Don’t forget to join us for this awesome event on October 30! Recruiters from all participating businesses will be on site for individuals to share their skills/experience with and to discuss potential employment opportunities! We will also have our computer lab open to job seekers so that they can apply on-site and discuss positions with said recruiters. We will have employers from all sectors of employment present!Find Your Future - Fall 2018 - Flyer - 8.5x11 - English & Spanish - sfs
The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!
Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have sixteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.
We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].
This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Between November 1 and November 7 , please visit the Boo!dwill 2018 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” on the photos in the album will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win.
2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.
That’s it! On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!
Good luck and happy shopping!
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2018
United Way of the Midlands Awards $37,578 to Goodwill Industries, Inc. Grant to Fund YouthBuild Omaha
(Omaha, NE) Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $37,578 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, Goodwill’s YouthBuild Omaha Program is able to provide another year of intensive vocational and life skills training to individuals in our community.
YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adults, ages 16 to 24, who have struggled with school. Many of these young people do not have a high school diploma, and are looking to make a positive change in their lives. YouthBuild Omaha’s mission is to equip young people with the tools to make healthy decisions. The program combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience. YouthBuild Omaha members spend half their day in the classroom preparing to take their GED tests, and the other half working with local non-profits that build and renovate homes, learning construction skills and giving back to their community.
By integrating academic, vocational and leadership activities, YouthBuild Omaha offers a unique project-based learning model for members. The learning experience is individualized, intensive and designed to replicate the professional work environment. Members identify their skills, barriers and career interests and follow individual development plans. They work towards continuous improvement in five key behavioral areas – attendance, communication, positive workplace behavior, conduct and follow-through.
This is the first of a two-year commitment United Way of the Midlands has made to maintaining and enhancing YouthBuild Omaha. This support has allowed Goodwill to increase services provided to the young adults enrolled in the program, and introduce innovative new learning processes.
“United Way’s support for this program is greatly appreciated by Goodwill and the YouthBuild Omaha program, and many lives will change in a positive way, thanks to all who made a contribution,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, CEO and President of Goodwill Omaha.
About United Way of the Midlands:
Thanks to donors, volunteers and community partners, United Way of the Midlands is not only focused on addressing our community’s human needs today; it is focused on what can be and what should be. It is building on today’s strong partnerships to create even more comprehensive human service efforts tomorrow, so our community can solve some of the root causes of poverty. United Way of the Midlands is community-based, community-focused. Thanks to those who share their strength, United Way of the Midlands is COMMUNITY STRONG. Please visit UnitedWayMidlands.org for more information
About Goodwill Omaha:
Goodwill Industries, Inc. has been leaders in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work. Visit www.goodwillomaha.org for more information.
For Information Contact:
Christine Aguilar – Director of Mission Training
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2018
YouthBuild Omaha Members Celebrate In Graduation Ceremony
(Omaha, NE) Tomorrow 23 young adults dressed in cap and gown will eagerly wait behind closed doors in anticipation of walking down the aisle in their very own YouthBuild Omaha graduation ceremony. As Pomp and Circumstance plays overhead, YouthBuild Omaha members will begin the procession to the next steps of their lives, while being recognized for months of hard work, dedication and personal development.
We invite members of our community to join us in this special ceremony.
On Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., the YouthBuild Omaha Class of 2018 will be recognized for their efforts over the last ten months. The ceremony will commence at Goodwill Headquarters at 4805 North 72nd Street in Omaha. YouthBuild Omaha is a national educational, leadership development and occupational skills-training program for disadvantaged young adults and is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.
YouthBuild taps the talent and energy of young people in Omaha to rebuild their neighborhoods and improve their lives. YouthBuild is a program for individuals who have struggled with traditional school and faced multiple barriers who are looking to make a change in their lives. YouthBuild provides them the needed support to take their next positive step in life. During their time in YouthBuild Omaha, these young adults have learned to overcome those obstacles, and they have developed a new set of tools for a successful future.
Over the course of ten months, YouthBuild Omaha members learned a number of new skills in the construction trade. Members are provided the opportunity to earn multiple certifications including High School Diploma, Home Builders Institute certification, First Aid/CPR and Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification (OSHA).
Please join us for this joyous occasion. The event will include a brief program overview, member awards, a brief presentation from Iowa Western Athlete Ja’Chai Baker and YouthBuild Omaha alumni members, and last but not least, the turning of tassels for the graduating members.
Available for interviews/quotes: YouthBuild Omaha graduates, alumni and staff,
Goodwill President & CEO Dr. Michael McGinnis.
