Support Your Family, Friends, and Neighbors with Omaha Gives!

Omaha Gives! 2018Omaha 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.

ABILITYONE
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
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
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE
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
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.

 


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Sector Training Program Eliminating Job Barriers For Those Who Desire Employment

Sector Training Program Eliminating Job Barriers For Those Who Desire Employment

Goodwill Omaha’s new Sector Training Program helps eliminate barriers among those underemployed and unemployed in the Omaha metro. The new Sector Training Program makes it possible for all Goodwill Omaha locations to be more integrated with our mission. The new program will include Retail, Facilities Maintenance, Grounds Maintenance , and Custodial Training. All these trainings make use of our long-standing expertise in skill-building and employment assistance, as well as our numerous year of experience in those fields.

Retail

A comprehensive four-week retail training, featuring a combination of classroom training and hands-on job training at Goodwill retail locations. This training delivers skill-building and employment assistance services in the caring environment of our retail stores. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours learning in the classroom to their hands-on training on the sales floor.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 85 years of retail experience.

Facilities Maintenance

A comprehensive five-week custodial training, featuring approximately 20 classroom training hours and 80 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 15 years of facilities maintenance experience.

Grounds

Goodwill is offering a comprehensive four-week grounds maintenance training, featuring approximately 10 classroom training hours, and 70 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom and to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 15 years of grounds maintenance experience.

Custodial

A comprehensive four-week custodial training, featuring approximately 10 classroom training hours and 70 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. This training makes use of our long-standing expertise in skill-building and employment assistance, as well as our nearly 30 years of custodial experience. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 30 years of custodial experience.

Help support our Sector Training Programs

To help support our Sector Training Programs, you can donate used goods to our retail stores or make monetary donations to fundraisers like Omaha Gives! Follow our events page on Facebook for a current calendar of events and happenings throughout Goodwill Omaha. By making a donation through Omaha Gives! you can help ensure that program participants receive training and opportunities to knock down employment barriers.  Click here to schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Thank you for continuing to support our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training, and work.


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Good Turn for Goodwill – A Partnership with Girl Scouts of Nebraska

Good Turn For Goodwill

A Partnership with Girl Scouts of Nebraska

Good Turn for Goodwill

During the month of April, Goodwill Omaha partnered with Girl Scouts of Nebraska for the annual Good Turn for Goodwill donation drive.  Throughout April, Girl Scout troops went into the Omaha Metro, Fremont, Lincoln, and Norfolk communities to collect donations from the public. Troops then dropped of the donations at their local Goodwill Omaha location. This year marked the 33rd year for the Good Turn for Goodwill donation drive.

Good Turn Recap

This year, 13 troops including 183 scouts participated—making more than 75 donations to Goodwill Omaha. That’s approximately 3,000 pounds of donated goods collected from the community. In years past Goodwill has given bags to help collect donations. For this year’s drive, Goodwill Omaha decided to be more environmentally conscious. By forgoing bags and encouraging scouts to make bagless donations, Goodwill can help keep waste out of the landfills. We find it important for the scouts to understand that we care about the environment. Donations are not required to be given in a bag or box. Donations can simply be dropped off at any Goodwill donation center.

Event sponsors included: Amazing Pizza Machine and Papio Fun Park. Troops were chosen at random to receive prizes that consisted of $100 Amazing Pizza Machine gift cards and $50 Sonic gift cards. All scouts who participated were sent a “Good Turn for Goodwill” badge and certificates for a free game of mini golf at Papio Fun Park.

Mission Support

All donated materials collected during the drive will be sold in Goodwill Omaha’s 14 retail stores. Each time you shop or donate at a Goodwill retail store, the revenue generated is used to support the not-for-profit agency’s employment and training programs for individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages. To find out more about our employment and training programs, click here.

Through training and employment opportunities, Goodwill assists the community’s economy by creating wage earners as well as consumers. Thanks to our customers and donors, 1,797 people were enrolled in a Goodwill program in 2017. In addition, Goodwill program participants were placed in 230 jobs during 2017.


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Employment Ready Helps Students Find Business Casual Attire

Employment Ready Helps Students Find Business Casual Attire 

During the last week of March, Megan Sharpe, Goodwill Omaha’s Employment Ready Manager, received a phone call from Rebecca Dunn who teaches at Ralston High School. Dunn is currently teaching a Future Teacher Internship program. The class focuses on preparing students for future interviews and internships. Goodwill Omaha’s Employment Ready program was asked to partner with the Ralston High School class to provide assistance in how to choose appropriate attire for interviews and internships.

