Goodwill Partners with College H.U.N.K.S

Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Goodwill and College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving are partnering to offer the Lincoln community a more convenient donation experience.

Goodwill’s no cost home pick up program offers an easy, accessible resource for residents in the Lincoln/Waverly city limits to donate their large furniture or groups of items that cannot fit into their passenger vehicle.  The program continues to expand each year, however, employees are unable to go inside homes for liability reasons and cannot offer same day or weekend pick ups. In the past, Goodwill had to turn down pick-ups because residents were unable to move the items or needed an immediate pick up. To combat this problem and increase donation options, donors can now use College HUNKS.

College HUNKS is a locally owned moving service that offers a wide range of moving and clean out services. Their commitment to donating and recycling customer items keeps waste out of the local landfill. These H.U.N.K.S. (Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable, Service) oriented employees will make the donation or moving experience a positive one.

College HUNKS can enter residents’ homes, offer same day and weekend pickups, and pick up items Goodwill does not accept. This is a paid service, however, when customers mention Goodwill at checkout, they will receive 10% off their pick up. Additionally, when Goodwill is the referral, all items will be donated to Goodwill retail store. Whether downsizing, moving, cleaning out, or decluttering, Lincoln and Waverly residents can call College HUNKS to pick up and donate to Goodwill.

Visit www.lincolngoodwill.org to learn more about scheduling a pick up with College HUNKS.

Get Back to School with Goodwill

Get Back to School with Goodwill

LINCOLN – Over the next few weeks, students of all ages will be returning to school. Whether you are enrolled in grad school or your little one is heading off to kindergarten, thrift shopping for your back-to-school needs is the best way to stick to a budget and prepare yourself for the year ahead. Check out these five tips for shopping smart.

Five Back to School Shopping Tips

Know Before You Go

Before doing any back to school shopping, take inventory of what you already have. Grab any storage bins where you keep clothes for the next season or the next size up.  Do a sweep of your house for all of the supplies you already have – pens, pencils, staples, paper or whatever is on the list.

Once you have an inventory, decide what your kids actually need. It might sound simple, but this will keep you from buying the wrong things and forgetting the things that are needed.

Know Where To Go

Before buying brand new, save money and be sustainable by shopping at Goodwill. Take advantage of sales and discounts to get the most out of your money. Goodwill has jeans, shirts, socks, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and more for students of all ages. Find your nearest location here: https://lincolngoodwill.org/shop/find-a-location/

Search For “Double Season” Pieces

Find clothing that will outlast the changing seasons. Look for items that will be great on their own or layered on top or under other pieces. For example, find a skirt that will keep cool in the August heat, but can also be paired with a sweater and tights in the winter. Search for items that have great “bones” (good lining, great durable fabric) and think of ways to use it for more than one season.

Shop the Racks in Various Sizes and Departments

You might be surprised at what you can find in the sections you don’t normally shop. For example, instead of only focusing on the children’s section, opt for the extra small sizes in the adult section.

College students should peek at the selection in both the men’s department and the women’s department. Many items (sweaters, hoodies, t-shirts, turtlenecks, blazers, etc.) are not gender specific and you may score a nice, unexpected find. Don’t be afraid to shop outside of your normal size range either. Items in larger sizes may have shrunk so much that they would fit a smaller sized person perfectly. Likewise, some items just run big — so peeking through the smaller sizes, you just might find something that fits.

Take Your Time

Patience is a virtue when it comes to thrift store shopping. If you really want the best deals and hidden treasures, then spend your time hunting through all of the items on the racks rather than skimming through them. Make it fun by putting on your headphones and listen to a podcast or your favorite music.

Meaningful Employment: The Difference Between Night and Day

Meaningful Employment: The Difference Between Night and Day. The Story Behind the Vine Street Goodwill Mural.

Written by Hannah Casey

The month of March felt more like 100 days than 31 with new COVID-19 guidelines first taking effect. Goodwill stores voluntarily closed to follow state and local government recommendations for social distancing.

The extra time allowed employees to deep clean each store. It also presented the opportunity for reflection.

While at the Vine Street location, the discussion arose of the beautiful mural on the East wall. Wendy Jane Bantam, a local mural artist, created the mural at the store’s grand opening in 1998.

