Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2018


Goodwill Achieves Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Lincoln, NE — Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been informed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) that it has been accredited for a period of three years for its Organizational Employment Services program. “This program demonstrates a strong commitment to serving its participants as well as the community as a whole.” stated the survey report compiled by CARF.

This accreditation outcome, which represents the highest level of accreditation, is awarded to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of the standards established by CARF. In addition, Goodwill was applauded for its Job Connection program providing inclusive access to computer labs with employment assistance such as resume writing and computer access. This program is a valuable asset to the community at large. An organization receiving a three-year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.  Further, an organization accredited for three years clearly indicates that present conditions represent an established pattern of total operations that is likely to be maintained or improved in the foreseeable future.

The latest action marks the ninth consecutive three-year Accreditation outcomes awarded to Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. by CARF, an international accrediting body. 

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is a not-for-profit with a mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Goodwill serves the Lincoln community through programs that train individuals with barriers to employment and help them find paying work. Additionally, Goodwill contributes to ecological balance through massive recycling efforts of unsaleable textiles and other products.The community can support Goodwill all year long by donating their gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductble financial donations. Revenue for Goodwill comes from a variety of sources. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org. 
About CARF
CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body promoting quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.  Since 1966, CARF has established consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.


Molly Deaver
Communications Coordinator
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Lincoln Goodwill Celebrates Annual Goodwill Industries Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2018

When You Shop at Goodwill, You Are Helping Build a Future for People in your Community
Lincoln, NE — From May 6–12, Lincoln Goodwill will celebrate Goodwill Industries Week and the mission impact its work has provided in Lincoln, NE. For 86 years, Lincoln Goodwill has provided skills training, access to credentials and certifications, employment placement and job training, and community-based services for individuals facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities and disadvantages, veterans and military families, older job seekers, and young adults. This year’s theme for the commemoration is Celebrating Our Communities, and Goodwill will focus on showing its appreciation for the communities who support its mission through donating, shopping, volunteering, financially or other means, and the impact they have on Goodwill’s programs and services to transform lives here in Lincoln.

Goodwill is made up of 162 autonomous, community-based nonprofit organizations that provide individuals and families with opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 288,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 65 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services.

“We always look forward to Goodwill Industries Week as a way to celebrate and spread awareness about our mission and its tremendous impact in communities,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator. “This week, we invite people across the United States to celebrate with us by donating items that are no longer used and shop for new favorites, so that we can continue to serve the millions of people who are looking to improve their lives through the power of work.”

Goodwill Industries Week has been observed by local Goodwill organizations for more than 60 years, and it serves as an opportunity to celebrate the communities who support it and raise awareness about the Goodwill mission. Lincoln Goodwill will celebrate by hosting a Community Partner spotlight booth, Monday – Thursday 11AM – NOON at our Apples Way location. Each day one of our partners will be at this booth to share the amazing work they’re doing in our community. We will also be hosting giveaways and surprise events, be sure to follow our Facebook page @LincolnGoodwill to get all the updates!
Visit lincolngoodwill.org to find the nearest Goodwill location, job fair or event, and learn how you can build a better future for someone in your community: http://www.goodwill.org/week.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.’s mission is willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Its programs support individuals with barriers to employment by providing services which equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, thus adding to lower unemployment rates and less reliance on government assistance within the Lincoln community. Additionally, Goodwill contributes to ecological balance through massive recycling efforts of unsalable textiles and other products.

The community can support Goodwill all year long by donating their gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org.

CONTACT:
Molly Deaver, Communications Coordinator
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
(402) 438-2022 ext. 118
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Community Partner Feature: Lincoln Literacy

With Goodwill’s support, Lincoln Literacy helps refugee parents acquire the skills crucial to finding and keeping a job while assisting their children in school

With support from Goodwill Industries, Lincoln Literacy is helping the city’s refugee and immigrant parents acquire the gateway skills of English language literacy, setting them on the path to becoming self-sufficient breadwinners.
 
In partnership with Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and others, Lincoln Literacy volunteer tutors and staff teachers carry out family literacy at ten locations, with the aim of helping refugee parents and children succeed on the job market and at school. The most recent addition has been McPhee Elementary, where instructors work with refugee parents from Burma while their children participate in enrichment learning activities with LPS teachers. In January, LPS and Lincoln Literacy will team up to offer a similar program at Belmont Elementary.
 
In addition to receiving classroom instruction on speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing English, program participants take part in educational field trips that enable them to apply literacy skills and learn about the community. For example, this year, Lincoln Literacy’s instructors led the group from Burma through Russ’s Market, where the families learned about nutrition, food choices and the layout of the grocery store.
 
Lincoln Literacy, which has been working to strengthen the community by teaching English and literacy skills to immigrants and refugees since 1972, started its family literacy program, known as FLAIR, ten years ago. Since then, more than 200 children a year, and their parents, have benefited from the program. In all, Lincoln Literacy has served over 1,160 people this year.

To fulfill its mission of strengthening the community through language and literacy services, the nonprofit organization relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to provide more than 50 free English classes per week for people ranging in age from two to 78. Lincoln Literacy delivers individual tutoring, helps businesses retain workers, and boosts children’s ability to succeed in school and adults’ ability to thrive on the job. Learn more at www.lincolnliteracy.org.
 
Each year, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Inc. provides financial support to Lincoln Literacy and other nonprofits whose activities align with Goodwill’s mission of helping willing workers find employment and maximizing community resources. Goodwill provides services – such as employment and soft skills training and a job matching program – to individuals who face barriers to finding jobs.

The sale of donated goods is Goodwill’s largest source of funding. Community members can support Goodwill by donating gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org.  

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