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Goodwill TulsaWORKS Security Training Opens Door to New Career for Tulsa Veteran
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Goodwill TulsaWORKS Security Training Opens Door to New Career for Tulsa Veteran

In 2016 Kyle got the news that about 20 million other Americans get each year: He was laid off.

After serving in the Marine Corps for four years, Kyle left the service in 2011. He’d gained valuable experience in IT during his military career.

“Basically, we did everything involving communications for the intelligence branches of the Marine Corps,” Kyle says. “Everything from satellite communications, radio communications, data, servers, equipment like that.”

So, it was logical for Kyle to get a job in IT once he entered civilian life. He worked for a company out of California, but was able to do so remotely and stay in his hometown of Tulsa. Kyle held that position for several years. But, the company made changes which led to cuts, and Kyle was laid off. The timing couldn’t have been much worse.

“I guess there were about three or four major IT layoffs in Tulsa around that same time. So it was really difficult finding another IT job.”

Some friends suggested Kyle take a job in security while he looked for his next IT opportunity. They told him about how he could get certified through Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy. They told him the TulsaWORKS program was the most cost-effective way to become CLEET certified (a requirement for most security positions).

Initially Kyle viewed security as just a way to make money on the side while he waited for his next IT interview.


“I thought (security) was gonna be, you know, in between jobs,” he remembers. “Part-time on the weekends for some extra pocket money or something.”

But, Kyle says he liked security much more than he expected.

“It spoke a lot to what I was doing in the Marine Corps. It felt a lot more like I was making a difference.”

He landed a job with Securitas, providing security at a refinery in Tulsa. He quickly moved up the ranks and recently took over as the district manager for the company’s mobile guarding division. That means he overseas security guards in Tulsa and Oklahoma City who patrol dozens of locations.

“It's been kind of a roller coaster, but I've moved up the chain pretty quickly.”

Now that he’s in management, Kyle returns to Goodwill TulsaWORKS to look for his next hires. He says what impresses him about TulsaWORKS is how the program works to see students succeed after they’ve graduated.

“I really appreciate that about Goodwill, and that is not something that all of the different licensing classes provide,” he says. “(Other programs) are not there to help you. They're there to make money and run a business, which is understandable. Everybody's got to run the business. But, Goodwill was really there. The business is almost ancillary to what they're trying to do for the people.”

Click HERE to learn more about the Goodwill TulsaWORKS programs.

Last Decade’s Fashion Can Still Do Some Good
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February is when most of the world’s top designers roll out their new looks. Whether the runway is in New York, London or Paris, these major shows set the fashion trends for the coming year.

Maybe all that style has you realizing it’s time to move on from your outdated clothes. Maybe you’re thinking about that blouse that was super cute back in 2017. You know the one with the floral print? Now, you don’t feel like it’s so special. Maybe it’s time to move on. And when you say goodbye to the blouse, make sure it has a second chance to be super cute for someone else.


By donating your gently used clothing to Goodwill, you are giving that blouse a second chance. You are also contributing to a process that funds jobs and job training for hundreds of people across the region. 

That’s super cool. And, you know what else is super cool? How easy we’ve made it for you to donate. We have more than thirty attended donation sites throughout eastern Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. Click here to learn more.


Break Up With Your Old Stuff
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Dear Vacation 2014 Shirt,

This is hard to say, but it has to be said. We’re over.

It was never really there anyway. We had a fling during that summer while I was on vacation. We had a great time! You’re in, like, half of my vacation photos. You came home with me. I introduced you to my friends and family. I even took you to work on a casual Friday.

But, I think we both know the sizzle died pretty fast. The last few years have been awkward. We both pass by each other each morning in the closet, and we both know I’m not going to wear you.

I still think you’re a great shirt. You’re just not going to be my shirt anymore. But, I want you to find someone new. That’s why I’m donating you to a Goodwill Industries of Tulsa attended donation center. That way you get a second chance, and our break up will help create jobs in the Tulsa area.


Your Old Friend

Goodwill TulsaWORKS Empowers People to Move Forward
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Goodwill TulsaWORKS exists to help those with employment barriers find their next job.

LaKenya recently graduated from our Workplace Computer Skills and Career Readiness Training. Career Readiness Training is offered to those adults struggling to enter the workforce. The course prepares a person for the job-application process. It dives deep into the best ways to handle interviews, showing students how to put their best foot forward.

