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Voices of Men community engagement leader resigns

Menasha, Wis. — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has received the resignation of Shannon Kenevan, community engagement leader of the organization’s Voices of Men program.

Goodwill NCW was informed Tuesday that two women from the community have come forward to report that Kenevan has demonstrated behaviors that directly violate the mission, standards and expectations of Voices of Men. His resignation was demanded, effective immediately.

Voices of Men, founded in 2007 by four Fox Valley domestic abuse and sexual assault agencies — Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Reach Counseling and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center — became a program of Goodwill NCW in September 2016.

Voices of Men is guided by a leadership team that includes executive directors of its founding agencies, 10 volunteers and a Goodwill NCW representative.

The Voices of Men mission is to treat domestic abuse and sexual assault as a preventable matter, working to change the everyday attitudes, behaviors and language of boys and young men toward women, and create a culture of safety and dignity.

“Men’s abusive behavior is the responsibility of all men,” said Beth Schnorr, executive director of Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs. “The work of Voices of Men must continue to include encouraging and teaching men to recognize how their own behavior and attitudes are part of wider systems of power and control, dominance and oppression. Clearly, there is much work that still needs to be done in this community and within the Voices of Men organization itself. This is a call to Voices of Men to reaffirm their commitment to this work.”

“The reported actions of our former community engagement leader are not in line with the standards set by our organization and our partners,” said Tom Berkedal, Voices of Men leadership team president. “The current circumstances just reinforce the need for the Voices of Men organization, and we will move forward with a commitment to engage men and boys in the battles against domestic violence and sexual assault.”

“Voices of Men is as important today as it’s ever been,” said Chris Hess, Goodwill NCW’s president and CEO. “We’re focused on working with the Voices leadership team and the founding agencies to see that this program’s message of treating all people with dignity — and its work to change the behaviors and attitudes of young men — continues.”

The 2018 Voices of Men Call-to-Action event, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, will go on as scheduled. The Voices of Men volunteer leadership team, Goodwill NCW and the founding agencies of Voices of Men are committed to producing the event.

Voices of Men has hosted the Call-to-Action event since 2007, when a “Men’s Summit” was presented. Since then, the Call-to-Action breakfast has become an important Fox Cities event, with more than 1,000 attendees in each of the past three years.

Kenevan also had served Goodwill NCW as a co-founder and program team leader of Harmony Café, and as Leader of Diversity and Inclusion. He joined Voices of Men as community engagement leader in 2015.

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 Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs: Since 1984, Harbor House is committed to understanding the breadth of domestic abuse, and the evolving needs of the individuals and families who experience domestic abuse. The mission of Harbor House is to empower communities to be free from domestic abuse through safety, knowledge, and engagement. Each year the organization serves more than 1,600 children and adults. Website: www.harborhousewi.org

About Reach Counseling: Reach Counseling, based in Neenah and Oshkosh, provides trauma specific mental health care committed to the understanding of and response to emotional, sexual and physical abuse. Since 1976, Reach has worked to heal lives of abuse victims and hold perpetrators accountable through innovative programs in education and outreach, victim advocacy, outpatient therapy and sex offender treatment. Website: www.reachcounseling.com

About Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services: Launched in 1984 and based in Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. (CADASI), is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency serving individuals and families in Winnebago and Green Lake Counties who are struggling with the devastating effects of domestic abuse. Christine Ann educates the community on the dynamics of abuse and how it can help in the fight against domestic violence. Christine Ann operates a 37-bed emergency shelter for individuals and families needing safety and shelter from an abusive situation. While the shelter and 24-hour help line are essential, we recognize that it is our outreach services to those not living in the shelter along with the teen/children’s programs and community education that truly fulfil our mission. We are the only agency providing comprehensive domestic violence programs and services to communities in Winnebago and Green Lake Counties. Website: www.christineann.net

About Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Inc.: Based in Appleton, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (SACC) transforms lives by providing crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for individuals and families affected by sexual trauma and exploitation at no cost. We are committed to addressing the diverse needs of our community by providing prevention education and raising awareness to create a safer Fox Valley. Website: www.sacc-foxcities.org

New partners help to create full Goodwill Community Campus

Over the next month, almost every available office space in the Goodwill Community Campus will be filled.

Starting Aug. 20, the Hope Clinic & Care Center, a Community Care initiative of Appleton Alliance Church, will move locations to make use of the former Partnership Community Health Center, formerly housed within the Community Campus in Menasha.

