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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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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