LaKenya says, "I have not had an interview in 18 years, and TulsaWORKS helped to build my confidence."

Meanwhile, Workplace Computer Skills gave LaKenya the tools needed in many modern jobs. That includes teaching in Excel, Google and Outlook. 

“The courses gave me the skills I needed to build a resume,” LaKenya says. “Interviewing skills, financial literacy, job search strategies, and they enhanced my Microsoft Office skills.”

Now that LaKenya has graduated, Goodwill TulsaWORKS isn’t done helping her succeed. Our Career Navigators stay in contact with all of our graduates for a year after they complete a course. During that time, they help graduates to find job leads and any other resources they may need.

For more information on the programs Goodwill TulsaWORKS offers, click here.

Save Big on Valentine’s Day With Goodwill
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Hey. It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Did you know that? If the answer is, “no,” that’s totally fine. I didn’t realize it until I was told to write this. It’s, like, right around the corner.


Now that the shock has passed, let’s talk Valentine’s Day strategy. You want to treat your loved one special on Valentine’s Day, but you probably want to keep expenses down. Between flowers and date night, things can get expensive in a hurry. If you want to get your loved one a little something extra (but also stay under budget) come shop at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.

Jewelry is always a good place to start, and it’s especially good at Goodwill. We have prices on gently used jewelry beginning at $2.00 an item!

Our inventory is constantly changing. You can oftentimes find high-end jewelry on our shelves. You can buy those items for a fraction of the original price.

We've got something for everyone this Valentine's Day!

Don’t feel comfortable picking something out yourself? That’s totally understandable. I don’t either. What you CAN do is let them pick it out themselves. Our stores offer gift cards.

I’ve already told you some super great reasons to shop at Goodwill stores this month, but there's even more! When you shop at Goodwill, you are helping your community. More than $0.80 of every dollar spent at Goodwill goes towards our mission. That mission is to provide jobs and job training. That means your love gets spread around the community. How wholesome is that?!

To find the store nearest you, click here.

Goodwill Offers Training in the Basics of Computers
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Computers don’t have to be scary, and they shouldn’t be barriers to finding a new job. That’s why Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy offers Digital Readiness Training.

If someone you know is struggling to find work because they lack basic computer skills, this course is what they need. During this two-week course, they’ll learn the basics of how computers work. That includes how a keyboard works, how to navigate the internet, and internet safety.



Perhaps most importantly, though, they’ll gain much-needed confidence. The computer will no longer be a barrier to finding a job. The digital readiness training could very well turn the computer into the gateway to their next job.

Click here for information on signing up for the Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa Providing Free Tax Services
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Tax season can be frustrating and intimidating. Not only that, but tax preparation can also be expensive and time-consuming.

That’s why Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is facilitating the IRS Volunteer Income Assistance Program (VITA) for the Tulsa area. That means individuals or families can receive free tax preparation and filing as long as they have less $56,000 in household income.

If you qualify for VITA assistance, Goodwill’s certified and trained volunteers can help you file your taxes right. Our volunteers will make sure you claim all the right credits and get the best refund possible. We’re also making it as easy as possible for you to use our services. We have five locations spread across the Tulsa area.

Goodwill VITA Central, 1667 S. Yale Ave. | Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tulsa Dream Center, 200 W. 46th St. North | Mondays & Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

YWCA East Community Center, 8145 E. 17th St. | Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The CENTER for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Thursdays, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, 2800 Southwest Blvd. Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

If you make more than $56,000, then you may still be able to file for free. MyFreeTaxes is a service provided by our partner agency, United Way, and offers free online preparation and filing for many people regardless of their income. Click here to learn more.

Shopping at Goodwill Is One of Several Easy Ways to Go Green
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The best way to stick to your New Year’s resolutions is to start with easy steps that you can maintain. If you’re like many Americans, your resolutions probably include making more environmentally friendly decisions. Here are a handful of super easy changes you can make that will help you go green.

1) Donating to Goodwill
When you have gently used items you want to get rid of, don’t trash them. Donate them to Goodwill Industries of Tulsa! By doing that you are helping contribute in two ways towards a greener world. First, your old stuff isn’t heading towards a landfill where it could sit and rot for hundreds of years. Second, that item will later be bought. We’ll discuss how that is green below. We’ve made donating easy with 31 attended donation centers around the region.

