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Goodwill NCW partners with Christopher & Banks for promotion

Goodwill, the United States’ leading workforce development nonprofit, and Christopher & Banks, a national specialty retail company that provides expressive styles for women of all sizes, have partnered for the Goodwill Giving Event (Aug. 30-Sept. 9), encouraging individuals to donate to a local Goodwill store in exchange for coupons valid at Christopher & Banks stores.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 30, donors at 17 retail store and training center locations, four Donation Express locations and an Outlet Store operated by Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (Goodwill NCW) will earn coupons worth $10 valid on purchases at any Christopher & Banks retail store or online at www.christopherandbanks.com. Participating C&B stores also will accept donations to Goodwill and distribute a coupon for each total donation.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the national retailer Christopher & Banks,” said Chris Hess, president and CEO of Goodwill NCW. “We know that C&B believes in doing good for others, and with the Goodwill Giving Event, shoppers can score great items while elevating the lives of people in their community.”

More than 85% of the revenue from the sale of goods in Goodwill stores creates job training and placement, plus a variety of other community programs. Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from the sale of goods to support 24 human-services programs in its 35-county service area, from Manitowoc to La Crosse, Rice Lake to Plover and Rhinelander to Tomah. When donors contribute used clothing, sporting goods, housewares, electronics and furniture, they help people in their community gain skills and support to fulfill Goodwill NCW’s mission of Elevating People.

Christopher & Banks provides its customers with relevant style and exceptional service and deeply believes in shopping for a cause.

“The Goodwill Giving Event and our collaboration with Goodwill is an opportunity for our company, as well as our customers, to make a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Keri Jones, CEO of Christopher & Banks. “Christopher & Banks always strives to be a good neighbor and invest in the success of the communities where we operate.”

Seventeen of Goodwill NCW’s 27 retail store and training center locations are participating in this pilot program. Here’s where donors can receive C&B discount coupons in the Goodwill NCW service area:

Fox Cities:

  • Appleton Donation Express (1033 W. Northland Ave.)
  • Darboy (N189 Stoney Brook Road, Appleton)
  • Grand Chute (4759 Michaels Drive)
  • Kaukauna Donation Express (211 E. Ann St.)
  • Menasha (1800 Appleton Road)
  • Neenah (907 S. Green Bay Road)
  • Outlet Store (1341 W. Spencer St., Appleton)

Green Bay Area:

  • Ashwaubenon (2814 S. Oneida St.)
  • De Pere Donation Express (575 Swan Road)
  • Green Bay East (1301 Brosig St.)
  • Green Bay West (1660 W. Mason St.)
  • Howard Donation Express (2465 Lineville Road)

Stevens Point Area:

  • Plover (1017 Commons Circle)
  • Stevens Point (5373 U.S. Hwy 10)

Eau Claire Area:

  • Eau Claire (3605 Gateway Drive)
  • Lake Hallie (2759 S. Prairie View)

La Crosse Area:

  • La Crosse (3954 Mormon Coulee Road)
  • Onalaska (200 Theater Road)

Wausau Area:

  • Rib Mountain (1100 Morning Glory Lane)
  • Weston (2713 Schofield Ave.)

Marshfield (2220 N. Central Ave.)

Rice Lake (2850 College Drive)

Participating Christopher & Banks stores in our service area are in:

  • Appleton/Grand Chute: Fox River Mall
  • Ashwaubenon/Green Bay: Bay Park Square
  • Eau Claire: Oakwood Mall
  • La Crosse: Valley View Mall
  • Marshfield: Marshfield Mall
  • Plover/Stevens Point: Crossroads Commons
  • Rice Lake: Cedar Mall
  • Wausau: Wausau Center

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of 72,937 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human-services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

About Christopher & Banks: Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis-based national specialty retailer featuring exclusively designed privately branded women’s apparel and accessories. As of August 24, 2018, the company operates 461 stores in 45 states consisting of 313 MPW stores, 79 Outlet stores, 36 Christopher & Banks stores, and 33 stores in its women’s plus size clothing division CJ Banks. The company also operates the www.christopherandbanks.com ecommerce website.

 

Goodwill NCW earns Platinum Well Workplace Award

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI), recently presented its coveted Platinum Well Workplace Award to Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW), which employs more than 1,200 team members across 35 counties.

The Platinum Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. According to WCWI, the Platinum designation honors organizations that “have distinguished themselves as not only leaders but innovators in workplace health promotion.”

