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What's Good, Goodwill?

For people who are interested in learning about and partnering with Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. 

Join the cycle for good as What’s Good, Goodwill? co-hosts Alicia, Michelle, and Teresa hear from local voices in eastern Washington and north Idaho, chat with community partners, share shopping tips, talk thrift and sustainability…it’s almost more good than one podcast can handle. What’s Good, Goodwill? is published monthly on the first Wednesday.

Now celebrating our third season everywhere you listen to podcasts!

EPISODES:

S3E1: New Year, New Ways to Access Services January 3, 2024 • DURATION 26.27

Happy New Year! It’s a new season of the What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast.  Alicia and Michelle pulled in Clark Brekke, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest president and CEO, and Jennifer Snow, Housing and Essential Needs program manager to chat about Goodwill in 2024. In 2023, we shared David’s success story. Alicia had an opportunity to sit down with David to find out what he has been up to since we last saw him as one of our 2023 Independence Award winners.

S3E2: How Donating Inspires Feelings of Love February 7, 2024 • DURATION 12.53

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle reached into the history books to share a few interesting Valentine’s Day facts. Why? Because when you donate, shop, and support Goodwill, you’re our Valentine! Learn how your donations help change lives of local people such as Renee, who found housing through our Foundational Community Supports (FCS) program. Love Goodwill? We would love your support for the Inlander’s Best of readers poll!

Two tone blue artwork with the words "What's Good, Goodwill? Podcast" Season Three Episode Three Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the DDA program at Goodwill written in white.

S3E3: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the DDA Program at Goodwill March 6, 2024 • Coming Soon 

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle have grabbed their headbands and vocally stretched to cover all the good that’s happening this March! From Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with Lynessa Schofield, to International Women’s Day, let’s get ready to podcast. Learn how your donations help change the lives of local people such as Amy, who found employment through our Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) program. Stay to the end for the next CDA store update!

S2E1: New Year, New Good Opportunities January 4, 2023 • DURATION 14:26

We’re back for season two! What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle are excited to share early 2023 news. We sat with Clark Brekke, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest President and CEO, and Braden Fish, VP of Mission to learn why 2023 will be an exciting time to join our team. Looking for a new job? We share the “good” about working at Goodwill. Ready to be inspired? Listen as we talk with David, a Goodwill program participant, as he talks about his success. 

S2E2: Love is in the Air February 1, 2023 • DURATION 20:54

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle grabbed their podcasting gear and left the What’s Good Media Studio behind! Join us as our team headed out to find out what our team members love about Goodwill, their teams, shenanigans, and the good that’s happening across our NW BLVD store in Spokane, Washington, our Retail Operations and E-Commerce teams, and our Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) team at their new office. 

S2E3: Soaring to New Heights March 1, 2023 • DURATION 25:26

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle hit the road for Airway Heights, Washington! Join us as we caught up with our retail operations team, Clark Brekke, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, Baker Construction and Development, and Bernardo Wills on the site of our newest retail and outlet store. Learn about why Airway Heights, our partnerships, what you can expect, and what outlet shopping is.

S2E4: Spring into Digital Skills Classes April 5, 2023 • DURATION 21:30

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle shake off the winter chill and roll up their sleeves for springtime. Join us as we talk about Goodwill on the Hill. What is it and why is it important to our mission and the communities we serve in eastern Washington and north Idaho. Learn about the free digital skills classes we offer in Moses Lake, Colville, and Spokane, Washington from one of our digital skills instructors, Mike. 

S2E5: May the Good Be With You May 3, 2023 • DURATION 21:48

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle are ready to celebrate Goodwill Industries Week! Over 150 independently operated Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada are celebrating Goodwill Industries Week. Ready to start a career in IT? Goodwill and Google have partnered to create the Google Digital Career Accelerator Program. Goodwill has scholarships to help. Are you a Halloween fan? We are almost halfway to Halloween and we are celebrating the mid-way point with Half-o-ween. 

S2E6: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Goodwill June 7, 2023 • DURATION 18:27

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Michelle and Teresa are excited to share what’s going on at Goodwill this June. Join us as we sat down with Heather Alexander, Sr. Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications to learn about Goodwill’s EDI-B committee and Goodwill’s commitment to value each team member equally and together to meet the needs of our communities. Listen to how Goodwill works alongside community partners and celebrate with us as we recognize our 2022 community award recipients.

S2E7: Back to school shopping…already? July 5, 2023 • 26:46

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle strap on their backpacks and number 2 pencils, and are ready to chat about back-to-school shopping. Join us as we sat down with Heather Alexander, Sr. Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications to talk about the impact you have on not only your community but also the planet when you back to school shop at Goodwill.  Celebrate with us as we recognize our 2022 community award recipients. Listen how your donations help change local lives like Timothy’s as we share his success story.   

S2E8: August Good News, Events, and Thrift Shopping? August 2, 2023 • 19:09

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle count down the days until one of our favorite days of the year…National Thrift Shop Day! Join us as we talk about the impact you have on your community when you donate and sustainably shop at Goodwill. Learn how you have a real impact on lives in eastern Washington and north Idaho as Alicia shares a success story. Find out about the upcoming construction project coming this month to our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho store. Also, we are getting closer and closer to spooky season! 

S2E9: Secondhand September Spooky Edition September 6, 2023 • 18:15

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Michelle and Teresa sit pull out their reusable shopping totes, fill up their re-useable cups, and their calendars as we chat about all the good happening this September. Join us as we talk about how you can help save the planet by shopping sustainably at Goodwill not just during September but every day. Find out about upcoming events Goodwill is participating in during the month of September in eastern Washington and north Idaho. Get ready to learn how your business, organization, or car club can register for our 2023 Trunk or Treat event.  Goodwill is a sponsor for the first Halloween X-Spo in Spokane, Washington. Learn about our very first Halloween Boo-tique pop-up. 