The mural project began when the current Retail Director approached Bantam to create an art piece for the grand opening of the Vine Street location. Bantam was given the prompt, “Believe in the Power of Work”.

Bantam had a personal connection to believe in the power of work. Her mother, a single parent with two kids, taught her the value of work ethic from a young age.

Bantam explained, “She always taught, ‘You need to go to college, but I won’t be able to help you go to college so you need to start working now.’ I got a paper route which I had from the time I was 10 ‘til I was 17. She introduced me to a stock broker when I was 10 to invest my money. I was ten years old so I invested in Hersheys and Smuckers. Then, when I was 14 and 15, I was able to get other jobs around town so I started working all of the time.”

Bantam presented the Retail Director with three different paintings to choose from based on the prompt and what inspired her as an artist. Bantam was in her early 20’s and this would be the biggest project she had completed to date.

She said, “I was painting houses at the time and I always loved nature. I always liked the idea of little roads going off into the distance..they suggest happy possibilities. You never know what’s around the corner. The imagery from the mural came from open ideas like that.”

After the Retail Director chose her favorite piece from the three sketches, Bantam set out to transfer the mural from paper onto the wall. Goodwill set up scaffolding to allow Bantam to safely paint from a height. Bantam utilized a projector to ensure the letters were even and created the rest of the piece free hand.

The art piece that has now colored the East wall at the Vine Street Goodwill for over 20 years is painted with houses and roads, with half the scene lit and half dark.

Representing morning and evening. Bantam titled the piece, “Meaningful Employment: The Difference Between Night and Day.”

Since that time, her art work has become prominent throughout Lincoln from the “Two Elephants and the Kingfisher Near the Lotus Blossom Sea” mural on 27th and T to the mural she created for Lincoln Public Schools. You can visit her work at Kiechel Gallery where she recently had a solo painting exhibition appropriately titled,”Birds and Superheroes”.

With COVID-19 shifting the day to day routines of many people’s lives, Bantam hopes to create unity with a mural about community and friendship. She has partnered with Girls Inc. of Lincoln to hear stories from students. This mural is based on the stories told. 

She stated, “This year, teaching artists had many wonderful projects planned with youth in Lincoln and surrounding communities. However, in the pandemic, all programs abruptly ended. There was no longer funding, and we couldn’t seem to go forward. Regardless, it seemed more important than ever to continue forward, by any means possible, to create positive experiences for youth. I would not be able to do it alone. The best projects have been large scale public projects where everyone has a part.”

Bantam feels strongly that the community needs art now more than ever.

She said, “People are getting down; and that’s just such a small word for the hopelessness people are feeling right now. When they can come together and they can work on a project together it’s actually connecting people and giving them a sense of ownership of their communities. The actual process of working together has a healing effect, as does the art itself. People get to see they are a part of a bigger picture and it’s empowering.”

To support the Community Mural Project, visit Wendy’s GoFundMe here: https://gf.me/u/ycznj5

To stay up to date with her projects, visit her facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/WendyJaneBantam/ and her website here https://wendybantam.com/

Out of Work Due to COVID-19? These Solutions Will Help If You’re Feeling a Financial Pinch

Out of Work Due to COVID-19? These Solutions Will Help If You’re Feeling a Financial Pinch

By Craig Brown

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, it’s fair to say that all of our lives have been turned upside down. And while the health risk of COVID-19 is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, there’s also the economic fallout. The number of jobs lost in the U.S. due to the coronavirus has already topped 33 million, and even more people are worried about job security. If you fall in this group, the good news is that there are options out there to help you get by while you look for employment.

Alternative Job Opportunities

The obvious solution for making ends meet is to find a way to keep working, even if that means working part-time, short-term, or from home.

Remote Work

One of the most popular solutions for remote workers is to consider freelance solutions through sites like Upwork. All you have to do is create a profile, and then you can search for freelance jobs doing whatever fits your skill set, whether your talents are in web design, marketing, customer service, or any number of other professions.

