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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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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Summer Work Experience — OWH — 7/16/16

The summer session of Goodwill’s Work Experience program was highlighted on the front page of the OWH/Money section on 7/16/16.
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2016 Omaha’s Choice Awards — OWH — 6/5/16

2016 Omaha’s Choice Awards: The winners are …

Thousands of votes were cast in more than 150 categories to determine the winners in the inaugural Omaha’s Choice Awards.  Goodwill took the award for Thrift Store/Consignment category!!!

Here’s the write-up that was in  the 6/5/16 edition of the OWH …

Thrift Store/Consignment: Goodwill

18 metro-area locations / www.goodwill.org

Looking for more variety than what you find on your average department store shelves? Most Goodwill stores introduce more than 2,000 new items onto the sales floor each day. And you won’t be the only one who gets a great deal. Millions of people benefit from Goodwill employment training, job placement services, financial education, youth mentoring and more.

Finalists: Hand Me Up Store, New Life Thrift, Thrift America

 

Here’s the OWH link …

http://www.omaha.com/special_sections/omahaschoice/omaha-s-choice-winners-retail/article_fd026dde-5c02-5cc6-b9e2-3424a0f4802f.html

 

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YouthBuild/Builders of the Future — OWH — 5/13/16

Goodwill’s YouthBuild program was highlighted in an OWH article featuring the Builders of the Future mentoring program on the front page of the 5/13/16 MONEY section

Here’s the link:

http://www.omaha.com/money/resurrected-mentoring-program-gives-students-skills-for-construction-life/article_990153c6-b9b0-501b-8a2f-fa713f8d319a.html

 

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OPS Transition Program — OWH — 2/20/16

Goodwill Omaha was mentioned in an OWH article that ran 2/20/16 — OPS program helps young adults with disabilities transition to independent living
“Vocational training is a big part of the Transition program. Students have paid and unpaid job training opportunities at different work sites, including Goodwill, Mutual of Omaha and various hospitals.”
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Daily Nonpareil — Ashlie Hite/Work Experience — 2/15/16

You’ll WANT to read this front page Daily Nonpareil story about Ashlie Hite who is a member of the Abraham Lincoln High School (Council Bluffs, IA) Lynx Basketball TEAM!

Ashlie is also a participant in Goodwill’s Work Experience program at our Madison Avenue store!

http://www.nonpareilonline.com/sports/local/all-smiles-hite-s-basketball-experience-at-a-l-a/article_725be47a-d44e-11e5-a9e1-ffe97b929c85.html

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