Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Human Services

Location: 800 W 70th St Shreveport LA 71106 USA

Mission: Founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms, Goodwill Industries'' primary mission is to place people in productive and competitive jobs.
Results: 2009 Statistics Served Total 2469 Some of which includes: At Risk Youth 709 Persons with Disabilities 1033 Ex-Offenders 976
Target demographics: Low income adults as well as youth in the North Louisiana area Between the ages of 12 and up.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2500 families served each year
Geographic areas served: 26 Parishes North Louisiana
Programs: Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. provides job training and job placement services to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. We teach people to work and help people find jobs.
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EIN 72-0460816
318 868 4701
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My experience with Goodwill was fantastic. The young man they placed here to work has been a real blessing to me and my customers. Next time I am doing more hiring I will call Goodwill first.

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

friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about their field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I love this organization! I have done volunteer work in different capacities for the last 7 years. This is an organization that puts its money where its mouth is.

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

This organization has one of the best returns on investment I have ever seen.

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

The Goodwill Staff

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

Top Notch

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

Employ the country or at least get them jobs.

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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7 people found this review helpful

My office the Bossier Parish Ttuancy Office under the D.A.'s Office has entered into a cooperatilve endevor with Goodwill, the Bossier Parish Schools, and the Judges of the 26th. This program is designed to reduce the drop out rate, which ils 40% in the state. The school system identilfies at risk students through their attendance, my office petiltions at risk students and their parents to juvenile court. AT court the juvenile is ordered to complete the Goodwill Program designed for work readiness training. It cost our state approximaly $2million in a lifetime for someone who drops out of high school. This program is is very important to our communityk and our state. It is a pleasure workilng with Julie Bass and her staff.

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

working with our cooperative program

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

none

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

Their willingness to assist us in fighting this drop out problem.

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

Julie Bass and Wes Colburt

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

great things for the people who need the assistance the most.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any thing.

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

publicity and raising money

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

none

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The management team of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana serves as mentors to the nonprofit community in our area. They have taught the management team and Board of Directors for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council how to develop many of the new Policies for Board Governance; procedures for implementation; strategies for recording/reporting success and weaknesses; and guidelines for improvement. This is a stellar organization that serves its constituents and its fellow nonprofit organizations well. Additionally, when our organization suffered a devastating fire that completely destroyed our offices, the leadership of Goodwill Industries was "there" for us from Day 1. The staff brought tangible assistance and offered advice about getting back into business right away. With the leadership of John Rankin and Romney guy, we did not lose one day of community engagement.

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

Strengthening the Organizational structure, policies, liability protection, "transparency", and financial accountability of my organization.

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

Ways to make it better...

The board and staff of Goodwill Industries could adopt me! In "older" days, there were Executive Exchanges where leaders with the skills possessed by John and Guy (and many others) were encouraged to provide up to 6 months of training to other nonprofit

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

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

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. was a valuable partner for many years with the Shreveport Region Office of Family Support, Department of Social Services. Through a performance based contract, Goodwill provided Job Readiness Training and Job Placement Services to thousands of participants in the Strategies to Empower People Program. This program is a federal mandate for citizens who receive federal income assistance (FITAP.) Goodwill excelled in Job Placements each year allowing the participants to move from "welfare to work."

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

Extremely professional and compassionate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been fortunate to have been involved with Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana since I moved to Shrevport in February 1999. I have been involved professionally as a funding organization and personally through donations and as a customer in their stores. I have the utmost respect for Goodwill Industries as a whole and individully for the numerous staff members that I have dealt with one-on-one during the past 11 years. They are very passionate about the job they do. Their heart is in their work and they truly care about their staff and those they serve - no matter which program they may be working at the time. The staff is also involved outside their own Goodwill programs through community coalitions and organizations - they are a great community partner. They are always willing to reach out and help when I have contacted them for information or assistance with an event or program.

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

Change the lives of everyone in North Louisiana who will work with them and allow Goodwill staff to assist them in moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Goodwill Industires of North Louisiana Board of Directors for six years. All I really knew about the organization was their ability to accpet donations of many varieties and place those donatiions for resale in their stores. I had been among those donors for many years, but had never visited their retail stores. Having served on several commuinity non-profit boards and working as an administrator in public higher education, I was unprepared for the depth of learning I was about to encounter along with a true education of how to run a true non-profit that is totally dependent upon it's own operations -- no government handouts. Without hesitation, I state that Goodwill Industries of NW Louisiana is the most efficient, effective and ethical non-profit I have ever been associated. Their staff is professional on every level, yet they also possess the compassion needed to help the people they truly serve -- challenged individuals who want to restart their lives and find a job. Being a part of Goodwill changed my life forever. Being part of a hands-on experience of helping others less fortunate than I introduced me to individuals with courage and pride, people seeking dignity through work and independence. Goodwill is so much more than operating a retail store and providing bargains to people on limited budgets -- which it does quite well. It truly changes people's lives through the power of education and jobs. The organization is a local and national treasure.

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

Seeing the dedication of the organization's employees to the people they serve.

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

Outstanding in every way.

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

Eliminate a large portion of poverty in our country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

GOODWILL (TOWARDS MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN) INDUSTRIES OF N. LA, INC. HAS A HISTORY OF BEING A STRONG INSTITUTION IN THIS AREA. THEIR PARTNERSHIP IN LENDING HELP IS CONSTANT. THEY BELIEVE IN THE AREA, THEY WANT TO HELP WHEN NEEDED, THEY ARE AN EVER PRESENT PART OF OUR COMMUNITY. I'VE WORKED WITH THEIR STAFF ON PROJECTS, I HAVE SHOPPED IN THEIR STORES, I HAVE DONATED ITEMS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BECAUSE I APPRECIATE THEIR EFFORTS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF US IN THIS AREA!

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

shopping & donating.

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

When I am in their store their staff are professional and happy. When I work with their staff on a project they are personable and professional.

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

Professional, personable.

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

Help even more people in this community than it already does by continuing to provide job training, jobs and "goodwill" to North Louisiana.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Industries is an organization that puts its money where its mouth is. I have volunteered for them in their youth program. I also helped out at their annual fundraiser Tour De Goodwill. I have personally witnessed the the hard work and dedication of the Goodwill staff. They seem to do so much with so little. The staff is passionate about the organization in a way that only comes when passion permeates the organization.

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

Energetic and passionate. They care not only about the youth they serve but the entire family. I have seen them help several members of the same family gain employment

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  

6 people found this review helpful

As a funder we have found that many nonprofits have been unable to move beyond counting outputs to working towards creating outcomes and having a set of indicators to measure progress on those outcomes. Our Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is "lightyears" head of most in this most important aspect. How can you create change if you don't AIM at where you focus your work? Goodwill has taken AIM!

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

This is a humble staff with extraordinary skills. Management and staff all know their roles and how they effect the bigger picture. Their dedication is apparent in every aspect of programming. They've created measurable changes in our 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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