By achieving the Well Workplace Award, Goodwill NCW is honored for its long-lasting commitment to the health and the well-being of its employees. The designation is good for three years.

“We’re extremely proud of our culture of holistic wellness for our team members,” said Chris Hess, Goodwill NCW’s president and chief executive officer. “The commitment to serving the full person has been a critical part of our organization for years, and it will continue to be. It separates Goodwill from other employers.”

Goodwill NCW joins just three other companies in the nation awarded Platinum-level recognition in 2018.

“Good companies know that their employees are their most valuable asset,” WELCOA President Ryan Picarella said. “Great companies adopt policies that support employees’ efforts to reduce health risks and are bold about motivating them through bold strategies, programs and tactics. Great companies know that by improving their employees’ health, they can reduce health care costs.”

Goodwill NCW’s workplace wellness initiatives are a part of its Circles of Care program, which supports a full range of issues that team members might encounter. To that end, the organization employs two full-time health and wellness specialists and a corporate chaplain.

“We take a holistic approach to wellness,” said Jeff Stieg, Goodwill NCW’s senior health and wellness specialist. “We work to support our team members’ overall well-being, whether it’s their physical health, mental health, financial well-being, or career goals. We offer tools and programs that support our team members in each area.

“We support team member well-being in many ways, including running health education programming throughout the year, offering free ongoing wellness coaching during work time, offering a free onsite clinic for team members and offering financial reimbursements for gym memberships and continuous learning. Our on-site chaplain is also available to support mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Wellness is part of our culture here.”

In 2017, Goodwill NCW’s Circles of Care program served 554 team members through health and wellness counseling, 345 team members through emotional and spiritual support, and 324 team members through financial and career counseling.

The organization operates 27 retail store and training centers, plus an Outlet Store, e-commerce operation and logistics hub at the Shiner Center in Appleton. Goodwill NCW’s human services programs served almost 73,000 individuals and families — a one-year organizational record — in 2017.

Here are several examples of how Goodwill NCW cares for its team members:

  • A wellness room for team members is established in each of the retail store facilities and the Shiner Center.
  • A variety of wellness programs and motivational methods are offered during the year, including:
    • GoodWeighs (a 10-week team-based weight-loss and weight maintenance effort)
    • an annual personal wellness assessment and biometrics testing
    • awareness-building displays in our break rooms
    • participation in the National Bike Challenge or Sole Burner Runs
    • a free Team Member Assistance Program
    • individual wellness coaching
    • visits from our interfaith chaplain
    • free oatmeal and tea at all facilities
    • daily GoodMoves pre-shift stretching program and more
  • The organization also offers partial reimbursement to team members for health club/gym memberships, personal training, nutrition education, group fitness classes, fun-run/marathon entry fees and wearable fitness trackers.
  • Team members are also eligible for a lifetime maximum reimbursement of $200 for FDA-approved products and programs that help in quitting tobacco use.
  • A nurse practitioner staffs the GoodCare Clinic at the Shiner Center, providing first-line health care support and access to other health care providers to create personal plans of care.
  • On the career-path and continuing education front, all full-time team members are eligible for tuition reimbursement for higher education, up to $1,500 year for undergraduate certificate programs and up to $2,500 for graduate programs.
  • A Hand-Up Fund that supports team members in a time of great or urgent need. Team Members can contribute to the fund at any time or elect an ongoing payroll deduction. In 2017, 40 team members received an average of $414 for emergency needs.
  • Goodwill University, which creates a culture of servant leadership by providing opportunities for continuous learning and dream discovery.
  • A robust and enhanced Learning Management System, to deliver digital learning, enroll in courses and track and report on completion rates. Educational components can be internal (for training and opportunities within Goodwill) or external.

The impact of this holistic approach on the organization is more than personal. In the past two years (2016-2017), Goodwill NCW’s medical plan costs per team member have trended considerably lower than national benchmarking surveys such as Kaiser and Mercer, with no reduction in benefits or team members enrolled in the plan. In a 2017 Team Member survey, more than 94 percent of team members said that Goodwill cares about their health, and 97 percent said that Goodwill is a safe place to work.

That feedback suggests that a robust wellness program contributes greatly to team morale and team member satisfaction and improves the organization’s results.

