With the support of our donors and shoppers, Goodwill provides the following employment programs. For more information on these programs please contact 402-438-2022.
1731 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
Goodwill's Job Connection is located downtown in the Goodwill Retail Store. The purpose of Job Connection is to maximize the employability of job seekers in a market that requires some computer knowledge in nearly all jobs. Individuals may receive assistance with resume and cover letter creation and templates are available for use. Staff members are also available to help guide guests through online applications. Classes or tutorials for basic computer skills, typing and data entry are also made available. Many of the tutorials are available in both English and Spanish.
Retail Organizational Employment Program
This CARF accredited program provides work opportunities to individuals whom meet admission requirements and have sufficient skills to operate independently in a retail setting. The program is intended to help participants gain the skills necessary to obtain competitive employment. Individual Program Plans are developed and reviewed to help the participant work towards achieving the long term goal of competitive employment. Retail Organizational Employment is a non-fee program that is currently fully funded by store revenue with openings and schedules based upon the business needs of our many locations. Read more
Goodwill Works Employment and Soft Skills Training
Goodwill Works Employment and “Soft Skills” training focuses on getting participants “job ready” by improving the skills, abilities and traits that pertain to personality, attitude and behavior.
- Problem Solving Skills: problem solving involves the identification of problems and the formulation and evaluation of alternative solutions by weighing risks and benefits.
- Communication Skills: communication skills include the ability to speak well, listen well, give and understand instructions, and communicate in ways appropriate to the situation and audience.
- Personal Qualities and Work Ethic: personal qualities important to job performance include self-esteem, self-management, time- management, responsibility, and motivation.
- Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills: interpersonal and teamwork skills are those needed to negotiate with others, to participate as a member of a team, and to resolve conflicts maturely.
Goodwill offers online resources to aid with employment and life skills development as well as job search assistance.
GoodProspectsDeveloped by Goodwill Industries International, Inc., GoodProspects provides job seekers with multiple support services, including access to virtual career mentors, an interactive career readiness checklist with benchmarks to achieve as job seekers build their work skills, and a digital library of resources spanning 11 industries and 18 skill-building topics. The site also includes an events database that features job fairs and workshops hosted at local Goodwill agencies, as well as virtual webinars and Google hangouts.
GCF LearnFree.org is a program of the Goodwill Community Foundation® and Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC, Inc.®. For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
Because of amazing donors and customers, Goodwill is able to provide services to thousands of people who face barriers to employment. Goodwill recognizes that services provided by peer agencies prepare people served by Goodwill to better succeed in Goodwill’s employment programs.
It is with this understanding that Goodwill provides funding to colleague agencies to help with their own programs that align with Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized.
YWCA Job Outfitters
In December 2012, the YWCA Lincoln and Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. teamed up on the YWCA’s Job Outfitters program to better serve its participants and the Lincoln community. The program has been expanded to serve women and men who are seeking a variety of professions. Participants will now be given vouchers good at any Goodwill Retail location to shop for interview and work apparel. Those wishing to donate clothing to the YWCA for this program may now take items to any of Goodwill’s 6 Lincoln locations. For more information about the Job Outfitters program, contact the YWCA at (402) 434-3494.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln expanded its programming with the help of Goodwill. Through funding support from Goodwill, the agency offers extended employment preparation and career exploration through its one-to-one mentoring program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln mentoring is proven to help youth to improve in school and in their personal lives. Big Brother and Big Sister mentors model and teach responsible behaviors. This often includes the importance of being on time, phone etiquette, how to effectively communicate with adults and the importance of high school graduation. Developing these skills helps successfully lead youth to future employment. Mentors also often help youth to explore career and educational opportunities.
In addition to the organization’s traditional mentoring program, the agency also hosts educational match activities that enhance students’ classroom experiences and give them the opportunity to explore various careers. These match activities focus primarily on science, technology, engineering and math fields and the employment skills needed for the jobs youth either have now or hope to gain in the future.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln vision is that all youth achieve success in life. Through Goodwill’s support, the agency is helping youth to gain the valuable life skills needed for future employment.
Community Justice Center
Goodwill has been working with people who are connected to the correctional system over the years. Our mission is willing workers employed and community resources maximized and we find that our services are needed by this group.
Goodwill has served individuals on parole and probation in the past and has tried several times to launch programming that would occur inside of the prison. As a part of that process, we came to know Mr. Jim Jones who founded Community Justice Center. Community Justice Center offers programming that helps ex-offenders with the victim and community impact portion of their rehabilitation.
We have contracted with Mr. Jones to add a Goodwill employment readiness component to the services he provides inside the prison. We have determined that the victim impact programming is antecedent to moving forward with other employment readiness and job search activity. Through this collaboration we hope to aide these individuals with lower recidivism rates and help them transition back into the community.
Lincoln Literacy has received funding from Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. in an effort to help those with limited English proficiency acquire the skills needed to search for and maintain employment. Lincoln Literacy’s current Workforce Readiness English program teaches students vocabulary, equips them with job-seeking skills, and prepares students for participation in the Nebraska workforce.
"This partnership is a win-win-win," said Lincoln Literacy Executive Director Clayton Naff. "It will benefit Lincoln Literacy, Goodwill, and most importantly, the refugee and immigrant families who are our students." The goal of this cooperation is to create a smooth transition between the programs and workforce for students. Selected Workforce Readiness students will undergo a brief training session and be personally guided through the registration process at the American Job Center, where Goodwill provides a variety of employment services. “It can be difficult to navigate through two separate programs, especially for students learning English,” said Naff. "Working together, we can make sure that our students have a smooth transition and that they are able to take full advantage of all of the services available."