Hope Clinic is scheduled to begin seeing patients in their new space on Tuesday, Sept. 4. It had been based at Appleton Alliance Church, on the city’s north side, with just two exam rooms.

Hope’s new location is capable of 12 exam rooms, improving the services offered to current and new patients while maintaining the clinic’s mission to provide Hope That’s Free.

“We are very excited to make the change,” said Shelby Miller, executive director at the Hope Clinic & Care Center. “It has been a goal of ours to make the services we offer more accessible to our current patients as well as be able to serve more people in the community.”

“It’s a wonderful fit for all parties, and we’re pleased to see this space — which, until last fall, served thousands of people over 20 years as a health clinic — put to great use again as a place to serve people in need,” said Chris Hess, Goodwill NCW’s president/CEO. “We’re excited to build this new partnership with Hope Clinic, and we look forward to years of joint service to our communities.”

Hope Clinic & Care Center is a Community Care initiative designed as a free medical clinic to serve uninsured and severely under-insured people of the Fox Valley and surrounding areas. The clinic offers services in family and adult medicine, physical therapy and counseling.

For more information on the Hope Clinic & Care Center, go to hopeclinic.care or appletonalliance.org.

The addition of Hope Clinic & Care Center brings the total of programs and services housed on the Community Campus to 26: 17 Goodwill programs and nine non-Goodwill programs.

Other new campus partners are Fox Valley Memory Project and Rebuilding Together Fox Valley.

Here are the Goodwill NCW programs and services based on the Community Campus:

  1. Menasha Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center
  2. Community Circles of Support
  3. Community Development Program
  4. Financial Information & Service Center (FISC)
  5. LGBT Partnership
  6. Miracle League of the Fox Valley
  7. Neighborhood Partners
  8. Payment Partner
  9. Prosperity Center
  10. School-to-Work
  11. Transitional Support Program (TSP)
  12. Vocational Evaluation
  13. Vocational Support Services (VSS)
  14. Voices of Men
  15. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  16. Work Adjustment Training (WAT)
  17. Work Services

As of Aug. 20, here are the non-Goodwill programs based on our campus:

  1. Casa Hispana
  2. Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities
  3. Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin
  4. Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
  5. Fox Cities Workforce Development Center/Wisconsin Job Center
  6. Fox Valley Memory Project
  7. Hope Clinic & Care Center
  8. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  9. Rebuilding Together Fox Valley

 

 

Goodwill NCW teams up with Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for Random Acts of Kindness Night at the Ballpark

 

 

 

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are partnering on a fun night at the Grand Chute ballpark Saturday, July 28, with Random Acts of Kindness Night at the Ballpark.

During that Saturday night game against the Kane County Cougars, the Timber Rattlers staff will hand out gift cards, food vouchers and future game tickets to unsuspecting fans as a Random Act of Kindness.

The first 1,000 fans through the gates at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium will receive a co-branded Goodwill/Timber Rattlers T-shirt and a chance to celebrate the players, families and volunteers of the Miracle Leagues of the Fox Valley, Lakeshore and Green Bay.

Miracle League baseball gives young people (ages 4-19) with disabilities the chance to play ball on a special rubberized field, to allow them to use assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) while they’re accompanied on-field by a volunteer buddy.

The Fox Valley and Lakeshore Miracle Leagues are programs of Goodwill NCW; the Green Bay Miracle League is a program of the Allouez Optimists Club.

In the week before the game, the Timber Rattlers’ popular mascot, Fang, will be present in Fox Valley Goodwill retail stores, giving away tickets to the July 28 game.

Here’s the game-day promotional lineup:

  • Miracle League players throw out the first pitches
  • Miracle League player parade to the home team dugout and participation in player introductions
  • Co-branded T-shirt giveaway to the first 1,000 fans
  • Goodwill NCW information table with coupon giveaways
  • A 30-second, in-game Goodwill Miracle League video shown on video scoreboard
  • Random giveaways throughout the night to fans
  • Scheels will give away a kayak designed for wounded veterans.

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.

Goodwill’s Neighborhood Partners program to host PorchaPalooza

PorchaPalooza opens its third year of “live and local” music on the front porches of homes in Menasha’s Jefferson Park neighborhood on Broad Street (east of Racine Street) on June 19. A week later on June 26, the Heart of Menasha neighborhood on Broad Street (west of Tayco Street) will host performances. The events are part of Neighborhood Partners, a community-building program of Goodwill NCW.

