as a troop, individually or in small groups with their parents. Please be sure to give your troop number to the Goodwill Omaha donation door attendant. If you don’t provide your troop information to the attendant, then the donation may not be counted toward your troop.

Q. Can my Girl Scouts drop off donations at different Goodwill retail stores?
A. Yes! You may bring donations to any Goodwill Omaha Retail Store & Donation Center location during this event. Please click here for our locations.

Q. How many volunteers can I have helping my troop?
A. You may have as many volunteers help out as you want. REMEMBER: If you have multiple individuals dropping off donations, be sure to leave your troop number with the donation center attendant so it’s counted toward your troop!

Q. How many donations do we have to collect?
A. Girl Scouts may collect as many donations as they would like. Some troops even clean out closets and storage areas in their own homes and bring those donations to Goodwill! Of course, we encourage each troop to be as active as possible. The more donations we receive, the more people Goodwill Omaha can help.

Q. When do we begin collecting donations?
A. You may collect donated items whenever it’s convenient for you. All donations may be brought to any Goodwill Omaha Retail Store & Donation Center location during the drive period between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday

Q. What if a household donates a large item that we’re unable to transport?
A. You DO NOT have to accept any donated item that is too big. Politely remind donors that they may take these items directly to a Goodwill Omaha Retail Store & Donation Center location. You also may leave donors your troop number so when they return with their large items, your troop gets the credit!

Other Questions? Please contact Goodwill Omaha’s development team.

Goodwill Omaha’s Employment Programs and Services

Goodwill provides opportunities through a variety of employment programs, including the following:

YouthBuild AmeriCorps: Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor, YouthBuild is for disadvantaged and at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 years old who have struggled in school. YouthBuild participants receive construction education and training, earn their GED, and receive leadership training and ongoing support from Goodwill’s team.

Employment Solutions: Goodwill’s Employment Solutions program is designed to help anyone in the community, including those with disabilities and other disadvantages, get the job training, certification and skills they need. Then, Goodwill Omaha helps place them in long-term jobs and provides ongoing support and retention services.

Work Experience: Goodwill’s Work Experience program offers special-education students nearing the completion of high school the opportunity to gain exposure to work situations in supportive environments, improving their chance of successful job placement after high school.

AbilityOne: Goodwill’s AbilityOne program provides part-time job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in supportive, team-oriented work environments at several federal properties, including Offutt Air Force Base, the Zorinsky Federal Building in Omaha and the Denney Federal Building in Lincoln.