Press Release – Attorney General Investigation of Goodwill Concludes

For Immediate Release

Attorney General Investigation of Goodwill Concludes

(Omaha, NE) Goodwill fully cooperated with the Attorney General throughout the investigation and the agency is pleased that the investigation has concluded. We appreciate the professionalism with which the Attorney General conducted the investigation.

We also appreciate the Attorney General’s courtesy and consideration extended to Goodwill by recognizing and citing progress made by current Goodwill leadership to bring the agency back onto a good path. Goodwill will fully comply with the terms and conditions of the Consent Decree.

For Information Contact:
Dr. Michael McGinnis
Brig. Gen. (Ret), USA
CEO & President
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa
402-231-1911
[email protected]

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Kick off the summer with the Ames Avenue Block Party!

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.

Now in its fifth year, we are proud to announce our 2018 partner agencies: North Omaha Adolescent Health, Heart Ministries, the Hope Center for Kids and Goodwill Industries.

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.

Our on-site food vendors and other in-kind sponsors include Godfathers Pizza, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Big Mama’s Kitchen, Hardy Coffee Company, Jimmy John’s, Chick-fil-a, Raising Cane’s, and Frito-Lay.

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
Boys Town
Phone: 402-630-3862
[email protected]

To download the press release, please click here.

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Media Alert – “Goodwill Omaha is ‘on the right path’ to improvement” – Omaha World-Herald

This past Sunday, the Omaha World-Herald featured a story highlighting important updates regarding Goodwill Omaha.

Please see the link to the original story here.

We look forward to expanding the reach of our mission programs, while providing employment services to communities which we serve.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mike McGinnis
Goodwill President & CEO

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Press Release – Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as Development Director

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2018

Mike Friend Joins Goodwill as Development Director

 (Omaha, NE) On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Michael J. Friend will join Goodwill in Omaha as the Development Director.

Mike Friend was born in Omaha, attended and graduated from Millard (South) Senior High School in 1980. He then attended Kearney State College from 1980 to 1982 and Creighton University until 1985. He graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Friend worked as a journalist with the Nebraska City News-Press and the Grand Island Independent, and was a writer with Smart Computing Magazine in Lincoln.

He later transitioned into technical writing and business writing, spending over a decade with First National Bank of Omaha. He further transitioned into Business Development and Fundraising and Development with entities such as the State of Nebraska, American’s for Prosperity (a Washington D.C.-based 501 C3), and First National Technology Solutions (An IT Infrastructure-As-A-Service Company owned by First National Bank).

Most recently, Friend has been in charge of Business Development for Nebraska Data Centers, LLC, a Data Center company providing data center space, power and connectivity to enterprise class customers.

In 2002, Friend was elected to represent the 10th Legislative District in the Nebraska Legislature. He was re-elected in 2006 with over 76% of the vote. He sat on the General Affairs, Revenue, and Legislative Performance Audit Committees, and chaired the Urban Affairs Committee.

In 2006, Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill sponsored by Friend that restricts picketing and protesting at funerals. The law was designed to prohibit picketing a funeral within 300 feet of a cemetery, mortuary or church between one hour before and two hours following an event. The impetus for the legislation was a group of protesters who made a habit of picketing military funerals, as a form of protest against the United States.

“Mike Friend is a former state senator who is well known in the community.  Mike’s enthusiasm and leadership, and his passion for Goodwill’s mission makes him a great fit as Goodwill’s Director of Development,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, Goodwill President and CEO.

Friend’s wife Jacqueline (Jackie) is a former licensed real estate agent, and a customer service supervisor. He and Jackie raised four children: Megan (25), Andrew (22), Elizabeth (20), and Caroline (17).

He has been involved in development for a significant part of his professional life. He sat on committees such as the Omaha Summer Arts Festival (2005-2006), The Greater Omaha YMCA’s Youth Advisory Council (2006-2007), and was President of the Burke High School Gridiron Club (2009 – 2011).

Friend enjoys all sports and has coached youth football, baseball and soccer.

For Information Contact:

Ann Woodford

Marketing Manager

Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Phone: 402-231-1919

[email protected]

 

 

 

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Noah Wegener & Sam Comfort Talk Work Experience with Mike’l Severe – The Bottom Line – 1/25/18

Listen in as Work Experience student Noah Wegener and Work Experience Coordinator Sam Comfort talk about Noah’s experience looking for treasures, as well as other employment skills gained while working at Goodwill.

Click here to listen!

Huge thanks to The Bottom Line with Mike’l Sever for providing this opportunity to share Noah’s story.

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Omaha Teen “Picking” Toward Dream – KMTV – 1/19/18

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Any picker will tell you, it’s all about the thrill of the search. For Omaha teenager Noah Wegener, who suffers from cerebral palsy, it can be hard to navigate the old barns and crowded shops, but its not slowing him down.

Thanks to the Goodwill work experience program, Wegener has the opportunity to work independently to hone his craft.

He says the program is helping him get a head start to what he wants to do, open his own antique shop or business.

“It’s not like a normal day job, it’s different, it’s unique,” Wegener said. “It’s the research and the hunt, ‘like what am I going to find today in this barn,’ it’s never the same, it’s always like a treasure hunt you could say.”

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Inclement Weather Updates for Goodwill Omaha

Stay tuned as this blog post will serve as a platform for detailed information in the occasion that a Goodwill location will be closed or have a delayed start due to inclement weather. We will also post on our social media channels as it happens. Thanks for supporting Goodwill!

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Mission In Action: YouthBuild Omaha AmeriCorps Building Community

Goodwill is proud to administer the YouthBuild Omaha program in partnership with AmeriCorps. YouthBuild supports young adults as they conduct community service while pursuing their GED. Participants engage in construction skills training and have the opportunity to receive various professional certifications as they complete their community service requirements.

Members of this year’s YouthBuild class have being busy working to fulfill their AmeriCorps-required community service hours. Since joining the class this fall, the last few months have presented some opportunities outside the usual construction training volunteer opportunities.
In October several participants helped with Goodwill’s first Halloween Trunk-or-Treat community event. Those who participated did an excellent job of making the guests feel welcome while handing out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters.

In November a group of YouthBuild participants assisted Heartland Hope Mission assembling and distributing Thanksgiving gift baskets. They were directed to gather donated food items from around the facility and prepare the basket. The volunteers were friendly and enjoyed interacting with the clients as they helped them to their vehicles.

Family Housing Advisory hosted various volunteer opportunities throughout December. YouthBuild decorated their Lake Point Center for the annual Christmas in the Village event. Keep Omaha Beautiful provided supplies for participants to clean up the streets before and after the event. They also stuffed envelopes for community members to learn about potential upcoming changes to the tax code.

It has become tradition for YouthBuild to model ugly holiday sweaters on The Morning Blend talk show. Several participants took the opportunity to strut their stuff for the camera. They enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the news studio and interacting with the hosts on air.

Through these special projects, daily GED classes and construction skills training, participants show professionalism and a dedication to developing themselves while helping their community. The YouthBuild team looks forward to what is to come in 2018!

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