Goodwill generally offers a selection of deeply discounted bar stools, small tables, bistro tables, folding tables, chairs, lamps and more. Think about what you need to make it comfortable.
Organize the learning area. How will your student organize their materials? You could use plastic tubs, shoe boxes, or shelves to store learning materials and supplies. Goodwill always has a ton of different storage options.
Set the daily schedule. This timing might be different for every family. But, because children function best within structure, maintaining a routine will be super important. Start with setting a schedule that is similar to their traditional school day. If you want to be precise, while also offering a learning opportunity, try tracking time with an unusual wall clock or any clock with hands. You can also build a cheap activity chart with materials you find at Goodwill. An old frame glued onto cardboard makes great bulletin board!
Build in fun activities. Goodwill has so many items for arts and crafts it is overwhelming. Pick a project on Pinterest and we guarantee you can find 90% of the supplies here. Keeping them busy on a project will also, hopefully, give you some free time. It’s all about creativity, parents!
1. Gather and prepare all job search info needed/required
2 . Prepare a resume and a cover letter
3. Check your online personal profiles for professionalism
4. Take advantage of continuing education and training to broaden your skills
5. Set aside time for finding job announcements and applying for jobs
6. Only use trusted job search engines such as Indeed or Glassdoor
7. Spend more time applying for jobs and less time “looking”
8. Communicate professionally
9. Prepare for each interview
10. Interview Tips
Veterans At Risk Due To COVID-19’s Devastating Economic Impact Are Finding Free Help To Recover At Goodwill.
New Mexico Veterans and their families can find FREE HELP to recover from housing and economic hardship at Goodwill. Goodwill’s free services are broad but include independent housing, covering past due rent or utilities, and job placement support to secure the veteran a great job. The process is swift. All of this usually takes place within hours to days of the qualified veteran’s approved application for assistance.
This comprehensive level of assistance is not new to Goodwill. It’s part of the many free social service programs available to all New Mexicans since 1941. Marketing Manager, Pamela Russom, says, “we have nine free programs and services. Three of which cater specifically to veterans. Our dedicated teams consist of caseworkers with master-level degrees and backgrounds in the military. We know exactly how to help a veteran get back on their feet, and we have the resources to make it happen fast. Last year we served over 1800 New Mexico veterans.”
If you know a veteran or are a veteran in need, please call Goodwill’s corporate office at (505)881-6401 between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Veterans can also go online and submit their application for services here.
We are open and ready to serve you! As of May 16th, our stores reopened, except for Gallup and Farmington, which remain closed through June 1st to comply with our Governor's Executive Order. Keep in mind; all stores will have temporary hours of operation until further notice, so please visit: goodwillnm.org/store-locations before shopping. Also, be aware that shoppers must observe social distancing, wear a mask while in the stores, and clean their hands before shopping. For the safety of everyone, please stay home if you are sick.
What are we doing to protect you?
We are following the CDC's guidelines on social distancing, and our staff is wearing masks. Greeters are posted at each entrance, maintaining our capacity limits. We sanitize the shopping carts after use, the stores at 2-hour intervals, and deep-clean nightly. Additionally, safety signage is posted at all entrances with directions for shoppers.
We've received numerous questions about the cleanliness of donated items. The items in our store are deemed safe. No evidence has been presented that COVID-19 can spread through proximity to general household items. However, as a precaution measure, donations remain under warehouse quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours, and in most cases, much longer.
We are doing everything we can to make sure you have a safe and happy shopping experience and are glad to welcome you back!
Thieves caught on camera are stealing and looting items left at closed Goodwill donation centers. Stealing donated goods is a crime and destroys the promise of donations transforming into free programs and services for New Mexicans. Donors can help by holding their drop-offs until stores and their donation centers reopen.
Goodwill is abiding by the recent mandate from Governor Lujan, closing all non-essential business. But the generous donations keep coming. Shauna Kastle, President, and CEO of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico says, “You can imagine how grateful we are for the community’s support at this time! But now we have to plead for donors to stop. We hope the community will understand what’s happening and help us prevent theft by holding items until we are permitted to reopen.
As a partner in your community for 79 years, Goodwill remains committed to advancing our mission to provide skills training, job development, and social services to New Mexicans. Our commitment is genuine now during these difficult times and will continue to be in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Thank you for your continued support of Goodwill and all those served!
Watch as the thief below takes box after box of donations!
We are abiding by the recent mandate from Governor Lujan, closing all non-essential businesses. But the generous donations keep coming. Donors are being asked to hold their drop-offs until stores and their donation centers reopen.