Available for photos: All YouthBuild Omaha graduates and alumni have a photo release on file.
For Information Contact:
For Immediate Release
July 2, 2018
Young Adults Gain Valuable Job Training at Goodwill
(Omaha, NE) On Tuesday, July 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., approximately 20-30 young adults in the STEP-UP Omaha! program will be visiting Goodwill, at 704 Gold Coast Drive in Papillion, for an educational morning coupled with volunteer service.
STEP-UP Omaha! provides jobs and paid internship opportunities young adults during the summer. Program participants gain valuable job training, work experience, vocational training, academic recovery and remediation, life skills training and community service opportunities. STEP-UP Omaha! is an initiative by the Empowerment Network and the City of Omaha in collaboration with community partners, including the Urban League of Nebraska.
During their time at Goodwill, participants will begin with an overview and introduction presented by Goodwill’s Employment Ready Manager, Megan Sharpe. Employment Ready, a program funded by Goodwill retail revenue, provides free one-on-one job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed in the Omaha Metro and surrounding areas. Employment Ready can help any individual in need of employment assistance and provide referrals to additional community resources.
Megan will share information and best practices on first impressions when looking for work followed by a short question and answer session. Students will then break into smaller groups, one touring the sales floor and front area and the second group to tour the back room and processing area of Goodwill. Groups will then switch, allowing all young adults to get a full tour of Goodwill’s retail operations.
After the tours, the participants will have a group discussion on what jobs they found most interesting, as well as a chance to ask specific questions related to the jobs and processes they learned about. To conclude the experience, the young adults will participate in a volunteer opportunity where they will spend some time getting hands on experience in different roles within the Goodwill retail store.
The goal of this partnership is to provide students with an opportunity to witness how a Goodwill store operates as well as to learn what it takes to apply, interview and work successfully in a retail setting.
Megan Sharpe, Goodwill Employment Ready Manager and Vanetta Early, STEP-Up Omaha! Job Coach will be available for interviews. Students will also be available for video/photo opportunities with signed releases.
For Information Contact:
Omaha Gives! is a community-wide event to show off Omaha’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great.
On May 23, when you donate to Goodwill you’re directly supporting family, friends, and neighbors who participate in Goodwill’s employment and training programs. 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. To learn more about services provided, view the list below.
To show your support to Goodwill Omaha and the participants we serve, please click here.
The AbilityOne program provides part-time job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a supportive, team-oriented work environment at several federal properties. To learn more, click here.
- Every 48 hours, over two million square feet of federal contract buildings are cleaned by AbilityOne employees.
- In 2017, our AbilityOne program employed 118 people. Of those 118 employees, 92 had a disability.
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. To learn more, click here.
- In 2017, Business Solutions placed program participants in 87 jobs.
Employment Ready provides one-on-one job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed in the Omaha Metro, Council Bluffs or Fremont areas. Employment Ready staff reaches out to partner agencies and offers customizable services for on-site workshops at their location, as well as workshops at Goodwill. To learn more, click here.
- Last year, 1,103 people were served by Employment Ready.
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. To learn more, click here.
- In 2017, Work Experience served 317 students at 11 locations in the Omaha and Council Bluffs metro.
- In 2017, Goodwill paid $303,905.16 in Work Experience student wages.
YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adults ages 16 to 24 years who have struggled with school, many not receiving a high school diploma, and need help getting their life back on track. To learn more, click here.
- In 2017, YouthBuild Omaha participants worked at 11 construction sites.
Thank you for continuing to support our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training and work.
Written by: Ann Woodford • Marketing Manager
Is your organization looking for office space to rent? Check out Goodwill Omaha’s Headquarters building at 72nd & Ames. Please see the flyer below for more details.
For questions or to view the space, please contact Linda Kizzier at [email protected] or 402-231-1929.Office Space for Rent & Fees 2017
Hello Goodwill friends and supporters.
It has come to our attention that a phone scamming system has been contacting people in our local community, and when they call the caller ID says Goodwill Industries. Then they continue on to speak about credit card debt.
Please know that this is not related to Goodwill Industries. The phone number reported is 402-341-4628 and is not related to Goodwill Industries, retail stores or mission programs.
To learn more about phone scams, or to file a complaint with the FTC, please visit this link.
-The Goodwill Marketing Team
Listen in as Work Experience student Noah Wegener and Work Experience Coordinator Sam Comfort talk about Noah’s experience looking for treasures, as well as other employment skills gained while working at Goodwill.
Huge thanks to The Bottom Line with Mike’l Sever for providing this opportunity to share Noah’s story.