Three Northwest Omaha Businesses Partner for Trunk or Treat Oct. 19

Two YMCA locations, Goodwill Industries and Chick-fil-A want kids in their communities to have a safe, fun Halloween.

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 4, 2019 — Three northwest Omaha businesses have announced their partnership to jointly host a Trunk or Treat event, which is open for all in the Omaha community to attend, near 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway on Oct. 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Butler-Gast YMCA, the Maple Street YMCA, Goodwill Industries, Inc., and Chick-fil-A® 72nd and Sorensen are organizing the event and working to recruit other nearby businesses to participate.

“This is our first year participating in Trunk or Treat, and we’re really excited to be part of it,” said Mike Stice, owner-operator of Chick-fil-A® located in the shopping plaza on 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. “It’s going to be a great event. I keep getting asked if the Chick-fil-A® cow will be there, and, yes, he’ll be there, and the kids are welcome to take photos with him.”

This is the third year for this Trunk or Treat event. In 2017 and 2018, the YMCA and Goodwill teamed up, and last year, approximately 3,000 trick-or-treaters attended.

“Each trunk arrives with 30 pounds of candy, and several local businesses are generously donating the rest of the candy,” said Maceal Norvell, associate executive director of the Butler-Gast YMCA. “Trunk participants are encouraged to dress up and decorate their trunks, and we’ll have prize baskets for the first-, second- and third-place winners in the trunk contest. Each of the three hosting organizations will donate prizes for the baskets, and attendees will vote for their favorite trunk.”

As in past years, Goodwill Industries, Inc., will donate trick-or-treat bags to the first 500 children, and this year, off-duty Omaha police officers will be at the event to help direct traffic in the parking lot and ensure everyone’s safety.

“We anticipate a large turnout this year,” said Mike McGinnis, CEO of Goodwill Omaha. “We want this to be a fun, exciting, safe event for the kids.”

Businesses that want to participate in Trunk or Treat by providing a trunk at the event can register here.

Businesses or members of the community that would like to participate in another way may donate candy for Trunk or Treat at either the Butler-Gast YMCA or the Maple Street YMCA. Questions about candy donations and trunk registrations should be directed to Maceal Norvell at 402-453-8913 or [email protected].

About Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. We do this by selling value-priced merchandise at 17 convenient locations in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Gretna and Council Bluffs.

Although many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing and household items, they may not realize that their donations sold in our retail stores fund programs that give thousands of formerly unemployed individuals the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life. Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through a variety of job opportunities and employment programs, including AbilityOne, YouthBuild AmeriCorps, Employment Solutions and Work Experience.

Goodwill is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency governed by a local board of trustees. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Goodwill is also affiliated with the federal Ability One program, which provides jobs for people with severe disabilities at federal facilities. Goodwill is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Learn more at GoodwillOmaha.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goodwill Industries Will Sponsor Two Career Fairs in October

The nonprofit will host its fall career fair, as well as sponsor the NDEAM Career in Council Bluffs.

OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 23, 2019 — Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, announces the nonprofit’s participation in two career fairs next month: one at its corporate headquarters in Omaha and another, which will offer an exclusive interview hour for people with disabilities, in Council Bluffs.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Goodwill’s Find Your Future Career Fair will bring approximately 40 employers, including Cox Communications, Hy-Vee, First National Bank of Omaha and Caesars Entertainment to Goodwill Omaha’s headquarters at 4805 N. 72nd St. in Omaha. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“This will be our second big career fair this year,” said Regina Bell, Employment Solutions program manager, at Goodwill Industries in Omaha. “We have a great roster of employers lined up, and I encourage job seekers to come dressed to impress and bring their resumes — many of these employers conduct on-the-spot interviews. We typically have a good amount of traffic at these events, and we put a lot of effort into making our career fairs a good experience for everyone.”

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which raises awareness about employment issues that people with disabilities often encounter while celebrating the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year, Goodwill Omaha is a sponsor of the NDEAM Career Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at the Omni Centre Business Park, 300 W. Broadway, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Job seekers with disabilities will be able to enter the career fair at 10 a.m., giving them an extra hour to meet employers. Doors open to the general public at 11 a.m., and the career fair will run until 2 p.m.

