From participant to part-timer

LaDonna Seely

By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
When Clarence moved to Minneapolis from Chicago in 2008 seeking a new start, he was a widowed father of five with two bum knees. A construction worker by trade, two total knee replacements rendered Clarence a Social Security Disability Insurance recipient. It wasn’t enough to pay the bills. He found his way to Goodwill-Easter Seals and to our Work Incentives Connection program. Clarence learned he could contribute Continue reading

Goodwill’s first national Halloween poll

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By Staff Blogger Mary Beth Casement
This year is the first year of Goodwill’s annual National Halloween Poll, and we’re excited to be able to share the results with you! We asked about parties and costumes for the whole family – and we even asked some industry experts to weigh in on current trends. If you want to know more about how people are celebrating Halloween in the weeks ahead, we’ve got you covered in this blog post, so read on! Continue reading

5 hats you will need this fall / winter

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By Guest Blogger Zhenya Hutson
Hats are fun and can be great accessories that go with the outfit. There are plenty of cheap, funky styles at local thrift stores like Goodwill. But hats can be tricky at the same time. How do I style my hair when I wear a hat? How do I make sure the hat looks good? What do I wear it with? It’s no surprise that to a lot of us, especially living in Minnesota, hats come as a necessity first and an accessory second. We tend to be practical and warm with our fall/winter head gear. Continue reading

Fresh from the catwalk: Spring trends 2015

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Herzog
Today we’re going to be talking about translating the latest trends without blowing your budget. Fashion Week is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s like Christmas for 7 days straight, with every runway show a new set of presents. Except unfortunately they’re just for looking, at and I don’t get to take all the clothes home. I know, I know – runway shows can be pretty intimidating because every inch of fabric costs a fortune, right? Continue reading

Easy adult Halloween costumes for 2014

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By Staff Blogger Mary Beth Casement
We’re just a few weeks away from Halloween! If you haven’t already started thinking about your costume, now is the time! Halloween costumes don’t have to be complicated or expensive. At Goodwill, we think cheap and easy costumes are the best way to go. Here are a few examples of how you can put together a perfect costume this season.

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Making a difference as an AmeriCorps VISTA


By Business Developer and Financial Literacy Navigator Chelsea Rollay
My interest in being an AmeriCorps VISTA began when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I studied the causes of poverty and inequalities in our society, but I wanted to become more involved in the efforts to end poverty. I especially wanted to be involved with helping communities affected by our criminal justice system. Being a VISTA with Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has given me Continue reading