Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

More Than a Paycheck: Dignity Through the Power of Work

It’s amazing what having a job can do for a person. Of course, working provides a way to earn a paycheck. But the benefits go beyond earning money “” the truth is that meaningful employment can greatly change someone’s entire life for the better. That’s why Goodwill’s mission is to connect people to jobs and careers who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Here’s a look at some of the top benefits of employment, including some we may not always realize!

Self-Esteem and Self-Worth

Mental health experts have discovered that working in a meaningful role provides the feeling of being a contributing member of society. That’s a feeling that directly affects one’s sense of confidence and self-worth. Jobs also provide opportunities to contribute to a collective goal, which helps build self-esteem. When you feel successful at work, it follows you home and your confidence grows. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we believe that everyone who wants to work should be able to experience that feeling!

Increased Happiness

Although we’re all used to hearing a little grumbling about going to work every day, the truth is that people who have a job are happier overall. In fact, according to a Gallup Poll, long-term unemployed Americans are twice as likely to be depressed as Americans who are employed full-time. While researchers believe this increase in mental wellness is tied to the self-esteem boost mentioned above, it’s also likely influenced by the feeling of belonging that can come with a job. Working as a part of a team plays to our strong human desire to belong and connect with others. 

Self-Discovery and Growth Opportunities

The path to employment is one of growth and self-discovery. Many times, new job candidates have to ask themselves what they enjoy doing, and what skills they bring to the table. This is a valuable exercise that can help job seekers identify their desires and goals “” and it’s just one of the many vocational services offered at Ohio Valley Goodwill!    

We’re proud of our award-winning programs and services designed to help individuals with disabilities and others with barriers to employment attain personal and vocational success. Our dedicated Employment Specialist team helps job seekers determine their interests and goals, and guides them along the process “” everything from growing their skills, to submitting a resume or application and preparing for an interview, to finding the right employment opportunity and supports while in that job.

Ohio Valley Goodwill’s vocational services make a lasting difference in the lives of many who might otherwise not have the tools necessary to reach their fullest potential. Our mission is fueled by the belief that the value of employment is about more than just finding a job. It’s about unlocking opportunities for self-esteem, happiness, and true community inclusion. That’s a gift you can’t put a price on!

Become a Job Creator in YOUR Community!

Goodwill's Cycle of Success
Goodwill’s Cycle of Success

You can make an impact in your community and help local job seekers with disabilities achieve the dream of meaningful employment. How? It’s easy!

Every time you shop at one of Ohio Valley Goodwill’s retail stores or donate your gently-used clothing and household goods, you’re supporting our social mission to change lives right here in Greater Cincinnati. We invite you to learn more about Goodwill’s mission and the inspiring Success Stories of those we’re so proud to serve.