Driver – Calgary, AB

June 22, 2017

Date Posted:                           June 22, 2017

Application Deadline:              June 29, 2017

Job Type:                                Seasonal Contract – July 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Great Work. Great People. Great Place. GREAT Purpose.

 Are you looking for a career that makes a real difference in the lives of Albertans? Do you want to be part of a growing organization with opportunities for development? Do you want to look forward to coming to work every day? Then Goodwill Industries of Alberta is the place for you!

 About Goodwill:

Goodwill is dedicated to providing people with disabilities the opportunity to find meaningful employment. This is made possible as a direct result of the generosity of Albertans in our community who choose to donate to Goodwill, where these items are resold through our successful retail stores. Our dedicated, ambitious and hard-working team members are the key to our success. By embodying Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Recognition, Customer Service and Safety, our organization is driven towards GREATness.

 The Opportunity:

The Driver is responsible for the transportation of materials to and from retail stores, donation centers and other departments using company trucks in a safe and efficient manner

Key Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Logistics Manager your key responsibilities will include:

Successful candidates will have:

*Must be able to work evenings and weekends

 The Application Process:

For more information on Goodwill Industries of Alberta and what we offer, please visit our website at www.goodwill.ab.ca.

Candidates interested in this opportunity should forward their Resume and Cover letter outlining how they are a GREAT fit with Goodwill via email to careers@goodwill.ab.ca by June 29, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest wanting to be a part of our GREAT purpose. Only applicants who submit a full application will be considered.

Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to a Criminal Record Check

Goodwill Industries of Alberta is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind.

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Summer Solstice

June 20, 2017

Making the Most of Your Summer

How do you know when you’re doing summer right? Simple. When you’re spending as much time outside every day as possible and saving money on your summertime essentials. If you live in a place that celebrates all four seasons, there’s just something so special about the summer. We shiver through winter dreaming of sunlit afternoons lounging on the lawn, so we owe it to ourselves to take full advantage of these radiant days.

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Here at Goodwill®, we would love to help you make the most of your summer. Let’s start with attire, shall we? For some women, Summer means dressing in less to keep cool but feeling uncomfortable doing so. Don’t feel discouraged, ladies! It isn’t just you. The truth is that most women have some insecurities once their summer skin starts to show. But every body type has a flattering fit; it’s finding it that can be the challenge.

Now that you’ve pinned down a summer clothing solution and you’re feeling a little more comfortable, let’s head outside! Of course, hitting the beach, hiking and biking are all viable options for August activities, but let’s not underestimate the relaxing qualities of gardening in your own backyard!

But why step inside after the sun goes down? You don’t have to if you follow this DIY tutorial from Houzz.com. With a quick trip to your local Goodwill and a hardware store, you can put together a dreamy solar-powered table lamp like this and enjoy summer breezes well into the night.

 

Julia Marchand

is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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Yellow Tag Sale!

June 18, 2017

Great deals! 50% off Yellow tags from June 18th to June 24th, 2017.

Come down to your local Goodwill to find some great deals!

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Driver – Edmonton Impact Centre

June 9, 2017

Date Posted:                           June 9, 2017

Application Deadline:              June 16, 2017

Job Type:                                FT Hourly

Great Work. Great People. Great Place. GREAT Purpose.

 Are you looking for a career that makes a real difference in the lives of Albertans? Do you want to be part of a growing organization with opportunities for development? Do you want to look forward to coming to work every day? Then Goodwill Industries of Alberta is the place for you!

 About Goodwill:

Goodwill is dedicated to providing people with disabilities the opportunity to find meaningful employment. This is made possible as a direct result of the generosity of Albertans in our community who choose to donate to Goodwill, where these items are resold through our successful retail stores. Our dedicated, ambitious and hard-working team members are the key to our success. By embodying Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Recognition, Customer Service and Safety, our organization is driven towards GREATness.

 The Opportunity:

The Driver is responsible for the transportation of materials to and from retail stores, donation centers and other departments using company trucks in a safe and efficient manner

Key Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Logistics Manager your key responsibilities will include:

Successful candidates will have:

*Must be able to work evenings and weekends

 The Application Process:

For more information on Goodwill Industries of Alberta and what we offer, please visit our website at www.goodwill.ab.ca.

