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Goodwill NCW receives $10,000 AT&T Foundation grant

ANTIGO — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (Goodwill NCW) received a $10,000 grant today from the AT&T Foundation today to support its School-to-Work program during an event at the Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center in Antigo.

Mark Desotell, City of Antigo; Vickie Basar, Goodwill NCW; Robyn Gruner, AT&T Wisconsin; Jennie Moore, Goodwill NCW; and Chris Hess, President and CEO of Goodwill NCW.

The $10,000 AT&T Foundation grant will support Goodwill’s School-to-Work program, which provides work and training experience for high school students who have barriers to employment. The goal is to provide students with temporary work opportunities at Goodwill retail stores and training centers to help them gain skills for future employment.

“Through our School-to-Work program, our goal is to help high school students gain the skills, training and work experience they need to secure jobs in the future,” said Chris Hess, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.  “We are excited to receive this generous grant from the AT&T Foundation to support our programming and our efforts to eliminate barriers to employment for students with disabilities.”

School-to-Work is a cooperative effort between Goodwill and area school districts, including Antigo, Rhinelander and White Lake, that provides valuable work experience for high school students with disabilities. These work experiences help to bridge the gap between the classroom and working in the community.

“For more than a century, education has been a priority for AT&T,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “On behalf of the AT&T Foundation, we are proud to support Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and their efforts to provide job experience, training and skills for students who will need extra help transitioning from school to work.”

Students participating in the program earn a paycheck while learning basic work skills and expectations to help them with the transition from high school into community work opportunities.  Goodwill meets with area school districts to present the program and identify students with barriers who would benefit from the training experience.

The $10,000 AT&T Foundation grant will help Goodwill NCW provide temporary work opportunities for up to 25 youth during the 2019 and 2020 summer and school years.

Barron County Restorative Justice, Salvation Army partner

MENASHA — Barron County Restorative Justice, a program of Goodwill, and the Salvation Army are announcing a new partnership that will support more people in the Barron County area.

Starting Oct. 1, the Salvation Army will be providing Barron County Restorative Justice with a budget of $700 a month to help BCRJ clients with rent, housing, transportation, food, household items, utilities, home repairs as well as substance abuse treatment. The money is raised through donations to the Red Kettle campaign. Based on the program’s approval, clients can receive up to $300 in assistance annually.

Barron County Restorative Justice works to build safe communities through alternative resolution processes that address conflict and crime. BCRJ offers several programs for youth and adult offenders, victims of crime, at-risk students and people in conflict.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this new partnership,” said Monika Audette, Barron County Restorative Justice program operations leader. “Some of the challenges our young clients face can seem insurmountable; this funding will help us give them a hand up when they are working to get their life on track. It is very difficult to think about going to school or to work when a family is in a dire financial crisis situation. We know school success leads to career success. This partnership, which is actually a partnership with the whole community because the money comes from Red Kettle donations, means that people in our community take care of each other.”

“Restorative Justice has made a significant impact in Barron County with its outreach programs, focusing on substance abuse, teen traffic violations and victim witness panels,” said Tom Bremer, district representative of the Salvation Army, which covers the Wisconsin counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Price, Rusk, Taylor and Washburn as well as Gogebic and Iron counties in Michigan. “The Salvation Army crisis funds will assist program participants as they complete Restorative Justice programs. The Barron Salvation Army is looking forward to this new partnership.”

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment 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, unique shopping experiences at its boutiques and Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

Goodwill boutique opens at Plover Retail Store and Training Center

MENASHA — Goodwill NCW has opened a boutique within its Plover Retail Store and Training Center at 1017 Commons Circle.

Goodwill NCW opened its first boutique at the Rib Mountain Retail Store and Training Center in January 2018 followed by ones at the Darboy Retail Store and Training Center in May 2018, the Neenah Retail Store and Training Center in March, the Green Bay West Retail Store and Training Center in April, the Onalaska Retail Store and Training Center in May and the Eau Claire Retail Store and Training Center in June.

The boutique in Plover is the seventh in Goodwill NCW’s 35-county region.

Just like at Goodwill retail stores and training centers, purchases made at the boutique support job-training and opportunities as part of Goodwill’s mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment.

The look and feel of the boutique is different than regular Goodwill stores and offers more upscale merchandise such as clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, scarves and formal wear in brands like Michael Kors, Coach, LuLaRoe, Miss Me, Vera Bradley and more. Like at Goodwill stores, shoppers still will find items with color tags, and every week one of the colors — the color tag of the week — is 50% off.

