2017 YouthBuild Graduation

On the morning of July 13, 2017, the young men and women of YouthBuild gathered in the hallway at Goodwill Omaha headquarters to begin their walk-through for the graduation ceremony that took place that afternoon. All the graduates and YouthBuild staff had been eagerly waiting for this day. Some of the participants had dropped out of high school multiple times, others came into the program with a mindset that they could do whatever they wanted without consequences. But during their time in YouthBuild, these individuals had learned to overcome those obstacles, and they had developed a new set tools for a successful future.

The entire staff at Goodwill Omaha couldn’t be more proud of what these young individuals have accomplished! Our graduates worked extremely hard over the last ten months to reach their goals.

YouthBuild is a national educational, leadership, development and occupational skill-training program for disadvantaged young adults and is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network. The program serves adults ages 16 to 24 years who have struggled with school and are looking to make a positive change in their life.  YouthBuild combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience, where students learn basic carpentry skills while giving back to their community through volunteering.

YouthBuild Omaha would like to thank its partners, United Way of the Midlands, ServeNebraska, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, Abide Network and inCommon, for helping to make this year’s program a success. .

Congratulations YouthBuild Omaha 2017 Graduates! Continue to dream big and accomplish your goals!

 

 

Omaha World Herald article written about the 2017 YouthBuild Graduation

 

 

Find the Right Program by Knowing Your Interests First

You’ll be asked to consider a lot of things when trying to select the training or education program that will form the foundation of your career—cost, time, requirements, commitments and more are what you should consider when choosing a specific program. But the most basic thing, whether you’re going to be trained for the right career type, can be harder to know.

Some people choose a career path based on what their friends or family say is good; others see something interesting on TV, or they hear about opportunities to earn good money and decide to do that kind of job. Those are all good inputs for choosing a career, but the right career for you is the one you’ll enjoy doing. You don’t need to love your job, but a successful career is usually built on work that you enjoy or in a field that interests you. So how do you know which is the best option? The idea is to look inward at yourself.

Self-Assessment

There is an entire section of GoodProspects dedicated to how you assess your own interests and skills as a way of finding attractive career options (there’s even this assessment just for hospitality careers), but there are great ways to structure that, too, to help you see the best career fit for your interests.

The Career Gateway’s Job Seekers Guide is a great way to look at everything about your skills, interests and values to form an idea of what you could do for your career, and then make a plan to move forward. There are a number of assessments available (you combine them at the end of the process), but this assessment matching interests to occupations is a good place to start; use the .pdf sheet to score yourself, then take the rest of the assessments to build a fuller picture.

Next Steps

After you know where your interests really lie and which career paths they connect to, go ahead and explore career options. Then you’re ready to find the training or education that will get you started. These articles can help you find the right program for you, one that matches what your goals, priorities and professional interests, and these articles can help you get enrolled and on the path to success.

 

Blog shared from Goodwill Industries International

All Goodwill Card Holders to Receive 15% Off Every Time They Shop!

Join Goodwill Omaha on July 8th as we introduce a brand new Goodwill Card Discount! Beginning July 8th, all Goodwill Cardholders will receive a whopping 15% off all purchases. And that’s just the beginning.  Starting on the 8th all customers with a Goodwill Card will receive 15% off  – all day, every day! You heard it right… Every Goodwill cardholder will receive 15% off any purchase anytime they shop. No need to be a student, teacher, senior or military member. Every one with a Goodwill Card will receive this discount every time they shop!

Stop into any Goodwill Omaha store to get signed up for the Goodwill Card and start shopping and saving today.

And don’t forget, when you shop or donate with Goodwill Omaha, you support our Employment & Training programs that help friends, family, neighbors right here in our community! To learn more, visit goodwillomaha.org. See you July 8! Happy shopping!

Be a Community Hero. Shop Goodwill®.

Who’s ready for the new Spider-Man movie? We are! On July 7, Sony Pictures promises thrill, action, and heroism in the form of their new blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a little late to the web-slinging wonders of New York City’s most awesome arachnid, here are a few things you can do to get swept up in the excitement!

Comic books

Image via seattlegoodwill.org

First, get acquainted with the magical world of comics. Here’s a quick run-down of comic books through the ages crafted Seattle Goodwill. I love how they’ve broken it up by era and they’ve even listed the most valuable comics of each age! Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for these whenever you head to the thrift store. You could sell your finds to a collector for a huge profit or score a piece of history to start your own collection on a bang! It was in the pages of Marvel Comics’ August 1962 issue of Amazing Fantasy #15 that your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man first came alive, so definitely snag that one if you ever see it.

