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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Congressman Don Bacon Returns to Offutt to Visit Goodwill Program Offices

Bacon voiced support for Goodwill’s AbilityOne program and committed to becoming an AbilityOne Congressional Champion.

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 9, 2019 — AbilityOne, an employment program offered by the Omaha-based Goodwill Industries, Inc., provides training and part-time job opportunities at federal properties for individuals with disabilities, giving them the chance to experience positive, supportive work environments. On July 29, AbilityOne program leaders and employees met with Congressman Don Bacon when he visited Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. During an informal town hall, Bacon even had the opportunity to learn how AbilityOne has improved the lives of program participants.

In talking with Bacon, Goodwill’s AbilityOne employees expressed appreciation for the program and spoke of how valuable it has been for them. Because of the program, they told Bacon, they have found tremendous fulfilment in their work.

AbilityOne provides employment prospects at federal buildings for people with disabilities. Local opportunities include custodial, postal services and ground maintenance at Offutt Air Force Base, the Zorinsky Federal Building in Omaha, the Denney Federal Building in Lincoln, and the VA hospitals in Omaha and Grand Island. Bacon said that he’s an advocate for AbilityOne because the program helps people who want to work find jobs, which he fully supports.

“We’re very lucky to have Congressman Bacon’s attention and support for the AbilityOne program,” said Jennifer Montag, senior project manager for Goodwill Omaha’s AbilityOne program. “Congressman Bacon is working toward becoming an AbilityOne Congressional Champion, and his commitment to achieving that goal is inspiring to everyone involved with the program.”

Bacon’s interest in AbilityOne began when he was stationed at Offutt as the 55th wing commander. During that time, he said, he saw the quality of work and the program’s positive outcomes firsthand. Since then, AbilityOne has been a program he is passionate about.

Nate Gunter, project manager for Goodwill Omaha’s AbilityOne program, added, “It’s wonderful to work with our AbilityOne participants, and watching them succeed in their new job roles is an incredible experience. I’m proud of the work we do, and we appreciate Congressman Bacon’s contributions.”

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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Work Experience Students Support Goodwill’s Retail Stores

Goodwill’s Work Experience program provides young adults with disabilities the opportunity to gain exposure to a work situation in a supportive environment. Eight Goodwill locations host students for a few hours a day during the school year. Most students work in one of Goodwill’s retail stores, but some students are able to get a behind-the-scenes look at Goodwill’s Retail Operations Center.

The Retail Operations Center at 72nd and F Street houses Goodwill’s logistics operations to help the retail stores operate smoothly. The Retail Operations Center services all of Goodwill’s 15 retail stores, donation pods, Attended Donation Centers and community donation drives.

My'Kel tagging donated clothesNew this year, Work Experience students utilize five new hanging and sorting stations. When Goodwill receives donated goods through community donation drives, donation pods, and Attended Donation Centers, those goods need to be sorted, tagged and hung up. However, the Retail Operations Center is not a retail store and therefore does not always have staff to complete these tasks. That’s where Work Experience students are able to step in and help out.

 

Work Experience students are trained to follow the same procedures for hanging and sorting as employees in Goodwill’s retail stores. Clothes arrive in gaylords (large cardboard boxes). Then the students sort the clothes, hang them on the rack and follow guidelines to determine the appropriate tag to attach.

Zach selecting price tags

Once the clothes are tagged and hung, they are either sent out to a Goodwill retail store or stored for later use. The extra help of Work Experience students at the Retail Operations Center allows Goodwill’s retail stores to remain fully stocked even if donations slow at that location. Their support allows Goodwill’s retail operations to keep running smoothly.

Work Experience students Zach, Mikeala and My’Kel enjoy working in the hanging and sorting stations because it keeps them busy and helps the day move fast. Work Experience trainer Patty explains, “This is a terrific job for our students. They are learning skills that are directly applicable to any retail job as well as basic employment skills like following guidelines and procedures.”

Goodwill’s Work Experience program is proud to support the work of Goodwill’s retail stores while providing students exposure to a work environment. Next time you shop at Goodwill, remember that the clothing you purchase may have been sorted and tagged by a Work Experience student.

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It’s Time For The Boo!dwill Halloween Costume Contest

The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!

Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have fifteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.

We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

To enter:
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].org.

Updated: This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Please visit the Boo!dwill 2017 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win.

2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.

That’s it! We’ll be sharing the entries as we receive them on our Facebook wall. On Monday, November 6, 2017, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!

If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out 2015 finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:

Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha

Good luck!

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YouthBuilders Create Kid Cafe For Youth

Goodwill’s YouthBuild Omaha program was able to marvel at one of the biggest projects that they had finished throughout the year in the program yesterday.

For over a month, YouthBuild participants had been working on a children’s playhouse called Kid Cafe.  The project was a partnership between YouthBuild, The Hope Center for Kids and Builders of the Future.  YouthBuild members got the chance to hang out with some of the kids at The Hope Center and were able to talk about the team work that was put in to making the project happen.  The toy house was filled with a kids’ kitchen set and an array of toy food items and ingredients.

To see the full photo album, please visit our Facebook page here.

YouthBuild Omaha is a program for young adults ages 16 to 24 years who have struggled with school, many not having a high school diploma, and are looking to make a positive change in their lives. The YouthBuild program combines classroom learning and hands-on construction experience. Our goal is to empower YouthBuild participants to become self-sufficient.

 

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12 Days of Goodwill Christmas – Finding the perfect outfit for family pictures

My son turned one in October and I wanted to get family pictures to celebrate his birthday, and also use the pictures for our holiday cards.  I had been searching stores like Target and Kohl’s for the perfect outfit, but just couldn’t come up with anything.  Then one day I was in the 72nd and Ames Goodwill when I came across a plaid vest.  It was so cute – black and red checkers with a tan collar.  The vest was only 99 cents.  Once I saw it, I knew this was the outfit for family pictures!  I paired the vest with a white onzie and jeans.

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It doesn’t take a lot to find inspiration for outfits . . . sometimes all it take is one small item to tie the whole look together!

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12 Days of Goodwill Christmas-White Elephant Gift ideas

White Elephant parties seem to the rage every holiday season. Some years I am just at a loss for what to get for them. You can’t go wrong with getting the safe gifts like that $5 gift card to a coffee house but for those of you that are looking to get more creative this season let Goodwill help you come up with some great gift ideas.

  • Hula hooping Santa, because you just need one!
  • A sassy coffee mug
  • A golf frame, for the avid golfer
  • The mini leg lamp, just a classic

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Those are just some ideas. Goodwill is filled with treasures to make your White Elephant party a blast.

Happy shopping!

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