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: 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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Media Update – Shop Goodwill For Last Minute Halloween Needs!

Halloween comes alive at Goodwill! Check out the Goodwill team showcasing costumes on the Morning Blend. We had a blast searching Goodwill stores to create several individual and group costumes for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a fresh costume idea or just need the finishing touches for your creation, Goodwill is the place to find it! Stop in today, there’s still time to create that perfect Halloween costume at Goodwill. Remember, when you shop at Goodwill you are supporting our job readiness programs that are helping people from all over the community to achieve their employment goals.

See the original story here.

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Tell Us What You Think and Win!

Don’t miss your chance to win!

Answer a few questions about shopping and donating at Goodwill and be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Goodwill gift card.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J9ZZSZ3

It should take less than five minutes, but the feedback we receive will make a huge difference in how we grow to serve you better in our stores.

Our gift card winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Thanks for helping us improve!

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Press Release – Goodwill Industries Names CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2017

Goodwill Industries Names CEO

 (Omaha, NEB)  Dr. Mike McGinnis, has been tapped to be the chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries which serves Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa according to Erin Limas, chair of the search committee.  The announcement culminates a four month search process conducted by the independent firm of Wheless Partners and a search committee comprised of community members; Doug Wilwerding, Jay Dunlap, and Shonna Dorsey as well as board members Bob Bertsch, and Scott Semrad.

We were so fortunate to have substantial applications from both local candidates and candidates around the country,” Limas said. “It was a very difficult decision, but one that the committee has made with confidence for the future of Goodwill in the areas we serve.”

For the past 11 months, Pauli Bishop, a ten year veteran with Goodwill stepped in as the interim CEO in October of 2016. “Pauli has done a remarkable job of rebuilding employee trust and managing a multitude of situations following the departure of the long-time executive,” said Mark Stokes the board chairman.  “We cannot thank her enough for all she has done over these months, we truly are grateful.”

McGinnis, who has extensive executive level experience in non-profit and military organizations will take the reins on October 16, 2017.

Dr. McGinnis will come to Goodwill from the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska where he served as executive director since January 2014.  He is the former executive director of Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, and previous to that was a professor at Old Dominion University, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Dr. McGinnis has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  His undergraduate degree is from United States Military Academy at West Point.

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