Media Alert – “Goodwill Omaha is ‘on the right path’ to improvement” – Omaha World-Herald

This past Sunday, the Omaha World-Herald featured a story highlighting important updates regarding Goodwill Omaha.

Please see the link to the original story here.

We look forward to expanding the reach of our mission programs, while providing employment services to communities which we serve.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mike McGinnis
Goodwill President & CEO

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Raise Some Dough To Help Put People To Work

Join Goodwill as we visit Panera Bread to raise some dough for Employment Solutions! Employment Solutions programs help people find work!

Who: Everyone is invited!

What: An opportunity to dine at Panera Bread Westroads. Where 20% of your purchase will go back to Goodwill’s Employment Solutions programs.

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Panera Bread – 10000 California Street, East side of Westroads Mall

Why: To support the Employment Solutions programs within Goodwill, where our mission is to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work.

How: Visit the Panera location listed above on April 18, 2018 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Purchase your favorite meal and show the below flyer. 20% of your purchase will then be donated back to support Goodwill’s mission.

Goodwill Omaha-Panera Fundraiser-Flyer

More About Employment Solutions

We offer a variety of programs that support our mission in different ways, but Employment Solutions provides the capability to do even more.

The concept behind Employment Solutions is simple.  We want to be able to serve anyone in our community, regardless of qualifying criteria, and help them prepare for and find meaningful employment. Therefore anyone in need of employment assistance in the Omaha Metro area can come to Goodwill and receive employment assistance.

Employment Ready staff provided nearly 20,000 services to program participants in the past year- ranging from practice interviews, to criminal history abatement, to employability skills before and after hire.

Business Solutions is the second program related to this initiative. Business Solutions takes the same approach as Employment Ready, but focuses those efforts on employers, rather than job seekers. Our Business Solutions staff specializes in identifying the hiring needs in our city, and matching those needs with the people we serve.

Employment Ready and Business Solutions staff work together seamlessly within Goodwill.  Employment Ready values the job development efforts that Business Solutions maintains in the community, as it allows them to concentrate on job readiness.  Business Solutions needs work-ready people to fill employer needs.  We’ve designed these two programs so that they operate in a connected but independent way—providing the best services to people and businesses alike.

Follow our Business Solutions and Employment Ready programs on Facebook for information and updates within the programs. Click here to follow our events page on Facebook for a current calendar of events and happenings throughout Goodwill Omaha.

To date, we’ve served more than 1,500 people through this program, and helped fill 500 jobs for area employers.

We hope you will join us on April 18.

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Press Release – Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as Development Director

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2018

Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as Development Director

 (Omaha, NE) On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Michael J. Friend will join Goodwill in Omaha as the Development Director.

Mike Friend was born in Omaha, attended and graduated from Millard (South) Senior High School in 1980. He then attended Kearney State College from 1980 to 1982 and Creighton University until 1985. He graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Friend worked as a journalist with the Nebraska City News-Press and the Grand Island Independent, and was a writer with Smart Computing Magazine in Lincoln.

He later transitioned into technical writing and business writing, spending over a decade with First National Bank of Omaha. He further transitioned into Business Development and Fundraising and Development with entities such as the State of Nebraska, American’s for Prosperity (a Washington D.C.-based 501 C3), and First National Technology Solutions (An IT Infrastructure-As-A-Service Company owned by First National Bank).

Most recently, Friend has been in charge of Business Development for Nebraska Data Centers, LLC, a Data Center company providing data center space, power and connectivity to enterprise class customers.

In 2002, Friend was elected to represent the 10th Legislative District in the Nebraska Legislature. He was re-elected in 2006 with over 76% of the vote. He sat on the General Affairs, Revenue, and Legislative Performance Audit Committees, and chaired the Urban Affairs Committee.

In 2006, Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill sponsored by Friend that restricts picketing and protesting at funerals. The law was designed to prohibit picketing a funeral within 300 feet of a cemetery, mortuary or church between one hour before and two hours following an event. The impetus for the legislation was a group of protesters who made a habit of picketing military funerals, as a form of protest against the United States.

“Mike Friend is a former state senator who is well known in the community.  Mike’s enthusiasm and leadership, and his passion for Goodwill’s mission makes him a great fit as Goodwill’s Director of Development,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, Goodwill President and CEO.

Friend’s wife Jacqueline (Jackie) is a former licensed real estate agent, and a customer service supervisor. He and Jackie raised four children: Megan (25), Andrew (22), Elizabeth (20), and Caroline (17).

He has been involved in development for a significant part of his professional life. He sat on committees such as the Omaha Summer Arts Festival (2005-2006), The Greater Omaha YMCA’s Youth Advisory Council (2006-2007), and was President of the Burke High School Gridiron Club (2009 – 2011).

Friend enjoys all sports and has coached youth football, baseball and soccer.

For Information Contact:

Ann Woodford

Marketing Manager

Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Phone: 402-231-1919

[email protected]

 

 

 

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Announcing Senior Discount Days!

Exciting news! Senior Discount Days is here! On the first Wednesday of each month, customers 55 years of age and above, will receive 10% off their entire purchase. See store for details!

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Inclement Weather Updates for Goodwill Omaha

On Monday, January 22, 2018, all Goodwill stores located the Omaha metro and surrounding areas will be closing at 7:00 p.m. due to inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm. Thank you for supporting Goodwill!

 

Stay tuned as this blog post will serve as a platform for detailed information in the occasion that a Goodwill location will be closed or have a delayed start due to inclement weather. We will also post on our social media channels as it happens. Thanks for supporting Goodwill!

