Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. ( invites local neighborhood associations to participate in their 11th annual Neighborhood Challenge. This event encourages neighbors to donate leftover items from garage sales while competing for a chance to improve their community.

Participating neighborhoods will receive a free, centralized donation pickup after neighborhood-wide garage sales. After each pickup, Goodwill will weigh the donations. At the end of the summer, the three Lincoln neighborhoods that collect the greatest weight of donations exceeding 2,000 pounds will win a cash prize to improve their neighborhood.

People who donate to the Neighborhood Challenge will support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work. The revenue from Goodwill’s thrift stores in Lincoln helps fund local programs that assist job seekers as they overcome traditional barriers to employment. Goodwill also recycles many of the items it cannot sell.

To sign up for Goodwill’s Neighborhood Challenge, email or call (402) 742-8456 at least two weeks in advance with a preferred date, time, and centralized pickup location.

For 91 years, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been strengthening the Lincoln community by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment and by offering residents a year-round outlet for donating clothing, electronics, and household items. In 2022 alone, Goodwill diverted over 2.2 million pounds of materials from Lincoln landfills through community donations. To learn more about Goodwill, follow them on Facebook (@LincolnGoodwill) or visit