Facts About Our Goodwill!

We live in an age of misinformation, where people can go online and literally say anything on social media  — whether it’s true or not and it can potentially be viewed by hundreds or thousands of people.

We believe in transparency and that’s why it’s more important than ever to get the real facts about Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, our Mission, and the ways that we make real improvements in people’s lives in individuals living in our 55 county territory in central and western Nebraska.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is happy to share The Facts – a quick, easy breakdown of all the information you need to know about us, what we do, and why donating either money or gently used goods is always a solid option if your goal is to improve the lives of the people living in your community.

Goodwill is a charity that runs a business.  We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses revenue generated by donated goods to support our programs for people living with disabilities or barriers to successful living.  No person owns Goodwill; Goodwill has a local, volunteer board of directors who oversees our agency and our CEO, Tammy Slater, directs our day to day operations.  While our Goodwill does receive funding through the government, we depend on revenue generated from the sale of donated goods and our fund raising efforts to fully fund our programs and services so we can help more people.

Tammy Slater is Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, Inc., a non-profit helping people with disabilities or barriers reach their goals and improve their quality of life.  Her work with Goodwill continues a lifelong passion for people-centered leadership.

Tammy began her professional life in the alcohol and drug field working with adult women in a halfway house setting. She then served as Executive Director of American Red Cross Hall County Chapter before joining Chief Automotive Technologies as Vice President of Human Resources and Services Administration.  Tammy joined Goodwill in 2010.

Tammy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Bellevue University, and is a graduate of the Goodwill International Executive Development Program.

Her nearly 30-year career has always been on the people side of the business directly responsible for the Human Resources/Organizational Development of the organization.

Tammy currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and the Home Federal Bank; is a member of the Grow Grand Island Committee, the Grand Island Senior High Business and Communication Academy, and is a longtime member of the Rotary Noon Club.  She has served on the Boards of the YWCA, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, International Visitors Council and Central District Health Department; and worked with the Stuhr Museum, Re-Store, Grow Grand Island, and Skills USA.  Tammy is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

Tammy and her husband Bill live outside of Doniphan and have been Hall county residents since 1987.

Why are Goodwill’s different?  Goodwill Industries International is an association of more than 165 autonomous member organizations.  Each Goodwill is governed by a local, volunteer board of directors and strives to identify the needs of the community.

Based on the needs of the community, each Goodwill designs programs and services that give Goodwill participants the skills they need to find work and live independently.

Services are available to citizens across our greater Nebraska territory who are meet eligibility requirements.

Programs and services and funded through agreements and contracts with state agencies and federal programs, as well as, generous donors and retail operations.

Services funded in whole or in part from Region II Human Services, Region 3 Behavioral Health Services (CFDA 93.958 Block Grants for Community Mental Health Services), Region 4 Behavioral Health System (CFDA 93.959 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant), Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Center for Mental Health Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska VR, Social Security Administration and Probation Administration.

When people donate gently used items at any of our 9 retail stores and donation drives, they can do so with the knowledge that we will honor their generosity by using the sales of their donated goods to improve people’s lives.

While we appreciate that shoppers enjoy discovering great finds at amazingly low deals in our brick and mortar stores, we feel a responsibility to honor the generosity of our donors by ensuring that some specialty items generate as much revenue as possible to help fund our mission. We currently sell items on online at – Shop Goodwill which is a fun, convenient way to shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With our ability to sell things locally and nationally on our online ecommerce platform, we can ensure we earn as much as possible to put back into funding our mission, thus enabling us to help more people than we could if these items were just sold at our stores.

2019 Statistics & Summary Of Our Services

Most people know us for our donation centers and thrift stores, but we are so much more.

In 2019, Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska provided services and support to over 2,000 people living with disabilities and barriers across greater Nebraska. Our services promote independence and access to the community, help people become successfully employed,  support goals of wellness and recovery, teach responsible behavior and provide safe and affordable housing. Many people benefit from multiple programs and services.

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People Served in 2019

Developmental Disability Services

Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney

Goodwill employees work with individuals to help them acquire, improve and retain the skills needed to be as independent as possible. Services provided help people living with an intellectual or developmental disability use their strengths and talents to accomplish their goals, achieve greater independence, learn to make choices and participate in and contribute to their community. Services are provided Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the evenings and on the weekends.

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People Served in 2019

Employment and Career Services

Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, Lexington, North Platte, McCook

Goodwill employees work with job seekers to help them become competitively employed in the community. Services provided help job seekers living with an intellectual or developmental disability, acquired brain injury, behavioral health diagnosis and/or substance use disorder or barriers such as poverty
become employed in their community. Goodwill matches qualified candidates to job openings in the community and maintains a strong, responsive working relationship with employers to address needs.

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People Served in 2019

Behavioral Health Services

Columbus, Grand Island, Broken Bow

Goodwill offers a variety of programs to meet recovery needs of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder and/or a serious and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Services provided help individuals live successfully in their community.

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People Served in 2019

Transitional Living Program

Grand Island

The Transitional Housing Initiative is focused on promoting community safety by providing stable housing for clients in need. The program serves probationers in need of a supportive environment which will enable them to stabilize in the community, obtain employment, and ultimately become self-sufficient. Goodwill staff assist each client in identifying appropriate, affordable housing, as well as with the application process with potential landlords.  Once housing has been secured, staff can help client with the move-in process, along with helping to secure needed household items.  Staff provide on-going support through face-to-face meetings throughout the twelve week program, focusing on budgeting and other goals as identified by the client.

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People Served in 2019

Court Reporting Services

Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, North Platte

Goodwill employees facilitate Change Companies curriculum to individuals referred by probation officers. Classes promote responsible behavior and decision-making.

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People Lived in Housing in 2019

Housing

Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney

Three HUD financed housing projects consisting of 43 units provide safe and affordable housing to individuals living with a mental illness.

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Store Vouchers were issued in 2019

Supporting People in Need

In 2019, Goodwill issued 740 store vouchers, valued at $12,526, supporting people in need across Greater Nebraska

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Pounds of Donations were Collected

Donations collected at our stores and through donation drives.

Donations collected through community drives are sorted at the Grand Island warehouse facility for eventual distribution to retail stores.  In 2019, 11,333,691 pounds of donations were collected at through our eight retail store-donation centers and 257 donation drives in 90 communities.

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Pounds of E-waste collected

Technology Recycling

Computers and computer related equipment in any condition (working or nonworking) can be donated at our nine retail store/donation centers year round.

Retail

Columbus, Grand Island (2 stores), Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, North Platte, Scottsbluff

Goodwill collects donations from the community for resale in our eight retail stores. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods supports Goodwill services

Outlet

Grand Island

Shoppers find bulk bargains to buy by the pound and unique finds with low prices. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. located at 1729 S. Lincoln Avenue.

Donate Movement – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Goodwill’s recycling program makes a difference in people’s lives, strengthens communities, and contributes to a healthier planet. In the event there is an item that cannot be sold in our stores, it is recycled. Recycling markets include textiles, shoes, stuffed toys, purses/belts/hats, hard toys, glassware, housewares, sporting equipment and books. The majority of items are used as they were originally intended, for example, a shirt is used as a shirt, a plate as a plate, etc. Other items are recycled and sold to salvage brokers.