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  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been very impressed and moved my the leadership and community upliftment programs Goodwill is imvolved with. The organization fills a critical need in the Denver community, this is also done via substantially self sufficient means. I am extremely proud to be associated with this organization.

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

the dedication ands passion of the staff that work and make a difference in the community.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the organization for 3 1/2 years. Goodwill Denver has top-notch programs throughout, including their programs for people with disabilities, at-risk youth, and disadvantaged adults. This organization has true passion for their mission, and works every day to improve our community by helping its participants remove their barriers to the workforce and succeed at self-sufficiency.

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

Expand its already successful programs to touch more people.

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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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

ll of Denver does a fabulous job with their stores. Great quality and fantastic presentations/cleanliness. And they provide their retail earning to so many causes! Like youth education/development, disabled/disadvantaged people - old and young, and so many other worthy causes. They make our entire community a better place to live.

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

The way it helps youth understand the importance to be financially independent and the way to obtain a good job

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

Knowing we're bettering the community through all or retail and Workforce development efforts.

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

Superb, dedicated and honorable. The last word isn;t used much today, but it fits - these are the people who do their work because it is good for all of us.

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

Open many new retail stores trheerby expanding all its workforce programs. Especially by influing high school students at an earlier stage - 9th grade (only working primarily with 10th and up now)

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  

4 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Industries of Denver provides unsurpassed support to over 30,000 high risk students and adults in our community. This is a program that is designed to reverse the cycle of poverty in our community and it does! Goodwill assists at risk youth, struggling adults and individuals with disabilities. Goodwill provides career education curriculum in almost 30 high schools on the front range. A career focus at this early stage has proven that students are much more likely to be successful and self sufficient adults. Goodwill also provides career training and job placement for struggling adults so that they can get offwelfare and get a well paying job. Lastly, Goodwill provides employment opportunities, supported living services and day programs for individuals with disabilities. And through our donation programs, millions of pounds of goods were kept out of landfills. Goodwill Industries of Denver is a shining star of support to our community! I am a Board Member that is very proud to be associated with a program that does so much good for our community.

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

by seeing the phenomenal results from a Board Member's eyes.

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

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

the outstanding overall results that they deliver to the community.

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

committed to the Goodwill mission.

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

curb the cycle of poverty in our community.

Ways to make it better...

we had more donations, so that we could serve more people.

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?

2010-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My experience with Goodwill has been extremely rewarding. The Youth Services Program impacts the lives of 30,000 disadvantaged youth throughout the Metro Denver school systems, and I have personally interacted with a number of them. They indicate that, without Goodwill, they wouldn't even be in school, let alone hoping to go to college and pursue a career. Goodwill is irreplaceable in their lives.

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

interviews and conversations with students in the school to work programs, and I have seen how critical it is to build and maintain their self-esteem and initiative in school and work.

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

expand the Youth Services programs to even more schools, targeting the student population at greatest risk of dropping out of high school.

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

the gratification of knowing that we are positively impacting the lives of so many youth in the Denver metro area.

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

devoted, hard working, intelligent, uplifting and motivational

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

touch and intensively work with every at- risk youth in the Front Range and give each of them a better chance to succeed in school and life. This is critical to help us create the workforce of the future.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to devote more time to mentoring students.

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

how to create a self-sustaining model that will enable it to expand its programs into more schools and job programs. We can support this with retail operations, but we need to develop alternate funding sources as well.

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

Goodwill also provides job opportunities to people with barriers to employment. They find meaningful work and community at Goodwill. Without Goodwill, they would have very little hope. This is a great organiztion.

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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