Media Information

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is a private, 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to obtain jobs, skill training and personal development opportunities.

Celebrating more than 100 years of service to the Greater Cincinnati community, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries helps people to achieve personal success.

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Learn about our Retail Services

Populations Served:

  • Individuals with mental, physical or emotional disabilities
  • Individuals currently challenged with homelessness; especially veterans
  • Referred by local County Boards of DD, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (formerly known as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission), Veteran’s Administration, Workers’ Compensation

Serving Our Community:

Ohio Valley Goodwill helps thousands of individuals to find meaningful employment every year.
In 2014:

  • 3,516 individuals received employment and training services
  • We served more than 900 veterans

With community support, Ohio Valley Goodwill generates revenue through three major business divisions to fund the mission.

  • Retail Stores – 17 convenient locations in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Donations – 34 Attended Donation Centers (including stores)
  • Industrial Services – provides business services to area employers

Vision Statement:

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries strives in an ever-improving mode to be the leader in quality and effectiveness of vocational, educational, social and human services in the State of Ohio.

About Us:

As a member of Goodwill Industries International, we are a part of the world’s largest and most successful network providing employment and training services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries was founded in 1916 and is one of the largest providers of rehabilitation services in the State of Ohio. The total number of individuals served in 2016 was 3,516 and total placed in community employment was 1007. We served more than 900 Veterans in 2016 and recycled more than 53,000,000 lbs of donated material as well as cardboard, steel and office paper.

The amount of government assistance that was saved was $9,730,641 and the total economic impact was $77,347,125.

Awards:

 2017

2016

  • 2016 Ohio Rehabilitation Association Award Recipient- Antonio Adams, Doris Brennan Award Winner, nominated by OVGI
  • 2016 Best Workplace in Ohio
  • 2016 Meritorious Service Award, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans- Bill Darnell and John Briggs, Veterans Services team
  • 2016 C-Suite CFO of the Year Award Finalist, Cincinnati Business Courier- Doug Ostholthoff
  • Hamilton County Commissioners Proclaimed Friday, June 3rd, 2016 as “Goodwill Industries Day throughout all of Hamilton County” in recognition of Goodwill’s 100thAnniversary of Service.
  • 2016 Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities Community Recognition Award- Matt Burnheimer and Michael Johnson
  • 2016 Community Pillar Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year- Joe Walter, from SmartBusiness Magazine and Medical Mutual

2015

2014

  • 2014 Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities – Provider Appreciation Award, awarded to Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
  • 2014 “Excellence in Reuse” Award – Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries from Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
  • 2014 CARA Champion,  Sharon Hannon, Marketing Specialist
  • 2014 “Best of Cincinnati, Vintage Thrift Store,” CityBeat Magazine
  • 2014 Bronze Level Achievement Award to Ohio Valley Goodwill from AbilityOne™ Quality Work Environment Initiative
  • 2014 Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities Community Recognition Award- Michael Johnson and Aimee Rittner
  • 2014 Clean Kitchen Award from Hamilton County Public Health for Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Food Services Program.
  • 2014 Pillar Award for Community Service, “Non-Profit Board Executive of the Year”- Mr. Dennis Barron, OVGI Board of Directors.

2013

  • 2013 “Best in Cincinnati” Thrift Stores, CityBeat Magazine
  • 2013 “Business Partner of the Year” Award – presented to Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries – from Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
  • 2013 Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities Community Recognition Award- Michael Goforth and Mike Sweetin, Fairfield Vocational Services Center
  • 2013 Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities “Dancing for our Stars”- Todd and Julie Schreiber

2012

  • 2012 SWORA Rehabilitation Support Staff of the Year- Jay Kehoe, Office Procedures and Computer Technology
  • 2012 “Best in Cincinnati” Thrift Stores, CityBeat Magazine
  • 2012 Butler County Board of DD, Community Recognition Awards, Aimee Rittner, Chelsea Combs, Summer McGriff
  • 2012 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service presented to Joseph S. Byrum, President & CEO, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year.
  • 2012 Hamilton County DD Services, Sue Breiner Self-Advocacy Award- Matt Graves
  • 2012 Hamilton County DD Services, Joanne Schreiner Outstanding Achievement Award- Paul Davis.
  • 2012 SWORA Rehabilitation Practitioner of the Year – Jay Kehoe, Office Procedures and Computer Technology.
  • 2012 BCBDD Community Recognition Awards- Aimee Rittner, Chelsea Combs, Summer McGriff.
  • 2012 HCDDS Sue Breiner Self-Advocacy Award- Matt Graves
  • 2012 HCDDS Joanne Schreiner Award for Outstanding Achievement- Paul Davis

See our full list of awards here.

Strong Community:

Ohio Valley Goodwill recognizes that it is only through the relationships with business and employers, partners, community members and the generosity of every individual in Greater Cincinnati that allows the organization to be successful in fulfilling its mission in serving the local community.

If you are a member of the media and would like a media kit mailed to you, please contact our Director of PR and Marketing at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6215 or our Marketing Specialist at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6364.

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