Find Your Future Career Fair Hosted by Goodwill Omaha


Find Your Future Career Fair Hosted by Goodwill Omaha

On Thursday, May 10, Goodwill Omaha hosted a semi-annual community career fair with 37 local employers. The Find Your Future career fair took place at Goodwill Omaha’s headquarter location off 72nd and Ames in Omaha, NE. The semi-annual career fair was open to anyone looking for employment in the Omaha metro and surrounding communities.

Opportunities For Jobseekers

Find Your Future Career FairThe Find Your Future career fair gave jobseekers the opportunity to meet with a multitude of employers in one location. Jobseekers were instructed to bring a resume and dress to impress as many employers conducted on the spot interviews. Goodwill’s Employment Solutions services were also offered to the 205 jobseekers who attended the career fair. Employers such as Jimmy John’s, Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Lyman-Richey Corporation were all actively scheduling interviews. Employers seemed to be very happy with the career fair. Mutual of Omaha stated “We never miss this event.” and Lozier said “The flow of traffic was wonderful and we got a lot of great applicants.”

FYF Jobseekers“The event went very smoothly, it was great to see so many jobseekers connecting with employers and leaving with smiles on their faces. It was also great to see all of the employers meeting with candidates and taking the first step in filling their needs.” said Melanie Smith, Business Solutions Specialist. All proceeds from the career fair directly support sector training opportunities to the community at no cost to individuals.

Thank you to all of the employers who helped make the Find Your Future career fair a success. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, Chesterman Company and DJ’s Dugout.  

What We Do

Employment Ready staff provided nearly 20,000 services to program participants in the past year. Services ranged from practice interviews, criminal history abatement, and 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. They then match those needs with the people we serve.

FYF Jobseekers fill out applicationsEmployment Ready and Business Solutions staff work together seamlessly within Goodwill. Employment Ready values the job development efforts that Business Solutions maintains in the community. Such efforts allows them to concentrate on job readiness. At Goodwill 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.

Showing Support

To help support our Employment Services programs, you can donate used goods to our retail stores or make monetary donations to fundraisers like Omaha Gives! 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. 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.



Written by: Josh Meyer • Marketing Specialist
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2016 Goodwill Donor List

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 2016.

Douglas County Commissioners
Mutual of Omaha Foundation
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
Project Everlast
The Criss Memorial Foundation
United Way of the Midlands
US Department of Labor

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Esther Brabec*
Joe Moglia*
Kiewit Companies Foundation
Philadelphia Insurance

Constance Ryan*
Deborah MacDonald*
Frank & Kendra McGree*
Joseph Hoovestol*
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company
UMB Bank

Charles Sederstrom*
David Pfeffer & Stacy Scholtz*
Erin & Michael Limas*
Joe & Kacey Lempka*
Larry & Sandy King*
Mark & Donelle Stokes*
Millard Lumber
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Scott & Lindsey Semrad*
Valmont Foundation

Alpha Media
American National Bank
Baird Holm LLP
Baxter Toyota La Vista
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Carita Sommer*
CleanCore Technologies LLC
Egan Supply
Elizabeth Mazzotta*
Enterprise Bank
Erin & Joel Russell*
First National Bank
Frankel Zacharia LLC
Frontier Holdings
Hansen Mueller Co*
Helen Pearson Charitable Trust*
Investor’s Realty
J.E. Dunn Construction Company
Jayhawk Boxes
Jerry Crouse*
Jerry Gray*
Jet Linx
Joseph & Molly Lang*
Kiewit Building Group
Lozier Foundation
Mary Pat & Steve Heck*
McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO
Miller Electric Company
Omaha Community Foundation
Omaha WinWater Works
OSI Industries/Oakland Foods
Outlook Nebraska
Paxton & Vierling Steel
Pinnacle Bank
Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
RDG Planning and Design
Richard & Rosemary Frandeen*
Rick & Carol Russell*
Robert Bertsch*
Robert & Rondi Mitchell*
Russ Lee Lawn Service
Sandy Lane*
Signature Performance
SilverStone Group
Spartan Nash
Sue Dittman*
Terry McGill, Inc
The Burlington Capital Group
The Harry A. Koch Co.
Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc
Todd & Ann Milbrandt*
Valmont Industries
Vincentini Plumbing

Acorn Plumbing
Awards Unlimited
BalCon Enterprises
Bob & Barbara Goodman*
Brian Higginbotham*
Buffalo Export LLC
Central States Health & Life Co.
Corporate Caddie Janitorial
David & Melissa Anderson*
Dolores C. Owen*
Doug & Elaine Wilwerding*
Eyman Plumbing Heating & Air
Gerald & Chris McGree*
Graphic Technologies, Inc
Gregory & Nancy Crawford*
Judy Vann*
Koley Jessen
Linda & Bruce Kizzier*
Lutz & Company
Max I. Walker
Metro Disposal & Recycling Inc.
Mike & Mary Leighton*
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Morrissey Engineering
OH-K Fast Print
Pauli Bishop*
PayLess Office Products
R.J. & Liz Neary*
Randy Schmailzl*
Ronald & Therese Jensen *
Shannon McGree*
SP Incentives, Inc
Thomas Vann*
Tobi & Matt Mathouser*
Urban Village
Waitt Company
William & Judy Vobejda*

*Notes members of the Goodwill Society

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Thanks to Mutual of Omaha for supporting the Goodwill mission!

