LINCOLN GOODWILL’S 7TH ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE

Lincoln Goodwill’s 7th Annual Neighborhood Challenge

Holding a garage sale requires you to gather an assortment of unused items, price them, place them, and bargain with avid garage sale attendees all weekend. After the initial glee of a successful sale, a terrifying thought can occur, “After all this hard work, what am I going to do with what’s leftover?” Even if you’ve been picked clean besides a few t shirts and a leather recliner it may feel burdensome to figure out what to do with the items. There is no way they are re-entering your home, but they also won’t fit in your car for a quick trip to Goodwill. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could pick up the items for you? Goodwill is one step ahead of you.

Goodwill began doing neighborhood-wide pick ups after annual garage sales in order to give people a convenient way to donate their unsold garage sale items. As more neighborhoods got involved in the pick ups, Lincoln Goodwill created the Neighborhood Challenge. The first Neighborhood Challenge was held in 2013 and it evolved a post garage sale pick up into an opportunity for neighborhoods to build camaraderie and spark a friendly sense of competition between neighborhood associations.

Today, neighborhood associations across Lincoln compete in the Neighborhood Challenge by holding a neighborhood pick up after their garage sales. The top three neighborhoods who collect more than 2,000 pounds receive a cash prize to strengthen their neighborhood. The Challenge has allowed neighborhood associations to complete community projects ranging from landscape improvement to neighborhood events. Thus far, Goodwill has worked with over 18 neighborhood organizations across Lincoln and last year the Challenge collected 25,103 pounds!

We want our 7th annual Neighborhood Challenge to be bigger than ever! Our goal is to collect 25,000 pounds of donations and increase participation. The Challenge begins on April 21st and it is not too late to get involved! Join the Challenge. Click here for more information and to register for the event!

If you aren’t participating, but still want to keep up with all the fun, ‘like’ our Facebook page! We will have dates of the garage sales and post what neighborhoods will do for their community if they win! In addition, if you are holding a garage sale, but aren’t participating in the Challenge, schedule a free home pick up here or call 402-438-2022.

GOODWILL IS THE PLACE TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS SPECIAL

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December 3, 2018

GOODWILL® IS THE PLACE TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS SPECIAL

Great finds and unique gift ideas can be found at your local Goodwill this holiday season

Lincoln, NE — There’s no need to rush around town this holiday season trying to find gifts for everyone on your shopping list. That’s because Lincoln Goodwill has everything you need to make the season something special — from great finds and unique gift ideas to good times — all in one place. Goodwill is a great option whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind, inexpensive gift ideas or items you can use in making personalized, do-it-yourself gifts.
“When you buy holiday gifts and supplies from Goodwill, you’re actually giving twice,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator. “In addition to finding a wide variety of gifts, you can also feel good about building brighter futures for people right here in Lincoln.”
By shopping at and donating to Goodwill, you provide job placement and training opportunities for members of your community. Lincoln Goodwill also partners with Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center, and YWCA Job Outfitters to provide employment related services to individuals who face barriers to employment.
For those who like to create their own holiday gifts, Lincoln Goodwill provides a treasure trove of usable goods — from vintage glassware, linens and utensils to a wide variety of holiday sweaters and all sorts of baskets, containers and bags.
In addition to finding great gifts when you shop at Goodwill, you also reduce waste by giving used items a second life. Considering the holidays are all about giving, shopping at one of Lincoln Goodwill’s 6 of retail locations can make the season extra special this year!
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
molly@lincolngoodwill.org
402-438-2022

GOODWILL® CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE

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July 31, 2018

Goodwill® Congratulates Winners of the Sixth Annual Neighborhood Challenge

Lincoln, NE – Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. kicked off the start of summer once again with the sixth annual Neighborhood Challenge, which began April 1 and ended July 17. The four month long event is a friendly competition between the neighborhoods of Lincoln, NE and promotes community involvement through neighborhood cleanups and garage sales. The top three neighborhoods that collect the most items to be donated to Goodwill receive cash prizes to invest back into the community projects of their choosing.