DIY lamp. Before and after. Supplies from Goodwill.

Image via agirlandagluegun.com

At home, you can add a little excitement with an easy comic lamp revamp like this one  A Girl and a Glue Gun. Grab drab lighting from Goodwill then search the fabric section for Spider-man cloth. Put the two together with a splash of sunny paint and—POW! A statement lamp ready to brighten a kids’ room or comic book nook. Easy projects like this take only a matter of minutes to complete, but are such a perfect way to take your Spider-man fandom to the next level.

Kids doing impression of Peter Parker in disguise. Goodwill NJ

Image via pinterest.com/goodwillnj

Meanwhile, over at Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia spidey-senses are tingling. A couple of cute kiddos posed for this picture shared on Pinterest doing their best impression of Peter Parker in disguise. If you’re in the mood to craft your own costume, swing into action by shopping for your supplies at local Goodwill organizations. Why? Because when you support their mission to help people who are facing challenges to finding employment overcome their hardships and achieve independence through the power of work, that kind of makes you a superhero, too. And, as any true Spider-Man fan knows, with great power comes great responsibility so this is one small thing you can do to help your community.

Blog shared from Goodwill Industries International

What Kind of Superhero are You?

Last weekend, I was one of many movie-goers who saw the new Wonder Woman (oh, how I wish I had a Lasso of Truth to bring with me to Capitol Hill).  At the same time, my colleagues at Goodwill Industries International are excited about a partnership with Sony in advance of the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Superheroes are definitely on the mind.

I recently had the privilege of listening to Andrew Slack, an Ashoka fellow who spoke at a conference about his method of storytelling called “cultural acupuncture”.  Andrew describes this as, “We dream at night, but our culture dreams through books and movies and stories. Working with those stories is cultural dream work. Working with stories that we put energy into is cultural acupuncture….In cultural acupuncture, we find where the psychological energy is in the culture, and move that energy towards creating a healthier body for our world. In cultural acupuncture, stories are the proverbial needles; stories are what resonate. Stories are what can expand our civic imagination and allow us a transformed sense of agency.”

For example, the Hunger Games series has been used to spur conversations about economic inequality, Star Wars opened dialogue around money in politics, and Slack has used Superman and Hamilton to expand the conversations around immigration.  I plan on using Wonder Woman as a starting point to have a conversation about feminism with my nephew.

Most people enjoy the summer blockbusters as a way to escape from the “real world” for a few hours, but I’m challenging myself to go deeper.  How can we embody the superheroes that are needed in our communities? How can we leverage our imaginations to solve the policy issues facing our nation? While I may not be able to stop bullets with my gold bangles or shoot a web from my wrist, I am an informed advocate, I make a difference in my community, and I give voice to people who feel that they have no power.  What kind of superhero are you?

Blog shared from Goodwill Industries International

 

The Power of Work: Support Goodwill with Omaha Gives!

Goodwill Omaha is proud to be participating again in Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 24 from midnight to midnight.  This year 100 percent of funds raised through Omaha Gives! is going directly to Goodwill’s Business Solutions Program.

The goal of Business Solutions is to assist job seekers in finding permanent, self-sustaining employment in the community. Our team connects with companies across the Omaha metro area to learn about their business and hiring needs. We then work to match those needs with individuals served by Goodwill and other community agencies.

Thanks to Goodwill’s Business Solutions program one of our participants, Jenni, was able to reach of her goal of finding employment in the medical field.

Like many of the individuals Goodwill’s helps, Jenni had a career goal but wasn’t quite sure how to reach that goal – Jennie wanted to break into the medical field.   Being a single parent without any formal job experience was difficult.

“I was trying to find a job in the medical field but was faced with difficulties because employers wanted someone with experience,” said Jenni. Our goal is help participants like Jenni who need an extra hand finding a job that fits their interests. “It was great working with Melanie, a Business Solutions Specialist. She was very helpful in trying to get me a job. We re-created my resume and eventually connected me with Hillcrest Nursing Home where I have been working since January,” said Jenni.

Because of Goodwill’s Business Solutions program Jenni is well on her way to achieving her goals and is looking forward to what the future holds for her and her son.

Help us continue to change lives and strengthen our community by giving to Goodwill during Omaha Gives!

