United Way of the Midlands Awards $36,000 Grant to Goodwill Industries, Inc., to Fund YouthBuild Omaha

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2019

 

(Omaha, NE) Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa is pleased to announce it was awarded a $36,000 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, Goodwill’s YouthBuild Omaha Program is able to provide another year of intensive vocational and life skills training to individuals in our community.

YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adults, ages 16 to 24, who have struggled with school. Many of these young people do not have a high school diploma and are looking to make a positive change in their lives. YouthBuild Omaha’s mission is to equip young people with the tools to make healthy decisions. The program combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience. YouthBuild Omaha members spend half their day in the classroom preparing to take their GED tests, and the other half working with local non-profits that build and renovate homes, learning construction and other high demand occupations, and giving back to their community.

By integrating academic, vocational and leadership activities, YouthBuild Omaha offers a unique project-based learning model for members. The learning experience is individualized, intensive and designed to replicate the professional work environment. Members identify their skills, barriers and career interests and follow individual development plans. They work towards continuous improvement in five key behavioral areas – attendance, communication, positive workplace behavior, conduct, and follow-through.

This is the second of a two-year commitment United Way of the Midlands has made to maintaining and enhancing YouthBuild Omaha. This support has allowed Goodwill to increase services provided to young adults enrolled in the program, and introduce innovative new learning processes. In 2019, United Way funding allowed Goodwill to purchase 12 state of the art monitors and 2 printers (one being a 3D printer) to expand our YouthBuild Construction Plus model to include IT Certification. Upon successful completion, students will earn MakerBot 3D Printing Certification and Autodesk Certification, preparing the next generation of CADD industry professionals.

“United Way’s grant and continued support for the Goodwill YouthBuild Omaha programs is greatly appreciated. It will bring positive change to the lives of many youth enrolled in the program,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, CEO and President of Goodwill Omaha.

About United Way of the Midlands:

Thanks to donors, volunteers and community partners, United Way of the Midlands is not only focused on addressing our community’s human needs today; it is focused on what can be and what should be. It is building on today’s strong partnerships to create even more comprehensive human service efforts tomorrow, so our community can solve some of the root causes of poverty. United Way of the Midlands is community-based, community-focused. Thanks to those who share their strength, United Way of the Midlands is COMMUNITY STRONG. Please visit UnitedWayMidlands.org for more information

About Goodwill Omaha:

Goodwill Industries, Inc. has been leaders in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to change lives and strengthen communities through education, training, and work. Visit www.goodwillomaha.org for more information.

 

For Information Contact:

Tobi Mathouser – Director of Mission Advancement

Goodwill Industries, Inc. Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa

402-341-4609

[email protected]

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Story Behind the Store – A Gender Reveal Party

 

It is not every day that Goodwill hosts a gender reveal party for an expectant mother. On March 7, 2019, that is exactly what happened at Goodwill’s WearHouse store on 72nd & F where long-term customer Arelys Sandoval revealed the gender of her next child to her family, friends and fellow shoppers.

Shantel Featherson, Goodwill’s WearHouse Manager, was honored to be part of the special occasion. “We were so excited to be part of this special moment for one of our long-time customers. We were able to help celebrate with great people, good food and games,” said Shantel. Shantel took time out of her busy day to plan the party and purchase decorations to make this day extra special for Arelys.

Shantel Featherson and Arelys Sandoval embracing during the party

Arelys’ brother, Rodrigo, introduced her to the WearHouse store over eight years ago and she has been a regular shopper ever since. The WearHouse store is a different kind of shopping experience. Items not sold at the traditional retail stores are sent to the WearHouse and most items are sold by the pound.

Arelys is a stay at home mom and sees her daily trips to Goodwill as a way to make new friends who enjoy shopping at the WearHouse as she does. Arelys says the friendly and helpful employees at Goodwill make her daily shopping there a memorable experience. “I really appreciate the environment at Goodwill, everyone is so nice!” said Arelys.

The Goodwill staff, shoppers and family members

Sandoval’s favorite things to shop for are clothes and toys for her son Ivan. A budding entrepreneur, she enjoys shopping for books that she resells on eBay and Amazon. “I always find great stuff!” said Arelys.

When asked what advice she would give people shopping at the WearHouse, she stressed the need for patience. You must dig for hidden treasures in the bins.  Arelys said, “I prefer Goodwill because of the prices. You can buy by the pound and it’s cheaper so you can get more.”

Arelys getting ready to find out the gender of her next baby

Arelys said her gender reveal party is by far the fondest memory she has of all her trips to Goodwill. The WearHouse staff looks forward to her bright, cheery and pleasant demeanor every day!
Goodwill is grateful for Arelys sharing her special day with us.

We appreciate her loyalty to Goodwill and cannot wait to meet the newest addition to her family.
Goodwill supports community needs and provides a unique shopping experience for customers like Arelys who has become a member of Goodwill’s extended family!

