Frequently Asked Questions

Donations

We are only able to schedule free home pick ups for large furniture items at this time. The only exception to this rule is if you have a large quantity of smaller donations. A large quantity is 7 or more large bags or boxes of donations that cannot fit into a passenger vehicle. If you do not have a large quantity of items, please drop them off at any of our donation centers.

We offer pick ups Monday-Friday. For more information or to schedule your pick up Click Here. Unfortunately, we are unable to schedule same day pickups.

We do not schedule appointments for a specific time of day, pick ups are made between approximately 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We can give you an approximate 30 minute phone call before arrival.  In the case of inclement weather, we ask that you call and reschedule your appointment. Items that are damaged by the weather will not be accepted.

Goodwill is unable to enter homes and apartments for liability reasons. We suggest that you have a friend, relative or neighbor assist you with moving the items outside to your driveway, front porch, or garage so that we may pick them up. If the home or apartment is being vacated or you are the landlord of a property that has been vacated, please contact donations scheduling at (402) 438-2022 for additional information about scheduling a pick up.

If you unintentionally donated an item to one of our retail stores, you may contact the retail store by calling or stopping by to see if you can locate the item. If the item is found, you may purchase it back for the listed price if it is still available in the store.  If you unintentionally donated an item to our warehouse donation center, we will not be able to locate the item for you as we do not keep an inventory of donations and these items are shipped to any one of our six retail stores in Lincoln and York. If you unintentionally donated an item during a free home pickup that you scheduled, please contact our main office no later than ONE DAY after the pickup and we will try to locate where the item was sent. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you or a Goodwill employee will be able to locate an item that was accidentally donated. If the item is found, you may purchase it back for the listed price.

Donations are not free. Employees have to be paid to sort through the saleable and non-saleable items, and even though we recycle as much as possible, Goodwill still spends over $50,000 a year in refuse costs for donated items that were non-saleable.

Donations collected through the  Round Up program helps support grants Goodwill provides to other local non-profits as well as services Goodwill provides. Click Here to learn more.

Store Policies

You may find our specialty Computer and Electronics store policy here and our store exchange policy for our other Lincoln and York locations here.

Goodwill’s Inclement Weather Policy can be found Here.

Store Sales

Buy up to 10 select items of clothing for only $10. The 10 for $10 Clothing Sale occurs once a month at all Goodwill locations.

Select clothing items are only $0.99. The $0.99 Clothing Sale occurs once a month at all Goodwill locations.

Volunteering

First, you’ll need to fill out a volunteer application. You can access our volunteer application here.

Once you’ve filled out the application you must attend volunteer orientation before you can begin volunteering. Click Here for the current days and time volunteer orientation is offered.

2100 Judson Street
Lincoln, NE 68521

Please make arrangements to ensure that you arrive on time. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate late arrivals and you will be asked to attend the next orientation. Please plan on setting aside 30 minutes for orientation.

You can give us your first and second choices for a volunteer location and we will try to accommodate your request.

Programs

Goodwill provides employment services in the Lincoln community for individuals with barriers to employment. Please visit our programs and services page for more detailed information.

Goodwill’s Job Connection is located downtown in the Goodwill Retail Store at 1731 O Street. The purpose of Job Connection is to maximize the employability of job seekers in a market that requires some computer knowledge in nearly all jobs. Individuals may receive assistance with resume and cover letter creation and templates are available for use. Staff members are also available to help guide guests through online applications. Classes or tutorials for basic computer skills, typing and data entry are also made available. Many of the tutorials are available in both English and Spanish.