The shopping experience is different than the regular store in that the brand names are already curated for the shopper and are pulled together in an area within the retail store and training center.

Items in the boutique are merchandised much like you would find in a specialty shop. Fixtures are carefully displayed so that each one offers a different look and feel by color, brand and seasonality.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment 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, unique shopping experiences at its boutiques and Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

Boutique opens at Eau Claire Retail Store and Training Center

Goodwill NCW has opened a boutique within its Eau Claire Retail Store and Training Center at 3605 Gateway Drive.

Goodwill NCW opened its first boutique at the Rib Mountain Retail Store and Training Center in January 2018 followed by ones at the Darboy Retail Store and Training Center in May 2018, the Neenah Retail Store and Training Center in March, the Green Bay West Retail Store and Training Center in April, and the Onalaska Retail Store and Training Center in May.

The boutique in Eau Claire is the sixth in Goodwill NCW’s 35-county region.

Just like at Goodwill retail stores and training centers, purchases made at the boutique support job-training and opportunities as part of Goodwill’s mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment.

The look and feel of the boutique is different than regular Goodwill stores and offers more upscale merchandise such as clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, scarves and formal wear in brands like Michael Kors, Coach, LuLaRoe, Miss Me, Vera Bradley and more. Like at Goodwill stores, shoppers still will find items with color tags, and every week one of the colors — the color tag of the week — is 50% off.

The shopping experience is different than the regular store in that the brand names are already curated for the shopper and are pulled together in an area within the retail store and training center.

Items in the boutique are merchandised much like you would find in a specialty shop. Fixtures are carefully displayed so that each one offers a different look and feel by color, brand and seasonality.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment 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 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

Goodwill NCW earns three-year CARF accreditation

CARF International announced that Goodwill NCW has been reaccredited for the standard period of three years for its Community Employment Services, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services, Employee Development Services and Organizational Employment Services programs.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial commitment to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

As a nonprofit human services organization, Goodwill NCW has been serving 35 counties throughout north central Wisconsin since 1971. Donations and shopping purchases help fund job training and opportunities in these communities and support the organization’s mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment 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 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

 

Puppet parade a collaboration between Goodwill program, Appleton neighborhoods

A community arts event led by Neighborhood Partners in collaboration with the Historic Central Neighborhood and the Lawrence/City Park Neighborhood of Appleton will bring large, articulated puppets, masks, gowns and carry-along props along with music paraded through residential streets of these two core Appleton neighborhoods.

The event takes place noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

Neighborhood Partners is a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin that builds the capacity and leadership of neighbors to work together to transform the place they live.

Inspired by the Minneapolis May Day Parade, the Neighborhood Big Puppets Parade features the work of local artists and neighbors and students from the Renaissance School for the Arts, Kaleidoscope Academy, and Columbus and Edison elementary schools.

The event begins at Columbus Elementary School’s playground with a community workshop to decorate props during the school’s 125th anniversary celebration carnival. The parade will make several loops around the Historic Central Neighborhood before traveling to City Park to join the Lawrence/City Park Neighborhood at City Park for its neighbor-led arts and community event, Imagine City Park.

Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae and Christopher Gold will perform intermittently throughout the Columbus Elementary anniversary celebration.

“Community-led arts events are one of the most exciting ways for neighbors to make their neighborhoods special,” said Julie Filapek, Neighborhood Partners program leader. “More than 100 people — children and adults — have contributed nearly 500 volunteer hours creating the puppets for this parade. There is so much to celebrate in our core Appleton neighborhoods, and this parade is one exuberant way to do that.”

The event is supported by the Rotary Club of Appleton and by a grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that believes in Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. 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 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

Play ball! Miracle League programs gear up for opening day

Opening day for Goodwill’s three Miracle League programs — Miracle League of the Fox Valley, Miracle League of the Lakeshore and Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley — is fast approaching.

Miracle League is a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin that gives children ages 4-19 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball in an organized, noncompetitive league on a safe, accessible field with a synthetic surface. Each player is paired with a community volunteer who assists with hitting, rounding the bases and having fun. It’s about building relationships, improving self-esteem and being part of a team.

Miracle League of the Fox Valley

The Miracle League of the Fox Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Opening day will be at 10:30 a.m. June 8, and the regular season gets underway June 10 at the John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle League Field at Memorial Park, 1620 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton. Regular-season games are played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The league is entering this milestone season with 16 teams, 212 players and 268 volunteers.

