First Round Winners of the Neighborhood Challenge

Goodwill® Congratulates First Round Winners of the Third Annual Neighborhood Challenge

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. kicked off the start of summer once again with the third annual Neighborhood Challenge, which began May 1 and continues through September 19. The five month long event is a friendly competition between the neighborhoods of Lincoln, NE and promotes community involvement through neighborhood cleanups and garage sales. The Challenge is divided into two rounds. The top two neighborhoods in each round that collect the most items to be donated to Goodwill receive cash prizes to invest back into the community projects of their choosing.

Five neighborhoods participated in the First Round, which ended July 11, and collectively donated over 18,000 pounds of miscellaneous clothing, furniture, and household items to Goodwill. The first and second place winners of this round were the Highlands Neighborhood Association and the Meadowlane Area Residents’ Association, respectively.

Each of the five neighborhoods that participated collected over 3,000 pounds of donations, which made this competition the closest it has ever been. Because all the neighborhoods were within a few hundred pounds of each other, a small cash prize was awarded to each for their efforts and hard work.

The donations made to Goodwill help fund employment based programs operated by Goodwill and also help fund other organizations’ employment programs, including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center, and YWCA Job Outfitters.

“Goodwill continually strives to strengthen the Lincoln community through our programming, support of other local non-profits, and our recycling efforts,” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “This is a unique way for Goodwill to share its mission and promote community while supporting individual neighborhoods’ visions of their own stronger community.”

The Second Round began July 12 and continues through September 19. Neighborhoods interested in more information or would like to have Goodwill present at their neighborhood cleanups and/or garage sales can register at www.lincolngoodwill.org/ goodwill-neighborhood-challenge.

Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been informed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) that it has been accredited for a period of three years for its Organizational Employment Services program. “The ROE program demonstrates the embodiment of person-centered and customized employment principles…” stated the survey report compiled by CARF.

This accreditation outcome, which represents the highest level of accreditation, is awarded to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of the standards established by CARF. In addition, Goodwill was commended for its efforts to identify and address the social service needs of the area it serves and efficiently and effectively uses revenue generated by its retail stores to enhance those efforts to meet the needs of the community. An organization receiving a three-year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. Further, an organization accredited for three years clearly indicates that present conditions represent an established pattern of total operations that is likely to be maintained or improved in the foreseeable future.

The latest action marks the eighth consecutive three-year Accreditation outcomes awarded to Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. by CARF, an international accrediting body.

UNL Students Donate to Goodwill®

UNL Students Donate to Goodwill® - Nearly 20,000 Pounds of Materials Diverted from Local Lincoln Landfill

For the last 10 years every Spring students who are preparing to move out of the resident halls at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln have been given the option to leave behind items they do not wish to move back home by leaving them in carts set up throughout UNL’s resident halls. The carts, marked as donations for Goodwill, remain at the resident halls for 2 weeks at the end of the Spring semester. This May, hundreds of students donated nearly 20,000 pounds of clothing, housewares and small furniture items to Goodwill.

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. would like to thank the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for offering their students an ecological outlet for disposing of their unwanted items and for supporting Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Because of UNL’s support over the last decade, tens of thousands of pounds of materials have been diverted from the Lincoln landfill.

“Goodwill’s relationship with UNL has been so important to us, not only because of all the items we collectively are able to keep from the landfill, but because the revenue made from donations Goodwill is able to sell help support our organization and allow us to serve individuals in Lincoln who struggle to find employment” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. “We look forward to continuing this relationship with UNL and serving the Lincoln community together.”

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