And the gender was… A BOY!!!

 

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2017 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 2017.

$25,000+
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
United Way of the Midlands

$5,000+
R.J. & Liz Neary
UMB Bank

$2,500+
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Fraser Stryker Law Firm
Helen Pearson Charitable Trust
Joe & Kacey Lempka
Mark & Donelle Stokes
Millard Lumber
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Silvia Roffman

$1,000+
Baird Holm LLP
Baxter Toyota La Vista
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Borsheims
Broadmoor
Carita Sommer
Dell
Deloitte
Egan Supply
Erin and Michael Limas
Execupay Solutions
Frankel Zacharia LLC
Great Western Bank
Investor’s Realty
J.E. Dunn Construction Company
Jet Linx
Jim and Jenny Rich
Joseph and Molly Lang
Kiewit Building Group
McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO.
Outlook Nebraska
Pansing, Hogan, Ernst, & Bachman, LLP.
Pinnacle Bank
RDG Planning and Design
Richard & Rosemary Frandeen
Rick and Carol Russell
Robert Bertsch
Robert Mitchell
Russ Lee
Sandy Lane
Scott & Lindsey Semrad
SilverStone Group
SupplyWorks
The Harry A. Koch Co.
TSYS
Urban Village
Vincentini Plumbing

$500+
Aon
Brent Koster and Chelsey Erpelding
Central States Health & Life Co.
Dan Hemphill
David & Melissa Anderson
Frank & Kendra McGree
Gerald Gray
Hamann Charitable Fund
Joseph and Molly Lang
Kathryn and Thomas Sudyka, Jr.
Lovgren Marketing Group
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Morrissey Engineering
OneNeck IT Solutions
Pauli Bishop
Quantum Real Estate
Streck
Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc.

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Donations Through Omaha Gives! Support Goodwill Employment Services

Donations Through Omaha Gives! Support

Goodwill Employment Services

Omaha Gives Combined Images From LIV lounge

On Wednesday, May 23, the Omaha metro came together to support local nonprofit agencies through Omaha Gives!—an event hosted by the Omaha Community Foundation. Omaha Gives! is a year-round, online giving campaign with the mission of growing community-based  philanthropic efforts in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. Each May, a 24-hour online giving event is held to celebrate nonprofits. All nonprofits in the Omaha metro from small startups to seasoned organizations are given the opportunity to participate and receive donations.

This year marked the 6th annual Omaha Gives! philanthropy event. Just this year alone, our community came together to support 970 nonprofits and raised over $7.4 million. Goodwill Omaha has participated in Omaha Gives! since 2013 and has raised over $125,000 total for our mission programs. During the 2018 Omaha Gives! campaign, Goodwill had 36 supporters who who generously donated over $9,800. The funds raised in 2018 will directly support our Employment Ready and Business Solutions programs.

Through these programs, we can serve anyone in our community, regardless of qualifying criteria, and help them prepare for and find meaningful employment. Anyone in need of employment assistance in the Omaha Metro area can come to Goodwill and receive assistance.

Combined Image 2 LIV lounge

Programs Supported

Employment Ready staff provided nearly 17,000 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.

Thank You!

We are so thankful for the generosity of those in our community who stand behind our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training and work. As always, it is truly amazing to see Omaha come together and support all of it’s wonderful nonprofits!

Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support our mission. To find out more about our mission and programs, click here.

Save the date for next year’s giving day on May 22, 2019! Or click here to give year-round.

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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.

 


JoshMeyer-MarketingSpecialist

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.

$25,000+
Douglas County Commissioners
Mutual of Omaha Foundation
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
Project Everlast
The Criss Memorial Foundation
ServeNebraska/AmeriCorps
United Way of the Midlands
US Department of Labor

$10,000+
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Esther Brabec*
Joe Moglia*
Kiewit Companies Foundation
Philadelphia Insurance

$5,000+
Constance Ryan*
Deborah MacDonald*
Frank & Kendra McGree*
Joseph Hoovestol*
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company
UMB Bank

$2,500+
Charles Sederstrom*
David Pfeffer & Stacy Scholtz*
Dell
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

$1,000+
ACCESSbank
Alpha Media
American National Bank
Anonymous
Baird Holm LLP
Baxter Toyota La Vista
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Carita Sommer*
Cassling
CleanCore Technologies LLC
Deloitte
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
Jelecos
Jerry Crouse*
Jerry Gray*
Jet Linx
Joseph & Molly Lang*
Kiewit Building Group
KPMG
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
Streck
Sue Dittman*
SupplyWorks
Terry McGill, Inc
The Burlington Capital Group
The Harry A. Koch Co.
Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc
Todd & Ann Milbrandt*
TSYS
Valmont Industries
Vincentini Plumbing

$500+
Acorn Plumbing
Aon
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*
LinkedIn
Lozier
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
Phenomblue
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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