Teaming Up

Sharpe met with the class on April 16 to share how Employment Ready provides free one-on-one job readiness services to those unemployed or underemployed in the Omaha Metro.  Sharpe also spoke about proper business casual attire and how to find this clothing at our Goodwill locations. This partnership was an opportunity to educate the youth in the Ralston and Papillion community—by sharing Goodwill Omaha’s mission programs and how our retail stores support those programs.

The next day Sharpe met the Future Teacher Internship class at our Papillion retail store (84th and Giles).

Megan Sharpe Employment Ready Manager - Introduce Students to Papillion Store

Gathered in the front of the store, Sharpe took a moment to show some examples of proper business casual clothing. Among her examples was acceptable attire for a professional interview.

Example of Business Casual Denim

Megan also took time to remind students of the importance in making a great first impression during an interview. The students were encouraged to shop on their own. Sharpe and Dunn offered guidance and support—ensuring students were choosing appropriate business casual options.  

Business Casual Polka Dot Pants

Ralston Students Browsing

Students were able to find garments by category, size, and color in our Papillion retail store. This made it easy for them to build outfits that paired well with their personalities.

Ralston Male Students Shown Examples of Business Casual Shirts

Ralston Students Share Finds

Interview Ready

Finally, all 17 of the Future Teacher Internship students walked away with business casual outfits for their upcoming interviews.

Ralston Student Checks Out

Each student was given a $20 gift card, which was provided by both Ralston High and Goodwill Omaha. This gave students the ability to find a full outfit. Also showing them how beneficial shopping at Goodwill is while on a tight budget. The students enjoyed the hunt for unique and trendy items they may not have normally found at other retailers. While using the provided gift cards, students were educated on how donating and shopping at Goodwill Omaha supports our mission programs such as Employment Ready.

Ralston Students All Found Outfits


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Sustainability For A Greener Earth

Sustainability For a Greener Earth

 

On April 18 Goodwill partnered with Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and hosted an electronics drive at the Duchesne campus from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Goodwill Omaha was contacted in February by Duchesne’s Sustainability Committee about donating a large amount of electronics.

SustainabilityElectronics donor

Jason Schlesiger, Director of Technology at Duchesne said “Our Sustainability Committee saw this drive as an opportunity to recycle as much as possible. We wanted to take our efforts from inside the school into the surrounding community. This electronics drive benefits not only Duchesne but also our neighbors.”

Eric and Jason from Duchesne's Sustainability CommitteeIn 2016, Duchesne was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Energy Star Award recipient. “When Duchesne was recognized with the Energy Star Award, generous community donors offered to underwrite the Verdis Group, a local sustainability consulting firm. The donations supported our partnership with the Verdis Group who spent a year with Duchesne to analyze our processes and help us move forward in efforts of sustainability” said Eric Krakwoski, Assistant Principal of Duchesne Academy. Eric stated that their Sustainability Committee has 4 main goals.

  1. Be a zero waste campus by 2030
  2. Use net positive energy by 2030
  3. Revamp the schools lunch program
  4. Integrate sustainability into the schools curriculum

Results

Loading Electronic Donations

Goodwill Omaha helped approximately 30 donors and collected 4,900 pounds of electronic equipment during the drive. The electronics drive is just one environmentally friendly event that Duchesne is holding during the month of April. You can find out more about what Duchesne is doing for the environment in April by clicking here.

Dell Reconnect

Dell Laptops at Duchesne Academy's Electronics Donation DriveAt Goodwill Omaha, we partner with Dell Reconnect to ensure proper handling of donated electronics. Dell Reconnect is a program that partners with Goodwill’s across North America to handle proper refurbishing or recycling of your computer systems and accessories. Since 2004, Dell Reconnect has recycled more than 450 million pounds of used electronics. Goodwill Omaha contributes roughly 40,000 pounds of that number each year. Click here to find out more about Goodwill’s partnership with the Dell Reconnect program.  

Inherently Green

Our mission is to change lives through education, training, and work. Through our mission, we are inherently environmentally friendly. When people donate their used goods to Goodwill, it keeps unwanted items out of landfills and prevents the production of unnecessary new materials. Think Goodwill before you toss your used goods while doing your spring cleaning and Earth Day activities. Click on the following to view a list of our acceptable donations and locations. Together we can make an effort to improve and care for our environment.Goodwill Industries, Inc. - Omaha Donate Today Truck Wrap


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Goodwill Industries Celebrates 115 Years of Changing Lives

Goodwill Industries Celebrates 115 Years of Changing Lives

During the week of May 6, 2018 we will be celebrating Goodwill Industries Week—along with 115 years of building better futures and changing lives. Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May of 1951. It is a way to encourage local Goodwill organizations to educate their communities about their missions. At Goodwill Omaha our mission is to change lives through education, training, and work—by serving individuals and businesses in eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.

