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Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. 2014 Annual Report

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Transcript of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. 2014 Annual Report

A Message From the Captain
First stop is my opportunity to thank the community and team at Goodwill that made a great year possible. A special thanks to the neighborhoods that embraced our Neighborhood Challenge. It’s great being connected with the people who help make Lincoln vibrant.

It was hard to say good-bye to Edgewood in 2014. But opening the Apples Way store was the right turn on our path to serving our donors and customers. I was privileged to work side by side with our retail team preparing the store to open. I enjoyed getting back to my Goodwill roots and spending time with talented team members. I also learned a lot! Hopefully the photographs included here will tempt you to make the trip if you have not yet seen the store.

Of all the good things reported here, this is my favorite. It’s worth taking a scenic turn-out in this report to read and ponder Sara’s story, told in her own words. We are very proud of our Employment Services staff and they do a great job. What I loved about Sara’s story is that in addition to the Employment Specialists helping her, by Sara’s own evaluation, her supervisors and co-workers contributed in a positive way to her progress. We have long held it as a priority for the people we serve in programs to be and
feel
fully integrated and engaged with the overall team. Congratulations to Sara for graduating and for the entire team that made the journey with her.

Next stop . . . .

Joanne

Goodwill Journeys to Apples Way
On September 19, 2014 Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. hosted a Grand Opening celebration and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for the new Retail and Donation Center at 6300 Apples Way.

The new store at Apples Way replaced the retail and donation center at the Edgewood Shopping Center, which had been at that location for over 20 years. As the smallest of all of Lincoln’s Goodwill locations, the agency outgrew the space at Edgewood and was in need of a solution to meet the growing demands of customers and donors alike.

The Apples Way store is triple the size of the Edgewood location and is now the largest Goodwill Retail and Donation Center in Lincoln.

Recycling Efforts Reach New Heights
In 2014, Goodwill diverted 5.1 million pounds of materials from the Southeast Nebraska landfills and invested 3.5 million dollars in recycling.
Neighborhoods Give Back : Nearly 25,000 Pounds Donated
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. kicked off summer with the second annual Neighborhood Challenge, which began May 1 and ended September 20. The event is a friendly competition between the neighborhoods of Lincoln, NE and promoted community involvement through neighborhood cleanups and garage sales. The event was divided into two rounds with the top two neighborhoods in each that collected the most items to be donated to Goodwill receiving cash prizes to invest in a neighborhood project of their choice.

The First Round began May 1 and ended July 12, 2014. Six neighborhoods participated and collectively donated over 21,000 pounds of miscellaneous clothing, furniture, and household items to Goodwill. The first place winner was the Highlands Neighborhood Association with 8,132 pounds donated, and in second place was the Meadowlane Area Residents’ Association with 5,546 pounds donated.

The Second Round began July 13 and ended September 20, 2014. Three neighborhoods participated and collectively donated over 3,000 pounds of donations for Goodwill. Because of the minimum amount required to win, there were no first or second place winners in the Second Round.

Each association expressed how they planned to strengthen their community with the prize money which included planting trees along Fletcher Boulevard in the Highlands and sponsoring the portable toilette at Herbert Park in the Meadowlane area.



Sara's Path to Success
GoodHire : New Opportunities
The state of Nebraska has employed the assistance of Nebraska Goodwill agencies for a new four-year state pilot program called GoodHire. Through the initiative, employers receive up to $4,000 for a workers wages for the first six months of employment if the individual receives welfare benefits. Funding for GoodHire comes from state grants through the state's Department of Health and Human Services, also part of federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

The purpose of the program is to help those who want to work but have a poor work history or limited experience. "It creates that incentive to try to encourage investment, but then it steps out at six months and you're back to having the employer and the employee in the marketplace. It doesn't create long-term dependence on the part of the employer or employee. It is really a jump-start," said Nebraska State Sen. Sue Crawford, who originally proposed the GoodHire initiative in a bill.

Interested applicants participate in the Employment First program, which is currently part of Nebraska's TANF, to become "job ready". Local Goodwills then connect those who successfully complete the program with a group of employers looking to hire.

The goal of the program is to place 150 people across Nebraska in jobs for each of the four years, with wages averaging a minimum of $10 per hour, for at least 30 hours per week. In addition, it is hoped that once these individuals are reminded of what it is like to be self-sufficient, they will not want to go back to being unemployed if they can help it.