 

Free Kaplan MS Office College Course

Kaplan University and Goodwill Industries are hosting another free MS Office Skills beginning on Monday, June 12th.  Classes are at no cost and are open to anyone in our community. Please feel free to pass this information to those in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

This course includes the following topics; Introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

Class Dates: Monday, June 12 through Monday, August 14, 2017 (10 weeks)

Meeting Day/Time: Every Monday 10am – 2pm

Location: 4805 N 72nd St, Omaha, NE 68134 (Goodwill)
Space is limited, so please contact us prior to the Wednesday, June 7th  deadline.

Please review below flyer for further information, or contact Sherri Kallon at 402.231.1977 or [email protected].

Thank you!

Megan R. Sharpe | READY Services Manager

Find Your Future Career Fair – May 16, 2017

Don’t forget to join us for this awesome event on May 16th! 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!

The Perfect Birthday Party Using Supplies From Goodwill

Every year for my daughter’s birthday, I try to pull off a Pinterest party.  You know what I’m talking about – the perfect birthday party that has fancy food and crafty decorations galore.  More often than not that awesome idea I found on Pinterest ended up flopping or I run out of time.  But this year… this year was different!

This year I had found a bunch of ideas for an ice cream-themed party that I really liked, and also thought could be fairly easy.  With the help of Goodwill, I was able to pull together a super cute ice cream social for my daughter!

I found great little ice cream dishes at Goodwill that I used to put the toppings in.  The dishes ranged between 59 cents and 99 cents.  I thought they added that perfect touch for the party!

Another purchase from Goodwill was old picture frames that I spray painted gold.  I had a number of FREE prints that I found on Pinterest – everyone loves free right!  The prints went in the painted frames and were used as decoration around the party.

This year, I am happy to say that our party was a success and thanks to Goodwill I was able to find deals that enhanced our ice cream theme!

 

 

Goodwill Omaha – Omaha World-Herald & Agency Update

Dear Valued Goodwill Supporters:

Recently, Goodwill Omaha did a follow-up interview with the Omaha World-Herald to share our progress on three commitments the organization made last fall. This interview, we are told, will be published tomorrow. Goodwill Omaha, as an organization, is re-evaluating critical aspects of governance, operations and culture.

When Goodwill Omaha met with the Omaha World-Herald, I shared that the organization, today, is looking to the future and to regaining the public trust through commitments we have made for improvement.

Goodwill Omaha is taking an objective look at the organization and developing best practices across the agency. We know that not only will Goodwill Omaha change but we use this case study and lessons learned to help other nonprofits maximize their impact in the community. In the long run, this can strengthen all organizations and the community trust.

Here is a summary of what we shared during the interview:

Employee culture is an area Goodwill Omaha is working to improve. The Omaha Business Ethics Alliance has been engaged to help the organization understand the impact of the organization’s changes, address employee engagement improvement and identify best practice ethics for employees. These actions have resulted in:

  • More communication and improved employee engagement
  • Weekly CEO updates about current activities across the organization
  • Creation of the “I heart my job” employee campaign

The second commitment was to hire a third party firm for an organizational assessment. Quantum Governance has been selected and started this work last week which is expected to take through August to complete. They will review and provide recommendations for best practices on; policy and procedures, governance, organizational matters such as mission and vision and organization structure, including an evaluation of compensation.

A CEO search is the third leg of the journey. A committee has been formed which includes board members as well as external business and community members. The committee has selected Wheless Partners out of Birmingham, Alabama as the firm that will conduct the nation-wide search. They expect to have a decision by early fall.

In addition, I shared some information about Goodwill Omaha and its impact on people and the community.

2016 GOODWILL IMPACT ON OMAHA AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016:

  • 524 – # of employees on December 31
  • 151 – # of employees who identify as having a disability
  • $12.21 – Average hourly wage of participants placed in jobs
  • 1916 – People enrolled in Goodwill Omaha programs in 2016
  • 619 – # of jobs found by Goodwill Omaha program participants
  • 23,413 – # of job basic readiness services provided to the community
    • i.e. resumé building, mock interviews, etc.
  • 1,399,508 – # of total retail transactions
  • 545,552 – Pounds of recycled computers and electronics
  • 6,837,651 – Pounds of clothing and textiles diverted from landfills

Click here to view Goodwill Omaha’s First Quarter Agency Update for 2017.

We hope the article reflects the significant changes I see in the organization already, the efforts to prepare for the future and more importantly that Goodwill Omaha will be well lead, have a great work culture and be a strong community advocate for those we serve.

Pauli Bishop
Interim CEO
Goodwill Omaha