2013 Participant of the Year: a story of survival


By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
Tortured for his political beliefs, John fled Zimbabwe, leaving behind his wife, four children, a house and a successful banking job. After graduating our Banking and Finance course, he landed a job with Wells Fargo. “The ending is unknown and always a surprise,” is his favorite quote. “They got me at a bus stop and dragged me into the toilet,” John said of his captors. “They hit me with a very big iron [pipe] on my head and I was left for dead.” Continue reading

3 ways to dress up your thrifted cashmere

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
None of us want to admit it, but soon the snow will fly again. And when it does, we’ll need to haul out our boots and scarves and layers. Most Minnesotans know that cashmere is a fabulous winter fiber that is just as soft as it is warm. Most of us also know that a quality cashmere sweater can cost between $100 and $450 bought new. Which is why I’m here to recommend hitting up your local Goodwill for some gently used cashmere; Continue reading

Goodwill hunting: Inspired (again) by Jessica Alba

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By Guest Blogger Megan from Two Birds
Have you ever seen Jessica Alba look bad? I honestly don’t think I have. She could throw on a pair of sweats and an old tee, and she’d make it look cute with a big scarf, wedge booties, and a swipe of lip gloss. I would have to say that if I could have the wardrobe of any actress, it would be her. She can go from every day mom to Hollywood glam in a minute. Here she is somewhere in between, rocking an oversized sweater. I’m trying my best Continue reading

Opportunities, hope, new road for graduate


By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
A graduation speech from the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Banking and Finance training commencement Sept. 5. My name is Julie Henderson, I came from 25-plus years as a professional in the graphic arts industry. When that came to an end for me, I was at a standstill. Being a person of action, I set out to find a change in my career path where I could grow and find opportunities. Continue reading

Trending for fall: Plaid, florals and shades of sangria

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
It’s time, once again, to examine all the hot “new” trends for the fall season. It’s also time to remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles trending right now that you can easily track down at your favorite local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.) Continue reading

Update on Goodwill payment card issue

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By President and CEO Michael Wirth-Davis
In July, Goodwill Industries International (GII) announced that some Goodwill stores may have been affected by a data security issue. Following the announcement, GII and the potentially affected Goodwill members engaged a third-party forensic expert to conduct an extensive investigation of this issue. Based on the investigation, there is no evidence that data of our Goodwill shoppers in Minnesota or western Wisconsin Continue reading