Bell’s team will also attend the NDEAM Career Fair, as will leaders of Goodwill’s AbilityOne program, an employment program that provides training and part-time job opportunities at federal properties for individuals with disabilities and gives them the chance to experience positive, supportive work environments.

“AbilityOne helps place people with disabilities in, and the benefits they experience as a result are wonderful,” said Jennifer Montag, senior project manager for Goodwill Omaha’s AbilityOne program. “To hear these employees talk about how much they love their jobs and the ways their lives have improved because of their jobs is amazing. It makes my work very fulfilling.”

The NDEAM Career Fair is a joint effort by Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, IowaWORKS, Iowa Western Community College, Goodwill Industries and Connections Area Agency on Aging. For more information about Goodwill’s Find Your Future Career Fair, please visit our career fair page. For information about the NDEAM Career Fair or to register your business to attend, please visit our NDEAM page.

About Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. Our mission is to train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. We do this by selling value-priced merchandise at 17 convenient locations in Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Gretna and Council Bluffs.

Although many people know Goodwill as a place to donate used clothing and household items, they may not realize that their donations sold in our retail stores fund programs that give thousands of formerly unemployed individuals the opportunity to earn a living and the chance to succeed in life. Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through a variety of job opportunities and employment programs, including AbilityOne, YouthBuild AmeriCorps, Employment Solutions and Work Experience.

Goodwill is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency governed by a local board of trustees. We are a member agency of Goodwill Industries International of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Goodwill is also affiliated with the federal Ability One program, which provides jobs for people with severe disabilities at federal facilities. Goodwill is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. Learn more at GoodwillOmaha.org.

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For Information Contact:
Amy Goldyn, Marketing Manager
Goodwill Industries, Inc. Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa
402-231-1919
[email protected]

 

 

 

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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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Supporting Communities Affected By Floods – How You Can Help

Goodwill is committed to helping our communities recover from the damage and loss of belongings caused by the recent floods. The information below explains how Goodwill, with community help, will support our surrounding communities during this time of crisis.

Salvation Army Donation Sites:

All Goodwill locations will accept donated flood relief items in support of Salvation Army’s efforts. Please bring the items listed below to your local Goodwill. Donation receipts will be given upon request. All donations collected will be transported by Goodwill to the Salvation Army for distribution.

Items specifically requested at this time:

  • Bleach
  • Work gloves
  • Rakes
  • Mops
  • Shovels
  • Buckets
  • Tarps
  • Household cleaning items

Round It Up Campaign:

Goodwill invites all customers to round up purchases to the nearest dollar, which Goodwill will use to provide needed support for communities in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa affected by the recent flooding. All Round-It-Up donations will go directly to the Red Cross to support communities as they recover and rebuild.

Goodwill Vouchers for Affected Individuals & Families:

Beginning Friday March 15, Goodwill began issuing store vouchers to the local agencies listed below to help those affected by the flooding. Vouchers can be used to purchase needed items at any Goodwill retail location. Contact the agencies listed below to learn more about the Goodwill store voucher program. As of March 22, Goodwill has issued $24,900 in store vouchers to over 1,200 individuals working with the following agencies:

Other agencies providing relief support:

Volunteering In Our Community:

To date, Goodwill employees have collectively volunteered more than 223 hours to flood relief efforts.

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Media Alert – “Marie Kondo series sparks joy for Goodwill, Salvation Army as donations surge after purge” – Omaha World-Herald

On Saturday, January 26, Omaha World-Herald reporter Chris Peters covered a story regarding newly released Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and how the recent influx of donations are positively affecting donations at Goodwill and other nonprofit agencies.

To see the original story, please click here.

Photo Credit: Omaha World-Herald

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Media Alert – “New Netflix show increases Omaha Goodwill donations” – Fox42 KPTM

On Wednesday, January 16, Fox42 KPTM covered a story regarding newly released Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and how the show is positively affecting donations at Goodwill.

To see the original story and coverage, please click here.

Photo credit: Fox42 KPTM

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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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