2) Buying at Goodwill
When you buy at Goodwill you are buying items that otherwise could have ended up in a landfill. You are also buying items that didn’t require new and limited resources to make, because they were already made. Here’s a bonus: The clothing items sold in Goodwill stores are oftentimes name brand. So, you don’t even have to sacrifice style to go green!



3) Go paperless
Most major financial institutions, apartments, and retail stores are now offering an option to take care of your bills entirely online. It’s usually a quick and easy click to let your bank know you don’t want any more paper in the mail. It might seem small, but between the processing, printing and delivery of paper statements the environmental savings can add up.

4) Carpool
This is the kind of advice that sounds like a broken record because it’s repeated so often. But, that’s just because of how true it is. If you and a coworker or two live near each other then you can cut down not only the environmental cost but also the financial cost of commuting.

5) Turn the lights down
This is one of the easiest ways to make a small step towards sustainability, and it can help your budget, too! As you leave a room turn off the lights. Do this at your home, at your job, and anywhere else that makes sense. This directly cuts down on the power you are consuming each day.

Teachers Can Find Those Perfect Valentine’s Decorations at Goodwill
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Hello, teachers!

The start of February means that many of you are out searching for the right, love-themed decorations for your classroom. You’re looking for hearts, pinks, reds and anything else that helps set the vibe for Valentine’s Day.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has you covered. Tons (quite literally) of cupid-inspired decorations are hitting our store shelves right now. Everything from place settings to wall decorations to the right clothes are rolling out.


From clothing to place settings, Goodwill has what you need this Valentine's Day!



To make it even better: All of our items are affordable. There is no reason for you to break the bank to decorate your classroom.

Click here to find the location nearest you.

How Far Can $50 Go at Goodwill Stores?
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If you are like many Americans, you want to see your budget come under control in 2020. And, shopping at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa stores is a great way to help.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spends about $155 on clothing per month. That comes to about $50 per person.

If you shopped at a traditional retail store that might only be one or two items per month.
But, at Goodwill, that $50 can go a lot further. We ran a quick experiment during a visit the the Stone Creek Goodwill Store, located at 51st and County Line Road. For $50 and a few quarters, we were able to get:


3 shirts - $4.99-$5.99

1 sweater - $5.99

1 skirt - $4.99

1 pair of pants -$5.49

1 pair of boots - $12.99

1 purse - $4.99

All of this for $50!


Can you believe that?! The math works both ways. If you want to spend less money, but still get high-quality items, then Goodwill is the place for you.

Click here to find the Goodwill store nearest you.

Goodwill’s Supported Worker Programs Help Individuals Thrive
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The vision of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is simple. It reads:

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Inc. provides work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers.

A major part of seeing that mission come to life can be found in our community-based programs. Those include group worksites where adults with intellectual disabilities work under direct support.

Crystal is one such supported worker. She’s spent 16 years working in Goodwill’s Contract Services Program. There, she is tasked with a wide variety of jobs from assembling bags of spare parts to placing labels on bottles destined to be filled with oil. Those jobs are all done in partnership with outside companies.


“It’s pretty enjoyable because I love working with my coworkers and my job coaches,” Crystal says. “Especially my job coaches because they always try to get me to set my goals.”

Crystal says she can’t imagine her life any other way.

“Without Goodwill, I wouldn’t know where I’d be.”

Crystal says putting labels on bottles is her favorite task.


As much as Goodwill means to Crystal, she means just as much to her coworkers.

Contract Services Program Manager Janiss says, “she is always available to help her coworkers, and she loves her job.”

Janiss says Crystal brings a boost of energy to any room she enters.

“She’s always the one laughing, joking and kidding. It’s great for morale.”

Crystal says the her friends and coworkers are the best part of the job.

"To me, I’m like a big sister to them and they always come up to me for advice.”

For more information on our supported worker programs, click here.

Demand is High for Unarmed Private Security
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When you watch the big game next Sunday, see if you even notice. Tens of thousands of fans in the stands, and hundreds of players, coaches and event staff, will all stay safe. See if you spot the small army of security guards.

We take it for granted, but our safety is increasingly in the hands of private security.

