Celebrate the Holidays with Goodwill and Gateway Mall

Celebrate the Holidays with Goodwill and Gateway Mall

By Alana Sesow

The holiday season is just around the corner, and Goodwill is once again celebrating with free community events at Gateway Mall. Mark your calendars for one, two, or all four of the following festive days:

Letters to Santa

Day 1: Sunday, December 4, 10:30AM-11:30AM

Day 2: Saturday, December 17, 3:00PM-5:00PM

Want to send a letter to Mr. Claus himself? Just bring yourself and your wishes to this free workshop, and Goodwill will take care of the rest! Choose a card and decorate it with the craft supplies provided. Before you leave, place your letter in the mailbox, and we’ll ensure it gets to the North Pole. This workshop is made possible by Goodwill’s Bits & Pieces: a section in our stores dedicated to all your crafting needs.

Howl-iday Make & Take Workshop

Day 1: Monday, December 5, 5:00PM-7:00PM

Day 2: Monday, December 12, 5:00PM-7:00PM

Create a dog toy using secondhand textiles from Goodwill! All DIY materials will be supplied for you. Representatives from the Capital Humane Society (December 5) and Revolution Rescue (December 12) will be collecting a variety of items for donation, and attendees are encouraged to donate their finished DIY toys if they wish.

All events will be located in the common area behind Scooter’s. No preregistration required. Visit our Facebook page @LincolnGoodwill to learn more.

About Goodwill: For 90 years, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been strengthening the Lincoln community by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment and by offering residents an outlet for recycling unused household items and clothing. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores remains the largest source of funding for its programs and services. 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.

Goodwill Encourages Sustainability With LPS Green Schools Recognition Program

Goodwill Encourages Sustainability with LPS Green Schools Recognition Program

By Alia Hurst

Thanks to Goodwill and LPS, students and staff can earn points for their school while improving the environment and the Lincoln community. 

Hosting a Goodwill donation drive is one of several activities offered through LPS’s Green Schools Recognition Program.  This program engages staff, students and families by encouraging them to accomplish activities that decrease their school’s carbon footprint. When schools complete activities, they earn sustainability points, and the school with the most points at the end of the year receives $500 in sustainability project funding. 

So far this school year, Goodwill has partnered with Calvert, Morley, McPhee, Lux, Mickle, and Lincoln Southeast, collecting over 600 pounds of gently used items.  Some schools host a drive as a competition between classes while others host exclusive staff drives—either way scheduling a drive with Goodwill is a simple way to gain 10 sustainability points. 

Not only do donation drives help the planet and your school, they also benefit the community.  The revenue from your Goodwill donations is put back into the community by funding a variety of local employment services, reinforcing our mission, “Willing workers employed, community resources maximized.”

The donation drives hosted through LPS usually last 10-12 days. Goodwill provides the desired number of barrels for placement of donations, the marketing materials to promote the drive, and drops off/picks up/empties the barrels on request.  Goodwill accepts most clothing, electronics and home goods.  Visit our “What to Donate” page for a more detailed list of the items we accept. 

To learn more about LPS drives or the other donation services Goodwill offers, call 402-742-8456 or email donate@lincolngoodwill.org.