UNL Students Donate to Goodwill®

UNL Students Donate to Goodwill® - Nearly 20,000 Pounds of Materials Diverted from Local Lincoln Landfill

For the last 10 years every Spring students who are preparing to move out of the resident halls at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln have been given the option to leave behind items they do not wish to move back home by leaving them in carts set up throughout UNL’s resident halls. The carts, marked as donations for Goodwill, remain at the resident halls for 2 weeks at the end of the Spring semester. This May, hundreds of students donated nearly 20,000 pounds of clothing, housewares and small furniture items to Goodwill.

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. would like to thank the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for offering their students an ecological outlet for disposing of their unwanted items and for supporting Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Because of UNL’s support over the last decade, tens of thousands of pounds of materials have been diverted from the Lincoln landfill.

“Goodwill’s relationship with UNL has been so important to us, not only because of all the items we collectively are able to keep from the landfill, but because the revenue made from donations Goodwill is able to sell help support our organization and allow us to serve individuals in Lincoln who struggle to find employment” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. “We look forward to continuing this relationship with UNL and serving the Lincoln community together.”

Goodwill Celebrates Partner Agencies

Goodwill® Hosts Live Radio Remote to Celebrate Partner Agencies

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is hosting a live radio remote with KFRX on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from one to three in the afternoon at the Vine Street Location, 4555 Vine Street, Lincoln, NE, 68503.

This is an opportunity for the community to meet and learn more about the partner agencies Goodwill works with. Donations to Goodwill help fund employment programs for individuals who face barriers to employment as well as other organizations’ employment programs, including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center, and YWCA Job Outfitters.Representatives from all of Goodwill’s partner agencies will be in attendance and give interviews on the radio.

The event will also include free popcorn, face painting for kids, and a drawing for 3 $25 gift cards to Goodwill. This weekend is the 10 for $10 Clothing Sale at all Lincoln and York Goodwill locations as well!  

“We are excited to share this opportunity with our customers and the public,” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “This will be a fun activity for the family and a great chance to hear from other non-profits about the awesome work they do because of funding from Goodwill.”

National Volunteer Week

Goodwill® Announces Recognition of 2015 National Volunteer Week

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. announced plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week, a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

Goodwill understands the value of volunteering and encourages and offers incentives to its employees who donate their time to other organizations in the community. During this week, Goodwill will be offering appreciation to all of its volunteers.

Goodwill also plans to end the celebration of National Volunteer Week by participating in the UNL Big Event. “This event helps bring awareness to community service and shows Lincoln how simple it is to start volunteering” says Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln more than 2,500 students, faculty, and staff will volunteer and give thanks to Lincoln this spring as part of The Big Event. The organization is entirely student-run and funded by donations from the community. As described in The Big Event’s core values, community is not simply viewed as a place to live but an opportunity to create meaningful relationships and give to something greater.

If you would like to volunteer at Goodwill individually or with a group please see www.lincolngoodwill.org for volunteer information. If interested in a group project please contact Katye at (402) 438-2022 ext. 108 to assist in your project planning.

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