From the big game to your local bank, more businesses and events are turning to private, unarmed security. Businesses want to know their employees and their property are safe. Those companies are using trained professionals who know the best way to handle tense situations.




If a career in this in-demand industry sounds right for you, then sign up for the Goodwill TulsaWORKS Unarmed Private Security class. During the two-week course, you’ll learn everything you need to start your career. The class covers a wide range of important topics from legal powers and limitations to investigations.

The course culminates in CLEET certification, a requirement for many private security companies.

For more information click here.


Goodwill Industries of Tulsa Attended Donation Centers Create Opportunities
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What happens when you donate at a Goodwill Industries of Tulsa attended donation center?
You pull up to one of our locations, and are greeted by a Goodwill employee who will help carry in your donations. It’s not just a drop-off box.

Our attended donation centers are just that: attended. It’s for a good reason. By having attended donation centers Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is able to provide even more jobs. And, jobs happen to be the main reason Goodwill exists.




At six of our donation centers you are likely to run into people working in our supported employment programs. These are individuals who have intellectual disabilities who work under direct support.

The next time you come to one of our donation centers remember that you are taking part in a process that is creating jobs and job opportunities in the Tulsa area.

Find your nearest donation center by clicking here.


It’s Never too Late to Start Something Great
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Most of us have a time in our lives when it becomes obvious we need to change something. We’ve been stuck in a rut with a job we don’t see giving us any opportunities to grow. It’s become stale, and that’s made the rest of our life go stale.

The mistake many of us make after realizing our job isn’t taking us where we want is to believe it’s too late to move on. We think the ship of opportunity has already set sail, and we weren’t on it. We think we should have figured out our career in our early 20s. Or our late 20s. Or at the very least our mid-30s. We think it is too late.

But that’s a boldfaced lie. It’s never too late for us to make a change, or to start something amazing. History is littered with real people who did great things they didn’t start until later in life. Mother Teresa grew to fame for a ministry she didn’t begin until she was 40. Walmart founder Sam Walton opened his first grocery store at 44. The actor Samuel L. Jackson landed his first major roll at 46. Henry Ford, the man who essentially created the automobile and manufacturing industries, didn’t see his first car roll off the assembly line until he was 45. “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder turned 65 as her first book went to the publishers.

What does that mean for us? It means it’s never too late to begin something great. The ship of opportunity hasn’t set sail. It’s still in the dock waiting for us to board.

If you feel it’s time to change jobs and start a career where you can grow, Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy can help. It offers certification classes in information technology, forklift and material handling, hospitality, and private security. It can be the place where you begin to do something great. It’s never too late.

Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy is Stepping into the Skills Gap
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The idea of a skills gap is often debated by economic experts. The debate has seen a recent shift towards the idea that several, smaller skills gaps now exist. As covered by HR Drive, the digital skills gap may be the one keeping the most people from finding meaningful employment.

These digital skills aren’t necessarily those required for a specific job, but are instead basic computer skills. The digital skills are now needed no matter what industry a person works in. From factories to food service, understanding your way around a computer is a must-have in 2020.

This is where Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy steps in. Our Digital Readiness Training is for someone who lacks those basic computer skills that our modern world requires. The free, 2-week class gives students the chance to learn the basics computers. That includes keyboarding, navigating the internet, email, and basic online safety. The Digital Readiness class gives a person confidence to navigate the modern world.

Click here if you know someone struggling to navigate employment because they lack basic computer skills.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is Proud to Partner with Tulsa Route 66 Main Street
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Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is committed to seeing our neighbors on the Mother Road flourish. That’s why we are partnering with Tulsa Route 66 Main Street.

Tulsa Route 66 Main Street exists to promote the quality of everyday life, commerce and tourism along the Route 66 corridor in Tulsa. It just so happens that Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has two stores, administrative offices, a processing center, classrooms, a donation site and more on Route 66.

We want to see the area continue to improve for our employees and our neighbors. In fact, we view the success of our neighbors as crucial for the success of Goodwill’s vision.

It’s our job to help others find work. Ideally work in an economy (and more specifically a neighborhood) that is thriving.

If you want to help support the Route 66 community in Tulsa then consider attending Tulsa Route 66 Main Street’s annual fundraiser: East Meets West. This year the theme is Roaring Twenties. That is Saturday, February 15.