S2E10: Halloween- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year October 4, 2023 • 18:40

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia, Michelle and Teresa all sat down to chat about what’s good in October. Goodwill is a sponsor and hosting our very first Halloween Boo-tique for the first Halloween X-Spo in Spokane, Washington. Are you a fan of Halloween? Get ready to learn how your business, organization, or car club can register for our 2023 Trunk or Treat event in Spokane, Washington. Need help with creating a Halloween costume from items in your closet? Join us as we chat about three ways to style common clothing items. 

S2E11: What’s Good in the Neighborhood This November November 1, 2023 • 19:28

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat down to discuss October events, our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, changes to our digital skills classes, and exciting news for our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho retail store. 

 

S2E12: They Say It’s Our Birthday-Celebrating Success in 2023 December 6, 2023 • 14:23

Grab your party hats, it’s time to celebrate our birthday! What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat down to chat about our upcoming Ponderay 15th anniversary holiday celebration, 84 years of serving the Inland Northwest, and just a few success stories from 2023 as we wrap up season two. 

S1E1: Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) JUNE 1, 2022 • DURATION 17:17

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat down with Jenn, Christina, and Kim from the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program to learn more about the program. Join us as we chat about how the HEN program can not only help you with housing but also connect you with other resources such as bus passes, help with job applications, and more. Be inspired to take the next step as Christina shares Matt’s, a HEN program participant, story. 

S1E2: Digital Connections JULY 6, 2022 • DURATION 14:43

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat down with James from the Spokane Career and Resource Center and Arielle from the Goodwill Connect program. Ready to hear about free digital skills, job searching, and computer classes? Take a listen to learn about free classes offered at Goodwill Workforce and Family Services locations (offered in Spokane, Colville, and Moses Lake). Get helpful resources, and find out how to sign up for the Goodwill Connect program in Washington. 

S1E3: Thrill of Thrifting August 3, 2022 • DURATION 19:02

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Michelle and Teresa sat down with Heather Alexander, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Lauren Erikson, @fakefreckles. Celebrate with us as we talk about a 2022 Goodwill Industries International award winner from our area, Wes Sawyer. Learn from Heather about what happens when you donate and shop at Goodwill. Take notes as Lauren, our local Spokane Secondhand Shopping Guru, chats about tips and her favorite Goodwill finds.

S1E4: How Secondhand and Employment Formed Goodwill SEPTEMBER 7, 2022 • DURATION 20:36

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat down with Junior, Workforce and Family Services Idaho Program Manager, and Rachel, Inspirsession on Instagram and TikTok. Hear how Goodwill was first started in 1902. Find out why secondhand shopping is so closely tied with employment programs at Goodwill. Learn from Junior about how employment programs offer more than just “employment” skills and placement. Take notes as Rachel, our Secondhand Shopping Guru, chats about Secondhand September. New to thrifting/secondhand shopping? This episode is for you!

S1E5: The SSVF Program: Bringing Veterans Home November 2, 2022 • DURATION 34:56

What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat down with Don, Don, and Tom from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Hear how Don, an outreach specialist, heads out into the community and reaches out to homeless veterans and social services providers. Learn how Don and Tom, case managers, work with veterans to get them rapidly re-housed, connected with much-needed home goods and supplies, and how they work one on one with veterans to find the services, medical care, and other programs they need to thrive. SSVF eastern WA & north ID Hotline: 509-828-2449

December 7, 2022 • DURATION 21:17

1939-2022: Celebrate 83 years of creating opportunities in the Inland Northwest with us as we talk about our past and present. What’s Good, Goodwill? podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle sat with Clark Brekke, Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest President and CEO, to discuss his 30th anniversary at Goodwill. Hear inspiring 2022 program success stories from Braden Fish, VP of Mission and Workforce Development, Doug Ross, Associate Vice President of Information Technology, Rebecca Severtsen-Rea, Associate Vice President of Finance, and Wade Rooks, Director of Human Resources.

WHAT'S GOOD, GOODWILL? PODCAST HOSTS:

Alicia

I am a professional photographer who enjoys capturing all kinds of smiles in and outside of Goodwill. I’m quite fresh on the scene here at Goodwill and look forward to making you laugh and smile from my storytelling and bad puns. 

I’ve got a smile that shines brighter than the top of the Chrysler building, quick wit, and charisma that never quits. You can find me gathering content to spread success stories throughout the community or sharing my skills as the self-proclaimed World Boggle Champion.

I enjoy connecting with people and look forward to connecting with our community on What’s Good, Goodwill?

Michelle

Powered by Chai, I’m a secondhand whisperer who loves the thrill of the Goodwill hunt and am a one-person cheer squad while shopping with other people.

At Halloween, you can find me diving into Goodwill clothing racks, and spreading the good word about how to create sustainable Halloween costumes. I love showing how anything can be glammed up, repurposed, and reused.

 

Fan of all clothing with pockets, I can not wait to share tips and tricks, secondhand craft projects, encouraging bad dad jokes, and of course, sharing good stories that will have you reaching for your tissue box.

Teresa

A recently replanted Spokane native, I’m chomping at the bit to encourage our community to recycle and upcycle whenever possible. A lovely piece of upcycled furniture or art piece makes fabulous gifts.

You can find me busy planning events for Goodwill, whether for our wonderful team members or community outreach to help folks in need.  

I love finding new board games at our stores, it’s a great way to try them out. I haven’t played Boggle in years, but I will annihilate anyone at Pictionary, Balderdash, or Trivial Pursuit.

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