Candidates interested in this opportunity should forward their Resume and Cover letter outlining how they are a GREAT fit with Goodwill via email to careers@goodwill.ab.ca by June 16, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest wanting to be a part of our GREAT purpose. Only applicants who submit a full application will be considered.

Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to a Criminal Record Check

Goodwill Industries of Alberta is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind.

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Upcycling a Metal Rolling Cart in Four Easy Steps

June 1, 2017

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This rusty cart has been a part of our home since we thrifted it three years ago, and it’s always been one of my favorites. I love the utility of having accessible, easily transportable storage, and my favorite things are the ones that, like this, come with stories (i.e., paint splotches, rust spots and water rings from glasses long-since emptied). My husband and I are currently looking to buy our first home, so I am busy as a bee thrifting and fixing up the perfect pieces to fill it.

 

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I was pleasantly surprised with how simple this remake was! For supplies I needed paint, brushes, painter’s tape, steel wool, a dust mask and coarse sandpaper. I had originally wanted to spray paint the cart, but when I went down to my local hardware store, the color options for regular paint were just so much better! A kind employee helped me mix this color specifically, and I am absolutely in love. I didn’t catch her name, but owe her a big “thank you” for bringing this perfect Tangerine Fusion into my life. (And there’s plenty more for future projects!)

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The only advice I have if you want to try this is to do it in the summer! It’s still below freezing here, so the sanding was chilly and the painting had to happen indoors. That wouldn’t have been possible with spray paint, so I’m happy I went with regular. If it’s already warm where you are, then grab those supplies and head to Goodwill (where the dollars you spend will provide individuals with opportunities to turn jobs into careers) to look for a metal cart of your own.

Now, let’s get started!

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Step 1: Take your cart, steel wool, sandpaper and elbow grease outside! I started by shining up the legs, which had acquired some pretty intense rust dots. To my surprise, getting rid of these is as simple as rubbing them with steel wool! You can see the pre-steel wool rust spots below the screw and the parts I’ve already fixed above it—pretty nice, huh?
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Step 2: Cover your face with a dust mask and start scrubbing all of the painted parts with sandpaper. You don’t need to take off all of the paint; you just need to create an even surface with plenty of traction for the paint to stick to. I dedicated a couple of hours to this task.

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Step 3: Use a rag or damp paper towel to clean off all of the dust from sanding. Make sure the metal is completely dry, and put painter’s tape over the legs where they connect with the trays to protect them (you could also take the cart apart). Keep in mind that if the old paint is dark and the new paint is light, you’ll need primer or several coats of paint. When you’re ready, start painting!

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Step 4: Allow your paint to dry according to the directions, apply a second coat if necessary (I did), dry again, remove tape and put to use! I’m so happy with this spring transformation and encourage you to give it a shot, too.

Happy cart hunting!

xx, Julia

Julia Marchand

Julia Marchand is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.

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Power of Work Supervisor – Edmonton

May 19, 2017

Date Posted:                           May 19, 2017

Application Deadline:              June 2, 2017

Job Type:                                FT Salaried (Temporary contract – Maternity Leave Coverage)

Great Work. Great People. Great Place. GREAT Purpose.

 Are you looking for a career that makes a real difference in the lives of Albertans? Do you want to be part of a growing organization with opportunities for development? Do you want to look forward to coming to work every day? Then Goodwill Industries of Alberta is the place for you!

 About Goodwill:

Goodwill is dedicated to providing people with disabilities the opportunity to find meaningful employment. This is made possible as a direct result of the generosity of Albertans in our community who choose to donate to Goodwill, where these items are resold through our successful retail stores. Our dedicated, ambitious and hard-working team members are the key to our success. By embodying Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Recognition, Customer Service and Safety, our organization is driven towards GREATness.

 The Opportunity:

The Supervisor, Power of Work is responsible for assisting with the supervision and coordination of POW employees. This includes providing supervision and coaching to Employment Coaches and Coordinators to ensure we are expertly supporting individuals to reach their employment goals. We are looking for an experienced Human Services professional to play a key role in continuously improving services related to POW employment programs and proactively identify the needs of POW to support long term sustainability and growth.

