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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.

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:

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

Mission Moment: Meet Christie

By community, Mission Services, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Meet Christie! Christie has been a client at the Job Connection Center (JCC) since 2019. Since then, she has made many strides. When Christie first came to us, she was at Ohio Link and using the JCC computer lab for her online college classes. She is now enrolled in our Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Alliance program (NOMA), working two part-time jobs, and has a place of her own. Congratulations, Christie, on the progress you have made!

For more information on how Goodwill’s Job Connection Center and other programs can help you:

Mission Moment

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

For more information contact:

Tim Kralovic

VP; Retail Operations

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

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;

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

Mission Moment: Meet Bryona

By Goodwill News, Mission Services, Success Stories, Testimonials, Workforce Development

Bryona has been working with Goodwill since June of 2023. The process was slow moving at first due to unforeseen circumstances but through it all, Bryona maintained that she wanted to keep working toward her goals. She states, “I am proud of myself for sticking with my job search even when it’s been hard.” At the start of her journey, she was unsure of herself and her abilities. After completing job seeking skills training with her Job Developer, she is coordinating interviews, maintaining a consistent meeting schedule, and scheduling her TARPS rides independently – all things she hadn’t done previously.  She expressed that she’s gained a lot of skills since working with Goodwill and “it’s a lot better than doing it on my own.” We are proud of you, Bryona!