Partnerships & Collaborations
Goodwill NCW is also involved with a variety of other contracted/funded initiatives. The following are some examples:
Tomah: Learning Independent Future Environments (L.I.F.E.) is a program designed to provide high school students with special needs with “real life” independent living and vocational training opportunities. The goal of this program is to facilitate the students’ eventual transition from high school to life after school.
Oshkosh: Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC) Program is a collaboration whereby Goodwill provides meaningful work opportunities to inmates with disabilities in order to provide them the opportunity to earn wages and develop work skills and behaviors.
Fox Valley: Goodwill continues to have a role on the Fox Cities Workforce Development Center’s (FCWDC) Management Team and is “Employer of Record” for the FCWDC Receptionist.
Total Service Area: Goodwill has established formal contractual work relationships with Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP’s) throughout the service delivery area. These contracts involve the local CRP providing a crew, including 1 – 3 persons with disabilities and possibly a job coach, to perform work at the Goodwill Store/Training Center for a set fee. The following locations have these types of arrangements: Ashwaubenon, Eau Claire, Marshfield, Rothschild, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, La Crosse, Tomah, Rhinelander, and Green Bay East.
Fox Valley: Goodwill/Shiner Center works in partnership with the Winnebago Corrections Center (WCC) to provide work opportunities for inmates so they can develop work skills/behaviors and establish a work record to help facilitate their eventual transition back into the community.
Fox Cities, La Crosse, and Shawano: In each of these areas Goodwill operates programs with the local Domestic Abuse Shelters. Goodwill offers an 8 week program that allows women living in the Shelter to work up to 40 hours per week at the Goodwill Retail Store & Training Center. This provides women with the opportunity to: 1) earn wages that can be saved for their first month’s rent and other expenses when they move out of the Shelter, 2) develop work skills and behaviors that will help them secure future employment, and 3) obtain a positive work reference.