Hand-Up Not a Hand Out 

In 1902 Reverend Edgar J. Helms went from door to door in Boston asking not for money, but for clothing in need of repair. Helms employed people facing challenges by having them mend the clothes for a daily wage. By selling those clothes back to the community, Goodwill’s mission was born. Helms believed in giving people a chance, not charity. He also believed there is more dignity in receiving a hand-up, not a hand-out. When people learn the skills to earn their own pay checks they have the power to transform lives and communities. Goodwill has grown from humble origins into an international non-profit organization. We provide employment placement, job training services and other important services to millions of people.

Goodwill Omaha’s Programs and Services

While programs and services have changed over the years, our mission of changing lives through education, training, and work has stayed true. Below are programs and services Goodwill Omaha currently provides.

  • Ability One – Provides part-time job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a supportive and integrated work environment at several federal properties.
  • Business Solutions – Meets the needs of local employers by connecting them with quality applicants and providing ongoing support.
  • Employment Ready – Provides free one-on-one job readiness services to anyone who is unemployed or under-employed in the Omaha metro, Council Bluffs, or Fremont areas.
  • Hire Nebraska – Puts Nebraskans to work as they transition from public assistance to life-changing employment.
  • Work Experience – Offers high school special education students, who are nearing completion of high school education, an opportunity to gain exposure to a work situation in a supportive environment.
  • Volunteer & Community Service –  We thrive on the support of our community and those who volunteer their time. Providing the opportunity to complete approved court ordered hours of service is another way we support those in our community.
  • YouthBuild Omaha – A national education, leadership, development, and occupational skill-training program for disadvantaged young adults. YouthBuild is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.

In 2017, Goodwill Omaha served 1,797 people through our mission programs. Hosting a total of 35 hiring events—230 jobs were found by Goodwill participants. The average hourly wage of Goodwill participants placed in jobs was $12.16. Through our programs and services, we are able to continue our mission of changing lives through education, training, and work. We provide free tours to the public for a behind the scenes look at our organization, by appointment. For contact information and more details about our programs and services, click here.

Involved in Goodwill

Being involved in our community is a key component to what makes our mission programs and services so impactful. You can become involved with Goodwill Omaha through the various events we host and participate in. To find out more about our upcoming events, click here. You can also support our life-changing mission by shopping and donating at your local Goodwill retail location. When you purchase items from Goodwill, those dollars go directly to the support needs of our programs and services. Click here to view a listing of our locations.


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Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Clean Sweep – Living with Less Mess

Draw the curtains and let the sun shine in because it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Wondering where to start or what to do with those household items you can’t wait to move on from?  We will be sharing some helpful tips on how and what to clean; along with getting the most out of your spring cleaning endeavors.

Science Behind Spring Cleaning  

Do you sometimes wonder why so many of us have the urge to tidy up or do our most detailed cleaning this time of year? You can thank biology for that. HowStuffWorks’ blog post Why Do We Traditionally Clean Our Homes At the Beginning of Spring explains that due to lack of sunlight exposure our bodies produce a hormone called melatonin that causes sleepiness in humans. Research shows that as the days grow longer and we are exposed to more sunlight we have more energy. Hence the reason we become more active in the warmer sun drenched months. With your replenished energy supply, you are free to tackle all of those cleaning and organizing tasks that have been pushed aside over the winter months.

Clean Slate

Cleaning SuppliesMost of us know that during winter months dust tends to settle and allergens can be trapped indoors due to lack of air movement and fresh air entering our homes. A great place to start your cleaning is dusting every nook and cranny. If you are a new homeowner or renter, try finding guidelines for your spring cleaning while tailoring them to your living space. HGTV has provided what seems like a fool-proof cleaning list to help guide you and ensure your home is left spotless. Click here to view their easy to follow cleaning checklist. We suggest keeping lists like this on hand year round. Consistently cleaning your home throughout the year will significantly lessen the amount of work you have to do come next spring.

Let’s Talk Minimalism.

Minimalism is growing in popularity. Some consider it just another bandwagon fad, yet others consider it a lifestyle choice. Those who have chosen to live with a more minimal mindset claim to be freed from the control of material items. In the end those individuals find they have less to clean and take care of. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus expand upon minimalism and give helpful advice on how to live minimally on their website The Minimalists. Maybe you have thought about living a minimal lifestyle, your wardrobe could be a great place to start. If you decide to make a switch towards minimalism, you can donate your unwanted items to your local Goodwill.

