Goodwill does so much more than most people are aware of! I am the Executive Director for a local nonprofit organization who provides funds to children with a wide variety of developmental challenges so that they have access to therapy, medical equipment, communication devices and more.
We are a small organization that has been in need of more manpower for a few years now. We worked with Goodwill to bring in a wonderful employee that has proven to be invaluable to the success of our organization. Goodwill continues to support our employee with training and assistance when needed so that she can improve her skills and improve her ability to serve our families.
I can't say enough good things about this Goodwill Employment program!
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Goodwill works with a lot of my clients with disabilities. I will tell you they love to goto work and feel productive. It is a great service for our community to employ these ladies and gentlemen. Keep up the great work. Employment is a key part to inclusion!
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 have worked with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center for the past 15 years servicing the needs of the homeless, particularly veterans. In that time I have come to know the professionalism, attention to detail and can do attitude of the Goodwill employees. The OVGI offers a broad range of services from job coaching to housing. OVGI has collaborated with other social service agencies, local, state and federal government agencies in a timely and efficient fashion, meeting the needs of developmental disabled, homeless families and veterans. OVGI is an asset to the community, and a cornerstone of the homeless Veteran assistance collective
As a professional who has spent 22 years educating high school students with multiple disabilities, Goodwill Industries has provided excellent supports and services to many of my graduating students. Goodwill Industries has provided consistent supports and services in such a manner that they have become an essential agency for persons with disabilities. This is evident in the success of my former students. Throughout my long-term relationship with Goodwill Industries they have readily provided tours of the facility for my students and parents, three week assessments and transitional visits for students. Furthermore, they have accepted them with a warm welcome into their Goodwill family. I have seen Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries expand their servitude over the years in terms of the support and services they provide for individuals with disabilities. This growth has included the development and implementation of the CARE program, in which several of my former students attend daily. My former students can attest to their personal happiness as they express their feelings without saying a word. Many of them being non-verbal, all you have to do is observe the smiles on their faces. In speaking with Dan, a former graduate of mine, I could hear the pride in his voice as he explained his job at Goodwill. Dan proudly admits that he loves his job, he is good at his job, and he has seldom missed any days of work since he has been employed there. Dan is 37 years old now and independently gets himself to work (including a transfer in downtown Cincinnati) on the public transportation system. I look forward to sustaining my positive relationship with Goodwill, so that we can continue to work together towards successful transitions for my students. The supports and services they provide for persons with disabilities are essential for the success of each individual.
As a Service Facilitator for the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, I know that our agency prides itself on providing the highest quality services that optimizes choice and control for the individuals served. This type of service can only be achieved when the professionals providing services to individuals approach their job with humility, respect, and a sense of equality and justice. While I have witnessed many impressive achievements by staff, providers and individuals over the years, I have found none more impressive than those of Matt Byrum, a job coach for Ohio Valley Goodwill. Matt is the support staff for an individual that has been employed by Hamilton County for many years. Throughout the work day you can observe Matt fully engaged with the individual he serves. There is business being conducted amidst the laughter and talk of sports. The conversation is conversation of peers and equals. It is not only the content of the conversation that is impressive, but the tone is one of gentleness and engagement. When the individual served is traveling throughout the building, Matt accompanies him from a distance. The individual is always engaged with staff and Matt waits for cues to provide support. Because of Matt, the individual is able to be a productive employee at the Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services, where socialization is achieved, self esteem expanded and a paycheck is earned. I applaud Matt and Ohio Valley Goodwill for providing job coaching support in a truly exceptional manner.
As the Community Government Liaison for Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, I have worked with Ohio Valley Goodwill for the past 5 years. As a contract service provider for Hamilton County DDS, Ohio Valley Goodwill has been a remarkable partner. The organization has been a leader in the community with the inclusion of advocates in all aspects of their many employment and training programs. Through our partnership, Ohio Valley Goodwill serves almost 500 individuals annually in work skill training programs as well as personal development opportunities, such as its award-winning CARE program (Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education). In addition to the day to day operations of programs for individuals with disabilities, Ohio Valley Goodwill was an amazing partner in the People for MR/DD Services Levy Campaign. Being an active member of the Community Ambassadors Resource Alliance, a non-profit supported by Hamilton County DD Services, Goodwill set the standard for partner participation in the campaign. In summary, I have been very impressed with the quality of programs and services provided to individuals with DD served by Ohio Valley Goodwill and endorse our on-going collaborative partnership.