Cost of this Trip : Expense and Revenue
The Navigators : 2014 Board of Directors
On behalf of the agency, we would like to give a sincere thanks to the volunteer members of our Board of Directors. The commitment and expertise they bring to Goodwill’s operations and mission are unmatched. They provide Goodwill staff and the agency with the direction and foresight that best serves our community. Thank you for your efforts in making willing workers employed and community resources maximized.
2,456 Individuals Served in 2014
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
2014 Annual Report
Computers and Accessories................253,652 lbs
Other Electronics.................................149,599 lbs
Televisions.............................................27,323 lbs
Shoes.....................................................99,924 lbs
Belts/Purses...........................................39,990 lbs
Stuffed Animals......................................25,853 lbs
Toys.......................................................16,159 lbs
Cardboard............................................115,032 lbs
Books...................................................269,446 lbs
Metal....................................................130,881 lbs
Glass.....................................................11,852 lbs
Miscellaneous Items...............................2,357 lbs
Textiles.............................................1,409,387 lbs
Amount Sold In Stores.....................2,606,824 lbs

Total Diverted From Landfill..........5,158,279 lbs

Total Amount Invested in Recycling:
$3,513,089



2014 Expenditures

Payroll & Employee Benefits...$2,440,711
Occupancy Expense...............$1,072,378
Licenses, Fees & Certificates....$178,370
Advertising & Public Relations.....$69,705
Supplies, Printing & Postage.......$82,214
Assistance to Other Agencies......$87,318
Depreciation..............................$234,023
Other Expenses...........................$91,543



2014 Sources of Revenue

Retail Sales............................$4,044,243
Salvage Sales...........................$337,082
Programmatic Revenue..............$16,135
Contributions & Misc.................$175,240


Total Revenue for 2014: $4,572,701
Total Expenditures for 2014:
$4,256,262
Sources of Revenue
Expenditures
From top left: Jan Norlander-Jensen (President) - City of Lincoln Urban Development, Katie Thompson (Secretary) - Wells Fargo, Rob Simon - UNL, Stan Campbell - UNL, Laura Arp - NDOI, Becky Bruckner - Lancaster County Court
From bottom left: Doug Babcock - Celerion, Kari Knoedler - NAI FMA, Joanne Pickrel - Goodwill CEO, Sally Delair - NAI FMA, Micki Nolan - Goodwill CFO
Not pictured: Amy Shreck - BKD, Tim Murphy - Matheson Linweld
“It’s been really great working with Goodwill. They were very accommodating and made plans that worked best for our neighborhood. Everyone was so helpful, including their truck driver Mark. Goodwill is a great place to donate”

-Myrna Coleman of the Highlands Neighborhood Association
I started working at Goodwill in the Retail Organizational Program almost three years ago. Before that, no one would give me a chance. I had nearly exhausted all my resources and was facing homelessness. My latest employer had left me feeling worthless, treating me so poorly that at times I didn’t want to live anymore. Goodwill saved me.

When I started my new job in Goodwill’s ROE program, I had no self-esteem and terrible anxiety. It had always seemed that people felt sorry for me and treated me differently because I was “different”. But not at Goodwill. In fact, no one even knew that I was in the program unless I told them. Instead of focusing on the things I couldn’t do, we would focus on the things that I could do. My supervisors took the time to let me work at my own pace and waited until I was ready to start something new. Now I can do everything that is expected of non-program Team Members.

The biggest obstacle that I have had to overcome is my stubbornness. I had set my mind on being a teacher of some kind and that I would never do anything else. Once I got over that, I had to tackle my anxiety. For so long, I let fear run my emotions and didn’t know how to cope with them. Change was a very scary thing for me. My co-workers and supervisors have helped me overcome this obstacle and find new ways to cope with my emotions and accept change. I still don’t like operating the register, but it’s not as overwhelming as it used to be and I know that in time I will overcome the anxiety associated with it.

I hope to continue my employment with Goodwill in the future. I have graduated from the ROE program and aspire to help train the new employees assigned to my store. Over the last two and a half years, I have rebuilt my self-esteem and forged new friendships that I know will last for years to come.

"My latest employer had left me feeling worthless, treating me so poorly that at times I didn't want to live anymore. Goodwill saved me."
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