Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. We train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market, such as at-risk youth.

Many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing or household items. But did you know that Goodwill is also a place where thousands of formerly unemployed individuals have been given the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life?

Goodwill offers a variety of employment programs and job opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency. Learn more about these programs below:

READY (Real Employment Assistance Developing You) provides one-on-one job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed in the Omaha Metro, Council Bluffs or Fremont areas. READY staff reaches out to partner agencies and offers customizable services for onsite workshops at their location, as well as workshops at Goodwill.

Business Solutions creates relationships with businesses, maintains and grows a bank of jobs for participants, assists in assessing participants for potential job placements and provides retention services for businesses and participants.

The Work Experience program can be the first step toward successful job placement. This program offers high school special education students, who are nearing the completion of their high school education, an opportunity to gain exposure to a work situation in a supportive environment.

YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adults ages 16 to 24 years who have struggled with school, many not having a high school diploma, and need help getting their life back on track. YouthBuild Omaha is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.

The AbilityOne program provides part-time job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a supportive, team-oriented work environment at several Federal properties.

Our many employment and training services are funded through government agencies, grants, private support and proceeds from the sale of donated goods at our 16 convenient shopping and donating locations throughout the metro. To learn more about each program, please click here.

Through our local retail stores, Goodwill offers a variety of value-priced merchandise to its customers at 16 convenient locations in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Gretna and Council Bluffs. With new goods arriving daily at each location, Goodwill offers customers a unique shopping experience. From clothing to furniture to antiques and collectibles, you never know what you will find at Goodwill. Click here to find a location near you!


Read our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan (PDF)

Accreditations and Affiliates

Goodwill is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency that is governed by a local board of trustees. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International of Gaithersburg, MD.

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.


Executive Staff

  • Dr. Michael L. McGinnis

    President & CEO

  • Brent Koster

    Serving Goodwill for 13 Years
    Vice President of Mission Advancement

  • Kay Hilgenkamp

    Serving Goodwill for 20 Years
    Vice President of Retail Operations

  • Elizabeth Donner

    Serving Goodwill for 12 Years
    Director of Marketing & Development

  • Christine Aguilar

    Serving Goodwill for 14 Years
    Director of Mission Training & Quality Assurance

  • Tobi Mathouser

    Serving Goodwill for 11 Years
    Director of Mission Advancement

  • Gordon Scheet

    Serving Goodwill for 17 Years
    Director of Information Technology

  • Jennifer Rohr

    Serving Goodwill for 8 Years
    Director of Human Resources

  • Janelle Ellis

    Serving Goodwill for 11 Years
    Director of Retail Sales

Officers of the Board

  • Mark L. Stokes

    Chairman of the Board

  • Scott D. Semrad

    Vice Chairman

  • Robert J. Mitchell


  • Erin Limas


  • Joseph R. Lempka

    Chairman Emeritus

  • Dr. Michael L. McGinnis

    President & CEO 2017 - Present

Board Members

  • David M. Anderson
  • Robert M. Bertsch, Jr.
  • Richard Frandeen
  • Joseph W. Lang
  • R.J. Neary
  • James H. Rich
  • Carol L. Russell
  • Daniel G. Wenzl


Goodwill changes lives and strengthens communities through education, training and work.


Unemployment will be eliminated among people who want to work.


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