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A 2024 Total Eclipse Story – Through the eyes of the Power of Work

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On April 8, 2024 I was able to spend some time at the ODOT Wood County rest area, south of Bowling Green, OH. Goodwill provides janitorial services to this site and in preparation for the total solar eclipse event, I made myself available to assist the crew.  

A couple of months ahead of this event, ODOT requested that we prepare ourselves with additional staff and supplies.  We complied and it went off without any issues.

The caravan of “eclipse seekers” started to arrive around 11:00 am with a non-stop flow of traffic.  As the time got closer to the eclipse, the parking lot was packed, travelers set up chairs on the grass areas, parked in the truckers’ lots, etc.  There was a powerful feeling that something big was about to happen.

With all the extra traffic, we as crew members, had to carry out our duties with the facilities, making sure the restrooms were cleaned, paper products stocked, etc.  The crew kept commenting how busy the place was and they had never seen something like this before.

Managing the women’s restrooms was a challenge, especially when the line started forming inside and around the outside of the building. The travelers were patient and understood we were there to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible.  At one point, we decided to close off part of the men’s restroom and re-routed the women to use one side as overflow and everyone was so grateful!

Once the time for the eclipse approached and everyone was jogging for a place to view the event, we had a break to get all the stalls serviced and paper products refilled; it was a rush like we had never seen before.

When the eclipse started, everyone got in place and marveled at what they were experiencing.  Once totality took place, there was a thunderous, simultaneous applause throughout the rest area.  Once the brightness of the sun came back, the same joyful sound took place.  Everyone knew they were experiencing something special and a once in a lifetime event.

The crew and I were outside watching as people were packing up, getting ready to head home and we all commented of what we had just seen and experienced. It was amazing!

One dad and his two young daughters traveled from Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada to witness the eclipse. He approached us and said to his little ones “Go ahead, tell them.”  The two girls looked at us and with shy faces said “Thank you for everything” and smiled as they handed each of us a pin with their city logo displayed.  It was a precious moment that made us realize the reason why we were there and that made us all proud of the service we had provided.

-Written by Alan Olin, Custodial Contracts Account Manager; Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

I 75 Rest Area
Travelers stop at the I75 Rest Area near Bowling Green, OH to watch the Eclipse

OPEN INTERVIEWS – Hiring for the NEW Perrysburg Goodwill Retail Store and Donation Station

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Are you searching for a job opportunity where you can make a real difference? Look no further! Goodwill is excited to announce the opening of our new Perrysburg location this summer, and we want YOU to be a part of our dedicated team. Join us in building something incredible from the ground up. Even if you can’t make it to our open interviews, we encourage you to email your resume to tkralovicgoodwillnwohio.org. Explore the job descriptions and submit your application online at https:bit.ly3g4Jtd0. Take the first step towards a rewarding career with Goodwill today!

10027 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, OH (former Bed, Bath & Beyond)

Wednesday, March 27th & Friday, March 29th

10am-4pm

date and times of the open interviews

Coming Soon! Donate for Good, a corporate donation drive program

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Donation drives create meaningful engagement opportunities for employees, while fostering social and environmental stewardship. Goodwill collects donations of gently used clothing and household items for resale in our stores. The funds generated from the sale of your donated items helps Goodwill in its mission building dignity and quality of life for individuals and families throughout Northwest Ohio through the Power of Work by eliminating barriers and providing opportunities.

Benefits for your Company include:

  • Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employee Engagement
  • Positive Public Relations
  • Convenient for Employees to Donate
  • A great opportuning to promote community service

Services that Goodwill will provide:

  • Goodwill branded containers dropped off and picked up at your convenience
  • When your bins are full, they will be swapped out ASAP
  • Marketing material to help promote your donation drive

Goodwill’s Special Events Coordinator will work with you to help organize your event and arrange to pick up the donations. Our goal is to ensure a successful partnership and help your organization achieve success. A donation drive is a wonderful way to create unity and camaraderie throughout your organization and in your community.

Contact us for more information at donationdrive@goodwillnwohio.org

Goodwill now offers Resumes-on-Demand!

By community, Goodwill News, Job Connection Center, Mission Services, Workforce Development

Goodwill has recently unveiled a new service aimed at helping job seekers in their search for employment. The service, called Resumes-on-Demand, will be available through Goodwill’s Job Connection Centers. When the Job Connection Center Navigators are out in the community they will be able to assist job seekers in creating their resumes, printing them, and providing digital copies. This service is designed to make the job search process easier and more efficient for job seekers, ultimately helping them to find meaningful employment. Goodwill’s Resumes-on-Demand service is just one of the many ways we are committed to helping individuals eliminate barriers in their quest for a better future.