You're invited to East Meets West!


Look great and shop green at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
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So, it’s the start of the New Year and you want to live more sustainable. You are dead set on lowering your carbon footprint. That’s super cool and super good for the Earth. The two big fears people have when trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle are that it will be difficult, and it will lower a person’s quality of life.

Those fears don’t always hold true. By simply shopping at the Goodwill Industries of Tulsa store in your area you are helping create a more sustainable world. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Raw materials, from wood to cotton to plastics to metals, are needed to create most of the things we use in our daily lives. That includes shirts, small kitchen appliances, books and more. When you buy something new, you are indirectly pulling from the limited resources on our planet.

You can look great and go green at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.


But when you choose to buy something from Goodwill, it doesn’t require dipping into the limited raw resources of Earth. That’s because those items already exist. They were already created, bought once, gently used, and then donated to Goodwill. In fact, when you shop at Goodwill stores you are taking part in a process that diverts more than 16 million pounds of clothes and household items out of area landfills!

What makes is even better is that secondhand doesn’t equal second-rate. Quite literary tons of brand-name, gently used products are placed on Goodwill Store floors each week. You can buy a nearly new pair of Prada shoes and know you also helped the environment.

Click here to find the closest Goodwill store to your home.

Let Your Donations Do Good
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Many of us will resolve to do good this year. One thing we might commit to is to do more things for our community. One of the easiest way you can give back is by donating your gently used clothes and household items to Goodwill.

More than 200 people are employed in the transporting, sorting, and processing of your donations. Those are jobs which exist only because of the kindness of people like you. Your donations are then sent to Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s stores, where another 150 people are employed. From beginning to end your donations help those in your community pay their bills, buy their food, and have a higher quality of life.



It doesn’t stop there, though. Goodwill Job Connection helps connect those in need of work with those who are hiring. If someone has been struggling to find stable work, Goodwill Job Connection will offer resume and application assistance, job leads, referrals, and more free of charge. We are able to provide these services because of your donations. Between processing donations, stores, our job services, and administration roughly 550 people are employed because of you.

Your donations may seem small, and even easy, but they pay dividends for our community. We have more than 30 attended donation centers spread around the region to make it even easier for you to be part of the job-creation process.

Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy can open the door to a career for the rest of your life
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The Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy offers you more than just a path to your next job. The classes can give you a boost into a long-term career.

If you want to transition into a new career that has (literally) tons of potential for growth, Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy’s forklift certification is the kick start you need.

The Tulsa area is undergoing a boom in distribution and manufacturing. It’s because the city lies at the heart of the nation. The region is seeing new distribution centers pop up all the time. And that means new jobs open up practically every day.

Our forklift training area offers hands-on experience in the operation of several classes of forklift.

A good, hard-working participant who completes our forklift course should be able to find a job in one of those many distribution centers. That person may begin as a warehouse associate or entry level crew member. But, after a year or so their forklift certification could open doors. They’d likely be able to move into a role as a lift truck operator. And, that’s not the end of the line. It is absolutely reasonable to believe that person could move into management within five years of completing our course.

Our three-day class gives a person intimate knowledge of forklift operation and safety with plenty of hands-on training. The course is OSHA compliant in forklift classes I, III, IV, and V. Employers will often still require you to pass their company-specific training after being hired.

To sign up, click here.

We need your help to provide free tax services to the region
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We need your help to provide free tax services to the region

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is proud to facilitate the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. More commonly referred to as VITA, the program offers free assistance filing taxes for anyone with a household income of $56,000 or less. It’s a program that helps bring millions of dollars back to the region, and helps lift up those who could use some extra help this tax season.

We can’t do it alone, though. We need volunteers to:
- Help assist in tax preparation and review
- Host and greet our clients
- Help those who intend to set aside and save part of their return

Our volunteers say being a part of the VITA program is a rewarding way to give back.

“Friends ask me why I still volunteer for VITA,” says Paula, a longtime volunteer. “It’s because it is so rewarding to help people save money by not paying to have their taxes done, and to help them realize all the refund credits due to them. It’s a small investment for me that produces great rewards for the clients.”.

“Volunteering with VITA is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience,” says Teresa. “The clients are so grateful. It feels good to help others by using my skills.”