The Well Workplace Awards initiative is driven by a rigorous set of criteria outlined in WELCOA’s seven benchmarks to a result-oriented Well Workplace. Since its inception in 1991, over 1,000 organizations, ranging from educational institutions to non-profit and profit sectors have joined the list of “America’s Healthiest Companies” by receiving the Well Workplace Award.

“Goodwill NCW has clearly demonstrated their commitment to protect and enhance the health and well-being of their employees,” said Marissa Kalkman, Wellness Council of Wisconsin’s executive director. “By meeting the standards necessary to achieve the Platinum Well Workplace Award, Goodwill NCW is prioritizing the well-being of their employees as a foundation of their organization’s culture.”

The Wellness Council of Wisconsin was founded in 1985 by nine employers from the Wisconsin business community. With more than 6,000 member organizations located throughout North America, WELCOA is highly recognized and regarded for their innovative and result-oriented approach to worksite wellness.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of 72,937 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Goodwill NCW acquires properties, proposes regional senior center

Menasha — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has proposed building a regional community/senior center on its Community Campus at 1800 Appleton Road, to serve the full Fox Cities.

Three properties covering approximately 2.2 acres adjacent to the north parking lot on campus are being acquired to accommodate a facility, as part of the organization’s proposal.

“We’ve been interested in those properties for several years,” said Bob Pedersen, Goodwill NCW’s president and CEO. “We were excited when all of them became available at the same time this spring because it gives us the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people.”

Among the acquired properties facing Valley Road is the Gold Nugget tavern, a mainstay on Valley Road for decades. That business is now closed, and the transaction was completed in June.

The other two properties are residential; one had hosted a small business as well. The addresses of the acquired properties are 1113 Valley Road, 1125 Valley Road and 1137 Valley Road, in the Town of Menasha. The other Community Campus buildings are in the city of Menasha.

The transactions on those two properties are scheduled to close Aug. 1.

A community/senior center on Goodwill’s campus could be a free-standing facility or it could be an addition to the main campus building, which houses many Goodwill NCW programs and services, plus the Partnership Community Health Clinic, the Fox Cities Workforce Development Center and (in a separate building) Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. It also serves as the administrative hub of Goodwill NCW, which serves 35 counties across Wisconsin.

The Menasha Goodwill retail store and training center is on the east side of the campus.

Goodwill NCW’s proposal was made in April to the community task force studying the need to replace Appleton’s former Thompson Community Center, which was closed this spring by its owner, Lutheran Social Services.

To create a regional community/senior center, Goodwill NCW has offered to:

  • Acquire three properties facing Valley Road (one property acquired; two will close Aug. 1).
  • Manage a community capital campaign for construction of the facility (no dollar figure has been determined).
  • Manage the facility as a community service, with support funding from multiple sources, including Goodwill NCW.
  • Continue to provide services in alignment with the audience of the community/senior center, including:
    • Job skills and job placement services
    • FISC (Financial Information and Service Center)
    • Payment Partner, a representative payee program.
    • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
    • Goodwill Grows (community gardening)
    • LGBT Partnership
    • Compassionate Fox Cities

“Our proposal comes at the right time, at the right place, for all the right reasons,” said Pedersen.

“The Community Campus has access via public transit and private vehicles. It’s easy to find, at the corner of 441 and Valley Road. It houses health care and employment services. The other agencies, programs and services in this campus serve a wide cross-section of the Fox Cities population, and offer an equally diverse cross-section of opportunities for people served by a regional community/senior center.”

Pedersen added that building a new facility to suit a specific clientele has other advantages.

“We can build this as a senior-friendly facility; nothing will need to be retrofit,” he said. “It will be built to the highest energy-efficiency standards. And it will have professional management.”

The other senior-center proposals before the community task force include a combination library/community center in Appleton and the development of the former school at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish as a facility.

Many activities that were housed at the Thompson Community Center moved to the St. Bernadette site in April as a short-term solution while the matter is studied by the task force.

Lutheran Social Services announced in December 2015 that it would close the Thompson Community Center, citing financial losses in operating the facility, a former Kohl’s grocery store.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2015 helped improve the lives of more than 63,701 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 29 programs and services. The organization includes 26 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers nine Donation Express sites across the state, and more than 45 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Menasha store re-opens Friday; celebration on Tuesday, July 28

Menasha — A brighter, better shopping experience — and one that better ties Goodwill’s retail mission to its human services mission — will be available for shoppers in its Menasha Retail Store and Training Center on Friday, July 17.

