Job Outfitters offers women and men in our community career clothing, hope, and encouragement. The need for this program has become increasingly important during tough economic times. This free service to people in need empowers participants to better their lives. By partnering with Goodwill the broadest variety of employment clothing & services for participants

Background and History

Over the years, Job Outfitters has continued to grow and expand to meet the needs of the Lincoln community. In 1997, Job Outfitters was assisting 184 women. Last year over 300 women and men were assisted. In December 2012, the YWCA Lincoln and Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. teamed up on the YWCA’s Job Outfitters program. The program has been expanded to serve women and men who are working in and seeking to work in a variety of professions. Participants are given vouchers good at any Goodwill Retail location to shop for interview and work apparel. Those wishing to donate clothing to the YWCA for this program may now take items to any of Goodwill’s 6 Lincoln locations, or deliver them to the YWCA offices. For more information about the Job Outfitters program, contact the YWCA at (402) 434-3494. Job Outfitters was started in 1986 when four organizations came together to meet the needs of women in the Lincoln Community. The four organizations that came together were the Lincoln-Lancaster Commission on the Status of Women, the YWCA, Business and Professional Women- Axis Chapter, and American Business Women’s Association- Horizon Chapter. Job Outfitters was opened in September of 1986 and the first donations were received on August 9, 1986. Susan Ugai was the first coordinator for Job Outfitters. The program was born when the Women of Color Task Force suggested the idea of a clothing bank to assist women with appropriate clothing for interviews. We are excited to see this program continue to grow and empower our community.

How It Works

To utilize this program, Monday-Wednesday participants should visit the Goodwill Job Connection located at 1731 O Street in downtown Lincoln. Thursday-Friday participants should visit the American Job Center, Ste. 205, 3rd Floor at 1111 O Street (SCC Campus Downtown/Centrum Building/Energy Square) in Downtown Lincoln. Eligible participants will then be issued vouchers that can be utilized at any Goodwill Lincoln location for employment clothing, accessories, and shoes. Job Outfitters is open Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. No appointment is necessary. You can also call the YWCA offices at 402-434-3494 for more information regarding the program.  

Additional Information About Our Partner

GOODWILL: The Mission of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc., is willing workers employed and community resources maximized. They serve people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, or dependence on public support, as well as other barriers to employment. Revenue for Goodwill comes from a variety of sources. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. For more information about the Goodwill's employment programs please visit their website at: http://lincolngoodwill.org/programs-and-services/. Goodwill's Job Connection is located in the American Job Center at Southeast Community College's Education Square. The purpose of Job Connection is to maximize the employability of job seekers in a market that requires some computer knowledge in nearly all jobs. Individuals may receive assistance with resume and cover letter creation and templates are available for use. Staff members are also available to help guide guests through online applications. Classes or tutorials for basic computer skills, typing and data entry are also made available. Many of the tutorials are available in both English and Spanish. Call (402) 441-4924 for more information.