Donations Through Omaha Gives! Support Goodwill Employment Services

Donations Through Omaha Gives! Support

Goodwill Employment Services

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On Wednesday, May 23, the Omaha metro came together to support local nonprofit agencies through Omaha Gives!—an event hosted by the Omaha Community Foundation. Omaha Gives! is a year-round, online giving campaign with the mission of growing community-based  philanthropic efforts in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. Each May, a 24-hour online giving event is held to celebrate nonprofits. All nonprofits in the Omaha metro from small startups to seasoned organizations are given the opportunity to participate and receive donations.

This year marked the 6th annual Omaha Gives! philanthropy event. Just this year alone, our community came together to support 970 nonprofits and raised over $7.4 million. Goodwill Omaha has participated in Omaha Gives! since 2013 and has raised over $125,000 total for our mission programs. During the 2018 Omaha Gives! campaign, Goodwill had 36 supporters who who generously donated over $9,800. The funds raised in 2018 will directly support our Employment Ready and Business Solutions programs.

Through these programs, we can serve anyone in our community, regardless of qualifying criteria, and help them prepare for and find meaningful employment. Anyone in need of employment assistance in the Omaha Metro area can come to Goodwill and receive assistance.

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Programs Supported

Employment Ready staff provided nearly 17,000 services to program participants in the past year- ranging from practice interviews, to criminal history abatement, to employability skills before and after hire.

Business Solutions is the second program related to this initiative. Business Solutions takes the same approach as Employment Ready, but focuses those efforts on employers, rather than job seekers. Our Business Solutions staff specializes in identifying the hiring needs in our city, and matching those needs with the people we serve.

Employment Ready and Business Solutions staff work together seamlessly within Goodwill.  Employment Ready values the job development efforts that Business Solutions maintains in the community, as it allows them to concentrate on job readiness.  Business Solutions needs work-ready people to fill employer needs. We’ve designed these two programs so that they operate in a connected but independent way—providing the best services to people and businesses alike.

Thank You!

We are so thankful for the generosity of those in our community who stand behind our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training and work. As always, it is truly amazing to see Omaha come together and support all of it’s wonderful nonprofits!

Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support our mission. To find out more about our mission and programs, click here.

Save the date for next year’s giving day on May 22, 2019! Or click here to give year-round.

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Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Draw the curtains and let the sun shine in because it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Wondering where to start or what to do with those household items you can’t wait to move on from?  We will be sharing some helpful tips on how and what to clean; along with getting the most out of your spring cleaning endeavors.

Science Behind Spring Cleaning  

Do you sometimes wonder why so many of us have the urge to tidy up or do our most detailed cleaning this time of year? You can thank biology for that. HowStuffWorks’ blog post Why Do We Traditionally Clean Our Homes At the Beginning of Spring explains that due to lack of sunlight exposure our bodies produce a hormone called melatonin that causes sleepiness in humans. Research shows that as the days grow longer and we are exposed to more sunlight we have more energy. Hence the reason we become more active in the warmer sun drenched months. With your replenished energy supply, you are free to tackle all of those cleaning and organizing tasks that have been pushed aside over the winter months.

Clean Slate

Cleaning SuppliesMost of us know that during winter months dust tends to settle and allergens can be trapped indoors due to lack of air movement and fresh air entering our homes. A great place to start your cleaning is dusting every nook and cranny. If you are a new homeowner or renter, try finding guidelines for your spring cleaning while tailoring them to your living space. HGTV has provided what seems like a fool-proof cleaning list to help guide you and ensure your home is left spotless. Click here to view their easy to follow cleaning checklist. We suggest keeping lists like this on hand year round. Consistently cleaning your home throughout the year will significantly lessen the amount of work you have to do come next spring.

Let’s Talk Minimalism.

Minimalism is growing in popularity. Some consider it just another bandwagon fad, yet others consider it a lifestyle choice. Those who have chosen to live with a more minimal mindset claim to be freed from the control of material items. In the end those individuals find they have less to clean and take care of. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus expand upon minimalism and give helpful advice on how to live minimally on their website The Minimalists. Maybe you have thought about living a minimal lifestyle, your wardrobe could be a great place to start. If you decide to make a switch towards minimalism, you can donate your unwanted items to your local Goodwill.

