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Mission Moment: Meet Roberta

By community, Mission Services, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Being retired for over 30 years, the last thing Roberta thought she would be doing was to become a participant with Goodwill’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  Roberta learned about the program when she attended a presentation at her housing facility.  Roberta entered the program and was placed into a position at the Great Lakes Community Action Program, where she became a passenger care attendant.  She then was promoted to the Resident Services Coordinator.  She has dramatically improved her computer skills, become proficient with general office work, and helps develop programs for residents.  Staff and residents alike are extremely fond of Roberta and she enjoys her job.  Great work Roberta, Goodwill is extremely proud of you!

Mission Moment: Meet Terry

By community, Mission Services, Reentry Program, Success Stories, Testimonials, Uncategorized, Workforce Development

Terry came to Goodwill from Toledo V.O.A. and successfully entered the Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. transitional reentry program. In addition to his reentry barrier, Terry suffered from medical complications as a result of his stroke. Goodwill assisted Terry with wrap-around services, job development and job placement services. Terry has made a full recovery and is now working full time. Terry stated, “I wouldn’t have been able to get here without the help of Goodwill”. Congratulations Terry!

For more information on how Goodwill’s Reentry Team and other programs can help you: https://bit.ly/_MissionServices

Mission Moment: Defiance Job Connection Center Collaboration

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

Goodwill Defiance JCC Navigator Amy Bach collaborated with the Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) Getting Ahead Program to help women in the Defiance area overcome life barriers and gain independence.  Getting Ahead students participated in classes that consisted of learning how to handle relationships, the adult, parent, and child voice.  Amy assisted the participants with setting goals, career exploration and resume development.  Amy was honored to speak at the graduation ceremony on behalf of all six participants on December 12.  Congratulations to these remarkable women and Goodwill looks forward to seeing the amazing things you will accomplish!

Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) Getting Ahead Program graduates
Job Connection Center Navigator, Amy Bach

Goodwill continues partnership with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

By community, Goodwill News, press release, Retail Stores

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Continues Partnership with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Girl Scouts to Setup Cookie Booths at Goodwill Locations Throughout Northwest Ohio

Toledo, Ohio – January 11, 2024 – Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio will continue their partnership with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO).  

This will be the second, consecutive year that Girl Scouts will setup cookie booths outside all thirteen Goodwill store locations in Northwest Ohio, February 23 – March 17. Sales from the cookies help Girl Scouts and their Troops develop financial literacy skills that will last a lifetime.

“We are thrilled to enhance our partnership with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Every April, Girl Scouts across Ohio visit Goodwill stores to earn a special patch for doing a ‘good turn’, by donating to the stores,” said Amy Wachob President/CEO; Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. She furthers states, “Having the Scouts fundraise at our store locations by selling their cookies, will teach them workforce skills that they can use later in life. Our customers and Team Members also benefit from the convenience of their delicious selection!”

Throughout 2023, Goodwill served over 8,500 individuals with job readiness and workforce development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in Northwest Ohio communities as well as location information,  visit www.goodwillnwohio.com.

About Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio is a non-profit 501©3 organization that has been helping change lives through the power of work since 1933. When you donate to or shop at Goodwill, you are funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support if our generous community, partners and employees. Goodwill provides employment and related services to thousands of individuals in the region each year. Revenues generated through Goodwill’s network of retail stores, donation stations and commercial contract services help support this mission of service.

Goodwill partners with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. partners with Toledo Lucas County Public Library

By community, Goodwill News, Mission Services, News For You, press release, Retail Stores

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Partners with Toledo Lucas County Public Library


Toledo Lucas County Public Library to Offer Early Literacy Courses at Goodwill Stores

Toledo, Ohio – January 8, 2024 – Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) will be offering
early childhood literacy courses for children, parents, and caregivers at Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio’s Greater Toledo stores.
In order to help build early literacy skills, TLCPL’s Ready to Read department will be hosting workshops for families of children from birth through 3rd grade. The first three workshops of 2024 are listed below:

Wednesday, Feb. 7th from 2- 4 p.m. at 3550 Executive Parkway, Toledo

Friday, Feb. 23rd from 2- 4 p.m. at 2021 South Reynolds Road, Toledo

Friday, Mar. 29th from 2- 4 p.m. at 3249 Navarre Avenue, Oregon

“We are thrilled to partner with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. We know that the
sooner a child gains strong literacy skills, the better they are positioned for success throughout formidable school years and beyond in the workplace,” said Amy Wachob; President/CEO Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

Throughout 2023, Goodwill served over 8,500 individuals with job readiness and workforce
development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in
Northwest Ohio communities, visit www.goodwillnwohio.com.

Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. Partners with TARTA

By community, Goodwill News, Mission Services, News For You, press release, Retail Stores, Workforce Development

Bus Passes Now Available for Purchase at Toledo Area Goodwill Store Locations

Toledo, Ohio – January 5, 2024 – Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) customers will be able to add four places to purchase passes at Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio’s Greater Toledo retail locations.  