The store at 1800 Appleton Road has been closed for remodeling since April 17, and will reopen for shopping at 9 a.m. Friday.

Loyal customers will notice several improvements:

  • An improved checkout system, using a queueing method. Goodwill’s Neenah store already uses this process to help shoppers expedite purchases.
  • Better, brighter dressing rooms and restrooms for customers.
  • Signage and photography that create better linkage between the shopping and donating done by customers and supporters and the human services work of Goodwill NCW’s programs and services — from financial counseling, Miracle League baseball, and support for families with children with disabilities, to Goodwill Grows local food development, job training and placement, and the VITA volunteer tax preparation services, and many more.
  • Store signage that is updated in color and typography, making it easier for shoppers to see and read.
  • A retail floor that’s easier to navigate and a repaved parking lot.

The updated look and feel of the store and donation area is intended to help customers and donors make a stronger connection to Goodwill’s work in the community, much of which is funded by the sale of donated merchandise.

“We’re excited to open our doors and show our new branding philosophy to the community,” said Bob Pedersen, Goodwill NCW’s president and CEO.

“Over the years, we’ve often heard that our customers don’t always know how their purchases affect their neighbors, family and friends. So, we’ve worked hard to make that connection more apparent and more important in our stores.”

A Grand Re-Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Menasha store will be held at 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 28.

The Menasha store is the first to highlight the upgraded branding. In mid-August, the organization will open a store in Plover, also with the new philosophy.

“We’re proud of our role in every community we serve,” Pedersen said. “Not only does our retail business provide an affordable option to our customers, but the money we earn through the sales of merchandise helped to make a difference for more than 68,600 Wisconsinites in 2014.”

Goodwill NCW closed the Menasha store for remodeling while Appleton Road was closed for construction. The road project, which included adding of roundabouts and improvements to the entrance/exit ramps to/from State 441, was completed in late June.

The donation door at the Menasha store has been open for used housewares, clothing, toys and furniture since June 22.

The 1800 Appleton Road store has been a Goodwill NCW retail outlet since 1975.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers (soon, 26!) in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as providing a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

It’s time to play ball for Fox Valley, Lakeshore Miracle Leagues!

Opening Day for the Miracle League of the Fox Valley and for Miracle League of the Lakeshore is set for Saturday, June 6.

The Miracle Leagues in the Fox Valley and on the Lakeshore are programs of Goodwill NCW. Miracle Leagues give children ages 4-19 with cognitive and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in an organized, noncompetitive league on a safe, accessible field with a synthetic surface.

Each player is paired with a buddy who assists in hitting, rounding the bases and having fun. It’s about making new friends, building self-esteem and getting treated just like other kids.

In the Miracle League, everyone plays, everyone bats, everyone wins.

  • MiracleLeague FV LogoThe Opening Day Celebration for the Miracle League of the Fox Valley runs 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 6, at the John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle League Field at Memorial Park, 1620 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton.The league is entering its sixth season with 16 teams, 190 players and 275 volunteers. Regular-season games are played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, starting June 8 and continuing through July 30.For more information on the Miracle League of the Fox Valley, go to foxvalleymiracleleague.com.
  • The Opening Day Celebration for the Miracle League of the Lakeshore gets under MiracleLeague Lakeshore Logoway at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Goodwill Miracle League Field of Dreams at Dewey Street Park, 1840 S. 35th St., Festivities include a home run derby.The league is entering its second season with eight teams after celebrating its first league season in 2014 with 52 players and more than 100 volunteers. Regular-season games are played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, starting June 8 and going through July 30.For more information on the Miracle League of the Lakeshore, go to miracleleaguelakeshore.com.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as providing a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Remodeling under way at Goodwill Menasha store; other Fox Cities stores open

Goodwill Menasha Remodel

Rendering of Goodwill NCW’s remodeled Menasha Retail Store and Training Center, scheduled to re-open in mid-July 2015.

Menasha — Sometime in mid-July, shoppers and donors of used clothing and housewares will have a much better experience at Goodwill NCW’s Menasha Retail Store and Training Center.

That’ll be after the remodeling of the store is complete. As of Friday, April 17, the Menasha store is closed for 90 days to give construction workers unfettered access to the retail and donation areas, and to keep our customers, team members and others out of harm’s way during remodeling.

