Giving, Collaborating and Celebrating this Giving Tuesday

Giving, Collaborating and Celebrating this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that encourages people to do good. In nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people year-round. This year, Giving Tuesday takes place on November 30, 2021, and kicks off the giving season.

For 89 years, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska has been strengthening the Lincoln community by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment. Through the power of work, Goodwill strives to give individuals the tools and information to become successful. Additionally, Goodwill provides annual funding to the following community partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln, YWCA, The Community Justice Center, and Lincoln Literacy.

“At Goodwill, we live our mission every day by strengthening our communities and helping people achieve their full potential through learning and employment services,” said Anne-Marie Maher, Communications Director at Goodwill. “Never has this movement been more critical than today. We’re pleased to do our part and participate in this global effort to create local impact.”

In 2020, at least $2.47 billion was donated in 24 hours in the U.S. alone, with 13% of the adult population participating by offering gifts of time, skills and money, as well as countless acts of kindness inspired by the movement.

When you shop at Goodwill, the revenue is used toward creating employment and job training opportunities in the Lincoln community. Last year alone, Goodwill shoppers 2,803 individuals gain access to employment services. It is easy to make a tax-deductible financial gift to Goodwill on Giving Tuesday by visiting https://lincolngoodwill.org/donate/monetary-donations/.

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To learn more about Giving Tuesday participants and activities or to join the global generosity movement, visit: www.givingtuesday.org and www.givingtuesdayspark.org or find Giving Tuesday on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share that you’re participating using #GivingTuesday in your social media posts.

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Goodwill Celebrates America Recycles Day with a Focus on Textiles

Goodwill Celebrates America Recycles Day with a Focus on Textiles

By Alana Sesow

Every November 15th since 1994, Americans have celebrated National Recycling Day (also known as America Recycles Day). This annual event encourages others to be more mindful of what they consume and responsibly recycle what they no longer need.

But recycling isn’t limited to just paper, plastic and cardboard; thanks to Goodwill, you can recycle your used textiles, too. Here’s how – and why – we do what we do:

The Impact of Textile Waste

It’s easy to trash the textiles, especially when you don’t see where they go. Unfortunately, nothing thrown away truly goes away.

Every year, the U.S. generates 28 billion pounds of textiles: clothing, bedding, shoes and other items made from woven fabric. Of that 28 billion, the EPA estimates that only 19% is donated or recycled, while the other 81% is landfilled.

These textiles don’t just take up space; they decompose in harmful ways, too. When clothes sit in landfills, they don’t biodegrade. Instead, they emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, which contribute to global warming. Additionally, dyed textiles leach dangerous chemicals into the environment, harming our land, water and air.

The Second Life of Textiles

Fortunately, there are alternatives to the landfill.

Donating your textiles gives them a second chance at life. At Goodwill, gently used textiles are sold in our thrift stores across Southeast Nebraska, while items that are torn, stained or don’t meet our production standards are reused in a number of ways:

  • Sold as baled bundles. Many of the textiles that can’t be sold in Goodwill stores are baled at our warehouse in North Lincoln. Often, the organizations that buy the baled bundles will ship them to third-world countries, where they are used to meet a variety of needs. Some organizations will distribute the materials as they are while others will use the existing parts to create something new (see image above).
  • Used as rags. T-shirts and towels that don’t meet Goodwill production standards are often ripped, turned into cleaning rags and sold in bulk. Occasionally, Goodwill uses these rags to wipe up spills or flooding in our buildings.
  • Repurposed in DIY events. Goodwill’s DIY events are made possible by reusable textiles, craft supplies and other donated materials. For example, our 2021 Halloween Make & Take event provided donated cloth for attendees to use to make fabric pumpkins. At the end of our DIY events, we re-donate the leftovers.

“One thing people might not realize is we recycle all of the textiles we don’t sell,” said Scott Rotert, Operations Coordinator at Lincoln Goodwill. “Nothing goes to the trash.”

Turning Textiles into Jobs

No matter the condition of your textiles, Goodwill will find a job for your donations – and find jobs for people, too. Whether your textiles are sold in our thrift stores or at our warehouse, the revenue we collect funds local employment programs and services. Thanks to your donations, we can continue to operate our Job Connection Center: a free computer lab in our downtown Lincoln store that helps local job seekers with employment-related needs, including resume creation, work clothing vouchers, computer skills and more.

Interested in donating your textiles to Goodwill? Click here to find a donation center near you.

Local Senior Apartment Complex Donates 750 Pounds to Goodwill

Local Senior Apartment Complex Donates 750 Pounds to Goodwill

By Alana Sesow

On Tuesday, October 19th, Capitol View Tower Apartments gave its residents the chance to impact the community without ever leaving the parking lot. In just two hours, residents of the downtown senior apartment complex collected 750 pounds of gently used clothing, electronics and home goods through their Goodwill donation drive.

“Many residents had expressed an interest in wanting to clean out [their] apartment,” said Deb Kallhoff, Resident Service Coordinator for Capitol View Tower Apartments. “However, transportation was an issue.”

So Kallhoff contacted Goodwill to see if they could help.

To save the residents a trip to the retail store, Goodwill helped Kallhoff organize a free, on-site donation drive. This included a two-hour centralized donation pickup in the Capitol View Tower parking lot, during which a Goodwill staff member loaded donations onto the truck as they rolled in. Additionally, Goodwill provided free marketing materials, including flyers and digital images, to help Kallhoff spread the word to residents.

“The whole experience was excellent, from arranging the event to the actual event,” Kallhoff said. “It was all very seamless and easy. Goodwill staff is amazing!”

Most importantly, Kallhoff knew that hosting a Goodwill donation drive wouldn’t just be convenient; it would be rewarding, too. By donating to Goodwill, residents would help local job seekers find employment, regardless of the traditional obstacles they may face. The revenue from Goodwill’s thrift stores in Lincoln and York funds free employment services in Southeast Nebraska, like those offered at Goodwill’s Job Connection Center in downtown Lincoln.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” Kallhoff said. “Residents get to feel good about helping others and the community benefits from the donations.”

Thanks to organizations like Capitol View Tower Apartments, Goodwill can continue to serve local job seekers for years to come. Goodwill would like to thank all its donors, big and small, for making its mission possible.

Want to host your own donation drive? Call 402-742-8456 or email donate@lincolngoodwill.org to get started.