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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Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha

Sector Training Expands Mission Focus at Goodwill Omaha

Over the spring months of 2018, Goodwill Omaha developed a sector training program based on multiple community needs. The Mission Advancement team identified a nationally recognized retail training. After research was done it was determined that the training would be a good fit for the new program. At Goodwill we have a unique benefit of having access to our retail stores. This access provides real, on-the-job training in a real-life setting.

With the initial curriculum was built, we determined that a defined classroom space to practice these skills while teaching them would be very beneficial—in turn we created a mock retail store located in our headquarters building.

“We had a great trainer, Jen Driscoll. She developed the curriculum, trained and tested participants by working one-one-one with them daily. Jen made sure the program participants were successful and supported at all times” says Christine Aguilar, Director of Mission Training.

Our Employment Ready program assisted with the job readiness curriculum and our Business Solutions program worked with the participants during their training to identify employment goals. Employment Ready and Business Solutions worked together to achieve permanent employment opportunities for the participants.

“After reviewing the first cohort, we are very excited with the successful results and we plan to provide this training on an ongoing basis. We are also exploring other potential referral sources to expand the number of participants served” says Aguilar.  

Results

The first training class started on May 7, 2018 and concluded June 1, 2018. All four program participants successfully obtained certification. Two of the participants have secured full time employment. The other two participants are actively interviewing with local employers. Goodwill’s Business Solutions team continues to assist the participants with the employment and retention support.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills and learn more about the operations of a retail store. I would one day like to own my own small retail store to provide fashionable items for women of all sizes,” said Michelle, one of the four program participants.

The new program is just one of many ways that Goodwill Omaha is proudly serving members of our community by changing lives through education, training, and work.

“We are looking forward to offering another class in the coming months,” says Aguilar.

Sector training opportunities are available to those in the community who desire training to increase their employability in order to secure employment.


Written By: Joshua Meyer

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Sector Training Program Eliminating Job Barriers For Those Who Desire Employment

Sector Training Program Eliminating Job Barriers For Those Who Desire Employment

Goodwill Omaha’s new Sector Training Program helps eliminate barriers among those underemployed and unemployed in the Omaha metro. The new Sector Training Program makes it possible for all Goodwill Omaha locations to be more integrated with our mission. The new program will include Retail, Facilities Maintenance, Grounds Maintenance , and Custodial Training. All these trainings make use of our long-standing expertise in skill-building and employment assistance, as well as our numerous year of experience in those fields.

Retail

A comprehensive four-week retail training, featuring a combination of classroom training and hands-on job training at Goodwill retail locations. This training delivers skill-building and employment assistance services in the caring environment of our retail stores. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours learning in the classroom to their hands-on training on the sales floor.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 85 years of retail experience.

Facilities Maintenance

A comprehensive five-week custodial training, featuring approximately 20 classroom training hours and 80 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 15 years of facilities maintenance experience.

Grounds

Goodwill is offering a comprehensive four-week grounds maintenance training, featuring approximately 10 classroom training hours, and 70 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom and to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 15 years of grounds maintenance experience.

Custodial

A comprehensive four-week custodial training, featuring approximately 10 classroom training hours and 70 hours of hands-on job training at Goodwill locations. This training makes use of our long-standing expertise in skill-building and employment assistance, as well as our nearly 30 years of custodial experience. Trainees will be supported throughout their time at Goodwill, from their hours in the classroom to their hands-on training at our properties.

At Goodwill, we have nearly 30 years of custodial experience.

Help support our Sector Training Programs

To help support our Sector Training Programs, you can donate used goods to our retail stores or make monetary donations to fundraisers like Omaha Gives! Follow our events page on Facebook for a current calendar of events and happenings throughout Goodwill Omaha. By making a donation through Omaha Gives! you can help ensure that program participants receive training and opportunities to knock down employment barriers.  Click here to schedule your donation for Omaha Gives! Thank you for continuing to support our mission of changing lives and strengthening communities through education, training, and work.


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