Lincoln Goodwill Celebrates Annual Goodwill Industries Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2018

When You Shop at Goodwill, You Are Helping Build a Future for People in your Community
Lincoln, NE — From May 6–12, Lincoln Goodwill will celebrate Goodwill Industries Week and the mission impact its work has provided in Lincoln, NE. For 86 years, Lincoln Goodwill has provided skills training, access to credentials and certifications, employment placement and job training, and community-based services for individuals facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities and disadvantages, veterans and military families, older job seekers, and young adults. This year’s theme for the commemoration is Celebrating Our Communities, and Goodwill will focus on showing its appreciation for the communities who support its mission through donating, shopping, volunteering, financially or other means, and the impact they have on Goodwill’s programs and services to transform lives here in Lincoln.

Goodwill is made up of 162 autonomous, community-based nonprofit organizations that provide individuals and families with opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 288,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 65 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services.

“We always look forward to Goodwill Industries Week as a way to celebrate and spread awareness about our mission and its tremendous impact in communities,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator. “This week, we invite people across the United States to celebrate with us by donating items that are no longer used and shop for new favorites, so that we can continue to serve the millions of people who are looking to improve their lives through the power of work.”

Goodwill Industries Week has been observed by local Goodwill organizations for more than 60 years, and it serves as an opportunity to celebrate the communities who support it and raise awareness about the Goodwill mission. Lincoln Goodwill will celebrate by hosting a Community Partner spotlight booth, Monday – Thursday 11AM – NOON at our Apples Way location. Each day one of our partners will be at this booth to share the amazing work they’re doing in our community. We will also be hosting giveaways and surprise events, be sure to follow our Facebook page @LincolnGoodwill to get all the updates!
Visit lincolngoodwill.org to find the nearest Goodwill location, job fair or event, and learn how you can build a better future for someone in your community: http://www.goodwill.org/week.

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:
Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
(402) 438-2022 ext. 118
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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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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