Similar to freelance work, another option that’s ideal for this time is to look for remote jobs within your profession, such as telemedicine or remote legal work. Those with experience teaching could work as an online tutor, or someone with administrative skills could work as a virtual assistant or transcriptionist. Whatever type of remote work you do, just make sure you verify that you’ve found a legitimate opportunity and not a scam.

Short-Term Jobs

If your field doesn’t have as many remote options, consider branching out and trying something entirely new. Many short-term job opportunities are still in demand, especially in the type of roles that tend to be rewarding. For example, if you’re an animal lover, becoming a pet sitter is a perfect way to earn an income while enjoying the company of animals. You’ll need to get your home ready to become a pet sitter by taking safety precautions, such as locking cabinets, securing trash can lids, and getting rid of anything unsafe like items that are choking hazards or poisonous house plants.

Jobs in High Demand

While the coronavirus outbreak has put some jobs on hold, the pandemic has actually increased demand for other types of work. For example, many grocery stores are hiring as they try to keep shelves stocked. Delivery drivers are also in high demand since more people are ordering goods online to avoid making a trip to the store. And along with these jobs that meet immediate needs, some job sectors like IT are actually growing, so you may even want to consider making a move in this direction.

Other Jobs to Consider

Remote work or pet-sitting aren’t going to cut it for everyone, in which case you’ll have to think outside the box. This could mean finding a job at your local grocery store or big-box store, joining a cleaning service or finding warehouse work. You can also turn to community organizations like Goodwill where you’ll have an opportunity to give back and earn a paycheck at the same time.

Use Community Resources

Additionally, Goodwill has a Job Connection program that connects community members to resources and opportunities in their search for meaningful employment. Their remote services number is 402-477-0436.

The bottom line is that individuals and companies still have needs, which means there are job opportunities that meet those needs. It may take some creativity and a willingness to try something new. But for those who are up for the challenge, these ideas can help get you over the hump until the right long-term employment option comes along.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Father’s Day Finds That Won’t Fail

Father’s Day Finds That Won’t Fail

What do ties, golf clubs, and a six-pack all have in common? While they’re each nice (and surely appreciated) Father’s Day gifts, they’re also the type of present that you can really only give once. Giving the same type of gift every year will seem uninspired and won’t accurately reflect the way you feel about dear ol’ Dad. So, if you’re feeling stuck in a run-of-the-mill Father’s Day gift rut and are ready for some fresh ideas, we’ve got a whole slew of possibilities for you in this blog post—and at your closest Goodwill store! Goodwill understands that self-sufficiency is best achieved through family financial stability practices that allow households to better manage their money and save for the future. And when you shop for Father’s Day gifts at Goodwill stores then you’re saving money and supporting that mission, too.

Video via the Goodwill Gal on YouTube

Every dad would appreciate the gift of time. And while we can’t tell you how to add extra hours to the day, Goodwill Industries – Knoxville, Inc. does have some incredible ideas for making the most of those afternoon hours with a http://www.gwiktn.org/blog/2017/backyard-bbq-bash-on-a-budget. Since many dads pride themselves on their grilling skills, this would be the perfect excuse to spend some time doing what he wants next weekend. With tips on how to save money while you shop for meal ingredients and a recipe for easy homemade barbeque sauce, this list is a must read. Also check out these DIY solar mason jar lights which would extend the amount of time your family can stay outside after grilling. Hey, maybe we can add hours to the day after all!

Image via sadieseasongoods.com

Throwing out the word “sachet” probably won’t immediately make you think of your dad. But why should the fellas miss out on all the fun of these (literally) shirt pocket sachets: https://www.sadieseasongoods.com/shirt-pocket-sachets/. Blogger Sadie Seasongoods noticed that flannel shirts at Goodwill are always plentiful and low-priced especially in the warm-weather months. With Father’s Day right around the corner she decided now was the time to turn a few of them into simple scented sachets! They’re cute while they play peek-a-boo in a drawer, but could also make a pretty nifty car or office air freshener. And since the scent of cedar wards off moths, these would be a safer and more pleasant smelling alternative to moth balls in the closet. The part Dad might appreciate the most, though, is that you spent your time and energy on a thoughtful handmade gift for him. You must be his favorite, huh?