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Mission In Action: YouthBuild Omaha AmeriCorps Building Community

Goodwill is proud to administer the YouthBuild Omaha program in partnership with AmeriCorps. YouthBuild supports young adults as they conduct community service while pursuing their GED. Participants engage in construction skills training and have the opportunity to receive various professional certifications as they complete their community service requirements.

Members of this year’s YouthBuild class have being busy working to fulfill their AmeriCorps-required community service hours. Since joining the class this fall, the last few months have presented some opportunities outside the usual construction training volunteer opportunities.
In October several participants helped with Goodwill’s first Halloween Trunk-or-Treat community event. Those who participated did an excellent job of making the guests feel welcome while handing out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters.

In November a group of YouthBuild participants assisted Heartland Hope Mission assembling and distributing Thanksgiving gift baskets. They were directed to gather donated food items from around the facility and prepare the basket. The volunteers were friendly and enjoyed interacting with the clients as they helped them to their vehicles.

Family Housing Advisory hosted various volunteer opportunities throughout December. YouthBuild decorated their Lake Point Center for the annual Christmas in the Village event. Keep Omaha Beautiful provided supplies for participants to clean up the streets before and after the event. They also stuffed envelopes for community members to learn about potential upcoming changes to the tax code.

It has become tradition for YouthBuild to model ugly holiday sweaters on The Morning Blend talk show. Several participants took the opportunity to strut their stuff for the camera. They enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the news studio and interacting with the hosts on air.

Through these special projects, daily GED classes and construction skills training, participants show professionalism and a dedication to developing themselves while helping their community. The YouthBuild team looks forward to what is to come in 2018!

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Mission In Action: Simon & Ken

 

Last week Goodwill celebrated employees that have served in the Armed Forces and their many contributions to our agency. From the retail stores to administrative staff, Goodwill is proud to employ many veterans from diverse backgrounds.

Meet Simon and Ken. They work at one of Goodwill’s AbilityOne federal contract locations. Through AbilityOne, Goodwill provides employment for individuals with disabilities in a supportive work environment at several federal properties across Nebraska.

Simon and Ken explain their journey from serving in the Armed Forces to employment at Goodwill. They share the skills they gained while serving and how they continue to utilize them today.

Simon joined the Army at 19 years old. He decided to join after graduating high school and feeling unfulfilled while working at fast food restaurants. He knew that there was more for him to learn and enlisting in the Army was a great way to achieve personal growth. Simon shared his initial impressions after enlisting, “Basic training was tough. I wasn’t sure I could make it through, but once I did I found so many other opportunities were available to me.” Simon explained that the Army taught him about responsibility, reliability, dependability – some of the most important aspects of becoming an adult.

After leaving the Army and several years of unemployment, Simon found an opportunity at Goodwill. He said, “Goodwill just felt right.” He loves coming to work every day because of the people – his coworkers, supervisors and the people they serve. Simon expressed his gratitude for all the opportunities he has been afforded since coming to work at Goodwill.

Ken served in the Army Reserves for 16 years. Ken enlisted because he wanted to better himself and get more education. Ken explained the various jobs that he learned while in the Army Reserves and how he overcame challenges throughout his career. While being deployed in Iraq, Ken was exposed to many difficult situations in an unfamiliar place, but it opened his eyes to what he was able to accomplish.

When asked about how he decided to work at Goodwill, Ken happily exclaimed, “Goodwill chose me!” Ken also looks forward to coming to work because of the people he gets to work with. He appreciates the opportunities to continue his personal growth at Goodwill.

Goodwill is proud to provide employment opportunities for people like Simon and Ken. Their strong work ethic and dedication are a tremendous asset to our team. Goodwill is honored to serve those that have served our country.

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Goodwill Hosts the Pre-Employment Transition Youth Conference

We are extremely happy to be hosting the Pre-Employment Transition Youth Conference today! Nebraska VR – Vocational Rehabilitation provides this contract as an opportunity for ESU #2, #3 and #19 to organize and facilitate a student conference, with an emphasis on transition to employment. Esu2Neb ESU 3 ESU 19 Elearning and Distance Education

This experience allows youth with disabilities opportunities to explore a variety of job tasks, showcase their skills and prepare for the world of work. #empoweringpeople #eliminatingbarriers

 

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Results of the 2017 Inclusive Hiring Community Survey Are In!

Goodwill Industries recently conducted an Inclusive Hiring Survey in which we asked community employers to self-assess their efforts to engage and hire individuals with disabilities. Now more than ever, the work to support people striving to overcome employment barriers — get jobs, keep jobs and build a better future — is critically important. It is a privilege for Goodwill Industries to help lead and support this growing movement. The information you provided in the survey is a key role in helping us do that.
Community feedback is vital as we continually strive to provide the highest quality of client service. Based on your feedback Goodwill Industries should aim to:
  • Think Local to build strong local partnerships with community leaders and small business organizations to promote inclusive hiring strategies.
  • Build Trust as originators of inclusive hiring strategies, a resource for information about or conduits to skilled candidates with disabilities; and a support/resource for community employers.
  • Increase Visibility through development and execution of clear and positive educational campaigns that promote the value, benefits and incentives for including people with disabilities in hiring strategies. The message should understand the needs and challenges of business. To help individuals with disabilities add value to the bottom line of engaged community employers.
To view or download the full report, see below:
To learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, First Person Language or Disability Etiquette, please visit our blog.
Thank you for participating in the first annual Goodwill Inclusive Hiring Survey. All information shared is in anonymized, aggregate format.
Contact Regina Bell with any questions.
#InclusionDrivesInnovation #BeyondInclusion
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