Madison Ave. Job Connection Center Calendar – January 2024

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ATTN Job Seekers!
The Madison Ave Job Connection Center (JCC) has released their January Workshop Calendar! All workshops are FREE of charge!

You can access the JCC during any business hours. Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

You will have access to a computer and Alex can help you get ready for the job you have been looking for! For more information call Alex at 419-255-0070 Ext. 3531 or visit the JCC page; https://www.goodwillnwohio.com/job-connection-center/

Madison Ave. Job Connection Center Calendar

Goodwill Week is May 7-13

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Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill Industries International along with our community-based Goodwill® organizations across the U.S. and Canada celebrate Goodwill Week to highlight the Goodwill mission — transforming lives through the #powerofwork. This year, #GoodwillWeek runs May 7-13.

While the U.S. economy is steadily improving and the unemployment rate continues to remain low, many communities continue to struggle with poverty, homelessness and lack of access to good-paying jobs. Goodwill has a long history of helping people acquire the skills and training they need to find meaningful employment so they can support their families and contribute to their communities.

Local Goodwill organizations first celebrated Goodwill Industries Week in May 1951 as a way to educate people about the Goodwill mission, defined at that time as, “helping people with disabilities help themselves.”

Today, Goodwill serves anyone facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities and disadvantages, older workers, youth, veterans and military families, and people reintegrating back into society from the justice system. Goodwill helps anyone, regardless of educational level or economic background, reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Goodwill sells donated items in more than 3,300 stores in the United States and Canada and online at shopgoodwill.com®. The revenue creates job placement and training programs to help people earn paychecks and build their careers.

Eighty-seven cents of every dollar a consumer spends at Goodwill goes back into local communities to help people build careers of significance and lives of meaning. Every 25 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job.

Goodwill Week comes at a critical time to shine a light on individuals in need, as well as on our 155 Goodwill organizations, community partners and employers across the country who are working together to provide training and support services to those who need them.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. turns 90!

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A bushel of potatoes, pictured below, represents the total capital stock of Goodwill Industries in 1933.  the first major transaction was to trade on half of a bushel of potatoes for one half of a bushel of onions.  For the first 6 months of 1933, Goodwill posted a cash income of $625 and $2,000 in barter.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio has seen a variety of locations of the past 90 years.  Some of these locations include the corner of Adams & 12th, the Morral Memorial Building at 627 North Huron St., which was directly across from the location at the corner of Lynn & Summit, which is near the now Fifth Third building.

Currently, Goodwill Industries has 13 Brick and Mortar retail locations, 4 store front Donation Stations, 2 Job Connection Centers, 1 E-Commerce retail location (shopgoodwill.com), the Transportation and Commercial Services share the building on Nebraska Ave. And our new headquarters at 1120 Madison Ave., which we moved into in January, 2018.

You can go to our Facebook page @GoodwillNow for more information on the past 90 years of Goodwill in Northwest Ohio.

Mission Moment: Mission Services Team Visits Lucas Metropolitan Housing Property

By community, Goodwill News, Mission Services, Reentry Program, Workforce Development

Goodwill’s Mission Services Department visited Birmingham Terrace, a property owned and managed by Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH). The Mission team went at the invitation of LMH and The Zepf Center and conducted outreach and intake. Approximately 30 residents attended and listened to the presentation and a number of individuals signed up for the Goodwill Career Path Program, the Goodwill Reentry Program, the Stay the Course Program and the Good Tech Program. It was a great atmosphere and the team provided individualized, one-on-one services. Everyone left the venue with a positive attitude and the natural questions was, “When are you guys coming back? We need you here.” Way to go Mission Services Team! We did some good!

“90 Days of Goodwill” Not Charity, But a Chance.

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That phrase was coined by Edgar J. Helms, Goodwill’s Founder. In these pictures from Toledo Goodwill people donated items that needed repair, specifically furniture items. Individuals work restoring collected goods while learning trades and sharpening skills at the same time. Income from the resale of the goods paid their wages and eventually an industrial school developed. That is the foundation of Goodwill. Today, your NW Ohio Goodwill provides job training to enhance the lives of individuals and their families through the Power of Work.