Thirteen neighborhoods participated this summer, and collectively donated over 25,000 pounds of miscellaneous clothing, furniture, and household items to Goodwill. First place was awarded to the College View Neighborhood Association, the Highlands Neighborhood Association, and Witherbee Neighborhood Association followed as 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The donations made to Goodwill help fund employment based programs operated by Goodwill. Programs such as Job Connection offer a computer lab downtown for employment services and provide clothing vouchers for job apparel. Goodwill also work closely with their partners: YWCA Job Outfitters, Big Brother Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, and the Community Justice Center to support employment programs within their mission.

“Goodwill continually strives to strengthen the Lincoln community through our programming, support of other local non-profits, and our recycling efforts,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator 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.”

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.

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Contact:
Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
molly@lincolngoodwill.org
402-438-2022

GOODWILL ACHIEVES THREE-YEAR CARF ACCREDITATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2018

Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Lincoln, NE — 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. “This program demonstrates a strong commitment to serving its participants as well as the community as a whole.” 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 applauded for its Job Connection program providing inclusive access to computer labs with employment assistance such as resume writing and computer access. This program is a valuable asset to the community at large. 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 ninth consecutive three-year Accreditation outcomes awarded to Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. by CARF, an international accrediting body.

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.
About CARF
CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body promoting quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Since 1966, CARF has established consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
molly@lincolngoodwill.org
(402) 438-2022 ext. 118
www.lincolngoodwill.org
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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
molly@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
molly@lincolngoodwill.org
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SAVE ON NEW SPRING FASHION ARRIVALS AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING BON-TON STORES’ GOODWILL SALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2017

SAVE ON NEW SPRING FASHION ARRIVALS AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING BON-TON STORES’ GOODWILL SALE
Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores Accepting Clothing Donation for Goodwill® March 15-April 1

Lincoln, NE — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers Lincoln stores invites the community to participate in its Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska donation drive during the company’s semi-annual Goodwill Sale, which begins Wednesday, March 15 through Saturday, April 1. During the 18-day event, customers can drop off bags of donated goods during their visit to any Bon-Ton department store and receive coupons for up to 30 percent off on new fashions. It’s a great time to do some spring cleaning and put those items no longer needed to good use by donating them to Lincoln Goodwill.

The community is encouraged to get involved by donating items such as ladies, kids and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes, luggage and household textiles. Customers’ donations, collected during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, will be sold in Goodwill’s 5stores and the revenues will create employment training, skills development, education and job placement for people in the Lincoln Community. In return for each and every item donated to Goodwill, Bon-Ton customers receive generous coupons for up to 30 percent on apparel and 15 percent on cosmetics and fragrances to use in-store and online. It’s the perfect time to save on the new spring fashion arrivals, designer brands, shoes, accessories, home décor, beauty brands and nearly everything in the store. The Goodwill Sale coupons can be used on regular and sale priced items making this event the best sale of the season.

“Donations are vital in helping Goodwill provide the job training and career related services such as résumé preparation and skills training that people need to find employment and build their careers,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska. “Bon-Ton customers can take pride in knowing that their donations are fueling a social enterprise that is helping people earn jobs in their community.”

Local Goodwill organizations across the U.S. and The Bon-Ton family of department stores have partnered for the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale for 23 years. Customers eagerly anticipate the event, which represents the largest and longest-standing cause partnership and department store donation drive for Goodwill in the United States.

“March is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe and home. By making a donation to Goodwill you not only receive discounts on new spring arrivals at Bon-Ton, you’re doing good for your community,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is one of our favorite events of the year because it demonstrates Bon-Ton’s commitment to our communities.”

In 2016, donations received during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale helped Goodwill collectively provide 592,000 hours of job placement and training in local communities. In addition, Lincoln Goodwill collected 12,684 of pounds of donations. Lincoln Goodwill used the revenue from the sale of those donations to provide services such as career counseling, computer training, financial education, mock interviews, resume preparation, and job search advice.

For customers who would like to contribute in a different way, they may make a $1 donation in-store or online to receive additional Goodwill Sale event coupons. For more information about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale and how to enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, visit bonton.com/goodwill.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 263 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. 
For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

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:
Christine Hojnacki

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
Phone: (414) 347-5329
christine.hojnacki@bonton.com
Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska
402-438-2022 ext. 118
molly@lincolngoodwill.org

GOODWILL WANTS TO HELP YOU SAY BYE TO BAE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2017

Did you say bye to BAE this year?
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska is here to help.

