Don’t forget to join us for this awesome event on October 30! 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!Find Your Future - Fall 2018 - Flyer - 8.5x11 - English & Spanish - sfs
Bikes for Block Party
We kicked off summer at the Ames Avenue Block Party on Friday, June 1 at Heartland Workforce Solutions, along with other community partners. This year was the fifth annual Ames Avenue Block Party—a community event created to promote Omaha 360’s Harmony Week. The event promoted peace, education, and a sense of community through diversity. Stakeholders, community agencies, and generous sponsors put forth efforts to reduce barriers and gave access to resources such as healthcare providers, financial institutions, workforce development agencies, and many other community agencies.
Block Party Partner
With close to 500 attendees, it was an evening filled with activities and opportunities to increase individual and family success. Goodwill Omaha was named one of the 2018 partner agencies. This partnership gave our Employment Ready team the opportunity to be heavily involved in the planning process. YouthBuild Omaha and Employment Ready had tables at the Ames Avenue Block Party and were able to assist individuals in the community and spread awareness of Goodwill’s mission.
Programs Working Together
Our retail stores supported the event by donating children’s bikes for a free raffle drawing that youth could enter the names in. Prior to the event, Work Experience Trainer, Steve Andrews and Work Experience students took time to make sure the bikes were in tip top shape before being raffled off. Students helped make sure the chains, brakes, and tires were all in proper working condition. Teamwork between our mission programs is essential at Goodwill. All of our programs assist each other in some way, working toward the advancement of our mission—changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training, and work.
Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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
Good Turn For Goodwill
A Partnership with Girl Scouts of Nebraska
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.
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.
Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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.
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.”
In 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.
- Be a zero waste campus by 2030
- Use net positive energy by 2030
- Revamp the schools lunch program
- Integrate sustainability into the schools curriculum
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.
At 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.
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.
Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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: 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.
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.