Fourth Annual Neighborhood Challenge Dates Announced

January 25, 2016
Goodwill® Announces Dates for Fourth Annual Neighborhood Challenge 
Lincoln, NE—Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has announced intentions for the fourth annual Neighborhood Challenge. This year the event will take place between April 1st and July 17th, 2016.
The Neighborhood Challenge is a friendly competition to promote community involvement among the neighborhood associations and organizations of Lincoln. Last year the winning neighborhoods each expressed how they planned to strengthen their community with the prize money which included planting trees along Fletcher Boulevard in the Highlands and sponsoring the portable toilette at Herbert Park in the Meadowlane area. “It’s been really great working with Goodwill. They were very accommodating and made plans that worked best for our neighborhood. Everyone was so helpful, including their truck driver Mark. Goodwill is a great place to donate” said Myrna Coleman of the Highlands Neighborhood Association.
 “We are very excited to kick off this event again and to work with neighborhoods in ways that connect neighborhood members to each other and to Goodwill." said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “The Neighborhood Challenge not only promotes and furthers our mission of serving those who struggle to find work, but also give the neighborhood communities a chance to strengthen their own neighborhoods.” 
Donations to Goodwill fund employment programs for individuals who face barriers to employment as well as help fund other organizations’ employment programs, including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center, and YWCA Job Outfitters. For more information about Goodwill’s Neighborhood Challenge, visit 
About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.’s mission is willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Its programs support individuals with barriers to employment by providing services which equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, thus adding to lower unemployment rates and less reliance on government assistance within the Lincoln community. Additionally, Goodwill contributes to ecological balance through massive recycling efforts of unsalable textiles and other products.
The community can support Goodwill all year long by donating their gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more at
Devin Aksamit, Marketing Specialist 
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
(402) 438-2022 ext. 119
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2015 Public Safety Award Winners

2015 Public Safety Awards Winners Announced

 The Community Justice Center (CJC), announced its Public Safety Award Winners for 2015. Every year stand out businesses and individuals are identified by the Community Justice Center for their commitment and dedication to public safety within the community. For 16 years the CJC has been providing pre-treatment education classes addressing offenders Criminogenic Risk/Needs Factors via Victims Impact and Life Skills Classes. The Community Justice Center, Executive Director Jim Jones noted that “This year’s honorees have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to improve Public Safety in their communities via their powerful work with offenders and we are honored to recognize this year’s Honorees–we all can feel safer due to their work.”                                                                                          

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been identified as the 2015 Public Safety Award Winner in the business category. In addition to Goodwill Industries support of CJC’s “Victims Impact and Life Skills Classes” - Goodwill provides inmates and released individual’s meaningful employment opportunities and soft skills training to assist with their transition back into society as contributing members of the community.   

The 2015 Individual Public Safety Award Winners are: Mary Alley, Parenting Coordinator at Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, Mark Danner, Unit 6 Administrator, Residential Treatment Center Nebraska State Penitentiary, Kevin Oliver, Recreation Manager, Lincoln Correctional Center. Jones added that; “It was tough making the selections this year many Nebraska Department of Corrections employees were deserving but these individuals uniquely demonstrated an ability to “Habilitate” individuals under their supervision while holding them accountable and reducing the likelihood of them re-offending!”

CJC is proud to recognize this year winners – Job Well Done and thank you for your commitment and service to Public Safety!

For more information about the Community Justice Center Award Winners please contact:

Jim Jones, Community Justice Center, 402-429-1050

Declutter and Donate to Goodwill


Families can start now to lower stress and get homes organized for 2016

Now is the time for families to clean out their homes and storage spaces to make room for this past holiday’s presents. There are more than 3,000 Goodwill stores across the United States and Canada that are ready to take donations and sell them in their stores. The revenue generated will fund job training programs and community-based support services for people with barriers to employment.

All Goodwill locations accept donations of clothing, household goods, electronics, computers and accessories, and furniture. Donors should verify what specific items their local Goodwill agency will accept before dropping them off.

“Many people find it difficult to part with their things, but once they do, they find they have alleviated a lot of stress by living in a more organized and neat environment,” said Lorie Marrero, Goodwill spokesperson, founder of the Clutter Diet® and contributing editor to Woman’s Day magazine. “Goodwill provides valuable community services by selling the items you no longer need. You get a tax deduction and experience the rewarding feeling that comes with helping others.”

Lorie has tips for helping people part with items they no longer need:

  • Use the “One In, One Out Rule” to make room for new items. For every new gadget or sweater received, give one to Goodwill.
  • Choose a problem area, like the kitchen or closet, and make it a start-of-year project to clean out.
  • Help children learn the value of giving by organizing their toys and donating some they don’t play with any more to Goodwill.

Goodwill donors can calculate the positive impact of their donation with the Donation Impact Calculator. Users can choose their donations from the drop-down menu, and the calculator will display the impact of that donation on the community. For example, a donation of one bag of clothes provides one hour of résumé preparation assistance for someone who is looking for work and building a career.

“Goodwill provided critical job training services to nearly 10 million people last year,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We could not have done this without the revenues generated at our stores, which all come from selling goods donated by others.”

Donations to Goodwill are tax deductible, but donors should make sure they get their receipts. They should also use reliable resources to help them estimate the value of their donations. Goodwill recommends the website

Click here to find your nearest Goodwill retail and donation center.

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