Both events will run from 7 to 9 p.m., over three or four blocks within each neighborhood.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to get folks into those areas, and share great music and great camaraderie,” said Julie Filapek, Neighborhood Partners program leader.

“It’s also a way for us to build trust and relationships within neighborhoods. That’s the essence of Neighborhood Partners.”

Food vendors will be on hand to provide refreshments for purchase. Seating will be in lawns, with lawn chairs. Participating music hosts will provide some lawn chairs, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own as well.

Seven local acts will provide the music to enjoy, from blues to classical and country. Attendees can walk from porch to porch to hear performances and meet musicians and hosts.

“Front porches invite friendly behavior,” Filapek said, “and music is a common bond for all of us.

“We’ve seen this combination work well over the first two years of PorchaPalooza, and we’d love to see music fans from throughout the Fox Cities take advantage of it again this summer.”

For details on Neighborhood Partners, go to www.goodwillncw.org/programs/family/neighborhood-partners/

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 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.

Two programs merge under Neighborhood Partners banner

MENASHA — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) is pleased to announce the merger of two innovative programs — Neighborhood Partners and NeighborCARE — to operate under the banner of Neighborhood Partners.

Neighborhood Partners was established in 2013, piloting its approach in the Historic Central Neighborhood north of downtown Appleton and became a permanent program of Goodwill NCW in 2016. As a standalone program, Neighborhood Partners has used a grassroots, asset-based, intergenerational approach, building the capacity of neighbors to build relationships, determine priorities, mobilize assets and take action to enhance quality of life.

NeighborCARE, established in 2014, has helped neighborhoods identify and leverage their strengths to meet the challenge of isolation and loneliness of adults 55 years and older. Through its efforts, it quickly became apparent that an intergenerational approach is necessary for success in this work and that relationship-building is good for all members of a neighborhood.

The specialized focus on addressing senior isolation through neighborly connections is now fully integrated into the broader work of Neighborhood Partners. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the newly combined program supports the work of engaged neighbors in Appleton, Menasha and Oshkosh, and the rural community of Denmark.

In 2017, through the work of NeighborCARE and Neighborhood Partners, more than 950 people were actively engaged in their neighborhoods, including more than 280 people over age 55. Both programs share a goal to enhance the quality of neighborhood life, using similar principles, practices and approaches.

Goodwill NCW is grateful for the early partnerships between our organization and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) of Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties that launched the NeighborCARE work, and the grant funding from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, made possible by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other community donors.

On March 14, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation awarded an additional $13,915 grant for Neighborhood Partners’ work in Denmark. Much early work in the former NeighborCare program began in Denmark, with the assistance of funding from the foundation.

Tanya Rabec, community engagement partner and former program leader of the NeighborCARE program, will serve on a three-person panel interviewed on the Milwaukee PBS program, “Next Avenue Community Conversations,” to be recorded at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc on Tuesday, March 27.

According to a press release, “Next Avenue” hosts several workshops each year, followed by broadcast on Milwaukee PBS. The Manitowoc taping will focus on the topic of loneliness for people over the age of 50, who are prone to feelings of loneliness and loss.

Also serving on the panel will be Asta Timm, a certified life coach and relationship coach, and Michelle Birschbach, an attorney who specializes in trust and estates, and elder law.

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 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 names Chris Hess new President and CEO

Chris Hess, vice president of market development and sales for ThedaCare, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.

Hess, 37, replaces Bob Pedersen, who retired at the end of 2017 after 26 years at Goodwill NCW. Hess will begin his new job on March 26.

“I’m honored to join such a wonderful organization,” said Hess, who lives in Appleton with his wife and two children. “Our team members have built a legacy in the communities we serve by impacting and elevating the lives of those who might be marginalized.”

Chris Hess

Hess joins a nonprofit human-services organization that in 2017 touched the lives of 72,937 people — a one-year organizational record — through its programming, serving 35 counties from one side of the state (Manitowoc) to the other (La Crosse). The organization also employs more than 1,200 people statewide.

“I believe we have a great foundation to build on and that the future of our success depends on deeper collaboration with all of the stakeholders in our community,” Hess said. “I look forward to working together and building on our past success to impact the future generation.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris to Goodwill,” said Gregg Curry, Goodwill NCW’s board chairman. “He brings an exciting combination of experience, innovation and compassion to our efforts, and we’re confident that with his leadership, we’ll serve our communities across Wisconsin at even higher levels.”