1-Day and 7-Day passes for fixed-route vehicles will be available for purchase with cash, credit, or debit, at the following Goodwill locations:

3249 Navarre Avenue, Oregon

2600 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo

3550 Executive Parkway, Toledo

2021 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo

Each location is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Effective January 7th, the Goodwill location in Oregon on Navarre Ave. will be the site of one of TARTA’s fixed-route stops.

“Reliable transportation is one of the largest barriers to employment. Goodwill is excited to partner with TARTA; it’s a perfect fit for Goodwill’s mission and the individuals we serve” said Amy Wachob, President/CEO Goodwill of Northwest Ohio.

Throughout 2023, Goodwill served over 8,500 individuals with job readiness and workforce development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in Northwest Ohio communities, visit www.goodwillnwohio.com.

For more information contact:

Tim Kralovic

VP; Retail Operations

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

tkralovic@goodwillnwohio.org

419-380-7093 (cell)

419-255-0070 ext. 3203 (office)

About Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio is a non-profit 501©3 organization that has been helping change lives through the power of work since 1933. When you donate to or shop at Goodwill, you are funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support if our generous community, partners and employees. Goodwill provides employment and related services to thousands of individuals in the region each year. Revenues generated through Goodwill’s network of retail stores, donation stations and commercial contract services help support this mission of service.

Defiance Job Connection Center Calendar – January 2024

By community, Goodwill News, Mission Services, Workforce Development

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

You can access the JCC during any business hours. Monday-Friday: 10am-4;30pm.

You will have access to a computer and Amy can help you get ready for the job you have been looking for! For more information call Amy at 567-600-8650 or visit the JCC page; https://www.goodwillnwohio.com/job-connection-center/

Defiance Job Connection Center January Calendar

Mission Moment: Meet Stephanie

By community, Mission Services, Reentry Program, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Stephanie came to us after recently released from incarceration. Since her release, Stephanie was able to hit the ground running. She was eager to gain employment when she first came to Goodwill and with Goodwill’s help was able to obtain employment quickly. Goodwill Industries was able to assist her with some quality work shoes, per her request. Stephanie continues to maintain employment since shortly after her release and is thankful to Goodwill for the support. Keep up the good work Stephanie, Goodwill is extremely proud of you!

Mission Moment: Partnerships

By community, Mission Services, Reentry Program, Workforce Development

Meet Mr. Robert Bass, Director, Business and Program Development at Owens Community College. Mr. Bass has collaborated with Goodwill Reentry Program and clients enrolled in welding classes.  Owens provides the welding training and certification and Goodwill provides the students with work ready development services along with work boots for graduates of the program.  Mr. Bass and Goodwill Reentry Program Manager, Christopher Fincher were able to provide certification and work boots to eight program graduates.  Thank you for the partnership Mr. Bass!

Mr. Robert Bass

January is Get Organized Month, Declutter with Goodwill

By community, Goodwill News, News For You

A new year is an opportunity to rethink home organization, set personal goals, and help create jobs by donating your items to Goodwill

Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. January is Get Organized (GO) Month. It is time to rethink home organization and consider ways to not only declutter your homes but benefit others in the process. When you donate to Goodwill, the revenue generated from those items sold at our Goodwill stores are used to pay for job training and placement programs that help people in our local community receive much-needed skills and ultimately jobs.

Here are some useful tips to consider when getting organized in the new year.

1) Relieve Stress: Endless clutter can often be a source of stress in your life. With so many external stressors in the world right now, negative feelings can pile up and create emotional turmoil. Getting organized could help lift a weight off your shoulders. By letting go of what you no longer use, you can gain a clear — less stressful — outlook on your home and your life.

2) Increase Productivity: Disorganization can often make you feel unmotivated and unproductive. Clutter can stunt productivity at home and at work. Clearing out what you no longer need can give you the energy to focus on what’s important. If one of your resolutions involves getting back on track, then decluttering and organizing can be a great place to start.

3) Stay Present: Even if you don’t realize it, clutter in your life can cause distractions. As you move through the new year, look each day at the things around your home that you really use. When you allow yourself some time for reflection on what you need — or don’t need — you’ll see what you can remove. Letting go of past clutter can help you stay present and set clear intentions for the future.

Once you’ve decluttered and reorganized, take the clothing and household items you no longer need to your local Goodwill so we can serve the resolutions of a new family, a budding hobbyist, or someone else in your community.

Please visit our website for specifics on what we do and don’t accept. You’ll also find your nearest donation site on our website, and you can schedule a pickup for furniture by clicking on the button at the bottom right of any page on our website.

By donating to Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. you not only help achieve your own 2023 goals, but the revenue generated from items sold at Goodwill stores in the NW Ohio community are used to pay for job training and placement programs that give people in our local community a brighter future.