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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

Now scheduling! Donate for Good, a corporate donation drive program

By community, Donation Drives, Goodwill News, Uncategorized

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 https://bit.ly/4d2KX2s

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

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

Amy Wachob Speaks with Dr. Somerville, President, Owens Community College

By community, Mission Services, Uncategorized, Workforce Development

President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio, Inc. (and Owens alum), Amy Wachob sits down with Owens Community College President Dr. Dione D. Somerville talk about her time at Owens, growing in leadership skills and how Goodwill Industries helps the northwest Ohio community!

Amy began working at Goodwill in 1991 at the Reynolds Rd. Goodwill retail store location. She talks about her journey from the beginning of her PT Head Cashier position, how Goodwill Industries mission fueled her desire to get more education and to move up in the organization and her desire to help individuals break barriers to employment, throughout NW Ohio.

https://rss.com/podcasts/owensccconversations/1210466/

Amy Wachob speaks with Owens Community College President Dr. Somerville

Goodwill Employee’s receive Certified Employment Support Professional Credentials

By community, Mission Services, Uncategorized, Workforce Development

Goodwill Mission Services would like to congratulate Lisa Broseke and Yusuf Gardner for passing their respective Certified Employment Support Professional Credential (CESP) Test.  The CESP credential is designed for job coaches, job developers, transition employment specialists, job placement personnel, and employment specialists/consultants who serve a wide variety of target audiences including individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders. CMO, David Takats said, “I feel the certification adds a level of professionalism for our staff. It shows a higher level of understanding and education for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), consumers and employers. It lets them know Goodwill’s employment staff has a broad knowledge needed to be successful in this field.” We are extremely proud of both of their efforts.  Congratulations Lisa and Yusuf!

Individuals who earn the CESP credential have demonstrated knowledge of the facilitation and advocacy skills necessary to help establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. CESPs also raise awareness of benefits within the business community, and promote social change that fosters an independent, productive lifestyle for individuals with disabilities.

National Night Out 2023

By community, Goodwill News, Uncategorized

Goodwill was pleased to participate in National Night Out, hosted by the Toledo Police Department. National Night Out is an event to cities across the nation participate in to foster the relationship between safety forces and the community.  Goodwill joined Toledo Police, Firefighters, and other community partners in providing a fun evening while bringing back a true sense of community.  Amazing evening for our community and Goodwill is excited to return next year!

Amy Wachob, CEO; Kellie Schlachter, CFO and David Takats, CMO
Fun in the community

Thrifted Finds to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

By Retail Stores, Uncategorized

Heading off to college is a major milestone. For those who have the opportunity to live on campus, the school year can mean leaving family and friends in your hometown and heading off into the world of the unknown. Especially for freshman, the first few weeks of the school year can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You might feel homesick as you try to figure out who in your class you might be able to form a friendship with. You might feel out of sorts without friendly reminders from home. Preparing for a new school year and setting yourself up for success are the best things you can do to start the semester on the right foot.

This goes for all types of back-to-school shopping, especially putting thought into the place where you’ll sleep, study, and hang out with friends. Fortunately, you won’t need to lug all your furniture and décor from across the country to your new dorm, with the help of the home goods section in a local Goodwill that can make your dorm room feel like home from day one.

Shopping at Goodwill for dorm room décor is a cost-effective way to get your back-to-school shopping done. It’s also an amazing way to pick up unique and eclectic finds that can really make a dorm room feel like home. Whether you buy something new with the tags still on it, or something that’s been donated and has been pre-loved, shopping at Goodwill is an amazing way to express your taste and interests as you display the items as décor in your new room. In fact, not only can it create a more artistic feel to your décor, but it also supports those in the local community as well, with job training and courses that can help them excel in their lives and careers.

Keep reading for inspiration from real Goodwill shoppers around the country, who used thrifted home goods treasures to create the atmosphere of their dreams.

Photo: @kariealleninteriors

1. Bright Pops of Color

Starting the school year with confidence can make the semester an experience full of new opportunities. Incorporating bright pops of color into your dorm décor can be a reminder to shine bright throughout the year. You can find everything from curtains to throw pillows to jewelry boxes at Goodwill. Be sure to check them out on your next trip to see what speaks to you!

Photo: @aliciamcastro

2. Thrifty, Useable Décor

Space is likely going to be limited if you’re living in a dorm, which makes the case for décor that serves a purpose while making the place your own. I love the idea of this reverse bookstack topped with a plant and set next to a candle as a fun way to spice up desk or dresser space. Plus, you can swap new books or textbooks as you read them.

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.