Goodwill Funds Peer Agencies' Programs


Goodwill® Funds Peer Agencies' Employment Programs


Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. will continue to provide funding for 2014 to agencies for existing employment services and readiness programs in the Lincoln community. A donation to Goodwill is tax deductable and will not only support Goodwill’s employment programs, but several other programs that complement Goodwill programs throughout the city.


"Goodwill recognizes that services provided by peer agencies prepare people served by Goodwill to better succeed in Goodwill’s employment programs" said Joanne Pickrel, CEO for Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. "Great community support from Goodwill donors and shoppers makes this possible," Pickrel concluded.


Goodwill continuously strives to expand its services to meet the needs of those who face barriers to employment. "Duplicate programming can become an issue and make it more difficult for individuals to navigate through services available to them," explains Sarah Murtagh, Goodwill's Director of Employment Services. "By supporting agencies already providing services that align with Goodwill's mission we do a better job for the people we mutually serve." said Murtagh. Beginning in 2012, Lincoln Literacy and Community Justice Center were offered funding by Goodwill. In 2013, Goodwill expanded that support to include Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Arc of Lincoln and YWCA Lincoln’s Job Outfitters program. These same organizations will be offered funding for 2014.


For more information about services provided by Goodwill and these other agencies, visit

Green Halloween



As Halloween approaches, families will be looking for creative costumes and decorations. At Goodwill, they can find unique, gently used items to create a memorable Halloween experience. The added benefit to shopping at Goodwill is that buying secondhand Halloween costumes and decorations gives them a second life, diverting them from landfills.


By shopping at Goodwill this Halloween, individuals will be purchasing high-quality, affordable items. Reusing and repurposing items is good for people and the planet. The 7 Goodwill stores in southeast Nebraska sell items donated by 106,431 donors. With a little creativity, anyone can be transformed into a ghost, cowboy, zombie or other character of choice with Goodwill finds.


Shoppers can find fresh items at Goodwill every day, including clothing in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, as well as accessories from different decades to transform an ordinary look into a fantastic costume.


"Purchasing items from Goodwill stores is not only a sustainable practice, but is a fun way to save and create a unique Halloween costume on a budget," said Joanne Pickrel, CEO of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. "Revenues from Goodwill stores in Lincoln are used to fund job training and career programs that help local people."


Revenues from Goodwill stores fund job training programs and community-based services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Every purchase helps people learn the essential skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

One Stop Moving to SCC-Education Square

Career Center Moving to SCC-Education Square


Lincoln's One Stop Career Center at 1010 "N" Street in the Gold's Building is moving across the street to Southeast Community College (SCC) - Education Square, 1111 "O" Street. The new facility will open in Suite 205 on October 1 and is being re-named the American Job Center as part of a national branding effort.


The City's Urban Development Department is the operator of the Career Center. Jan Norlander-Jensen, Workforce Investment Administrator for Urban Development, said the new location offers smaller, but more usable space for the agencies who offer service there. The City will save about $207,000 over the four-year lease with SCC-Education Square.


"The atmosphere is professional and attractive, and the new facility is surrounded by the energy of a college campus," said Urban Development Director Dave Landis. "That is good for clients and staff. The new site also has convenient access to buses, a parking garage and the skywalk system."


SCC President Dr. Jack Huck said he is pleased the American Job Center is relocating to Education Square. "The services provided by the training partners fit nicely with the educational component that SCC provides," Huck said. "We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship."


Urban Development delivers the Workforce Investment Act Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth training programs. Training partners moving to Education Square are Experience Works, Goodwill Industries and Vocational Rehabilitation. Networked information will be available from the Client Assistance Program; Community Action of Lancaster and Saunders Counties; Indian Center; Job Corps; Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Nebraska Health and Human Services; and Proteus-Training for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) will relocate its services to Suite 222 in Education Square in early 2014.


Training agencies at the Center will provide on-site and networked career development information, education and training programs, and job placement assistance. The Center also offers access to NDOL's job listings and labor market information as well as assistance in filing for unemployment insurance benefits.


The One-Stop Career Center opened in November 2001 as a result of the Workforce Investment Act, which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act. More information on the Center is available at (click on Workforce).

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