Goodwill® Introduces New Program

Goodwill® Introduces New Program with Lancaster County Corrections


In February, 2014, Goodwill® Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. launched a new program titled Renewed Employment Success with Education and Training, or RESET. In cooperation with the Lancaster County work release program, Goodwill provides support to individuals who have been approved to take part in the work release program. These individuals are willing and able workers who face obstacles in finding appropriate employment due to their past lifestyles and current incarceration barriers.


Once an inmate has been approved by a Judge for the work release program, they may then be referred to Goodwill’s RESET program by their corrections caseworker. The program is aimed at providing hands-on work experience paired with employment programming. In addition to learning Goodwill’s production methods and performing such tasks, RESET participants also complete modules focused on employment and life skills, such as resume writing and money management.


“One of the greatest challenges individuals face once they are released from jail is finding stable employment” said Sarah Murtagh, Employment Services Director for Goodwill. “The RESET program will not only provide work experience while participants are still incarcerated, but teach them the skills necessary to find employment once they are released or maybe even sooner.”


This program “gives me a chance to better myself and prepares me for answering the tough questions when applying for jobs” said program participant Joey.


“This experience will affect me in a great way. I have good resources and new abilities to [help me] succeed in my life” said Dylan, another RESET participant. “This is a great opportunity for inmates to excel and change.” 


For more information about RESET or other services provided by Goodwill, visit

Younkers Goodwill Sale


"Donate Stuff. Create Jobs" at Goodwill® and the Bon-Ton Stores this Spring

Donations at Local Bon-Ton Younkers Stores Support Goodwill’s Mission of Helping People Find and Keep Good Jobs in Communities Across the United States


 As you clean out your closets this spring, set aside the clothing and household textiles you no longer need. Then donate them to Goodwill at your local Younkers store. For each item donated, customers will receive a coupon to purchase the latest spring fashions up to 25 percent off regular and sale prices. The spring Goodwill Sale takes place from March 13 to 29. Coupons may be redeemed at any Younkers.


Donations will then be sold at Goodwill stores within the communities in which they are collected. The revenue from the donation sales will fund job training programs and other community-based services that help people find jobs and care for their families. Just one bag of clothes creates one hour of on-the-job training for someone who needs employment assistance. To date, parent company Bon-Ton customers company-wide have donated more than 95 million items during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale equating to 8.9 million hours of job services to help local members of the community get back to work.


Every year, Goodwill provides employment training, job placement, financial education, youth mentoring and more to millions of people throughout the United States and Canada. The Younkers Goodwill Sale is Goodwill’s largest and longest standing cause partnership and department store donation drive. The sale takes place twice a year, in the spring and fall. The Goodwill Sale has been turning donors into job creators since 1994, helping thousands of people in the Lincoln community.


"Spring is the perfect time to clean out your home and donate the things you no longer need to Goodwill. Donations to Goodwill provide individuals with a fresh start and an opportunity to work in their community," said Joanne Pickrel, CEO of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. "When you support the Younkers Goodwill Sale, you’re helping to create jobs and employment opportunities in your community."


Customers are also invited to visit to learn more about the event and to play the Closet Clean-Out Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card instantly and be entered for the grand prize to win a $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.


"The Bon-Ton family of stores has made a commitment to strengthen our communities and this program exemplifies that mission" said Brendan Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "We are pleased to kick off our 20th year of supporting Goodwill Industries® through our signature Goodwill Sale event."


During the Goodwill Sale, customers can help spread the word about their donations and new purchases using the hashtag #GoodwillSale. Goodwill Industries (@GoodwillIntl) and Bon-Ton Stores (@bonton) will highlight their favorite tweets throughout the campaign.


In September 2013 Goodwill partnered with the Ad Council on its first national multimedia public service announcement (PSA) campaign to encourage Americans to help create jobs in their communities. As millions of people continue to struggle with unemployment, the campaign aims to educate and inspire Americans to help create jobs in their communities by donating clothing and household items to Goodwill. To view the PSAs, visit

Seven Days of Spring Cleaning

Seven Days of Spring Cleaning
Goodwill’s One-Week Guide to Clearing Out the Clutter by Donating


More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all that stuff. As the green movement grows, consumers are increasingly concerned about reusing and recycling. At Goodwill®, we collect used items and put the revenues from their sales toward job training programs and community-based services that can lead to fresh starts for people who are unemployed or underemployed. To get this year’s spring cleaning season off to a fresh start, we’ve compiled the Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, making it easier than ever to clean out your home and make a difference here in Lincoln by donating used goods.


For each day of the week leading up to the first day of spring (March 20), commit to cleaning out just one part of your house and finding something you can donate. At the end of the week, visit the Donate Movement website to calculate just how much of an impact your donations will have. Use the #7DaysofSpringCleaning hashtag to share your spring cleaning adventures with Goodwill and friends.


Day 1: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, before you put on that green sweater, go through your closet and remove any clothing you no longer wear. Donate it to Goodwill. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!


Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.


Day 3: Go through your seasonal holiday décor and donate what you no longer use. That Halloween ghost statue you haven’t displayed since the late 90’s? It’s time to let it go. While you’re going through seasonal items, don’t forget to look through your family’s old Halloween costumes and donate those to Goodwill too.


Day 4: Technology changes fast and many people have tech toys, used computers and computer accessories lying around the house. Goodwill accepts working e-readers, tablets and other electronic items as donations, and our Reconnect partnership with Dell gives you a way to recycle of non-working computers.


Day 5: If you have a home office, see if you have any office supplies that you don’t need. Clear your desk of unneeded backpacks, notebooks or binders—all can be donated to Goodwill.


Day 6: The seven days are almost done! But before you congratulate your decluttering efforts, take a minute to investigate the rest and relaxation or entertainment area in your home. How many DVDs do you own that you’ll probably never watch again? CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, video games—they’re all donate-able.


Day 7: Finally, take one last look at your bookshelf. If your paperbacks have gone the way of the printing press, never fear, you can’t donate your books to Goodwill too.


See…that wasn’t so bad, was it? When we take the right approach, spring cleaning can actually be fun. But more importantly, know that by donating your used items, you’re helping neighbors here in Lincoln set out on a path toward employment. Visit to find the Goodwill donation center nearest you.

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