Lincoln Journal Star
Sunday, March 21, 2014
Lincoln Journal Star
Sunday, March 21, 2014
Goodwill® Introduces New Program with Lancaster County Corrections
In February, 2014, Goodwill® Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. launched a new program titled Renewed Employment Success with Education and Training, or RESET. In cooperation with the Lancaster County work release program, Goodwill provides support to individuals who have been approved to take part in the work release program. These individuals are willing and able workers who face obstacles in finding appropriate employment due to their past lifestyles and current incarceration barriers.
Once an inmate has been approved by a Judge for the work release program, they may then be referred to Goodwill’s RESET program by their corrections caseworker. The program is aimed at providing hands-on work experience paired with employment programming. In addition to learning Goodwill’s production methods and performing such tasks, RESET participants also complete modules focused on employment and life skills, such as resume writing and money management.
“One of the greatest challenges individuals face once they are released from jail is finding stable employment” said Sarah Murtagh, Employment Services Director for Goodwill. “The RESET program will not only provide work experience while participants are still incarcerated, but teach them the skills necessary to find employment once they are released or maybe even sooner.”
This program “gives me a chance to better myself and prepares me for answering the tough questions when applying for jobs” said program participant Joey.
“This experience will affect me in a great way. I have good resources and new abilities to [help me] succeed in my life” said Dylan, another RESET participant. “This is a great opportunity for inmates to excel and change.”
For more information about RESET or other services provided by Goodwill, visit http://lincolngoodwill.org/programs-and-services/.
"Donate Stuff. Create Jobs" at Goodwill® and the Bon-Ton Stores this Spring
Donations at Local Bon-Ton Younkers Stores Support Goodwill’s Mission of Helping People Find and Keep Good Jobs in Communities Across the United States
As you clean out your closets this spring, set aside the clothing and household textiles you no longer need. Then donate them to Goodwill at your local Younkers store. For each item donated, customers will receive a coupon to purchase the latest spring fashions up to 25 percent off regular and sale prices. The spring Goodwill Sale takes place from March 13 to 29. Coupons may be redeemed at any Younkers.
Donations will then be sold at Goodwill stores within the communities in which they are collected. The revenue from the donation sales will fund job training programs and other community-based services that help people find jobs and care for their families. Just one bag of clothes creates one hour of on-the-job training for someone who needs employment assistance. To date, parent company Bon-Ton customers company-wide have donated more than 95 million items during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale equating to 8.9 million hours of job services to help local members of the community get back to work.
Every year, Goodwill provides employment training, job placement, financial education, youth mentoring and more to millions of people throughout the United States and Canada. The Younkers Goodwill Sale is Goodwill’s largest and longest standing cause partnership and department store donation drive. The sale takes place twice a year, in the spring and fall. The Goodwill Sale has been turning donors into job creators since 1994, helping thousands of people in the Lincoln community.
"Spring is the perfect time to clean out your home and donate the things you no longer need to Goodwill. Donations to Goodwill provide individuals with a fresh start and an opportunity to work in their community," said Joanne Pickrel, CEO of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. "When you support the Younkers Goodwill Sale, you’re helping to create jobs and employment opportunities in your community."
Customers are also invited to visit millionactsofgoodwill.com to learn more about the event and to play the Closet Clean-Out Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card instantly and be entered for the grand prize to win a $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.
"The Bon-Ton family of stores has made a commitment to strengthen our communities and this program exemplifies that mission" said Brendan Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. "We are pleased to kick off our 20th year of supporting Goodwill Industries® through our signature Goodwill Sale event."
During the Goodwill Sale, customers can help spread the word about their donations and new purchases using the hashtag #GoodwillSale. Goodwill Industries (@GoodwillIntl) and Bon-Ton Stores (@bonton) will highlight their favorite tweets throughout the campaign.
In September 2013 Goodwill partnered with the Ad Council on its first national multimedia public service announcement (PSA) campaign to encourage Americans to help create jobs in their communities. As millions of people continue to struggle with unemployment, the campaign aims to educate and inspire Americans to help create jobs in their communities by donating clothing and household items to Goodwill. To view the PSAs, visit adcouncil.org.