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Mission Moment: Meet Alvin

By Goodwill News, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Congratulations Alvin! Alvin came to the Goodwill Job Connection Center (JCC) on last year with aspirations to change his career and learn new skills.  Alvin interviewed for a position with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), as part of its collaboration with Goodwill.  He was hired and was preparing to work in transportation. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the start of the project. The good news is, the project resumed this summer and Alvin has been able to work on the project. He drives trucks and heavy machinery on the I-75 Project and at the Bowling Green ODOT office. He has secured his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and other transportation certificates, through ODOT in order to enhance his opportunities. We want to congratulate Alvin and encourage him to continue the great work.


Mission Moment: Meet Pam

By Goodwill News, Success Stories

Pam L. had been a participant with the Goodwill Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) since 2019.  SCSEP is specifically designed for participants age 55 and older.  Pam trained with different Host Agencies in order to sharpen her employment and training skills. Host Agencies partner with Goodwill in order to provide participants with real time work experience.  SCSEP Program Manager, Cyndie Lombardo had worked with Pam and watched her develop since the summer of 2021, she noticed that Pam had very good administrative skills.  Since Cyndie was new in her role, she needed someone to assist her in her duties and Pam was a perfect fit. Pam was hired, in December as Cyndie’s assistant.  She has proven herself to be very valuable assisting with day to day training of participants and learning the workings of the SCSEP Program.  Welcome aboard Pam!

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



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!

Mission Moment: Ravine Park Village

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

The Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) requested Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. to come to the Ravine Park Village Community Center in order to share the services that Goodwill performs.  Two team members went to Ravine Park Village on Friday, December 3rd.  The team members were expecting to speak to 30-40 residents, however, to their surprise, they were met by 140 residents that were eager to hear about the services that Goodwill has to offer, including job training and development, Reentry, the Stay the Course Program, the Toolbox Program and the Community Employment Program.  The energy in the room resulted in interest for all of the programs!

Team members spoke to as many residents they could.  To their surprise, when they arrived back to Madison Ave, about 30 residents were waiting, ready to sign up with the Job Connection Center (JCC), the Reentry Program, Community Employment and barrier removal services.  It was such a success that LMHA has requested that Goodwill return to do another presentation in February 2022.  The entire Mission Department will attend this presentation to do intake to those participants that attend in order to bring Mission to the Community.  We can’t wait!

Mission Moment: Meet Kaniya

By Goodwill News, Success Stories, Workforce Development

They say that “second time’s a charm”, and that’s turning out to be true with Kaniya. Kaniya had a previous job development case through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Goodwill where she became employed at the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. However, the chill autumn weather brought a slowdown in zoo visitors and Kaniya was laid off. Not to be deterred, Kaniya contacted OOD and with the assistance of her Goodwill job developer, Kaniya was able to navigate her way through the Covid-19 pandemic and a virtual job fair which was a new experience for her!  A successful interview again brought her the part-time job she had been seeking. Now Kaniya is a Fashion Stocker at the Meijer in Maumee.  Her supervisor says that Kaniya does a good job and is really coming into her own. That’s the power of work!

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.