DIY Halloween Costume Contest

Ultimate DIY Halloween Costume Contest
October 1st – October 30th

Costume Contest Website Article

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is holding its first annual Ultimate DIY Halloween Costume Contest. As a favorite haunt for people who love to dress up for Halloween, Goodwill has what you need to create your very own costume.  Whether scary, funny, or warm and fuzzy, our Goodwill stores are treasure troves for the Do-It-Yourself Costume Creator.
Contestants must purchase at least one item of their costume materials in Goodwill Stores. Just email us a picture of your costume between October 1st and October 15th, and Goodwill employees will choose the top ten best costumes.  Then go to Goodwill's Facebook page between October 22nd and 28th, to vote for your favorite costume. The top 3 entries receiving the most likes and shares will win first, second and third place prizes.  Winners will be announced on October 30th.

So, get those creative juices flowing and go searching our Goodwill Stores for just the right spooky stuff needed to make those costumes!

See below for Contest Rules and Guidelines:

Who Can Enter:
•    Employees and Board Members of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, and the immediate family members of those employees are ineligible.

How You’ll Enter:
•    Show off your best Halloween Costume project! Purchase an item from Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, and use it to create a different Halloween costume (photos only, no videos please).
Eligible photos must be submitted between October 1 – October 15, 2017.
•    Email costume submission photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Included in your submission must be your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Failure to include all of the information will result in disqualification from the contest.

Rules & Guidelines:
•    One entry per person. If you submit multiple entries, Goodwill reserves the right to pick which of your entries will move on for voting.
•    A single photo should be submitted as a .jpeg or .png file to ensure successful upload.
•    Photos, and costumes created, need to remain tasteful; anything deemed otherwise may not be eligible for voting. Goodwill Industries reserves the right not to allow a photo through if, in its sole discretion, is deemed inappropriate.
•    At least one item of the contestant's "costume” must be from any of our participating Goodwill Stores.
•    The winner will be selected by judges appointed for the purpose by Goodwill Industries. Their decision is final.
•    Goodwill Industries reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.
•    Sponsors are not responsible for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry, winner or other contest information by Sponsor or entrants for any reason whatsoever.
•    Sponsors are also not responsible  for any injury or damage to any entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any  materials in the contest or for entries that are late, misdirected or incomplete.
•    All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.


•    Voting will run October 22 – October 28, 2017.
•    Visit Lincoln Goodwill’s Facebook page to vote for a photo, you must BOTH like and share the photo.  
•    Each person may only cast their vote once.
•    The top 3 entries with the most votes will be determined on October 30, 2017. Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska will award a first, second and third place prize.
•    Goodwill reserves the right to pull additional entries as finalists, regardless of online votes, if they see fit.
•    The winner will be announced on the Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Facebook page, Twitter page, Instagram page and website on October 30, 2017.

•    First Place prize - a $150 Goodwill gift card, a $100 Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Gift Certificate card and a $50 Lowe’s gift card.
•    Second Place prize - $100 Goodwill gift card, a $50 Applebee’s Restaurant Gift Certificate and a $25 Ace Hardware’s gift card.
•    Third Place prize - $50 Goodwill gift card, and a $35 Raising Cane’s gift card

Odds of Winning:
Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
This contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. The Sponsors accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by or resulting from the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize awarded hereunder.

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Goodwill recognizes that services provided by peer agencies prepare people served by Goodwill to better succeed in Goodwill’s employment programs. It is with this understanding that Goodwill provides funding to colleague agencies to help with their own programs that align with Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized.


Since 2012, over $300,000 has been granted to these local organizations:

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Every month, a different Goodwill program or partner agency is featured at the retail stores. The change donations earned through the Change Here, Change There round up program goes towards the cost of these grants as well as other services Goodwill provides. The total impact is calculated annually and available in Goodwill's annual report. Information about this year's earnings will be available in the 2015 Annual Report.


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Free donation pick ups are available within Lincoln and Waverly city limits for large furniture items that do not fit in a passenger vehicle. Some items are excluded from these pick ups. For more information, call (402) 438-2022.


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Retail: Applicants for this position must fill out the online application and then attend the open interview. Interviews are held Mondays at 3 pm and Wednesdays at 10 am at 2100 Judson Street. York interviews are held every Thursday at 2:30 pm at 512 N. Grant Avenue, York, NE.

All other positions: Applications for all other positions should fill out the online application. If the position announcement requires, please submit a cover letter and resume as directed. These individuals will be notified by phone if their application is selected.

If you feel you meet the Goodwill requirements and expectations, please fill out the online application.

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Upon request to (402) 438-2022 Goodwill will provide reasonable accommodation(s) for individuals with disabilities to assist in completing the online application process.



Group Interviews and Change Counting


Once the application is completed all applicants are invited to attend an interview which includes counting change (see Change Counting for more details). Please plan accordingly, the interview is open to the first 10 applicants who arrive and may last up to 2 hours.

Applicants for Administrative positions will be contacted for further instructions.

Lincoln interviews are held on Mondays at 3 pm and Wednesdays at 10 am at 2100 Judson Street, Lincoln, NE.

York interviews are held each Thursday at 2:30 pm at 512 N. Grant Avenue, York, NE.

Change Counting

All retail applicants must demonstrate change counting skills during an interview. If you are looking to improve your skills please attend one of Goodwill’s change counting classes. For details on class times, visit the calendar page where a schedule is posted. Click here to see a quick change counting how to video.


All newly hired employees will attend Goodwill Academy, a four-week training program for new hires. Hours are 12-5 pm or 5:30-8:30 pm for the first three days. The rest of the four-week training schedule will be individually assigned, evenings and weekends included. Upon completion of Retail Academy more specific information will be provided.



Upcoming Events


10/23/17 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


10/24/17 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm


10/25/17 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Class Schedule

Change Counting Class: Every other Thursday at 3 p.m. (See Events Calendar)

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