Goodwill Industries of Denver

Rating: 4.24 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 6850 N. Federal Blvd Denver CO 80221 USA

Mission: Goodwill provides education, career development and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.
Target demographics: Coloradans in need of career development
Geographic areas served: Denver metro and northern Colorado
Programs: (1)Goodwill Youth Services provides programs for the more than 15,000 teens in 33 schools. Seniors participating in the School To Work program have a 93% high school graduation rate. (2)Thousands of adults receive job readiness and training skills that help them move off welfare and up the wage and career ladder. (3)Our Community Employment Programs employs and trains disabled individuals. (4)Retail Operations collects, processes and sells quality used goods in 29 extremely popular retail stores.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm morgan I love to sing wirte and help others I find it exciting to donate cloths or other items to a place like goodwill i would love to volunteer. I'm not quit sure how old you have to be to work for goodwell but most defiantly i would love to volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

From a former employee - this is, like the red cross - a poster child for a charity gone bad. Its basically a profit seeking organization benefitting under the cover of nonprofit tax status. Overpaid executives, covered-up corruption scandals and mishandlling of funds, bureaucratic empire building at the expense of public service or even basic operational efficiency etc etc They do accomplish some good works but your money is better spent with other organizations although, given this web site's inability to accurately rate this operation, I would choose some other rating system to determine an efficiently run charity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Goodwill provides outstanding programs that help teenagers and young adults to consider and prepare for careers outside the norms of their surroundings. So often teenagers get engulfed in their environments that they limit their thinking on what they can become.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Career Panels, Mock Interviews, Goal Setting discussions at high schools around Denver. I also helped with the summer mentor program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The make it easy and convenient to give back to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and well organized.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide even more programs to help urban adults.

Ways to make it better...

The summer mentor program would have been better if a better match was made. But that was more the fault of the student's commitment.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continued donations in a tough economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the team in Denver is great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I volunteer with the Goodwill Industries Energy Workforce Program. This program works with Denver Public Schools high school students to prepare them for careers in the energy field with an emphasis on alternative energy. I have had the chance to give presentations and demonstrations about solar PV to their students. We have also done a solar car project. I have also helped with mock interviews to prepare the students to interview for internships and employment opportunities. It has been a terrific experience. One of my favorite days was the day we constructed the miniature solar cars. At first the students were skeptical, but soon their ingenuity really shined. They began experimenting with multiple solar panels on each car mounted in various directions to see what would make it go the fastest. It was a perfect example of how energized these young people can get about renewable energy. The Goodwill Energy Workforce Program is providing unique hands on educational and career preparation opportunities for these DPS students. I am proud to be a part of it and look forward to seeing some of these students working in the field in the coming years.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

prepare the next generation for success in the New Energy Economy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The volunteer programs that Goodwill offers give community members a chance to help youth stay in school and form lasting mentoring relationships. The Urban Connections program provides young men and women a way to connect with services they need when they experience unstable living conditions, as well as matching them with a mentor who can help advocate for them in their time of need. The staff are very professional, are connected to community resources, and obviously care very much for the students they help. I would highly recommend volunteering through one of Goodwill's programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the success of the young woman I mentor. Although she faced many challenges along the way, she is now in college, has an apartment of her own, her children are enrolled in an excellent daycare program, and she has a great vision for her future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with mentoring students at North High School for the past year. This has probably been as educational and beneficial for me as it is for the students I work with. It's been great to see how they're maturing over time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the kids. There are so many negative depictions of high schoolers, that it's easy to forget how great they can really be. Spending time with them every week is a great way to see the good side.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated. I can tell that they really care about the kids they work with and genuinely want to help them succeed in life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I started as a mentor for the GoodWill Mentor program 3 years ago. It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. My particular match was ended 2 years in for a variety of reason. And although it was a difficult ending it was for the best. I was consistantly supported through in my issues with my match. This agancy is amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I had the best menotr coordinator! She was always available. I could not have done it without her. I think having good support is essential to being a good mentor and although Goodwill takes a hands off approach my coordinator was always there!

Ways to make it better...

The mentors do not interact at all, with some exceptions. But I believe that if they had more opportunities to met up with and without mentees it would really help, especially the first timers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I do volunteering for Goodwill for Mock Interviews, Career Panels, Scholarship Mock Interviews and every time I walk away feeling like I have contributed to a young person life. The other rewarding part is getting the thank cards from the students, that is very rewarding. But the most part is having the kids look up to and take your advise and go forward

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The interaction with the staff, kids and how easy it is to get involved and what little time it takes but what the kids get out of a 1 hour volunteer session. I encourage any adult to help out, give back to the community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My experience with Goodwill is helping with Goodwill Youth Services. Goodwill Youth Services has programs set up that encourage youth to think about their future, including doing resumes, mock interviews and talking with professionals at career panel interviews. The kids are excited about their future and after I come home from volunteering in the classroom I know that my time has been well spent. The kids know the value of follow up and saying thank you. It is nice to get the hand written cards in the mail. In addition I enjoy shopping at the Goodwill stores knowing that my money is going to help those that the organization supports as well as being a believer in recycling of goods.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I have enjoyed the most about my experience with this non profit is that I know I am helping to shape the life of a youth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were very passionate about their jobs and wanting to make a difference in the community and to get the message out about their organization and the good work that they are doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks it could help many youth go to school and get a higher education. It could also start programs in not only my city but other cities across the nation and the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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