Press Release – United Way of the Midlands Awards $37,578 to Fund YouthBuild Omaha

 

For Immediate Release                                   

July 17, 2018

United Way of the Midlands Awards $37,578 to Goodwill Industries, Inc. Grant to Fund YouthBuild Omaha

(Omaha, NE) Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $37,578 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 skills 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 first 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 the young adults enrolled in the program, and introduce innovative new learning processes.

“United Way’s support for this program is greatly appreciated by Goodwill and the YouthBuild Omaha program, and many lives will change in a positive way, thanks to all who made a contribution,” 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:
Christine Aguilar – Director of Mission Training
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa
402-341-4609
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

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Find Your Future Career Fair – May 16, 2017

Don’t forget to join us for this awesome event on May 16th! 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!

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#ThriftyThursday- Jurassic Era

T-Rex as Benson Park Plaza for only $1.99!

T-Rex as Benson Park Plaza for only $1.99!

The new Chris Pratt movie, Jurassic World, is taking over the box offices because who doesn’t love dinosaurs and prehistoric theme parks? Well I am guilty of loving both of those and as luck would have it, while browsing the Benson Park Plaza store; I came across something that is almost as thrilling as the movie itself: a one-foot-tall replica Tyrannosaurus Rex! What better way to relive Jurassic World moments than with one of your very own dinosaurs. The best part about Mr. T-Rex is that he is only $1.99! You never know what interesting find you might come across at our thrift stores!

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2014 Goodwill Cardholder Survey Results!

Goodwillsurveyresults

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our yearly review of the Annual Goodwill Cardholder Survey. Once a year we send out a survey to everyone on our mailing list. What is a Goodwill Card? Excellent question.

Here’s the answer: The Goodwill Card is our little multipurpose tool for shoppers and donors. It’s able to keep track of donor records (no more saving donation receipts). It provides discounts for senior citizens, military members, students and teachers.

How do you get on our mailing list? By including your e-mail address when you sign up allows us to keep you informed of any special promotions and offers throughout the year. If you don’t have a Goodwill card we highly encourage you to get one.  You can sign up for a Goodwill card at any of our stores in the Greater Omaha Metro.

Now then, back to the survey. We sent it to about 16,000 Goodwill Cardholders, and nearly 1,000 responded. We entered all of those folks into a drawing for a $100 Goodwill gift card, and Laurie K. of Omaha was selected as our winner.  Congratulations Laurie!

Here are some highlights of what we learned from the survey this year:

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