Shauna Kastle, President, and CEO of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico says, “You can imagine how grateful we are for the community’s support at this time! But now we have to plead for donors to stop dropping-off items. We hope the community will understand what’s happening and help us by holding drop-offs until we are permitted to reopen. We know the public wants their donations to be used toward funding free programs and services for New Mexicans and not to be subject to loss or damage.”
We understand people are in the midst of spring cleaning, and while working from home, they may be re-organizing their space. So, we will be ready to happily accept drop-off donations as soon our organization is back in operation. As a partner in the community for 79 years, Goodwill remains committed to advancing our mission to provide skills training, job development, and social services to New Mexicans. Our commitment is genuine now during these difficult times and will continue to be in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Thank you for your continued support of Goodwill and all those served!
We have published a great list of resources available in the following communities: Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Santa Fe, Clovis, Roswell, Gallup and Farmington. We hope this information helps if you are experiencing a need that is not served by one of our nine free programs. If you want to learn more about Goodwill's free programs and services visit the "Who We Help" page.
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We have temporarily suspended all group activities including training, classes and job fairs in response to state and federal requirements for social distancing. As our communities work together to keep you and your family safe, we would like to reassure you that your health and well-being are top priorities for us as well. As a mission-based nonprofit organization, Goodwill cares deeply for the program participants we serve, and the many donors, shoppers, employees that allow us to help others in our communities every day.
To those we serve through our mission and programs, we are very mindful of your health and well-being. It is our top priority. We continue to work hard to find solutions to provide the services you need while maintaining a healthy, safe environment.
We have communicated to our employees regarding preventative practices and preparedness plans. Our employees are using CDC recommended handwashing health, and we are actively cleaning all common areas.
We also continue to keep a close watch on the evolving situation and the guidance provided by the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and state and local governments.
As a partner for more than 78 years, we remain committed to continuing our mission of helping people facing challenges build skills, find jobs, and grow their careers. This is true now during these difficult times as well as in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Thank you in advance for your patience as we determine how best to continue serving our communities, our employees, and you.
Flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears are always a great way to show your valentine some love, but making something from scratch is even better! By getting a few inexpensive items from your local Goodwill, you can create something thoughtful and creative! Try this Kids DIY Valentine's Day Ornament!
What you'll need:
You will need both the box lid and bottom to create your cardboard frame. Hold them together as you cut out a heart-shaped frame. When you're done, you should have two matching cardboard frames. You want the frame to measure about 5" x 5". Next, paint 25 puzzle pieces red, 25 white, and 25 pink. Once all the pieces are fully dry, you can begin hot gluing each one to the heart-shaped frame. Stagger each piece on the frame and try to keep colors separate from each other.
Once all pieces are glued and dried, turn the decorated frame over and glue the twin frame on the back. Lastly, create a paper ribbon by cutting out a 1-inch thick rectangle with a length that's a little bit bigger than the width of your heart frame. Fold each end of the paper and cut out a triangle at each end to create that ribbon look. In red marker, write your love note on the ribbon and glue both ends to each side of the heart frame. And ta' da! You have a cute handmade valentine's gift!
Goodwill Industries of New Mexico is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit. In 2019, we were able to serve over 20,000 New Mexicans because the donation volume was very healthy. But right now we need help! Our ability to reach another 20,000 New Mexicans with free programs and services, in 2020, is entirely dependent on the community’s response to this donation plea. The need is urgent. The best time for donating is today through the end of January.
What happens to these donations? They fund our free programs and services. A single bag of donations can fund one hour of free job skills training or job placement assistance to an unemployed New Mexican! Donors are truly making a tremendous contribution to the community. And it’s why we say, “Every donation changes lives!”
What type of items can be donated?
• Clothing/Shoes • Handbags/Accessories • Holiday decorations
• Jewelry • Furniture • E-waste
• Home Décor/Artwork • Housewares/Linens • Exercise equipment
• Small Kitchen Appliances • Electronics • Toys
Goodwill has been serving New Mexicans for 78 years and currently offers nine free programs and services. 2020 indicators point to an increased need for veteran housing, specialized social services, skills training, and job placement for New Mexicans. This anticipated need is the motivation behind our donation plea.
Goodwill makes donating as easy as possible by offering home pick-up across the metro and Rio Rancho, and 15 donation centers across the state. To find out if you are in a home-pickup zone or to locate the Goodwill donation center nearest to you visit www.goodwillnm.org.
Please be one of the generous donors who respond to this urgent plea!