Make Back-To-School Season Donation Time With Goodwill®


For school supplies and clothes, it’s out with the old, in with the new

As families gear up for the new school year, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is urging shoppers in Lincoln to think about incorporating a donation strategy into their back-to-school shopping plans. By donating used household goods, clothing and school supplies from last year, families can make room for the new, and help put people in our community back to work at the same time.

“Take a holistic approach to your back-to-school shopping this year by donating your items and also getting some new things for you and your family at Goodwill” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “For busy families this back-to-school season, Goodwill is a one-stop shop that saves you money and benefits the community.”

Families can rummage through their closets and dressers for all the clothes, shoes and accessories their kids have outgrown, round up these items and donate them to Goodwill. After donating, don’t forget to take a walk through the store for affordable new finds! Whether it’s picking up furnishings for their college dorm or a backpack for the first day of kindergarten, you’ll find it at Goodwill. Not only will you send your kids back to school in style, you’ll do so while slashing your seasonal shopping budget in half.

With the simple act of donating (and clearing out the clutter that seems to be continuously growing in our homes), you’ll help create jobs in your community. The sales from your donations will help fund employment placement, job training, and services to individuals with barriers to employment. You’ll be joining more than 90 million donors across the country who contributed to Goodwill, making lives better for millions of individuals and families.

First Round Winners of the Neighborhood Challenge

Goodwill® Congratulates First Round Winners of the Third Annual Neighborhood Challenge

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. kicked off the start of summer once again with the third annual Neighborhood Challenge, which began May 1 and continues through September 19. The five month long event is a friendly competition between the neighborhoods of Lincoln, NE and promotes community involvement through neighborhood cleanups and garage sales. The Challenge is divided into two rounds. The top two neighborhoods in each round that collect the most items to be donated to Goodwill receive cash prizes to invest back into the community projects of their choosing.

Five neighborhoods participated in the First Round, which ended July 11, and collectively donated over 18,000 pounds of miscellaneous clothing, furniture, and household items to Goodwill. The first and second place winners of this round were the Highlands Neighborhood Association and the Meadowlane Area Residents’ Association, respectively.

Each of the five neighborhoods that participated collected over 3,000 pounds of donations, which made this competition the closest it has ever been. Because all the neighborhoods were within a few hundred pounds of each other, a small cash prize was awarded to each for their efforts and hard work.

The donations made to Goodwill help fund employment based programs operated by Goodwill and also help fund other organizations’ employment programs, including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center, and YWCA Job Outfitters.

“Goodwill continually strives to strengthen the Lincoln community through our programming, support of other local non-profits, and our recycling efforts,” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “This is a unique way for Goodwill to share its mission and promote community while supporting individual neighborhoods’ visions of their own stronger community.”

The Second Round began July 12 and continues through September 19. Neighborhoods interested in more information or would like to have Goodwill present at their neighborhood cleanups and/or garage sales can register at goodwill-neighborhood-challenge.

Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been informed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) that it has been accredited for a period of three years for its Organizational Employment Services program. “The ROE program demonstrates the embodiment of person-centered and customized employment principles…” stated the survey report compiled by CARF.

This accreditation outcome, which represents the highest level of accreditation, is awarded to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of the standards established by CARF. In addition, Goodwill was commended for its efforts to identify and address the social service needs of the area it serves and efficiently and effectively uses revenue generated by its retail stores to enhance those efforts to meet the needs of the community. An organization receiving a three-year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. Further, an organization accredited for three years clearly indicates that present conditions represent an established pattern of total operations that is likely to be maintained or improved in the foreseeable future.

The latest action marks the eighth consecutive three-year Accreditation outcomes awarded to Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. by CARF, an international accrediting body.

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