Exciting news! Goodwill Donation Centers are moving to new locations! We are very grateful for the ongoing community support during our time in these locations.
Current Donation Center closing dates:
• 90th & Maplewood Trailer – November 30
• 50th & Grover Trailer – December 16
• 108th & Mockingbird Site – December 16
All Goodwill retail stores will continue to accept donations during the Donation Center transitions.
In order to serve our customers better, we are excited to share that we will be opening three new Donation Centers on Friday, December 7, and they may be found at:
• 5018 Grover Street, Omaha, NE 68106
(Located next to Godfather’s Pizza)
• 5411 S. 96th Street, Omaha, NE 68127
(Located next to Palm Beach Tan)
• 1056 N. 204th Avenue, Elkhorn, NE 68022
(Located next to Don Carmelo’s)
Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you in our newest Donation Centers!
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.
Who: Everyone is invited
What: An opportunity to make a donation to the American Red Cross
When: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Goodwill – 4805 North 72nd Street
Why: Helping communities come together—donating blood to save lives
How: Contact us at [email protected] 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.
Don’t miss your chance to win!
Mark Ellerbrake Retires After 28 Years of Service
Mark Ellerbrake is a well-spoken gentleman who was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1990, Mark was hired by Goodwill to work on Goodwill’s AbilityOne federal contract at the Denney Federal Building in Lincoln. Before starting at Goodwill, Mark had worked a handful of odd jobs such as a gift shop attendant and a staff member at a local pizza shop. He had a goal to find a perfect match in employer in hopes of gaining stable employment. Over his 28 years as an AbilityOne custodian, Mark has been able to maintain self-sufficiency at work and at home.
With 28 years of experience in the custodial field, Mark is now embarking on the next chapter of his life as he officially retired from Goodwill on October 31, 2018.
When asked what challenges he has overcome while working at Goodwill, Mark gave a smirk and said “I’ve learned not to wreck a vacuum cord.” We both chuckled as he went on to say that aside from learning how to properly clean and care for a federal building—he loved that Goodwill and his position allowed him to have structure in his life, making it much easier to plan his days.
“The consistency in my job has a big part in what allows me to excel in my work. I have been reliable and am almost never absent from work, so my supervisors have been able to depend on me over the years”, says Mark.
A Love For Lincoln
Mark has a love for his hometown, leaving Lincoln has never been an option for him. Mark plans to be as active as possible during his retirement. He wants to stay involved in the community by volunteering his time to different business and organizations in Lincoln.
We would like to celebrate and thank Mark for dedication and his time spent with Goodwill’s Ability One contract at the Denney Federal Building. You will be missed, Mark!
Written By: Josh Meyer
The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!
Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have sixteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.
We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].
This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Between November 1 and November 7 , please visit the Boo!dwill 2018 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” on the photos in the album will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win.
2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.
That’s it! On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!
Good luck and happy shopping!
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.
For corrections or updates, please contact us at [email protected]
AbilityOne Representatives Attend Grassroots Advocacy Conference
From June 12 through June 15 Nate Gunter and Gary Lane, Goodwill Omaha employees, joined other nonprofits in the SourceAmerica network at the 20th Grassroots Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. Gunter, Assistant Project Manager, along with Lane, a valued employee, both work at Goodwill’s AbilityOne contract at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. Goodwill Omaha’s AbilityOne program was just one of 50 nonprofits that had representatives present at the conference.
With approximately 200 attendees the conference connected self-advocates with disabilities to their representatives and senators. Conferences like Grassroots Advocacy allow those self-advocates to highlight the importance of creating employment opportunities and choices for people with disabilities. This conference gave Gunter and Lane, Goodwill Omaha’s representatives, the ability to advocate for programs like AbilityOne, defend the WIOA (Work Innovation and Opportunity Act).
“This year we focused on encouraging members of congress to increase what the government elects to pay out from .7 %to 1.5 %,” said Gunter. (Lets have Nate or Tobi give one or two more sentences on what this means)
The conference started off with registration and dinner where SourceAmerica CEO, Steve Soroka, introduced keynote speaker David Egan, Special Olympics athlete and advocate for others with disabilities. Tuesday, June 15 consisted of a full day of training Give an example of what training it was. Wednesday and Thursday the nonprofit attendees participated in a walk and engaged in meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. A banquet was held Wednesday evening where Congressman Don Bacon and Senator Deb Fischer were in attendance.
Gunter also shared that because 2018 is an election year, there was more of a responsibility to defend and promote programs supporting the employment of people with disabilities.
When asked about Gunter’s experience with SourceAmerica, he stated, “Being able to see people from other AbilityOne programs was a big learning experience—people had the ability to share their stories and what they have been through and the help that the AbilityOne program has provided to them.”
We want to thank our community for continued support in programs such as AbilityOne. AbilityOne is just one of many programs that help us continue to fulfill our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training and work.
Written By: Josh Meyer
Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha
Over the spring months of 2018, Goodwill Omaha developed a sector training program based on multiple community needs. The Mission Advancement team identified a nationally recognized retail training. After research was done it was determined that the training would be a good fit for the new program. At Goodwill we have a unique benefit of having access to our retail stores. This access provides real, on-the-job training in a real-life setting.
With the initial curriculum was built, we determined that a defined classroom space to practice these skills while teaching them would be very beneficial—in turn we created a mock retail store located in our headquarters building.
“We had a great trainer, Jen Driscoll. She developed the curriculum, trained and tested participants by working one-one-one with them daily. Jen made sure the program participants were successful and supported at all times” says Christine Aguilar, Director of Mission Training.
Our Employment Ready program assisted with the job readiness curriculum and our Business Solutions program worked with the participants during their training to identify employment goals. Employment Ready and Business Solutions worked together to achieve permanent employment opportunities for the participants.
“After reviewing the first cohort, we are very excited with the successful results and we plan to provide this training on an ongoing basis. We are also exploring other potential referral sources to expand the number of participants served” says Aguilar.
The first training class started on May 7, 2018 and concluded June 1, 2018. All four program participants successfully obtained certification. Two of the participants have secured full time employment. The other two participants are actively interviewing with local employers. Goodwill’s Business Solutions team continues to assist the participants with the employment and retention support.
“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills and learn more about the operations of a retail store. I would one day like to own my own small retail store to provide fashionable items for women of all sizes,” said Michelle, one of the four program participants.
The new program is just one of many ways that Goodwill Omaha is proudly serving members of our community by changing lives through education, training, and work.
“We are looking forward to offering another class in the coming months,” says Aguilar.
Sector training opportunities are available to those in the community who desire training to increase their employability in order to secure employment.
Written By: Joshua Meyer