At Goodwill Omaha the items you donate are either sold in our retail stores, or recycled. Keeping thousand of pounds of goods from going into the landfills. The sales from your donations directly support the employment services and programs we provide. In 2017 our employment services and mission programs served 1,797 people.

Declutter and Donate

A large part of spring cleaning is decluttering your space. Naturally, some areas of our home tend to become more cluttered than others. Trying to tackle clutter can be quite overwhelming for some of us. You’ll probably want to set up quick, efficient tasks similar to these tasks that Good Housekeeping has listed. Doing so will help guide you toward the end results you are seeking. We suggest going through the areas listed below and setting aside all of the items you no longer need, use, or want.

Spring Clean

  • Closets (clothing, linen, etc.)
  • Junk Drawers
  • Office Space
  • Pantries
  • Storage Rooms
  • Garage

 

Click here to view Goodwill Omaha’s acceptable donations guideline. You can donate those items at any of our conveniently located donation pods or donation centers. To find the location nearest you, click here.


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Spring Into Your New Look

Spring Into Your New Look

Spring is here and we will be seeing brighter days soon—though it may not seem true with this unpleasant April weather. Nonetheless it is time to start unpacking our spring clothes. You’ll most likely want to take some time to analyze your wardrobe. Are you holding onto garments that have served you well but now need a new home? What pieces are you missing from your selection to update your look? Today we’re going to share our newest addition to our Look Book—giving you some inspiration on how to update your spring wardrobe.

Spring Forward and Let Go.

Many of us hold onto things much longer than needed. Realizing what can go and what can stay in your closet will help you assess your needs for the upcoming seasons. The blog post Closet Hacks: How to Know When It’s Time to Donate Your Clothes gives you some good ideas on how to easily say goodbye to that pair of denim that you haven’t worn in two years. There’s probably at least one item in all of our closets that we haven’t touched in quite some time. Is it really worth keeping or could you benefit from something new in its place? This is the perfect time to evaluate your wardrobe and take out the old to bring in the new.

For those who are environmentally conscious—donating to Goodwill will keep your clothing out of the landfills. By donating to any of Goodwill’s conveniently located donation centers, you are directly supporting our programs in the community. Click here to find a donation center in your neighborhood.  

Dress Your Hangers.

First you need to evaluate your wardrobe and pinpoint your needs for the upcoming season. As a result, you will have some shopping to do! In our Spring Look Book we have put together some outfits that will have you ready for any occasion.  Click here to view our top picks for this season.

White Sweater Tank - Brown Wide Leg Pant            Tassel Necklace

One great benefit to shopping at Goodwill is that you can fully stock and expand upon your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Plus, you won’t feel so guilty come next year when you’re ready to move on to something else. You’ll be able to get a handful of items at the same price as one new item at the mall.

There are plenty of savvy shoppers out there who take full advantage of thrift markets. Likewise, we suggest you join in on the fun and savings. Shopping at your local Goodwill directly supports our programs and services in the community. Click here to learn more about the programs and services we provide to the Omaha metro and surrounding communities.

Mix and Match.

Finding garments that are versatile is a key component to building a great wardrobe. We suggest buying some staple garments that make you look and feel great. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down; primary, versatile clothing is a must for all wardrobes. Satisfy yourself. Focus on what works for you instead of constantly seeking the next best thing on all the online fashion sites. Doing so will give your wardrobe the substance you may be seeking. Check out The 9 Most Versatile Closet Staples to see what every woman needs in their closet. Not so fast gentlemen. Having versatile, staple pieces of clothing in your wardrobe applies to you as well. Here are 21 Things Every Man Should Have in His Closet. Take it from the gents at GQ, you’ll be thanking them later.

Items found in these blogs are just some of the styles you should be looking for at your local thrift store. By no means do you need to go spend hundreds of dollars on one single item to get these looks. Visit your favorite Goodwill retail location. Often while keeping your eyes peeled for good finds; you will almost always be able to find items that fall into these categories for a much better price. Keep in mind that our Look Book and other articles posted here are just guides to help inspire your creativity. Be yourself and embrace your own personal style—wear it with confidence.


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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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Blood Saves Lives

Join Goodwill as we host a blood drive with American Red Cross helping in the support of relief efforts to make a difference in our community.

2018-RedCross-Blood Drive

Who: Everyone is invited

What: An opportunity to make a donation to the American Red Cross

When: Friday, May 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: 78th & Dodge Goodwill

Why: Helping communities come together—donating blood to save lives

How: Contact Ann at (402) 231-1919 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: Goodwill to schedule an appointment

Click the images below to learn more about how your blood donation makes a difference to people in our community.

 

 

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