Improvements will be made in the donation area, the checkout system, changing rooms and rest rooms. Shoppers will notice a difference in the way the store looks, and the emphasis on the mission-strengthening help they give with donations and shopping at Goodwill.

“With road construction closing Appleton Road, our best traffic entry to the store was effectively shut off,” said Dan Flannery, Goodwill NCW’s vice president of community relations. “So, we’re taking the opportunity to improve the facility. We think our shoppers and donors will be excited with the results.”

While the Menasha store is closed, all other parts of Goodwill’s Community Center (directly behind the store) remain open and accessible from Valley Road, on the north side of the campus.

Many of Goodwill NCW’s 27 programs and services — including FISC (Financial Information and Service Center, Circles of Support, Goodwill Grows, Vocational Support Services (VSS), Almost Home, Prosperity Center, LGBT Services, American Indian Services, Early Intervention Services, Miracle League of the Fox Valley, NeighborCARE, Payment Partner, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Transitional Support, Vocational Evaluation, Work Adjustment and Work Services — plus the organization’s leadership, are based on the Community Center campus.

The Fox Cities Workforce Development Center, Partnership Community Health Center, and all other agencies housed on the Goodwill Community Center campus also are open and accessible from the Valley Road entrance.

“Keeping our Community Center open is crucial to our human-services mission,” Flannery said. “Thousands of Fox Valley residents are served in this building, so we’re pleased to continue that service.”

Goodwill NCW’s other Fox Cities locations — retail stores in Grand Chute, Neenah and Darboy, the Appleton Outlet Store, eight Donation Express locations, plus almost four dozen donation bins — remain open for business.

“Giving our customers other opportunities is a great thing for Goodwill NCW,” Flannery said. “We have great deals at all stores, and plenty of places for our donors to drop off their used clothing, housewares and even furniture.”

To find store and donation locations, go online to www.goodwillncw.org/donate/where/.

Five days until remodeling: Menasha store offers 75% off everything

Menasha — In preparation for remodeling, all remaining merchandise will be sold at 75 percent off ticketed prices at Goodwill NCW’s Menasha Store and Training Center, from April 12-16.

On April 17, the Menasha store will be closed for 90 days for remodeling, as the organization takes advantage of road construction on Appleton Road that will impede access to the facility. Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin) anticipates a “Grand Re-Opening” of the store in mid-July.

The 75 percent discount applies to all donated and new merchandise at the Menasha store only, and will be applied at checkout. No other discounts will be applied to purchases.

The 50-percent sale of April 6-11 provided great deals for hundreds of shoppers, but merchandise — clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, housewares and more — remains to be sold.

Goodwill uses revenue from the sale of its merchandise to support its human services mission across 35 counties in Wisconsin. A full list of programs is online at: www.goodwillncw.org/programs/

The road construction, which will close or significantly decrease traffic on Appleton Road between Midway Road and Valley Road over the next three months, begins Monday, April 13. The construction’s primary purpose is to add roundabouts on either side of the State 441/Appleton Road interchange.

Until the store closes temporarily on Friday, it will be accessible from Valley Road.

During the 90-day closure of the Menasha store, the Goodwill Community Center — behind the store — will remain open, accessible from Valley Road. Donation bins will be placed on site during the store closure.

Goodwill’s other Fox Cities locations — Darboy, Grand Chute, Neenah and the Outlet Store in Appleton — will remain open for shopping and donating during the 90-day closure of the Menasha store.

All eight Donation Express locations in the greater Fox Valley will be open to accept donations of used clothing, appliances, furniture and housewares. The organization also has more than 40 donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities.

A list and searchable map of shopping and donation sites is at: www.goodwillncw.org/donate/where/

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as providing a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Menasha store offers 50 percent off merchandise next week

Menasha — All merchandise at Goodwill NCW’s Menasha Retail Store and Training Center will be offered at 50 percent off the ticketed price during the week of April 6-11, in preparation for the store’s remodeling.

On April 17, the Menasha store will be closed for 90 days for remodeling, as the organization takes advantage of road construction on Appleton Road that will impede access to the facility. Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin) anticipates a “Grand Re-Opening” of the store in mid-July.

(NOTE: All Goodwill NCW Retail Stores and Training Centers across the state, and the Outlet Store in Appleton, will be closed on Easter Sunday.)

The 50 percent discount applies to all donated and new merchandise at the Menasha store only, and will be applied at checkout. No other discounts will be applied to purchases.

