FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.