Video via Goodwill of Central Arizona on YouTube

If those ideas still don’t seem right for the Dad(s) you’re celebrating this year, take a peek at this video shared by Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona, Inc. for a fantastic list of the dos and don’ts of Father’s Day gift buying. Number one in their survey results of the worst Father’s Day gifts was novelty clothing. Those are the things that Dad might wear once for a laugh then never touch again. They also mention certain tech gadgets that become obsolete almost as soon as they’re brought home. Unless he’s a techie who likes to collect, you could steer clear of those pieces, too. Check out the video above for the other items you’ll want to avoid while you shop and some fantastic suggestions that are sure to please.

To all the fathers and father figures out there who might be reading this, you are awesome. Your hard work and reliable presence is helping to (or has helped) form a new generation and that is really something special. Happy Father’s Day!

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Reopens Three Retail Stores, One Furniture Store

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Reopens Three Retail Stores, One Furniture Store

LINCOLN – Eight weeks ago, Goodwill made the difficult decision to close their stores. During that time, the generous people of Lincoln continued to donate at contactless donation sites. As stores reopen, Goodwill is excited to offer a large inventory of unique furniture items.

On Monday, May 25, Goodwill will reopen the 3910 North 27th Street location as a temporary furniture store. Stop by for great furniture deals during this temporary change.

Additionally, Goodwill has reopened three retail locations at 6300 Apples Way, 4555 Vine Street and 1700 South 17th Street. Hours of operation at all locations are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 6PM and Sunday 11AM to 6PM.

Donations are accepted during hours of operation. Donations left outside of open hours are subject to hazardous weather and vandalism. 

Goodwill depends on the revenue from their stores to provide free career services to the community. Jobseekers are encouraged to visit www.lincolngoodwill.org for online learning or call (402) 477-0436 for one-on-one job search assistance.

All updates and information can be found at www.lincolngoodwill.org.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.’s mission is “willing workers employed and community resources maximized.” Programming supports individuals with barriers to employment by providing services that equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, working to lower unemployment rates and lessen 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, volunteering 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.

DIY T-Shirt Wall Art

In early March, the Garden of Giving opened at Gateway Mall, exhibiting repurposed clothing from Lincoln Goodwill to form a peaceful garden. At the opening event, guests were given the opportunity to make DIY t-shirt wall art.

If you didn’t get the chance to stop by, don’t worry! We are sharing a fun, simple tutorial that you can do in the comfort of your own home. This DIY is perfect for the t-shirt you rarely wear, but holds a special place in your heart. It could be from your first concert or your favorite high school memory. We chose a silly shirt to hang next to where the office cats sleep all day.

Here are the five easy steps to make a t-shirt canvas of your own.

What You’ll Need

-T-shirt

-Scissors

-Stapler

-Canvas

Instructions

1..Line the t-shirt up on the canvas.

Before cutting the t-shirt, put it over the canvas and be sure the design you want to display fits and looks the way you want. If not, try a new shirt or a different sized canvas.

Pro tip: Iron your shirt before placing it on the canvas to ensure it’s wrinkle free and lays smoothly. Cut the back out of the t-shirt out near the seam.

2. Leave enough space to stretch the shirt over the canvas while removing the back of the shirt and excess material. This is to get the t-shirt to a size that is easier to work with. Remember, you can always cut smaller, but it’s not easily made big again!

3. Stretch the t-shirt over the canvas.

Align the t-shirt with the front of the canvas how you the t-shirt to lay.

4. Staple the shirt to the canvas.

Start by stapling the sides of the canvas. The more staples, the better the hold. We suggest a minimum of 5 staples per side. Next, staple the top and bottom. While doing this, be sure to continually check that the t-shirt is still aligned with how you want it displayed.

5. Cut excess and DONE!

Cut the excess t-shirt from the canvas and add additional staples as needed. Then the t-shirt wall art is ready to be displayed!

Here are some other examples of inspiration for your t-shirt creation as well as photos from the exhibit.  Send your completed t-shirt art and any other DIY projects you complete to our social media accounts, we’d love to see what you create! 