At Goodwill Omaha the items you donate are either sold in our retail stores, or recycled. Keeping thousand of pounds of goods from going into the landfills. The sales from your donations directly support the employment services and programs we provide. In 2017 our employment services and mission programs served 1,797 people.

Declutter and Donate

A large part of spring cleaning is decluttering your space. Naturally, some areas of our home tend to become more cluttered than others. Trying to tackle clutter can be quite overwhelming for some of us. You’ll probably want to set up quick, efficient tasks similar to these tasks that Good Housekeeping has listed. Doing so will help guide you toward the end results you are seeking. We suggest going through the areas listed below and setting aside all of the items you no longer need, use, or want.

Spring Clean

  • Closets (clothing, linen, etc.)
  • Junk Drawers
  • Office Space
  • Pantries
  • Storage Rooms
  • Garage

 

Click here to view Goodwill Omaha’s acceptable donations guideline. You can donate those items at any of our conveniently located donation pods or donation centers. To find the location nearest you, click here.


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Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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Spring Into Your New Look

Spring Into Your New Look

Spring is here and we will be seeing brighter days soon—though it may not seem true with this unpleasant April weather. Nonetheless it is time to start unpacking our spring clothes. You’ll most likely want to take some time to analyze your wardrobe. Are you holding onto garments that have served you well but now need a new home? What pieces are you missing from your selection to update your look? Today we’re going to share our newest addition to our Look Book—giving you some inspiration on how to update your spring wardrobe.

Spring Forward and Let Go.

Many of us hold onto things much longer than needed. Realizing what can go and what can stay in your closet will help you assess your needs for the upcoming seasons. The blog post Closet Hacks: How to Know When It’s Time to Donate Your Clothes gives you some good ideas on how to easily say goodbye to that pair of denim that you haven’t worn in two years. There’s probably at least one item in all of our closets that we haven’t touched in quite some time. Is it really worth keeping or could you benefit from something new in its place? This is the perfect time to evaluate your wardrobe and take out the old to bring in the new.

For those who are environmentally conscious—donating to Goodwill will keep your clothing out of the landfills. By donating to any of Goodwill’s conveniently located donation centers, you are directly supporting our programs in the community. Click here to find a donation center in your neighborhood.  

Dress Your Hangers.

First you need to evaluate your wardrobe and pinpoint your needs for the upcoming season. As a result, you will have some shopping to do! In our Spring Look Book we have put together some outfits that will have you ready for any occasion.  Click here to view our top picks for this season.

White Sweater Tank - Brown Wide Leg Pant            Tassel Necklace

One great benefit to shopping at Goodwill is that you can fully stock and expand upon your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Plus, you won’t feel so guilty come next year when you’re ready to move on to something else. You’ll be able to get a handful of items at the same price as one new item at the mall.

There are plenty of savvy shoppers out there who take full advantage of thrift markets. Likewise, we suggest you join in on the fun and savings. Shopping at your local Goodwill directly supports our programs and services in the community. Click here to learn more about the programs and services we provide to the Omaha metro and surrounding communities.

Mix and Match.

Finding garments that are versatile is a key component to building a great wardrobe. We suggest buying some staple garments that make you look and feel great. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down; primary, versatile clothing is a must for all wardrobes. Satisfy yourself. Focus on what works for you instead of constantly seeking the next best thing on all the online fashion sites. Doing so will give your wardrobe the substance you may be seeking. Check out The 9 Most Versatile Closet Staples to see what every woman needs in their closet. Not so fast gentlemen. Having versatile, staple pieces of clothing in your wardrobe applies to you as well. Here are 21 Things Every Man Should Have in His Closet. Take it from the gents at GQ, you’ll be thanking them later.

Items found in these blogs are just some of the styles you should be looking for at your local thrift store. By no means do you need to go spend hundreds of dollars on one single item to get these looks. Visit your favorite Goodwill retail location. Often while keeping your eyes peeled for good finds; you will almost always be able to find items that fall into these categories for a much better price. Keep in mind that our Look Book and other articles posted here are just guides to help inspire your creativity. Be yourself and embrace your own personal style—wear it with confidence.


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Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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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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