Join Goodwill as we visit Don & Millie’s on 108th & Center for good times and great food, all while raising money for Employment Solutions!DonMillies-Fundraiser-9-19-2018
Goodwill’s mission to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. See below for a complete list of Goodwill donors in 2017.
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
United Way of the Midlands
R.J. & Liz Neary
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Fraser Stryker Law Firm
Helen Pearson Charitable Trust
Joe & Kacey Lempka
Mark & Donelle Stokes
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Baird Holm LLP
Baxter Toyota La Vista
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Erin and Michael Limas
Frankel Zacharia LLC
Great Western Bank
J.E. Dunn Construction Company
Jim and Jenny Rich
Joseph and Molly Lang
Kiewit Building Group
McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO.
Pansing, Hogan, Ernst, & Bachman, LLP.
RDG Planning and Design
Richard & Rosemary Frandeen
Rick and Carol Russell
Scott & Lindsey Semrad
The Harry A. Koch Co.
Brent Koster and Chelsey Erpelding
Central States Health & Life Co.
David & Melissa Anderson
Frank & Kendra McGree
Hamann Charitable Fund
Joseph and Molly Lang
Kathryn and Thomas Sudyka, Jr.
Lovgren Marketing Group
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
OneNeck IT Solutions
Quantum Real Estate
Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc.
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For Immediate Release
Attorney General Investigation of Goodwill Concludes
(Omaha, NE) Goodwill fully cooperated with the Attorney General throughout the investigation and the agency is pleased that the investigation has concluded. We appreciate the professionalism with which the Attorney General conducted the investigation.
We also appreciate the Attorney General’s courtesy and consideration extended to Goodwill by recognizing and citing progress made by current Goodwill leadership to bring the agency back onto a good path. Goodwill will fully comply with the terms and conditions of the Consent Decree.
For Information Contact:
Dr. Michael McGinnis
Brig. Gen. (Ret), USA
CEO & President
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa
Kick off the summer with the Ames Avenue Block Party – June 1
Bring your families and help us kick off summer at the Ames Avenue Block Party! Please join us on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartland Workforce Solutions at 5752 Ames Avenue.
The Ames Avenue Block Party is a community event created to promote Omaha 360’s Harmony Week. The event promotes peace, education and community by bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to reduce barriers in accessing resources such as healthcare providers, financial institutions, workforce development agencies, as well as many other community agencies. These agencies will engage in positive activities with youth and families throughout the event.
Many thanks are in order to Boys Town and Heartland Workforce Solutions for leading and hosting the event efforts for the past five years. Year-over-year attendance has increased from 300 to over 1,000 participants.
Join us and enjoy free activities such as bounce houses, balloon artists, face painting and a variety of other opportunities – provided by our generous sponsors: First National Bank, Bank of the West, United Health Care and Centris Federal Credit Union.
Stop by the Goodwill Industries table to enter a raffle! Ten children’s bikes will be raffled off during the event, you must be present to win. Also, stop by the YouthBuild Omaha table to learn more about one of Goodwill’s many mission programs and hear about all of the great service the AmeriCorps members are providing in our community.
The goal of the Ames Avenue Block Party is to decrease community violence while increasing overall individual and family success.
Thank you to all of the service providers in attendance who link families to necessary supports and services within the North Omaha community.
Timeline for the event:
4:00 Event Begins
4:30 Matching Knights Steppers Performance
4:45 Invocation Fr Boes, Pastor Portia Cavitt & Faith Leaders
5:45 Dance Contest (Ages 8 and up)
6:00 Dance Contest (Ages 8 and under)
6:30 Goodwill Bike Raffle
7:00 Event Closing
Ames Avenue Block Party Contact:
Melissa Steffes – Community Engagement Development Officer
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.
Dr. Mike McGinnis
Goodwill President & CEO
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.
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.
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2018
Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as 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:
Goodwill Industries, Inc.
What defines a good resume has changed over the years; however, the goal of a resume has stayed true—get your foot in the door and bring attention to your name. Here are 6 tips on how you can create a resume that will captivate your future employer and display all you have to offer in a simple yet impactful way.
Tip 1 – Clear & Concise
A good resume is clear, concise (often only one page long) and to the point. List your education, prior work experience, and skill set. Starting your resume in a Word document can make it easy to modify throughout your career. You’ve probably put in some time editing and proofreading your resume, if you haven’t you will want to do so. We’ve found the Big Interview website to be informative when creating your resume— specifically the blog post Creating Really Good Resumes.
Tip 2 – Name
Prominently display your name and contact information at the top of the page. Make sure to align your name on the center of the page so it stands out from the rest of your resume. You will want to give clear direction on how a hiring manager can connect with you to set up an interview after viewing your resume.
Tip 3 – Objective
Your objective may not always be needed. An objective gives you an opportunity to relate what you have to offer your potential employer and how they will benefit by hiring you. A potential employer should be able to find your objective easily below your name and personal information.
Tip 4 – Formatting Information
Formatting your information with bullet points is a good way to maintain an easy-to-read resume. Start with your education, list diplomas or degrees earned. Then provide the experience you have gained at your previous positions. This will give you the opportunity to display your longevity. If longevity is not applicable, be sure to list all of your previous employment to showcase your experience in the workforce. Finally, listing your skills and abilities is one more way to showcase what you have to offer your potential employer.
Tip 5 – Readability
Font style and size can make all the difference in how your resume is perceived. Keeping your font style and size the same throughout the body of your resume will allow for minimal distractions and make it easy to skim through. Even spacing and clean lines is key when choosing a font for your resume. Make sure your font size is readable while allowing the information to fit on one page. To get the employers attentions, your name should be a different font and larger in size.
Looking for tips on what fonts to use in your resume? Check out this article by Cleverism.
Tip 6 – Resources
Use your resources. There is help and advice online for you to use to get your resume in tip top shape. If you are not familiar with Microsoft or formatting a document for a resume, we (Goodwill Omaha) are now offering an Introduction to Microsoft Word course hosted by TriO Programs. Another helpful website for job tasks, skills, and much more is O*NET OnLine.
If you are unemployed or underemployed our Employment Ready and Business Solutions staff are here to assist you.
Follow the links above to learn more about those programs and how they can help you land
your next job.