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Goodwill Halloween DIY: Pipe cleaner Spiders
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Illustration showing DIY Halloween Spiders on the Good Thinking Blog

 

Goodwill sales associate Jana Barham, showed us how to make these creepy – but adorable  spiders using pipe cleaners during our Facebook Live from the store in Carthage, MO. Quick and easy, but also fun to make. 

You will need:

  • Five (5) black pipe cleaners
  • A pair of scissors
  • A form of marker or pen to wrap around

 

Step 1: Wrap one pipe cleaner around the marker to form a spiral.

Step 2: Take both ends of the spiral and attach them to each other.

Step 3. Take leftover spirals and smoosh them closer together to form the back end of the spider.

Step 4. Take two (2) pipe cleaners and fold them in half, then cut along fold, forming four (4) shorter pipe cleaners that will be the legs.

5. Take one pipe cleaner, wrap it around the middle of the legs and wrap the excess around and in between the legs to form the front of the body.

6. Take the last pipe cleaner, thread it through the back of the body and then wrap the excess around and through the legs to attach the two separate parts of the spider.

7. Bend the legs and cut to desired height.

Repeat as needed!

 



Mayor Declares 'All Abilities One Community' Day in Tulsa
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

City of Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum declared Tuesday, September 10, to be “All Abilities One Community Day,” as Goodwill Tulsa hosted an event on Guthrie Green to raise awareness about people with developmental disabilities and Autism.

The Tulsa Developmental Disabilities Awareness Rally was a collaboration between four Tulsa Area United Way agencies – A New Leaf, The Bridges Foundation, TARC and Goodwill – along with Oklahoma People First. Soaring On Hope, a pediatric therapy and Autism center, sponsored the event.

Booths ringed around the Guthrie Green, where parents, caregivers and community members chatted with representatives about the services their organizations and agencies provide to people with disabilities. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, with line dancing and food trucks. Black Panther, Captain America, Princess Jasmine and other costumed characters walked the green taking pictures and dancing with attendees. The Owasso Varsity Cheer team ended their routine by leading the crowd in a chant of “All abilities. One community!”

The real stars of the rally were the individuals that the organizations serve and support.

“It was fantastic to see how effectively individuals with disabilities can advocate for themselves when given the opportunity,” said David Oliver, Goodwill President.

“I love that the spotlight is on the clients,” said Macy C. Ogle, CEO of A New Leaf, which provides vocational and residential services to people with developmental disabilities. “We are blessed to have them in our lives.”

From the mainstage, clients and others shared their stories of how they advocate for themselves and make a positive impact in Tulsa. “Since I have been at A New Leaf, I have learned to do a lot on my own,” Katy said. “People with disabilities can do a lot of things everyone else can do when they are given a chance!”

“The A is for advocacy and how we go to the legislators and talk to them about advocating for ourselves and tell them how we feel about our services,” said Nancy, with Oklahoma People First and an advocate for the Oklahoma Disability Law Center.

Miss Oklahoma 2019 Addison Price, once so shy she had to have her mother order for her in restaurants, was now on stage sharing how she learned to live with her Dyslexia.

“I wasn’t not good enough. I wasn’t not smart enough. But instead, I just had something I had to overcome,” Price said.

A message of inclusion flowed through their stories. The speakers stressed resiliency, self-advocating, and having a can-do attitude, qualities that the organizations at the rally help them to obtain.

Goodwill prepares people with disabilities for employment, which enables them to become self-sufficient contributors to their communities, through several programs: Supported Employment; Transition Work Adjustment Training, which includes specific training for high school students on the Autism Spectrum; Group Worksites and Goodwill Contract Services.

“We all want the opportunity to be able to serve each other and to be able to show what we can do,” Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, said in a video message. “Finding opportunities for us to all to be able to serve each other matters. It matters to our community and it matters to each person.”

Increased awareness in our community will also help people with disabilities overcome the obstacles they face. In his proclamation, Mayor Bynum noted that 85 percent of people with a disability are unemployed, and they are 7 times more likely to be a victim of abuse.

“And whereas those who experience developmental disabilities should be recognized as equal members. And whereas we recognize those with all different disabilities and with public education and awareness, it benefits the lives of everyone who is affected by developmental disabilities," the mayor's proclamation read. "Now therefore I, G.T. Bynum, mayor of the City of Tulsa, do hereby proclaim September 10th as All Abilities One Community Day in the City of Tulsa.”