Goodwill NCW offers 24 human services programs, including traditional job training and placement, financial counseling, tax preparation, three Miracle League baseball programs and three restorative justice programs across Wisconsin. The organization supports those 24 programs and the fuller organization through the sale of donated goods at 27 retail store and training centers, two online shopping portals (restitch.com and shopgoodwill.com) and the Outlet Store in Appleton.

Hess is a graduate of St. Norbert College and earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is involved in various community organizations and serves on the boards of directors of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley.

Hess, a native of Kenosha, joined ThedaCare in 2013 as a senior brand manager in the marketing department and was promoted to vice president/market development and sales in June 2014. He also has worked as corporate marketing manager at U.S. Venture and as director of business development for Genco (now FedEx Supply Chain).

Goodwill NCW is one of 162 independent Goodwill organizations across North America and is known for its innovation in how it serves communities. Under Pedersen’s leadership, the organization grew from serving 718 people in 1991 to almost 73,000 in 2017 — 101 times more people served than when he joined Goodwill.

The Goodwill Community Campus at 1800 Appleton Road, Menasha, is home to more than 20 community agencies and programs, not all of which are Goodwill programs. Opened in 1996, the Goodwill Community Campus has become a blueprint for similar nonprofit collaborations across the country.

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.

Goodwill NCW reaches GuideStar’s Platinum level

Menasha, Wis. — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, honoring the organization’s committment to openness.

By sharing metrics that highlight progress Goodwill NCW is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Dan Flannery, Goodwill NCW’s vice president of community relations, “we’re excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly, visual manner. We can now easily share a wealth of organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s huge online audience.”

To reach the Platinum level, Goodwill NCW added information to its GuideStar profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission.

By providing this information, Goodwill NCW gives donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate the organization.

“We understand that our current and potential partners, donors and collaborators want to know that we’re being responsible stewards of resources,” Flannery said. “We need to provide them with a reason to continue their relationship with us.

“Reaching GuideStar’s Platinum level allows everyone to see how we serve our communities and how responsible we are on an ongoing basis.”

Visit GuideStar’s website: www.guidestar.org.

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles: The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 8 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2016 helped improve the lives of 63,368 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 29 programs and services. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 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 donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Volunteers sought for VITA tax-preparation program

MENASHA — The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program needs volunteers to assist in the free preparation of tax returns for people in need in the community for the 2017 tax year.

Volunteers are asked to serve at least 20 hours between Jan. 24 and April 17 and will receive training in small-group sessions in November and December. VITA is seeking greeters, basic and advanced tax preparers, screeners and quality reviewers.

All volunteers must complete a background check before volunteering.

In preparation for returns filed for the 2016 tax year, Goodwill NCW’s VITA program trained more than 60 volunteers (students, professionals and community members) who prepared more than 2,000 tax returns for low-to-moderate income, disabled or non-English-speaking residents of the Fox Valley.

VITA volunteers helped tax filers save thousands of dollars in commercial tax preparation fees and claim valuable refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Wisconsin Homestead Credit.

VITA (www.filetaxes4free.org) is one of 29 programs supported by Goodwill NCW with revenue generated from community donations and store purchases.

Three information sessions are scheduled for prospective volunteers, all at the Goodwill Community Campus, 1800 Appleton Road, Menasha:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Register online for the information sessions at http://tinyurl.com/VITAInformation.

To apply as a volunteer, and for more information:

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2016 helped improve the lives of 63,368 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 29 programs and services. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as provides a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store and at reStitch.com. It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from stores to fund a variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities.

Voices of Men offers breakfast event, weeklong presentations

The Eighth Annual Voices of Men Call to Action breakfast event, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, highlights a week of activity focused on promoting healthy masculinity and creating a society free of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The program for the annual Call to Action event runs from 8-9:30 a.m., with a question-and-answer session with keynote speakers from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Cost for the event is $15 for adults, with free admission for students and their chaperones. To register, go online to: bit.ly/VoicesOfMen

The event will be livestreamed on the Voices of Men website (www.voicesofmen.com), and it also will be available in recorded form.

Voices of Men, a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, provides training and messaging for males of all ages to create a more respectful, safer world.

The call-to-action event, at Appleton’s Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, features two nationally known guest speakers: Brenda Tracy and Guante.

Since 2014, Brenda Tracy has traveled the nation, sharing the story of her 1998 gang-rape by four men, two of whom were Oregon State football players.

Tracy’s story is one of recovery, redemption, struggle, depression, forgiveness, purpose and service in the name of preventing others from having to endure similar struggles.