LINCOLN, NE –Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is making it easier for the ones who said bye to BAE this year. For all the newly single ladies and gents, during the month of February Lincoln Goodwill is taking donations for BAE’s belongings that have been lingering around your place, constantly reminding you of them. With 5 Lincoln locations, turning your ill will into Goodwill is convenient and easy.

Drop off that necklace he gave you for your anniversary last year, that T-Swift record you two spent hours listening to or that ugly sweater she gave you for your birthday and anything else that reminds you of your former BAE. #DontHateDONATE

“We want to encourage the broken hearted, ‘don’t hate, donate.’ By donating any items that may remind them of their former BAE, they turn their ill will into Goodwill.” Said Molly Deaver, Communication Coordinator, “Finally saying bye to BAE’s stuff can be difficult, but knowing those donations are helping fund employment programs in the community can help ease the pain.”

BAE still by your side? Just because you don’t have ill will doesn’t mean you can’t still Goodwill. #SharetheLove by shopping at your nearest Goodwill, your purchases can help an individual find meaningful employment and what’s not to love about that?

Visit www.lincolngoodwill.org to learn more about Goodwill employment programs or find your nearest Goodwill location.

*All items donated to “Bye to BAE” drive must be the sole property of the donor. Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is not liable for items donated that do not belong to the individual donating. *

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.

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CONTACT
Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
(402) 742-8449
molly@lincolngoodwill.org

COMMUNITY PARTNER FEATURE: LINCOLN LITERACY

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
molly@lincolngoodwill.org

GOODWILL® CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2017

SAVE ON NEW SPRING FASHION ARRIVALS AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING BON-TON STORES’ GOODWILL SALE

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores Accepting Clothing Donation for Goodwill® March 15-April 1

Lincoln, NE — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers Lincoln stores invites the community to participate in its Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska donation drive during the company’s semi-annual Goodwill Sale, which begins Wednesday, March 15 through Saturday, April 1. During the 18-day event, customers can drop off bags of donated goods during their visit to any Bon-Ton department store and receive coupons for up to 30 percent off on new fashions. It’s a great time to do some spring cleaning and put those items no longer needed to good use by donating them to Lincoln Goodwill.

The community is encouraged to get involved by donating items such as ladies, kids and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes, luggage and household textiles. Customers’ donations, collected during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, will be sold in Goodwill’s 5stores and the revenues will create employment training, skills development, education and job placement for people in the Lincoln Community. In return for each and every item donated to Goodwill, Bon-Ton customers receive generous coupons for up to 30 percent on apparel and 15 percent on cosmetics and fragrances to use in-store and online. It’s the perfect time to save on the new spring fashion arrivals, designer brands, shoes, accessories, home décor, beauty brands and nearly everything in the store. The Goodwill Sale coupons can be used on regular and sale priced items making this event the best sale of the season.

“Donations are vital in helping Goodwill provide the job training and career related services such as résumé preparation and skills training that people need to find employment and build their careers,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska. “Bon-Ton customers can take pride in knowing that their donations are fueling a social enterprise that is helping people earn jobs in their community.”

Local Goodwill organizations across the U.S. and The Bon-Ton family of department stores have partnered for the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale for 23 years. Customers eagerly anticipate the event, which represents the largest and longest-standing cause partnership and department store donation drive for Goodwill in the United States.

“March is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe and home. By making a donation to Goodwill you not only receive discounts on new spring arrivals at Bon-Ton, you’re doing good for your community,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is one of our favorite events of the year because it demonstrates Bon-Ton’s commitment to our communities.”

In 2016, donations received during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale helped Goodwill collectively provide 592,000 hours of job placement and training in local communities. In addition, Lincoln Goodwill collected 12,684 of pounds of donations. Lincoln Goodwill used the revenue from the sale of those donations to provide services such as career counseling, computer training, financial education, mock interviews, resume preparation, and job search advice.

For customers who would like to contribute in a different way, they may make a $1 donation in-store or online to receive additional Goodwill Sale event coupons. For more information about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale and how to enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, visit bonton.com/goodwill.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 263 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. 
For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

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:
Christine Hojnacki
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
Phone: (414) 347-5329
christine.hojnacki@bonton.com
Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska
402-438-2022 ext. 118
molly@lincolngoodwill.org

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