Key Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Manager, Power of Work, your key professional accountabilities and responsibilities will include:

Successful candidates will have:

*Must have own vehicle, a valid class 5 driver’s license, vehicle insurance, appropriate registration and a clean driving record.

 

The Application Process:

For more information on Goodwill Industries of Alberta and what we offer, please visit our website at www.goodwill.ab.ca.

Candidates interested in this opportunity should forward their Resume and Cover letter outlining how they are a GREAT fit with Goodwill via email to careers@goodwill.ab.ca by June 2, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest wanting to be a part of our GREAT purpose. Only applicants who submit a full application will be considered.

Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to a Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Check.

Goodwill Industries of Alberta is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind.

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Thrifting for men!

May 15, 2017

Thrifting for Men

By Julia Marchand

I started thrifting alone as a way to pass time while I waited for my husband to finish up a class he was taking. Soon I found that thrift trips are even more fun with a friend along for the ride. But I didn’t ask my husband to come Goodwill® hunting with me for a long time thinking that he wouldn’t really be interested. How wrong I was! He embraces the magic of a good thrifting trip just as much as I do, and has even found several of our all-time favorite second-hand purchases. I know he’s not alone, so today I thought it might be fun to focus on thrifting for the fellas!

Every guy should have at least one good blazer. You never know when you’ll need it for a special event or an interview. But, my gosh, finding one that fits well and will last is shockingly hard! Thankfully, there’s Goodwill. Nicole of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. (Astoria) knew that was just the place to take her boyfriend when he was in search of a blazer. They ended up going home with two classy brand name pieces and saving $200 from the jackets’ regular retail price!

Dina from the blog Dina’s Days found similar success when hunting for an outfit for her mister. She had more than just a blazer to search for, though. Her friend had challenged her to recreate the above look on the left using only what she could track down in thrift stores. It was a cinch! She found the shirt and blazer quickly at her local Goodwill and conquered the pocket-square no problem with a little DIY action. Et voila! A stylish men’s look with very little time and money invested.

Now that we’ve gotten our fix of fancy man-style, let’s move on to something that most guys would be much more excited about DIY Man Cave décor. Nate over at Goodwill Industries of Denver (Colorado) created a super simple art project with VHS box covers. I love the 007 theme, but equally, adore the fact that these covers could be swapped out to include any six movies! Maybe try your guy’s top six movies of all time, stick with a franchise like Nate did, or six films starring his favorite actor. The one great décor tip I take away from this project is: Obsolete objects make for great crafting supplies! Check out the full post for instructions on how you can make this yourself.

What does Goodwill do with the dollars you spend in their stores? They do a lot of things! One is to help individuals with barriers to employment find job training and placement. Happy thrifting!

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Getting Organized!

May 5, 2017

Getting Organized—

As Easy as A-B-C…and D

When spring cleaning, you may be taking the opportunity to streamline your accumulation of housewares, clothing, shoes and books. How do you decide what goes and what stays?

Getting organized is all about decisions. My definition of clutter is “delayed decisions and delayed actions.Everything you see sitting around on your countertops is a decision that hasn’t been made (whether to keep it, where to put it, etc.) or an action that hasn’t been taken (need to return it to the store, need to take it to the garage, etc.).

Our favorite way to help you make decisions is by using our A-B-C-D prioritization tool.

Think of each item and any potential storage places as A, B, C or D, according to the definitions below:

“A” things are used frequently, even daily or multiple times per day, like your toothbrush or your paper towels. “A” spaces are your countertops and other flat surfaces; the most eye-level, easy-to-reach shelves; the handiest drawers; and the other most easily accessible spaces in your home.

“B” things are used often but just not as frequently as the “A” things, like a blender or maybe a large salad bowl. They need to be put in “B” spaces, meaning behind “A” things, above or below “A” things, inside a cabinet or in otherwise less accessible spots.

“C” things are used, but they are used infrequently or seasonally, such as holiday decorations. They need to be in “C” places that are less accessible and completely out of the way of the daily flow of living in your home.

