Rapid Valley Grand Opening Soon!

We are busy getting ready to open our brand new Rapid Valley store in one week! It’s exciting for us to expand our organization in Rapid Valley and we can’t wait for you to see our new store. Our Grand Opening is on Thursday, October 3rd beginning at 8:30am with our ribbon cutting. Don’t forget to get there early, if you are one of the first customers in the door at 9:00am we have a special surprise giveaway for you. We will be giving away prizes throughout the day which include: Fire TV stick, Echo Dot, Fire 7 tablet and Goodwill gift cards. We hope that you will come celebrate with us on this special day! Check out the sneak peek of our store below.

Demico’s Life Changing Experience at Goodwill.

Demico is an open and honest person about his life. He knows where he has been and where he would like to go. Recently, he was released from prison on parole and living in a halfway house. Demico knew that he needed to get a job to get his life back together. However, it was difficult for him to get a job with a record. Most employers wouldn’t consider giving him a job because of his background.

Demico knew about Goodwill and the services they offer. He contacted Goodwill about needing assistance with finding a job. He was referred to Chasity, Employment Specialist, who helped place him in the Employment Skills Training Program.

“The Employment Skills Training program is a 6-week assessment that teaches individuals the hard and soft skills needed to be successful in the competitive work field. We train our participants on their tasks according to the area they choose after coming through on a tour. They learn how to be on time, clock in and out, interact with coworkers and how to deal with every day work issues”, Chasity explained.

Demico worked hard on both his soft and hard skills during the first 3 weeks of the program then he was asked by Brad, Store Manager, if he would like to apply for a job. He graciously accepted a job in the backroom testing electronics and stocking merchandise on the sales floor.

Demico has excelled in both areas by making sure that the best merchandise is placed on the sales floor. “He takes pride in his work and genuinely cares about the customers experience. Demico is a great example of an individual not letting a barrier stop him from gaining competitive employment and keeping it”, Chasity stated confidently.

Make a difference in someone’s life today by donating to Goodwill of the Great Plains. Your donation is not only tax deductible, but you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping individuals like Demico in your community find job training and employment. Monetary donations directly support our mission programming by ensuring we have professional and trained staff, adequate facilities and technology to support individuals enrolled in our programs. We make it easy for you to donate funds quickly and securely online through PayPal. Donate now and find out how great it feels to support Goodwill!

Family Movie Night! Thrifty Thursday

Who doesn’t love to watch a good movie on a cool, fall night? A family movie night is a great way to spend time with your family and get lost in a intriguing plot. At Goodwill, we have an amazing variety of movies including: comedy, horror, animated, action, and many more. Stop in to any of our stores and grab a few movies for your next movie night. For a list of your nearest store visit: https://www.goodwillgreatplains.org/shopretail/retail-stores/

Family Game Night Thrifty Thursday

A family game night is a perfect idea for those chilly fall nights ahead. Board games encourage teamwork, bonding, and making choices.  We have a great selection of games whether you like to strategize, test your memory, or want to have some good old fashioned fun, we have something for everyone. Stop by any of our stores and grab a new game for your game night. To find a Goodwill of the Great Plains nearest you visit: https://www.goodwillgreatplains.org/shopretail/retail-stores/