Goodwill Omaha Shoppers Donate $15,000 to ‘Round It Up for United Way’

Goodwill presented the United Way with a check to benefit its Opportunity Youth program.

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 25, 2020 — Omaha’s Goodwill Industries, Inc., has presented the United Way of the Midlands with a check for $15,000, money that Goodwill retail customers donated during the Round It Up for United Way of the Midlands, an annual donation campaign to raise awareness and

Pictured, left to right: Goodwill Omaha CEO Dr. Michael McGinnis; Linda Kizzier (Goodwill); Shantel Featherson (Goodwill); Jessica Jensen (United Way); Janelle Ellis (Goodwill); Melanie Moyer (Goodwill).

money to support United Way programs. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, customers at Goodwill stores could choose to “round up” their purchase totals to the next dollar at the point of sale, and many donated even more. Goodwill executives and retail operations team members presented the check to United Way representative Jessica Jensen on Feb. 1.

Goodwill designated the donation for the United Way’s Opportunity Youth initiative, a collective group that works to connect youth to basic-needs services, educational opportunities and employment prospects.

“We chose to sponsor the Opportunity Youth initiative because it aligns with Goodwill’s mission to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work,” said Tobi Mathouser, Goodwill Omaha’s president and chief operating officer. “All of our mission programs — Employment Solutions, YouthBuild, Work Experience and AbilityOne — offer education, training and job placement opportunities for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

“When we have the chance to take part in the Opportunity Youth Alliance and campaigns like Round It up,” Mathouser continued, “we can help more people in our community — and that’s something our employees and leadership team find exciting.”

“Our retail customers are so generous,” said Janelle Ellis, director of retail operations at Goodwill Omaha. “They really stepped up and donated to the Round It Up campaign, which will go a long way toward helping others in our area.”

 

About Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. We do this by selling value-priced merchandise at 17 convenient locations in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Gretna and Council Bluffs.

Although many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing and household items, they may not realize that their donations sold in our retail stores fund programs that give thousands of formerly unemployed individuals the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life. Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through a variety of job opportunities and employment programs, including AbilityOne, YouthBuild AmeriCorps, Employment Solutions and Work Experience.

Goodwill is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency governed by a local board of trustees. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Goodwill is also affiliated with the federal Ability One program, which provides jobs for people with severe disabilities at federal facilities. Goodwill is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Learn more at GoodwillOmaha.org.

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Tobi Mathouser Named Goodwill Omaha President and Chief Operating Officer

Mathouser plans to expand Goodwill’s employment programs and services to help more people in Omaha metro communities. 

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 17, 2020 — In 2017, when Goodwill Industries, Inc., in Omaha hired Dr. Michael McGinnis as its CEO, McGinnis knew he’d have many hurdles to overcome in rebuilding the organization and making it more transparent to donors and the community. Now, two years later, Goodwill Omaha has made remarkable progress along the road to rebuilding. The organization is poised for growth and success and its Board of Trustees is comfortable that now is the time to transition to a new, long-term CEO.

“Mike led Goodwill’s transformation on so many levels,” said Jim Rich, chairman of the Goodwill Omaha Board of Trustees. “He has implemented policies and operational procedures to enhance the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission, improve its financial standing and bring more transparency to operations. We are grateful for Mike’s hard work and leadership.

“Now, as we make the transition to long-term growth and stability for the organization,” Rich continued, “the Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has appointed Tobi Mathouser to a newly created position of president and chief operating officer. Her dedication and devotion to Goodwill’s mission, programs and future growth are outstanding, as is her commitment to ensuring that the organization remains on track with the progress Goodwill has made under Mike’s leadership over the last two years.”

Dr. McGinnis has agreed to continue with Goodwill for six months to assist the organization with the transition and complete initiatives that began under his leadership.

Mathouser has worked for Goodwill Omaha since 2006, and most recently has held the position of director of mission advancement. For the past year and a half, she has attended Goodwill Industries International’s Executive Development Program, an award-winning program designed to mold experienced leaders within Goodwill organizations.

“Recently I told Mike that my next career goal is to become a CEO,” Mathouser said. “Goodwill and its mission to help better our community, and the lives of people facing barriers to employment, are two things I truly believe in. I know that Goodwill has made a real difference in the lives of so many, and I am proud to be a part of that.

“At the same time, I see ways we can expand our employment services and grow our programs so we can keep increasing the number of people we serve,” Mathouser said. “There’s always room for improvement, and I want to enhance every area of Goodwill Omaha’s operations moving forward. Building on the momentum that Mike generated over the last two years, I know we will get there.

 

About Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. We do this by selling value-priced merchandise at 17 convenient locations in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Gretna and Council Bluffs.

Although many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing and household items, they may not realize that their donations sold in our retail stores fund programs that give thousands of formerly unemployed individuals the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life. Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through a variety of job opportunities and employment programs, including AbilityOne, YouthBuild AmeriCorps, Employment Solutions and Work Experience.

Goodwill is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency governed by a local board of trustees. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Goodwill is also affiliated with the federal Ability One program, which provides jobs for people with severe disabilities at federal facilities. Goodwill is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Learn more at GoodwillOmaha.org.

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Goodwill Omaha Welcomes New Members to Executive Team

Two new directors help position the organization for success. 

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 6, 2020 — Over the last two months, Omaha’s Goodwill Industries, Inc., has welcomed several employees to its headquarters staff, including two new members of its executive team. As the organization continues efforts to grow in order to increase the number of people its employment programs serve in the Omaha area, CEO Dr. Michael McGinnis backfilled one of these positions with a former member of his team at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aeronautics Museum.

Elaine Leibert joined Goodwill’s team as finance director in December. Leibert has nearly 25 years of experience in the finance industry, and her previous role was as COO at the SAC Museum. Her past roles include controller positions where she oversaw finance departments at multiple locations and with budgets exceeding $50 million. Her expertise includes financial analysis, budgeting and strategic planning.

“Although I worked at for-profit businesses for the majority of my career, I’ve spent the past eight years working for nonprofit organizations,” Leibert said. She described herself as an “operations-focused leader who consistently looks to improve efficiencies and transparency for both internal and external customers.”

Erin Blackledge, PHR, has worked in Goodwill’s human relations department since May 2013, when she started as an HR specialist. In late-December, she accepted a position as Goodwill’s HR director, a testament to her exemplary record and continued professional development. In addition to the HR department, Blackledge oversees Goodwill’s safety program and loss prevention employees.

“The Goodwill HR team over the past six and half years has done a tremendous job at involving, training, developing and including me in all levels of HR, safety and loss prevention,” Blackledge said. “With assistance from other department leaders, as well as my own personal drive and motivation to become successful, I have grown from an entry-level HR position to the director of HR overseeing HR, safety and loss prevention.”

“Staff changes can be challenging, but I think we’ve seen very smooth transitions with these roles,” McGinnis said. “I think we have the right people in the right roles, and that’s made all the difference. I’m excited to see all the ways their contributions help expand our programs and broaden our vision.”

About Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. We do this by selling value-priced merchandise at 17 convenient locations in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Gretna and Council Bluffs.

Although many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing and household items, they may not realize that their donations sold in our retail stores fund programs that give thousands of formerly unemployed individuals the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life. Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through a variety of job opportunities and employment programs, including AbilityOne, YouthBuild AmeriCorps, Employment Solutions and Work Experience.

Goodwill is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency governed by a local board of trustees. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Goodwill is also affiliated with the federal Ability One program, which provides jobs for people with severe disabilities at federal facilities. Goodwill is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Learn more at GoodwillOmaha.org.

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