“It’s unbelievable to think this is the 10th season of Miracle League baseball in the Fox Valley,” program director Lisa Robbins said. “The league has grown into an important program for our community — parents have seen their child step into the batter’s box for the first time (over 1,500 players), meaningful friendships have been made, middle- and high-school students have had their first volunteer opportunity, our community has learned about advocacy and acceptance, and the players have a league and field to call their own. It’s been an amazing nine seasons with so much laughter and joy. I’m looking forward to celebrating the 2019 season with our MLFV families, community volunteers, fans and sponsors!”

Find more information on the Miracle League of the Fox Valley at foxvalleymiracleleague.com.

Miracle League of the Lakeshore

The Opening Day Celebration gets underway at 9:30 a.m. June 1 at the Goodwill Miracle League Field of Dreams at Dewey Street Park, 1840 S. 35th St., Manitowoc.

The league is entering its sixth season with 10 teams, 100 players and more than 100 volunteers. The regular season gets underway June 3, with games played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and ends Aug. 1. The league will be entering into its second year of the Over 19 All Star League with two teams, 25 players and 25 volunteers. The games are played at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Find more information on the Miracle League of the Lakeshore at miracleleaguelakeshore.com.

Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley

Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley is holding its Opening Day Celebration at 2 p.m. June 3 at Jeffers Road Park, 5710 Jeffers Road, Eau Claire.

League play runs June 10 through Aug. 7, with an optional All-Star game the week of Aug. 12. Games are played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The league is entering its third season with eight teams, 135 players and 180 volunteers.

For more information on the Miracle League of the Lakeshore, visit chippewavalleymiracleleague.com.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that believes in Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. 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 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

 

Boutique opens at Neenah Retail Store and Training Center

Goodwill NCW opened its second boutique in the Fox Valley at its Neenah Retail Store and Training Center, 907 S. Green Bay Road.

Goodwill NCW opened its first boutique at the Rib Mountain Retail Store and Training Center in January 2018 followed by the one at the Darboy Retail Store and Training Center in May 2018.

The boutique in Neenah is the third in Goodwill NCW’s 35-county region.

The look and feel of the boutique is different than regular Goodwill stores and offers more upscale merchandise such as clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, scarves and formal wear in brands such as Michael Kors, Coach, DKNY, Miss Me, Vera Bradley and more. Like at Goodwill stores, shoppers still will find items with color tags, and every week one of the colors — the color tag of the week — is 50% off.

The shopping experience is different than the regular store in that the brand names are already curated for the shopper and are pulled together in an area within the retail store and training center.

Items in the boutique start at $9.99 and are merchandised much like you would find in a specialty shop. Fixtures are carefully displayed so that each one offers a different look and feel by color, brand and seasonality.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of more than 70,000 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. 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 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 www.goodwillncw.org.

Goodwill teams up with Girl Scouts for cookie sale

Thin Mint, anyone?

It’s Girl Scout cookie time, and local troops will be selling cookies at some of our stores. You can get your cookie fix 4-8 p.m. March 8 and 22 as well as 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 9, 10, 23 and 24 at the Darboy, Neenah, Green Bay West, Waupaca, Rib Mountain, Antigo, Plover, Lake Hallie and Marshfield retail stores and training centers.

Miracle League of Lakeshore to hold Spring Training Celebration

The Miracle League of the Lakeshore is kicking off the upcoming baseball season with its own spring-training event.

The league’s Spring Training Celebration will be held 5-8 p.m. March 9 at Fox Hills Resort, 250 W. Church St., Mishicot.

The Miracle League of the Lakeshore is a program of Goodwill NCW and is entering its sixth season.

The family-friendly event and fundraiser includes musical entertainment, food and refreshments, silent auction and raffles. Bill Jartz from WBAY-TV will emcee the event.

Admission to the Spring Training Celebration is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for Miracle League players. Tickets are available at the door.

Registration is now open to both players and volunteers for the 2019 Miracle League of the Lakeshore season. Opening day will be June 1. Games are played on the Goodwill NCW Field of Dreams at Dewey Street Park in Manitowoc.

Miracle League gives children ages 4-19 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball in an organized, noncompetitive league on a safe, accessible field with a synthetic surface. Each player is paired with a community volunteer who assists with hitting, rounding the bases and having fun. It’s about building relationships, improving self-esteem and being part of a team.

Community volunteers are needed to serve as buddies, coaches, announcers and umpires during the eight-week season.

For more information, visit miracleleaguelakeshore.com.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of more than 70,000 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 Valley 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.

 

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