Workforce Development

Mission Moment: Jordan

By | Goodwill News, Retail Stores, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Jordan participated in Goodwill’s five week summer youth work experience program in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.  He worked at our Reynolds Road Goodwill store and learned the importance of punctuality, following directions, and thoroughness in completing his job duties.   This opportunity also gave him meaningful work experience to include on his resume and transferable job skills to use in the future. His dedication and hard work was noticed by management which lead to him being hired permanently at the same store.  Jordan was excited to become a Goodwill employee, and he enjoys working with his co-workers very much. Congratulations, Jordan, and keep up the hard work!

Amy Wachob speaking at The Rotary Club

Goodwill Collaborates with Local Nonprofits

By | Goodwill News, Workforce Development
Amy Wachob speaking at The Rotary Club

Amy Wachob speaking at The Rotary Club











Amy Wachob, the CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Inc., introduced the Working Better Together initiative at Toledo Rotary today.

This is a collaboration of Goodwill, Lott Industries, The Ability Center, and The Epilepsy Center.

The initiative is to work with fellow Rotarian’s and other employers in the areas to find jobs for the ready to work disabled in our community. The goal is to place 15 disabled candidates in employment each year for five years. Goodwill will be the gatekeeper of the candidates and outcomes.

Meet Keith

By | Contract Services, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Keith has been a familiar face at Goodwill Industries for the last five years. In 2013, he started working with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and selected Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio as his vendor to receive vocational services through the Workforce Development program. The first step for Keith was to complete a Community Based Assessment. After he completed the assessment, he started to work with a professional job developer to learn Job Seeking Skills Training and Job Development. In July of 2014, he attended an interview with the CEO of Goodwill and was hired at Goodwill as a part-time building janitor. Since then, Keith has increased his hours and at times works full-time as needed. Keith indicates that “he likes the Goodwill staff and the experience of working at Goodwill Industries Northwest Ohio”. When speaking with his supervisor, he states that Keith is “joyful, courteous, and does his job quietly with no complaints is always willing to help out in the Contracts Division and work various contracts including festivals.” Congratulations to Keith for celebrating 5 years of employment with Goodwill!

Close-up Of A Worker Cleaning Desk With Cloth

Contracts Division

By | Contract Services, Goodwill News, Workforce Development

Goodwill has been providing custodial contract services for over 30 years. The custodial contract department creates a revenue stream to help support Goodwill’s programs and creates employment opportunities for individuals throughout Northwest Ohio.

During the third quarter, we have been diligently working on new custodial contracts to increase employment opportunities and to increase much-needed funding for programs and services.

We were recently awarded cleaning services for TARTA and TARPS buses. In addition, we will clean all TARTA bus shelters. The City of Toledo Department of Bridges and Harbors has contracted us to provide janitorial services for all three of their locations. Toledo Water Division, Erie Street location, has awarded Goodwill with a janitorial contract as well.

Lastly, we have been commissioned by the City of Toledo to assist with the Recycling Awareness Program, creating opportunities of employment for four more Goodwill staff members.

These new contracts will add approximately 25 new jobs at Goodwill providing income and a new beginning for individuals in our community.

“I am very excited about the growth within the contracts division,” said David Takats, Chief Mission Officer. He went on further to say, “To experience this scope of growth in such a short amount of time is a true testament to our high level of quality standards and to our outstanding team members under the direction of Karen Mayer, Director of Contract Services.”

To receive a free quote for custodial cleaning at your business, call 419-255-0070 and ask for Karen!

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Goodwill Teams With Ohio Means Jobs To Assist Job Seekers

By | Goodwill News, Workforce Development

Ohio Means Jobs LogoGoodwill has teamed up with Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) in Lucas County to provide high quality assistance to job seekers. Goodwill’s role in this partnership is to assist returning citizens, veterans and individuals with disabilities with job seeking, soft skills, and employment placement opportunities.

In addition to the workforce de-velopment alliance, Goodwill collaborated with OMJ partners for a single day clothing donation drive. The public and partners from OMJ were asked to donate clothing at the Lucas County Goodwill locations and at the OMJ Center. Over 2,000 pounds of clothing was collected and Goodwill was able to provide OMJ partners with 51, $25.00 vouchers!

This partnership and the programs created are designed to streamline access to multiple training programs designed to assist individuals and businesses. Eric Slack, Job Developer for Goodwill, is teaching the first Reentry Career Readiness Training class at OMJ. The classes are based on the curriculum “Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success.” This eight week program is used in JSST training at Goodwill.

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Goodwill Receives DOL Grant

By | Goodwill News, Grants, Workforce Development

Grant to provide training and employment services for 170 adults

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. has been awarded a $1.35 million “Training to Work 3 – Adult Reentry” federal grant to provide training, case management, mentoring and employment services to incarcerated adults transitioning back into the community. Goodwill in conjunction with several community partners will serve approximately 170 men and women who are in work release programs, recovery houses, and residential release centers.

The grant is part of $59 million the United States Department of Labor recently awarded to nonprofit agencies to develop or expand programs to improve the employment opportunities for adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system.

“The Training to Work 3 – Adult Reentry grant is a solution to the growing economic problem of poverty and recidivism in Northwest Ohio,” said Bob Huber, President/CEO Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. “Through this investment, Goodwill will collaborate with local employers, training providers, and workforce development organizations to empower returning citizens with vocational training with in-demand professions in the region.”

Career pathways for the program participants include carpentry, brick laying, pipe fitting, masonry, mechanics, HVAC, welding, ironworking and sheet metal working. Career pathways will culminate in an industry-recognized credentialed program that will enable participants to advance within their professions.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio is collaborating with multiple businesses, development entities, and workforce agencies including Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, The Correctional Treatment Facility, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development, Northwest Ohio Construction Education, Northwest Ohio Trades Council, Ohio Means Jobs, Owens Community College, Pathway, Recovery 2 Work, Reentry Coalition of Northwest Ohio, Terra Community College, Volunteers of America, Lucas County Court Rehabilitation and Correction Services (Work Release Department), and The Zepf Center.

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