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Goodwill Presents – A Parking Lot Party Resource Fair

By Goodwill News, Job Openings, News For You, Reentry Program, Workforce Development

On June 16th, join us for a parking lot party at the Madison Ave location!  There will be fun, food and other activities!  Goodwill’s community partners will be there with information for you to start your journey to job skills and job opportunities.  Need assistance with work clothes and boots?  Stop out and learn what Goodwill and our partners can do for you!  For more information contact Tisha at tcarroll@goodwillnwohio.org or call 419-255-0070.

Hope to see you there!

New Executive Director of Ohio Association of Goodwill Industries visits Toledo

By Goodwill News, News For You

On Wednesday, February 16th Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio’s CEO, Amy Wachob, hosted the newly selected Executive Director of Ohio Association of Goodwill Industries (OAGI), Prince.  During his visit, he attended a Staff Meeting of Executives and toured the Administration Office as well as one of the Job Connection Centers, located at 1120 Madison Ave. in downtown Toledo.

OAGI is an association of 16 Goodwill Industries in Ohio. We work together to identify and monitor important issues and for OAGI members, engage in public policy discussions, and facilitate collaboration among autonomous Goodwill Industries.​

 

 

Mission Moment: Meet Dontae

By Goodwill News, News For You, Reentry Program, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Dontae came as a referral from the local Volunteers of America (VOA) at the beginning of January. He had been released from prison for 6 months and he was a transitional control.  He was job searching and he was referred to Goodwill Industries from his case manager at the VOA.  Dontae obtained employment with the help of the Goodwill Reentry Navigator at the Toledo Mobis of North America production facility in the Chrysler Jeep industrial complex.  Once he obtained the job, the Goodwill Reentry program assisted him with purchasing some work clothing and work boots for him.  Dontae is very happy and pleased with his job and the services he received at Goodwill.  Nice work Dontae!

Goodwill launches Good Rides

By Contract Services, Goodwill News, News For You, Workforce Development

Toledo, OH – Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. will officially launch its newest workforce development program Good Rides on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Good Rides is a workforce development program designed to help individuals facing transportation barriers getting to and from work. Goodwill purchased a shuttle bus to help with the widespread issue and participants enrolled in the program will work with navigators to identify their barriers. Once identified, the navigators will create plans to overcome the challenges in order to become transportation independent.

Goodwill is currently working with area employers on the program and the launch will involve Whitmer High School interns working at Rosenboom, located in Bowling Green, OH. Students will leave directly from Whitmer High School to Rosenboom and will be returned to school following their shift.

“This really is an exciting program. We have been talking with area employers and people we serve for quite some time and transportation has frequently been mentioned as a challenging barrier to employment”, said Amy Wachob, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. “We are anticipating that the Good Rides Program will make a significant impact on eliminating a workplace barrier.” Wachob further states, “It is important to note that this is not a public transportation program, this is a workforce development program. Its design and intent is to work with individuals one-on-one and provide a lasting workplace solution. We are very encouraged by the depth of interest from both the people we serve as well as area employers. We have already been asked to increase our fleet!”

For more information on Goodwill’s Good Rides Program call or email:

Phone: 419-255-0070 ext. 3201

Email:  dtakats@goodwillnwohio.org

 

Tiffin Goodwill store is getting remodeled

By News For You, Retail Stores

The Tiffin Goodwill location will be temporarily closed beginning Tuesday, Feb 1st, for remodeling.  The newly updated store will provide brighter lights, new flooring and new paint and fixtures to provide a better shopping experience.  Opening date will be coming soon!  Follow us on social media @GoodwillNow for updates.  The Tiffin store moved to it’s current location in 2010.

 

Mission Moment: I-75 Corridor Project with ODOT

By Goodwill News, News For You, Success Stories, Workforce Development

On December 10th, the Goodwill Mission met the moment in the lower level of the Goodwill downtown building.  After a year (with a COVID-19 interruption), the Goodwill I-75 Corridor Project had a reception to celebrate the project’s success throughout our region! Approximately 50 individuals from Goodwill, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Adelante, the Carpenter’s Union Local 351, and local road contractor Kokosing Industrial, Inc. came together to commemorate the program participants and a successful collaboration. This program trained 40 individuals in the construction trades and employed 21 individuals with jobs on the I-75 Project.  Everyone enjoyed food, fellowship, fun and participants gave heartwarming testimonials of their experience.  A seed was planted for something greater in the future.  As a result of the success, ODOT would like to re-engage with Goodwill for 2022 and possibly take the program statewide with other Goodwill organizations! This is definitely one to watch!

Goodwill Partners with ODOT and Adelante

By Goodwill News, Job Openings, News For You, Workforce Development

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with Goodwill and Adelante on The I-75 Workforce Initiative which will recruit men and women who live in the Old South End Neighborhood. The goal of The I-75 Workforce Initiative is to create an environment that will provide at least 25 residents from the Old South End Neighborhood with the encouragement, preparation, and opportunity to enter positions within the field of construction and related skilled trade fields.

An Informational Session was held at Adelante where ODOT, building trades, and prime contractors were on site to speak directly with the participants and answer specific questions. Thirty-one participants were in attendance and enrolled in the program who will receive Job Readiness and Financial Literacy training. We are grateful to ODOT for this wonderful opportunity!

Mission Moment: Owens Community College GED Program comes back to Goodwill

By Goodwill News, News For You, Workforce Development

Goodwill is pleased to announce that the GED Program returned to the Goodwill downtown office in September 2021.  Goodwill has been without the program for a number of years and has recognized that it is an important wrap around service in job training and job development.  Weona Williams, GED Program Director for Owens Community College has worked with Charles Gibbon of the JCC and David Takats, Chief Mission Officer to bring the program back to downtown Toledo.  With the program added back to the list of Goodwill offered services, it provides a foundational curriculum to give participants an established credential and accomplishment.  Furthermore, now that Goodwill has other wrap around services, any costs for tests or transcripts will be absorbed by Goodwill.  The classes started on September 28th.  If you have any questions, please contact the Goodwill Job Connection Center (JCC) at 419.255.0070.

Job Connection Center Staff Member: Meet Tisha

By Goodwill News, Job Openings, News For You, Workforce Development

Tisha Carroll’s mission has been to help individuals actualize potential paths, once deemed impossible, by way of instruction, volunteerism, and advocacy.  As a new member of Goodwill’s Job Connection Center staff, Tisha is still able to fulfill her mission by being a source of hope and support for a population of individuals that may face barriers to employment.  As a former financial coach with the Financial Opportunity Centers, Tisha has developed financial strategies that have produced positive outcomes by building relationships and delivering effective counseling practices.  Tisha is very excited to help create success for those visiting the Job Connection Centers.