Community Partner Feature: Lincoln Literacy

With Goodwill’s support, Lincoln Literacy helps refugee parents acquire the skills crucial to finding and keeping a job while assisting their children in school

With support from Goodwill Industries, Lincoln Literacy is helping the city’s refugee and immigrant parents acquire the gateway skills of English language literacy, setting them on the path to becoming self-sufficient breadwinners.
 
In partnership with Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and others, Lincoln Literacy volunteer tutors and staff teachers carry out family literacy at ten locations, with the aim of helping refugee parents and children succeed on the job market and at school. The most recent addition has been McPhee Elementary, where instructors work with refugee parents from Burma while their children participate in enrichment learning activities with LPS teachers. In January, LPS and Lincoln Literacy will team up to offer a similar program at Belmont Elementary.
 
In addition to receiving classroom instruction on speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing English, program participants take part in educational field trips that enable them to apply literacy skills and learn about the community. For example, this year, Lincoln Literacy’s instructors led the group from Burma through Russ’s Market, where the families learned about nutrition, food choices and the layout of the grocery store.
 
Lincoln Literacy, which has been working to strengthen the community by teaching English and literacy skills to immigrants and refugees since 1972, started its family literacy program, known as FLAIR, ten years ago. Since then, more than 200 children a year, and their parents, have benefited from the program. In all, Lincoln Literacy has served over 1,160 people this year.

To fulfill its mission of strengthening the community through language and literacy services, the nonprofit organization relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to provide more than 50 free English classes per week for people ranging in age from two to 78. Lincoln Literacy delivers individual tutoring, helps businesses retain workers, and boosts children’s ability to succeed in school and adults’ ability to thrive on the job. Learn more at www.lincolnliteracy.org.
 
Each year, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Inc. provides financial support to Lincoln Literacy and other nonprofits whose activities align with Goodwill’s mission of helping willing workers find employment and maximizing community resources. Goodwill provides services – such as employment and soft skills training and a job matching program – to individuals who face barriers to finding jobs.

The sale of donated goods is Goodwill’s largest source of funding. Community members can support Goodwill by donating gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org.  

Goodwill Hosts Live Radio Remote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2017

Goodwill® Hosts Live Radio Remote


Lincoln, NE—Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is hosting a live radio remote with Matt McKay from KFRX 106.3 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vine Street Location, 4555 Vine Street, Lincoln, Neb., 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. Donations to Goodwill also help fund 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 will have segments on the radio with Matt.

“We are thrilled to share this event with the public,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator for Goodwill. “Not only is it a time to bring out the family for a fun afternoon, but it’s a great time to hear from our program leaders about the awesome work they do because of funding from Goodwill.”

The event will also include free Boss’s Pizza, face painting for kids, and the chance to win prizes from these local businesses: Escape Room, Defy Gravity, Raising Canes, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Ace Hardware, Mellow Mushroom, Olive Garden, the Lincoln Stars Hockey, Yogurtini, Upstream Brewing Company, SouthPointe Pavilions, Corky Canvas, Lost in Fun, Outback Steakhouse, Sun Valley Lanes, Blue Sushi, Papa John’s, Taco John’s Jimmy John’s and more. The 10 for $10 Clothing Sale will also be happening, that means up to 10 pieces of clothing for only $10. Clothing with yellow tags and housewares with blue tags will be 50% off at all Lincoln and York Goodwill locations!   

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is a not-for-profit with a mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Goodwill serves the Lincoln community through programs that train individuals with barriers to employment and help them find paying work. Additionally, Goodwill contributes to ecological balance through massive recycling efforts of unsaleable 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-deductble financial donations. Revenue for Goodwill comes from a variety of sources. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org.  

Contact
Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
(402) 438-2022 ext. 118
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SAVE ON NEW SPRING FASHION ARRIVALS AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING BON-TON STORES’ GOODWILL SALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2017

SAVE ON NEW SPRING FASHION ARRIVALS AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING BON-TON STORES’ GOODWILL SALE
Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores Accepting Clothing Donation for Goodwill® March 15-April 1

Lincoln, NE — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers Lincoln stores invites the community to participate in its Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska donation drive during the company’s semi-annual Goodwill Sale, which begins Wednesday, March 15 through Saturday, April 1. During the 18-day event, customers can drop off bags of donated goods during their visit to any Bon-Ton department store and receive coupons for up to 30 percent off on new fashions. It’s a great time to do some spring cleaning and put those items no longer needed to good use by donating them to Lincoln Goodwill.

The community is encouraged to get involved by donating items such as ladies, kids and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes, luggage and household textiles. Customers’ donations, collected during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, will be sold in Goodwill’s 5stores and the revenues will create employment training, skills development, education and job placement for people in the Lincoln Community. In return for each and every item donated to Goodwill, Bon-Ton customers receive generous coupons for up to 30 percent on apparel and 15 percent on cosmetics and fragrances to use in-store and online. It’s the perfect time to save on the new spring fashion arrivals, designer brands, shoes, accessories, home décor, beauty brands and nearly everything in the store. The Goodwill Sale coupons can be used on regular and sale priced items making this event the best sale of the season.

“Donations are vital in helping Goodwill provide the job training and career related services such as résumé preparation and skills training that people need to find employment and build their careers,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska. “Bon-Ton customers can take pride in knowing that their donations are fueling a social enterprise that is helping people earn jobs in their community.”

Local Goodwill organizations across the U.S. and The Bon-Ton family of department stores have partnered for the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale for 23 years. Customers eagerly anticipate the event, which represents the largest and longest-standing cause partnership and department store donation drive for Goodwill in the United States.

“March is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe and home. By making a donation to Goodwill you not only receive discounts on new spring arrivals at Bon-Ton, you’re doing good for your community,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is one of our favorite events of the year because it demonstrates Bon-Ton’s commitment to our communities.”

In 2016, donations received during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale helped Goodwill collectively provide 592,000 hours of job placement and training in local communities. In addition, Lincoln Goodwill collected 12,684 of pounds of donations. Lincoln Goodwill used the revenue from the sale of those donations to provide services such as career counseling, computer training, financial education, mock interviews, resume preparation, and job search advice.

For customers who would like to contribute in a different way, they may make a $1 donation in-store or online to receive additional Goodwill Sale event coupons. For more information about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale and how to enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, visit bonton.com/goodwill.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 263 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. 
For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle. 


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 www.lincolngoodwill.org.

CONTACT:
Christine Hojnacki
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
Phone: (414) 347-5329
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Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska
402-438-2022 ext. 118
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