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.
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.
Developmental Disability Services
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.
Employment and Career Services
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.
Behavioral Health Services
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.
Transitional Living Program
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.
Court Reporting Services
Goodwill employees facilitate Change Companies curriculum to individuals referred by probation officers. Classes promote responsible behavior and decision-making.
Three HUD financed housing projects consisting of 43 units provide safe and affordable housing to individuals living with a mental illness.
Supporting People in Need
In 2019, Goodwill issued 740 store vouchers, valued at $12,526, supporting people in need across Greater Nebraska
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.
Computers and computer related equipment in any condition (working or nonworking) can be donated at our nine retail store/donation centers year round.
Goodwill collects donations from the community for resale in our eight retail stores. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods supports Goodwill services
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.