“D” things are items you actually do not use, but you feel you have to keep them anyway, like old tax records or spare furniture. Categorizing something as “D” does not automatically mean it’s bad and should be discarded, but “D” things need to be in “D” places, as out of the way as possible. Of course, we encourage you to think carefully about donating “D” things, since by definition you are not using them, and, well, D is for Donate, right? 😉

The goal is to get the “A” things in the “A” places, and the “D” things in the “D” places. We often see “C” things in “A” places, and so on, taking up valuable real estate in your space.

Ideally, your home would have mostly “A” and “B” things you really use and love, and very few “C” and “D” items.

During this phase of reviewing and deciding, it’s helpful to ask yourself some questions when you are unsure about an item. Here are some of our favorites:

 

 

What would your home feel like if you only had things you intentionally wanted and needed — things you use and love? Be choosy about what surrounds you, and donate what you no longer need to Goodwill® so it can find a good home and help people in your own community with job training and placement and other services and opportunities. Find your nearest donation center at http://www.goodwill.ab.ca/get-involved/donate-goods/

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Thank You For Your Donations!

Every time you donate and shop at Goodwill you help us connect Albertans with disabilities to meaningful employment.

Thank you!

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Goodwill Opens Biggest Store and New Donation Centre at Calgary Beacon Heights Friday

New Store Home to Goodwill’s First Career Training Centre for Calgarians with Disabilities

Calgary, AB (May 4, 2017) – Calgarians can thrift shop and drop their donations at Goodwill’s newest location at Beacon Heights starting May 12. Goodwill Beacon Heights is the biggest Goodwill store in the city and it’s located right next to the busy Beacon Hill shopping area in the NW. When Calgarians donate and shop at Goodwill they provide meaningful jobs for Calgarians with disabilities in our Calgary stores. The new Beacon Heights store is also home to Goodwill’s new Training and Career Development Centre. “What’s unique about Goodwill’s Training and Career Development Centre is it provides hands-on training in retail services at our Beacon Heights store to prepare Calgarians with disabilities for jobs at Calgary businesses,” said Dale Monaghan, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Alberta. It’s the first time that Goodwill Industries of Alberta will offer a retail-training program in Calgary. It’s been five years since Goodwill opened a store in Calgary – the Chinook store. The Goodwill Beacon Heights store opens 9 am May 12. The media availability at the grand opening on Friday is at 11:30 am. However, we’d be glad to accommodate media interview requests, in store or in studio, leading up to and during opening day. The Beacon Heights location is about 20,000 sq ft and is staffed by 60 employees.

 

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Champions of Good

April 19, 2017

Champions of Good

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove and Goodwill Industries of Alberta

Celebrate the Outstanding Service of Our Youth

Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Bernard
Goodwill Ambassador and Spokesperson, 2010 Olympic Medalist
Cheryl will share her story about resiliency and what it meant to enter adulthood, eventually stepping onto the Olympic podium to the roar of hundreds of thousands of fiercely proud Canadians.

 

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Spring Into a New Season of Thrift

March 31, 2017

Come Visit Goodwill for Your Spring Thrift Projects and Fashion!

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Share your thrift finds!

March 20, 2017

Did you find an awesome thrift find at Goodwill?

Share your thrift finds on social media with the tag #thriftfinds.

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St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2017

Avoid the *PINCH* with some help from Goodwill!

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Goodwill Industries of Alberta, Finalist for the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction

February 20, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta– Goodwill Industries of Alberta is pleased to announce our selection as a finalist for the 2017 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction in the Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction. Finalists were announced Friday, December 16, 2016.

This recognition by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a great honour for our organization. Along with being a finalist for the Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction, Goodwill Industries of Alberta is also eligible for the prestigious Premier’s Award of Distinction.

Goodwill Industries of Alberta has been affecting positive change, lives and communities here in Alberta for nearly 70 years. “We are one of Alberta’s largest employers of persons with disabilities; and further we job counsel, career develop and job place Albertans with disabilities into great jobs in the community. We are very grateful and excited to be recognized for such a distinguished award,” said Goodwill’s President and CEO Dale Monaghan.

The awards will be announced on February 24, 2017, at Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel in Edmonton. For more information on the event, please go to the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction website at www.abbusinessawards.com

 

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