This was the inaugural rally and organizers expect it will return.

“I hope this is not the last time this group gathers together to be able to dream together ... and to be able to bring one community together,” Sen. Lankford said.

Motivational speaker Sean Lewis, president of Tulsa People First, the local chapter of Oklahoma People First, said he has been advocating for himself since he “was a kid.” In the past year, he completed his first 100-mile race, enduring snow and rain while being in his wheelchair for over 27 hours.

“I still had a fun time ... and I’m training for my second triathlon in 11 days,” Sean said. “I said all that to say this. Whatever challenge you have, it doesn’t matter. Whatever adversity you have it doesn’t matter, because you can do everything you want to do ... sometimes you just have to find another way.”

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Click on a name to get information about the event organizers:
A New Leaf
The Bridges Foundation
TARC
Oklahoma People First
Soaring On Hope

 
 


Goodwill thanks DSPs, WFD staff
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

Goodwill is extremely thankful for our employees who work directly with the recipients of our job training and employment services. So, we took time this Direct Support Professionals Week and Workforce Development Professionals Month to let them know.

"We want to honor your work individually, but we also want to honor our work collectively because without it we couldn't even get the mission of Goodwill Industries taking care of," Sabrina Ware, director of Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy and Goodwill Job Connection, told Goodwill direct support professionals and workforce development staff on Friday.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Goodwill treated Supported Employment staff and Group Worksites employees to a specially catered breakfast.

Then Friday, we held an appreciation party, which included staff from Goodwill Contract Services and Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy at the Edgar J. Helms Center. The theme was game-night. Tables were decorated with board games as centerpieces. (Unfortunately, no time to sneak in a game of Battleship!)

On the room walls were thank you messages and encouraging words, as well as Goodwill's values, which our direct support professionals demonstrate daily: empowerment, diversity, integrity, commitment, and respect.

Nice work by all those who helped put the party together!

The competitive juices started to flow with the trivia challenge.

NO CELLPHONES!

The Green Table earned the most points and got to take home the trophies.

Goodwill is proud of our employees in Supported Employment, Group Worksites, Goodwill Contract Services, Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy and Goodwill Job Connection, and we salute them for all the mission work they do year-round.



Williams Co. at Goodwill for Day of Caring
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Volunteers from Williams Company with supported workers and Goodwill staff at Goodwill Contract Services on United Way Day of Caring 2019.

Williams Company employees love to fly south to Goodwill for the annual United Way Day of Caring.

On Friday, September 6, they returned to Goodwill’s campus on Southwest Boulevard, joining others who were volunteering their time with projects around our community.

Williams Company employees spent time at the 3110 Southwest Boulevard Store, where they put clothes on racks, wares on shelves and helped keep things looking neat and organized.

Marshondria Adams and Lloyd Farnam volunteered their time and expertise with Goodwill Job Connection, Tulsa-West. They were tasked with making follow up calls to Goodwill Job Connection clients to update employment statuses, and provide information on upcoming career events and activities.

After familiarizing themselves with resource information, the two volunteers were anxious to get started. Within the first hour, their calls revealed that five clients had found employment. They were even more excited to be able to inform those newly hired clients that they were now eligible for a $35 clothing voucher to purchase professional attire from a Goodwill retail store for their new job.

Increasing the number of successful employments (or placements) quickly became a friendly competition. Over the course of five hours, Marshondria and Lloyd made approximately 200 calls resulting in 14 successful employment updates. Callbacks were still coming in through the end of the day and we expect more over the next week. Both volunteers expressed interest in volunteering at Goodwill Job Connection again soon. They asked that volunteer applications be emailed to them as soon as possible.

At Goodwill Contract Services, a group from Williams Company ran the annual picnic and fun day. Volunteers played games and worked on crafts with the supported workers.

There was also a dance party, where supported workers showed off their moves in front of YouTube videos. For lunch, volunteers served up grilled hot dogs and chips.

After lunch, GCS employees performed in a talent show. Williams volunteers cheered on the participants, who all received certificates at the end of their performance.

Then came the activity everyone always looks forward to – BINGO!

We are so appreciative of the time the Williams Company employees gave to our programs. Also, a big thank you to all who volunteered on this past Day of Caring.

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