Goodwill uses revenue from the sale of its merchandise to support its human-services mission across the state. A full list of programs is online at: www.goodwillncw.org/programs/

The Menasha road construction, which will close or significantly decrease traffic on the stretch of Appleton Road between Midway Road and Valley Road over the next three months, begins April 13. The construction’s primary purpose is to add roundabouts on either side of the State 441/Appleton Road interchange.

During the 90-day closure of the Menasha store, the Goodwill Community Center — behind the store — will remain open, accessible from Valley Road. Donation bins will be placed on site during the store closure.

Goodwill’s other Fox Cities locations — Darboy, Grand Chute, Neenah and the Outlet Store in Appleton — will remain open for shopping and donating during the 90-day closure of the Menasha store. All eight Donation Express locations in the greater Fox Valley will be open to accept donations of used clothing, appliances, furniture and housewares. The organization also has more than 40 donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities.

A list — and searchable map — of shopping and donation sites is at: www.goodwillncw.org/donate/where/

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as providing a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Miracle League registration extended to April 10

Menasha — Registration deadline has been extended until Friday, April 10 by the Miracle League baseball programs in the Fox Valley and on the Lakeshore, to allow more disabled youths the thrill of playing on a field of their dreams.

The leagues, both programs of Goodwill NCW, give disabled young people (ages 4-19) the chance to play baseball on a special rubberized field, to allow them to use assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and braces. Each child is accompanied by an able-bodied “buddy” — teen and adult volunteers — on the field for each game of the two-month season.

This partnership benefits both the player and the buddy, sharing the love of baseball and most importantly, creating a lasting friendship.

Each Miracle League hosts a two-month schedule, with games on Monday through Thursday nights at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

The Miracle League of the Fox Valley plays at John Wollner Field at Appleton’s Memorial Park. The Miracle League of the Lakeshore plays at Manitowoc’s Dewey Street Park.

Both leagues will have an Opening Day event on Saturday, June 6, with play starting on Monday, June 8.

“We’re getting closer to the start of the season, but we want to give families in our combined service area every opportunity to have their kids involved in a great program,” said Dan Flannery, vice president of community relations for Goodwill NCW.

“Not only does Miracle League participation benefit the players, but the volunteer buddies and families who are involved get memories that last a lifetime.”

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as providing a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Goodwill honored as Disability Nonprofit Brand of the Year

Menasha — Goodwill has been honored as the Disability Nonprofit Brand of the Year as part of the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, a recently released annual brand equity study.

The study ranked consumer awareness and perception of charitable nonprofit brands based on three factors — familiarity, quality and purchase consideration — that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. The study, conducted for the 27th year, surveyed more than 38,000 Americans who assessed brands across 148 categories.

For more than 110 years, Goodwill has helped people navigate the challenges they face when seeking employment, including disabilities, lack of education or work experience, and other factors that make it difficult for them to gain employment and build careers. Goodwill staff members work with people to develop their employment skills, including résumé writing, job interview practice, job search help and other career services.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition,” said Bob Pedersen, president and CEO of Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin). “This acknowledgement of Goodwill’s work on a national level speaks loudly about our ability to improve lives.

“Within the 35 counties of Goodwill NCW, our organization plays an important role, not only in job-skills creation and job placement, but with a breadth and depth of human services programs that help people from birth to their later years. Our work is humbling and deeply gratifying, and it’s a thrill to see it recognized on a wider scale.”

Roughly four out of five people with disabilities nationwide are outside of the labor force. People with disabilities can receive a number of services through Goodwill, including access to assistive technology and soft skills training.

“At Goodwill, we know firsthand the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce and believe that all people, including those with disabilities, need to be integrated into the workforce to make our economy stronger,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

Harris Poll EquiTrend is based on a sample of 38,670 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online in English between January 8 and February 2, 2015.

Of the 1,410 total brands included in this year’s study, each respondent was asked to rate a total of 40 randomly selected brands. Each brand received approximately 1,000 ratings.

Data were weighted to be representative of the entire U.S. population of consumers based on age by sex, education, race/ethnicity, region, and income; and data from respondents ages 18 and over were also weighted for their propensity to be online.

Respondents to this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the survey, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as providing a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

About Goodwill Industries International: Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada, with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job placement programs and other community-based services by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online at www.shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2013, more than 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. To learn more, visit www.goodwill.org.