To enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages through the power of work.
The Goodwill philosophy originated with Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister, in 1902. As a solution to immigrant joblessness and hopelessness in his community of Boston, Massachusetts, he created the business model used today of turning donations into jobs. He offered immigrants work repairing and cleaning donated items, then sold the items to pay for the workers’ training and wages.
Goodwill spread to Oklahoma largely due to the efforts of notable publisher E.K. Gaylord. In 1936, he joined with other prominent Oklahoma citizens to form Oklahoma Goodwill Industries, now known as Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Inc. (GICO).
Good Guides is a youth mentoring program that serves at risk youth ages 12-17. Good Guides pairs at risk youth with a mentor either in a group or one on one. Mentees receive no less than 4 hours per month of mentoring and are exposed to topics that help prepare them for post secondary education, and career exploration.
The Job Connection Center is an employment services resource room that is open to the general public. No appointment or referral is required. Individuals have access to many resources that are useful when seeking employment. The Job Connection Center offers help in resume writing, interview skills, interview clothing, online job searches and online job applications. Crisis intervention services are also offered through the Job Connection Center.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
In times of disasters, there are nonprofit and religious organizations that can assist those affected whether it be a personal disaster or a wide-scale disaster. Several of the organizations listed in this area are members of the national Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD).
United Way of Central Oklahoma creates lasting changes in people's lives right here in our community. No longer just a fundraising organization, today United Way is on the front lines of some of our community's most pressing problems through the work of 60 agencies.
Click on "view organizations" to view the United Way of Central Oklahoma agencies with current GiveSmartOKC profiles.
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