We offer free, on-site training and flexible hours. Our VITA sites are open days, nights and some Saturdays.

The new you of the New Year doesn’t need last year’s clutter
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The new you of the New Year doesn’t need last year’s clutter

The start of a new year is an obvious place to reset some of your life. Cleaning out your clutter can kick off your year right by removing some of the things holding you back.

Clutter is the great killer of creativity. It’s hard to imagine yourself finishing a cute craft, redecorating your home, or even going to the gym when you are constantly stepping around items you don’t use — or even want. Organizing your home could be the kick start you need to tackle other areas of your life you want to improve

Cleaner, more organized spaces will give you confidence. Sometimes just seeing that sweater in your closet (the one you’ve only worn once in the last six years) can weigh on your mind. It’s in the way, you don’t like it, and there’s a sort of built-in guilt associated with owning something you aren’t using. That guilt and frustration can give you a sort of mental hiccup, adding some frustration to your life. By moving on from that sweater, you’re removing one more item from your life that is doing nothing but standing in your way.

So, what to do you do? That’s easy. You grab those items you don’t like and don’t need and donate them to any of more than thirty goodwill donation centers in the area. That way, not only are you moving on from those unwanted items, but you can also change the way you remember them. Instead of just guilt and frustration, you can know those items are helping to do good in your community by providing jobs and job training for folks in your community.

Shopping on a budget doesn’t have to be a compromise
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Shopping on a budget doesn’t have to be a compromise

With the start of a new year you may be looking to keep your new purchases within a new, resolution-inspired budget. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is the perfect place to turn if you want to cut your costs but you don’t want to sacrifice style.

Every day gently used name-brand clothing items are donated, sorted, and put onto the shelves of our stores. These items are typically sold at a fraction of the original price tag. That’s good news for your budget and your style.

Some of the name-brand items that have been sold in our stores include Prada shoes, Ralph Lauren shirts, sportswear by Nike and Adidas, and a Titleist golf bag!

We’ve also made shopping at our stores super easy with 11 stores spread throughout the region! So come out, save money, and stay stylish.

High school students receive skills they need to transition into the workforce
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High school students receive skills they need to transition into the workforce

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and its partners have created a pilot program to prepare students for life after graduation. Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy, Tulsa’s Webster High School, AAON, Tulsa Community College, Workforce Tulsa, and Central Bank are all partners on the program.

The students spent the fall semester learning skills that will help them find, apply for, and land jobs after graduation. That teaching has included professional skills, computer skills, and mock interviews with area professionals. The mock interview is a process that develops the poise necessary for the professional world.


“It made me feel more confident,” said Frances, a junior at Webster High School. “He told me to work on my eye contact and gave me tips on that eye contact.”

Frances says the entire pilot program is expanding what is possible for her future by allowing her to experience the professional world in a way no other program at Webster can.
Part of that experience begins next semester when students will receive training and certification on forklift and materials handling. To give the students real-world job experience, AAON will then give paid internships to each student. The teens will also receive a bank account from Central Bank and training on how best to budget and manage their money.

Thanks to this program, students will graduate high school with the skills they need to immediately find and maintain employment.

Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy extends beyond helping high school students. If you or someone you now could benefit from training in a new career path in information technology, forklift and material handling, private security, or hospitality then click on this link to learn more.

#GivingTuesday at Goodwill
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Want to join us? We are participating in #GivingTuesday this year and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Your support is what allows us to serve hundreds of people in our community each year. Thank you!

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa provides work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers.

We have a goal of raising $2,500 this year! You can help us get there by either, joining the conversation online and creating a Facebook Fundraising Page, or by donating directly.


If you'd like to involve your friends and family, download the Step-by-Step instructions below on How To Create a Facebook Fundraising Page for Goodwill.  

Facebook Fundraising How To

Oh, and don't forget to download the photo below with the #GivingTuesday filter
to include on your page.

#GivingTuesday photo

If you'd like to donate directly to Goodwill,
click the link below to see how your donation strengthens our community.

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About #GivingTuesday
  • Founded in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.
  • #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.
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Goodwill Halloween DIY: Pipe cleaner Spiders
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

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.”


Click on a name to get information about the event organizers:
A New Leaf
The Bridges Foundation
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.


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
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

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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