Heartland Goodwill Enterprises (HGE) is a nonprofit organization established by Goodwill of the Heartland in 2013 to create jobs for people with significant disabilities through the AbilityOne program.
AbilityOne is the largest source of employment for people with disabilities by providing products and services to the Federal Government.
We were pleased to have our work and the success of our team members highlighted by the Corridor Business Journal:
Did you know that Coralville packages vegetable oil that supports the United Nations World Food Programme? Operated by Heartland Goodwill Enterprises — a nonprofit established by Goodwill of the Heartland — the plant employs an integrated team of individuals with and without disabilities. Since the plant opened last August, it has fulfilled 14 contracts totaling more than 4,000 metric tons of oil.
While most people are familiar with Goodwill’s donation stores, retail is only one of several career paths the nonprofit offers. The vegetable oil plant is a significant opportunity to gain experience in food packaging. These readily transferable skills help individuals overcome barriers to employment.
“We place between 600-700 individuals in jobs outside of Goodwill each year. Never underestimate an individual’s ability to learn. It’s all about matching a job with someone’s potential to grow and providing great training,” said Jessica Schamberger, vice president of operations. …