Goodwill® Responds to COVID-19 Community Recommendations

Goodwill® Responds to COVID-19 Community Recommendations

LINCOLN – In following the recommendations provided by our state and local governments, Goodwill continues to accept donations and is making the following changes to store hours:

  • The Apples Way, Vine Street, and 17th and Sumner locations are open Monday-Saturday from 11AM – 7PM and Sunday from 11AM – 6PM. Donations are accepted during those hours.
  • The York location is open Monday-Saturday 11AM – 5PM and closed on Sunday.
  • The North 27th Street, Downtown are closed for maintenance and renovations until further notice. Donations can be dropped off from 11AM – 7PM at the 27th Street location and 11AM – 5PM at the Downtown location.
  • Job Connection is closed for maintenance and renovations until further notice. For job search assistance, call 402-447-0437 or visit lincolngoodwill.org for online learning.

Goodwill would like to reassure you that the health and well-being of the community are top priorities for us. As a mission-based nonprofit organization, Goodwill cares deeply for the program participants we serve and the many donors, shoppers, volunteers and team members that allow us to help others in our communities every day.

All retail location and donation site updates, changes to the sales calendar and programs, and other information can be found at www.lincolngoodwill.org.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.’s mission is “willing workers employed and community resources maximized.” Programming supports individuals with barriers to employment by providing services that equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, working to lower unemployment rates and lessen 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, volunteering 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:

Anne-Marie Maher

Communications Coordinator

annie@lincolngoodwill.org

402-438-2022

Lincoln Goodwill Hosts 8th Annual Neighborhood Challenge

LINCOLN – Holding a garage sale requires gathering an assortment of unused items, pricing them, placing them, and bargaining 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?” The idea of re-cluttering the home after decluttering is unthinkable, but so is putting the items in the landfill. That’s where Goodwill can help. Donate leftover garage sale items to a centralized location in your neighborhood and have the chance to win a cash prize to strengthen your neighborhood.

Neighborhood associations across Lincoln compete in the Neighborhood Challenge by holding a neighborhood pick up after their garage sales. Participation is simple. Coordinate a date, time, and location with Goodwill and they will be there with a truck ready to load items. The top three neighborhoods that collect more than 2,000 pounds receive a cash prize to strengthen their neighborhood.

For eight years the Neighborhood Challenge has allowed neighborhood associations to complete community projects ranging from landscape improvement to neighborhood events. Thus far, Goodwill has worked with 20 neighborhood organizations across Lincoln, awarded $8,000 towards community improvement projects, and diverted 136,590 pounds of materials from the local landfill through this event.

Reserve a spot for your neighborhood by calling (402) 742-8456 or sending an email to donate@lincolngoodwill.org with the date you want to hold your pick up. Be sure to register early as only two pick ups can be held per day and summer spots fill quickly!

If you are holding a garage sale, but aren’t participating in the Neighborhood Challenge, schedule a free home pick up at https://lincolngoodwill.org/donate/schedule-donation-pickup/, or call (402) 438-2022.

Goodwill® Reopens 17th and Sumner Store as Neighborhood Retail Location

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 9, 2020

Goodwill® Reopens 17th and Sumner Store as Neighborhood Retail Location

LINCOLN – Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. recently transitioned the Computer and Electronics Store at 17th and Sumner Streets into a traditional neighborhood retail location.

“Thank you for supporting our Computer and Electronics store since 2011. We believe the transition to a traditional retail location will provide more funding to Goodwill’s mission of providing employment programming to the Lincoln community,” said Anne-Marie Maher, Communications Coordinator for Goodwill.

Customers can now shop the store to find a variety of unique clothing items and home goods. The location offers monthly sale rotations, including 10 for $10 and $0.99 Clothing Sales. Electronic items can still be found at the Vine Street, Apples Way and 17th and Sumner locations in specific sections, with the largest selection at Vine Street. Electronic donations are accepted year round at any Goodwill location in Lincoln or York.

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is currently looking for individuals to fill additional retail and management positions. Those interested in applying should visit lincolngoodwill.org or Goodwill’s Job Connection located at 1731 O Street to learn more.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.’s mission is “willing workers employed and community resources maximized.” Programming supports individuals with barriers to employment by providing services that equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, working to lower unemployment rates and lessen 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, volunteering 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:

Anne-Marie Maher

Communications Coordinator

annie@lincolngoodwill.org

402-438-2022