Goodwill employees help unload donations at the Mutual of Omaha drive.

On July 25th & 26th, Mutual of Omaha employees brought more to work than just a briefcase and coffee. They brought 400 pounds of clothes, mason jars, scrapbooking supplies and other donations to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people find work.

Mutual wanted to provide their employees a convenient way to give back to the community. During this inaugural event, Goodwill staff and a truck were positioned in the Mutual parking lot where donations could be dropped off on the way into the office each morning. Some people drove right up, while others parked and carried their donations to the Goodwill truck. Either way, they were met with a Goodwill smile and a heartfelt “thank you.”

This may have been the first Mutual of Omaha/Goodwill Donation Drive, but it’s not the first collaboration between the two agencies. Mutual has been a longtime supporter of Goodwill’s mission — Liz Mazzotta, Mutual’s VP of Human Resources, serves as Goodwill’s Chairman of the Board (and she made a donation during the drive). Mutual has also been a sponsor of our annual Golf Classic, and Goodwill held its 2012 Annual Awards Dinner under the Dome!

For their continued support, Goodwill would like to thank Mutual of Omaha! Partnerships like this help us change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work!

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Thanks for making Drive for Drives a huge hit!

Life imitates art at the Drive for Drives

There was a day a couple years ago that many of us thought would never be topped.

It was our second Drive for Drives, hosted in the southwest corner of the Crossroads Mall parking lot. Lines to donate wrapped through the parking lot, out the driveway and even backed up out onto Dodge street. Donated computers piled up faster than the Goodwill employees and Omaha West Rotary volunteers could load them onto the truck. At some points, the stacks grew even taller than some of our employees.

We were hoping to fill six trailers that day. Thanks to our 750 generous donors, we filled twelve.

WOWT's John Knicely thanks donors at the Drive for Drives.

Since then, Drive for Drives has continued to be an enduring success, providing some fantastic computer donations that have helped fuel record-breaking sales at our GoodBytes store and materials for our recycling efforts, both of which generate revenue to fuel our employment and training services for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

And then last Wednesday happened.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect. We’d just hosted a drive in the spring, and we’ve always hosted them on weekends. This was to be our first weekday drive.

We thought 750 was a lot of donors back in 2011. By the end of the day, 1800 donors rolled through the old Cinema Center parking lot at 84th & Center. And their donations filled 15 trailers!

Goodwill employees and the Omaha West Rotary definitely played a big part in the day, but it could not have been the success it was without help from the YouthBuild Omaha volunteers (who were graduating the next day!) and 18 WOWT personalities and staff members, who greeted, directed and thanked the donors and helped load the computers, monitors and printers onto the trailers.

And speaking of WOWT, their promotion and coverage of the event was amazing. Check out their recap, which includes quite a few Goodwill and WOWT cameos.

WOWT Omaha

Thank you to all of you who came out to donate materials last week (or sent your materials with your friends). We couldn’t do what we do without your donations!

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Development in 2012

In 2012, Goodwill took a big step forward on a new initiative through our strategic plan to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training and work. That initiative was the development and implementation of a planned giving program.

Goodwill is so fortunate to have so many loyal and impactive donors both financially and through material good donations; both kinds of donors are the lifeline of our mission-based programs. However, as you all know, times are changing and our funding support from the federal government is decreasing every day. In order for Goodwill to continue to offer programming and jobs for the people who need them most, we must increase our philanthropic efforts in planned giving. We must become a self-sustaining organization, and the best way we can do this is by growing our working capital through planned gifts from donors like you.

Planned giving is a method of supporting Goodwill that enables donors like you to make larger gifts than you could make from your income. A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death as part of your overall financial or estate plan.

Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan, etc., the benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving very attractive to you.

Planned gifts provide future support for Goodwill. Contributions by will, trust, other forms of written designation, life-income arrangements and endowment gifts, all represent forms of planned giving.

Any individual, at any point in your life, can create a planned gift. All these gifts represent a powerful and meaningful way for you to create a philanthropic legacy for our community and Goodwill.

Goodwill has also joined into a partnership with the Omaha Community Foundation to assist donors in easily making a contribution of a charitable gift annuity to Goodwill.

If you are interested in learning more about planned giving or making a financial contribution to Goodwill, please contact Erin Swanson, Director of Planned Giving at 402.231.1925.

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