Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center Inc

Rating: 4.6 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 10600 Springfield Pike Cincinnati OH 45215 USA

Mission: Contributed Goods/Sheltered Employment - provided employment for 394 sheltered employees, over 100 vocational rehabilitation services clients and recycled almost 45 8 million pounds of donated goods in Goodwill's 15 retail outlets
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-0554062
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

For the 5 year period from 2009 thru 2013, Ohio Valley Goodwill executives have pocketed almost 5 million dollars in salary and "other" compensation. and I'm sure they are laughing all the way to the bank. Donors have made millionaires out of the entire executive staff. And they keep increasing their compensation every year. The store workers that receive, sort through, produce the product for sale in the stores and do all the back breaking work to generate income for the company are barely making above minimum wage, get no cost of living increase ever, and are lucky to get a 3% raise per year. And most of the people with disabilities make below minimum wage. Look at Goodwill's financial statement. The company is worth millions of dollars and is sitting on millions of dollars. Employees at the "corporate" location are generally paid higher than employees at the other stores for what reason I have no clue. It's just "corporate" taking care of it's own. I would consider donating somewhere else. Goodwill has enough.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

Ohio Valley Goodwill is rampant with nepotism. New hires are forced to disclose medical information under the threat of termination. The "consumers" (as they are labeled) are sometimes paid below minimum wage. I would describe Ohio Valley Goodwill more as a front operation.

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

Clean house. Establish a checks and balance system.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is an excellent organization made up of dedicated and caring staff members who are committed to providing quality services. I have experienced first hand the willingness of the staff to go above and beyond to help individuals meet their own personal goals. Over the years Goodwill has demonstrated their commitment to meeting the ever changing needs of the individuals being served by the expansion and development of new programs. Goodwill is an agency that I continually recommend to parents, care givers, and other professionals in the field who may be seeking opportunities for individuals with special needs.

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

Over the years I have seen many individuals meet a goal or achieve a dream through their participation in the programs offered at Ohio Valley Goodwill

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

The only change I would make to the organization would be to expand the program offerings for individuals with disabilities to include the Northern Kentucky area.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Goodwill Organization has played an instrumental role in placing Veteran’s with extreme barriers to employment in permanent self-sufficient positions in the Northern Kentucky Area. The Homeless Veteran Re-integration Program (HVRP) has provided these veterans with bus passes for transportation, tools and clothing for specific occupations, counseling, vocational training for clients lacking marketable skills, housing and job lead information. Goodwill’s service is not limited to their program. Training and employment are a major focus of the Goodwill Staff. One staff member volunteered to teach the weekly basic computer skills class, which serves as a skills development/confidence builder and launching pad for hire levels of training. Another staff member regularly participates in employment service activities, helping employers set up in-house interviewing and controlling the flow of applicants during the process. Goodwill Industries recently helped sponsor the American Legion Job Fair hosting 55 local employers, over 350 participants. This event was deemed a success by employers and participants alike and resulted in 62 direct hires. The Goodwill staff helped man the registration table, providing company listings, maps and job search information to job seekers. The Goodwill HVRP Staff also played a critical role in promoting and helping staff the NKY Veterans Job Fair that will host 80 companies and 650-900 jobseekers. Goodwill has actively participated in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Veteran Service Committee during the committee’s two-year tenure. The organization strives to improve and provide Veteran employment, training and services in the Tri-state area. The VSC has created Veteran Service Cards containing names and telephone numbers of services frequently used by veterans. The organization has also publicized Veteran events including 18 job fairs, ceremonies and several workshops. The Goodwill Program has provided a proven record of success in the realms of employment, education and training. I think that any grant awarded to this organization would be money well spent. The investment would be magnified in the lives of the people they serve and enhance the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Workforce.

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

As a Veteran's Employment Representative working hand-and-hand with the Goodwill HVRP Staff, I have personally the difference they have made in many veterans life by providing: housing, counseling, clothing asssistance, food assistance, transportation and fuel and employment to veterans with extreme barriers. They have assisted ex-felons, recovering addicts, people with behavioral disorders and people who have been living on the streets obtain and secure emplouyment and get their lives back on track.

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

I would place the Goodwill HVRP Program in every major area One Stop in the State of Kentucky.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries as both the President of the local Chamber of Commerce where it is located, as well as a community business partner through the college where I am a Director. Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries serves as an exemplary leader in partnering with the community through numerous business functions to not only promote and advocate for the customers it serves, but to support the business community it serves and coexists with. Additionally, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has provided numerous opportunities to help train and employ students and graduates of my college, ensuring well-trained professionals to fill the local workforce. Every need I have brought to George Palmer and Sharon Hannon has been unequivocally met and exceeded.

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

The credibility and 'goodwill' that Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries brings to our Chamber and business functions is a tremendously powerful tool and measure of support.

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

I would not.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past several years, I have worked very closely with Goodwill Industries in Springdale, Ohio. The staff consistently show a professional attitude toward working with individuals with developmental delays, ensuring that these individuals are afforded the opportunity to participate in their community, just like everyone else. Goodwill went above and beyond the typical transition to work programs, to provide the Goodwill CARE program, which allows individuals with developmental delays to participate in not only work training, but in social and rec/leisure skills, as well. The Goodwill Springdale is always open to new and innovative ideas for programs for individuals with disabilities

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

I have seen several graduating seniors with developmental delays and behavior issues become successful adults through their programming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Responsive! Goodwill succeeds because it cuts throught the red tape and delivers the services when and where needed. By leveraging resources, Goodwill has been able to help many morew than they would normally help.

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

witnessing the lives that have been turned around because of the assistance people have received. Their work with homeless Veterans set the standards for all agencies to emulate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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8 people found this review helpful

On a daily basis I see the results of Ohio Valley Goodwill's compassion and dedication to helping homeless Veterans. They have empowered many people to become self-sufficient. Their Special Porjects people are all about helping people seek out and make the most of opportunities.

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

people getting housing.

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

the professionalism of their executive staff.

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

dedicated!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am the Shelter Case Manager with Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati. I have for many years referred families to the different services that the Ohio Goodwill provides. The clients I've referred have always been met by professionals who greet them with kindness and a knoweledge of resources within Goodwill but other community resources as well. They offer a wide range of services which include Veteran services, housing, employment assistance, disabilities services and so many more. Without the partnership we have with the Ohio Goodwill the families would have a much more difficult time reaching their goals of employment and housing. The empolyee's that I've worked with over the year's have been very approachable and willing to partner to meet the needs of the people we both are serving.

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

serving the population that I myself serve.

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

professional and knowledgeable.

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

serve more and help enrich the lives of so many more.

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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5 people found this review helpful

Ohio Valley Goodwill has helped numerous people that have been referred to the organization. I work with the homeless population and the veterans program at Goodwill has been able to assist many of my veteran clients with job search and other assistance. The staff in the Kentucky office are knowledgable and very nice. There are not many resources for the homeless on this side of the river and my clients and I are both grateful for all Goodwill's work.

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

Referring clients to the homeless veterans' program.

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 kindness of the staff and willingness to help of the staff.

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

Case managers are very helpful.

Ways to make it better...

More resources were available to the rest of the homeless population.

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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7 people found this review helpful

The people who work at Ohio Valley are not only authentic in their mission and in their concern for the people they serve, but they are also transparent in their operations at all times. In doing so, they make miracles happen.

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

Hundreds of people whose disabilities require more than a parking space and a ramp for sucessful employment get jobs every year.

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

I have seen Goodwill help U.S. Veterans lift themselves our or homelessness and once again become independent and successful.

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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