4 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Goodwill

4 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Goodwill

By Alia Hurst

While Valentine’s Day traditionally celebrates romance, Galentine’s Day (February 13th) honors friendship in all forms. Who else can you call for last-minute outfit input, breakup advice, or to talk about something your partner just doesn’t understand? Celebrate the people who are always there for you with these four ideas from Goodwill: 

1. Host a Galentine’s Brunch

Share a meal with your closest friends and personalize the celebration with thrifted DIYs. For example, Michelle Howell, the creative behind the Vintage Home blog, used a thrifted sweater to create heart placemats. She also thrifted white napkins, folded them in the shape of an envelope and added a wooden heart to it to make it look like a love letter. Small DIY projects add uniqueness to the celebration and could even be a group project before the party itself. If you host, consider thrifting some charming dishware to spice up your party! 

2. Choose a Thrift Challenge

If you aren’t the party-hosting-type, take your friends on a thrifting trip to the nearest Goodwill. Quality time spent looking for hidden gems can be fulfilling on its own. If you want an extra challenge, pick out the classiest or craziest outfits for your besties and go out for a night on the town. 

3. Send a Long-Distance Care Package

Remind your out-of-town friends that the distance between doesn’t distract from the power of their friendship. Thrift a personalized care package from Goodwill! The perfect shirt, pair of earrings, or new household decorations are ideal as they show originality and individualism. 

4. Take Time for Yourself

While Galentine’s Day is about celebrating significant friendships, it is also about celebrating yourself. Putting yourself first is crucial and maintaining a clear mind and a clear space is the first step. Turn on your favorite music, journal to clear your mind, and start a donation box to clear your space. This will help you begin the process of empowering and loving yourself on this important day. 

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Break Up with your Ex’s Stuff and Donate to Goodwill

Break Up with your Ex’s Stuff and Donate to Goodwill

By Alana Sesow

Heartbroken on Valentine’s Day? Satisfy your need for closure (or revenge) by donating your ex’s stuff to Goodwill!

Break up with all of the items that remind you of your ex, from date night outfits to anniversary gifts and everything in between that fits Goodwill’s donation guidelines.* Then, drop the items off at any Goodwill location in Lincoln and York, and we’ll turn your heartbreak into jobs.

Donating to Goodwill is the sweetest revenge. Not only will you get rid of your ex’s stuff once and for all, but you’ll also support job seekers on their journey toward employment. The thrift store revenue from your Goodwill donations helps fund a variety of local employment programs and services, such as our Job Connection Center on 1731 O Street. Thanks to our amazing donors, Goodwill is also able to provide funding to four community partner agencies that align with our mission, “willing workers employed and community resources maximized.”

*All items donated to Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. must be the sole property of the donor. Goodwill is not liable for items donated that do not belong to the individual donating.

Goodwill Celebrates National Technology Day with Sixth Annual Electronics Drive

Goodwill Celebrates National Technology Day with Sixth Annual Electronics Drive

By Alia Hurst

On Saturday, January 7th, 2023, Lincoln Goodwill hosted their sixth annual Electronics Drive at the Vine Street location where over 30 donors recycled 1,023 pounds of donations. From 10AM-2PM, Goodwill encouraged community members to come and donate electronic devices they no longer use. These donations will be resold at any Lincoln or York location or sent to Dell Reconnect to be responsibly refurbished or recycled.

Recycling electronics is a simple activity that makes a huge environmental impact. Globally, humans generate around 40 million tons of electronics every year, which is like throwing away 800 laptops every second. Recycling electronics reduces pollution that would be generated while manufacturing a new product and limits the need to extract valuable and limited resources. Electronic recycling also reduces the energy used in new product manufacturing. In 2021, only 12.5% of e-waste was recycled. Thankfully, Goodwill and Dell Reconnect offer year-round solutions to help minimize e-waste in your community.

Even though the electronics drive has concluded, community members can donate electronic devices in any condition, all year round. Goodwill accepts most devices at any of our stores’ donation drop off locations. We cannot accept televisions or microwaves. To learn more about your environmental impact and more sustainability tips during this New Year, subscribe to Goodwill’s newsletter or follow Goodwill on social media.

How to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions on #DitchDay

How to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions on #DitchDay

By Alia Hurst

Overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions can be tricky to follow through with for an extended amount of time. In fact, studies show that only 9 percent of people actually keep their resolutions past the middle of January. Are you considering ditching yours? To keep yourself from getting overwhelmed, set small and achievable goals that are connected to positive change. Below are some tips on how to make consistent strides in order to find success today.

1. Focus on the process, not the result

Instead of declaring, “I am going to have an organized closet,” think of smaller steps that are going to get you there.  For example, place a box on the floor of your space to be dedicated to donations. When you go through your closet, ask yourself if you wear these items and consider donating them to be worn by someone else. 

2. Set yourself up for success

Make your goal achievable in the short term. You don’t have to reorganize and redecorate your entire home; narrow your “to-do” list by working on one small area (like a desk or a closet) at a time. Doing so will give you a feeling of accomplishment that will motivate you to do more!

3. Connect to your core values

When your personal goal aligns with a cause you care about, you’ll find extra motivation to persevere. For example, donating your used clothing and household goods to Goodwill gives you the satisfaction of helping your fellow community members to attain vital job skills, explore employment opportunities and make a positive social impact. 

4. Find meaningful reasons to change

Being satisfied with who you are, what you do and how you impact people, is what matters. If you aren’t genuinely satisfied, change for that reason and not because a new calendar year has begun. It is important to realize that you can change at any point at any time. Your habits will only change if you put in the work and find the motivation to do so.

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