With her backstory as a chilling and often graphic testament, Tracy makes dozens of appearances each year before high school and college sports programs, with the intent of changing male behaviors toward women.

During the week of Nov. 6-10, Tracy will appear at Fox Valley college campuses and high schools.

Tracy’s influence on college campuses is growing. At a recent Stanford vs. Arizona State college football game, she was introduced to the crowd, and all football players on each team wore stickers on their helmets to represent sexual assault and domestic violence awareness. All students at the game were given T-shirts that included the “Set the Expectation” pledge.

Tracy’s website is www.brendatracy.com.

Guante is a Twin Cities-based slam poet who creates challenging and often uncomfortable work, defying societal norms on treatment of, and attitudes toward, women.

According to Guante’s website (www.guante.info), “Whether deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity, (or) challenging dominant narratives related to race and racism, … Guante strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. An educator as well as a performing artist, Guante completed his Masters studies in 2016 at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education; in that spirit, his performances use poems as jumping-off points for authentic dialogue, critical thinking and community-building.”

Voices of Men was launched in 2007 as an initiative of four Fox Valley domestic abuse and sexual assault programs: the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services (Oshkosh), Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program (Appleton), Reach Counseling (Neenah-Oshkosh), and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (Appleton).

While those programs generally serve a female population, the issue of sexual assault and domestic abuse is generally a male-population issue. Multiple studies show that approximately 90 percent of sexual assault and domestic violence perpetrators are men.

 

The annual Voices of Men breakfast has hosted more than 1,000 people in each of the past two years, offering ways to elevate women and girls and create a culture of safety and dignity.

BRENDA TRACY’S FOX VALLEY PUBLIC SCHEDULE, Nov. 7-10:

  • VOICES OF MEN CALL TO ACTION BREAKFAST: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8-10 a.m.
  • UW-FOX VALLEY, Perry Hall, Menasha: Wednesday, Nov. 8, noon-1 p.m.
  • FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Grand Chute: Thursday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room A170 (enter through door 16).
  • APPLETON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Appleton West Auditorium.
  • Other presentations at Lawrence University, UW-Oshkosh and Neenah High School

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2016 helped improve the lives of 63,368 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 29 programs and services. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, and online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com and www.restitch.com, a new women’s apparel site. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Tomah’s Sack It to Goodwill donation drive hits streets Oct. 7

The Tomah Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center will host the community’s annual Sack It to Goodwill donation drive on Saturday, Oct. 7.

More than 3,000 donation sacks have been distributed to homes in Tomah, with dates and times (9 a.m.-noon) and a donation receipt attached. Special Olympians and volunteer drivers — all from Tomah — will be scouring the streets, doing curbside pickup of donated clothing, housewares, sporting goods and other used merchandise.

Items must be placed on the curb, and can be placed in additional boxes or bags if they don’t fit in the plastic “Sack It” bags.

“We’re excited to bring this opportunity to our community,” said Tomah store team leader Deb Cota-Farmer. “This ‘Sack It’ donation drive gets bigger and better every year, and helps us serve Tomah in a special way. We have a great relationship with this area.”

This longtime annual Tomah event — now in its 13th year — is the largest single-day donation effort of the year in the market. Donations can also be delivered to the Tomah Goodwill NCW retail store and training center, which is open for donations Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The sale of donated goods supports 29 programs and services that Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin offers across the state.

The Tomah Retail Store and Training Center, 1516 N. Superior Ave., employed 53 team members in 2015, with 67 people getting a total of 6,153 hours of vocational training. The store leadership, led by Cota-Farmer, worked with eight local service agencies to promote job training and development that year.

Almost 899,000 pounds of donations — closing in on 450 tons! — were received at the Tomah Goodwill NCW location in 2016, an important part of the more than 49 million pounds of donations received across Wisconsin by the full organization.

Here’s how Goodwill NCW serves Tomah and the greater Coulee Region; five programs serve the full La Crosse/Coulee Region:

  • Community Development Program: Hands-on training and work experience for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
  • School-to-Work: Opportunities for high school students with special needs to develop work skills and behaviors through paid employment and classroom learning.
  • Work Adjustment Training/Work Services: Short- and long-term training programs at Goodwill worksites for people with disabilities to develop work skills and behaviors.
  • GoodNeighbor: Provides free emergency clothing and/or household items at Goodwill NCW stores through certificates distributed by community human service agencies.
  • Circles of Care: Provides support and counseling for Goodwill NCW team members in the areas of finances, health and wellness, spiritual and emotional well-being, and career-pathing.

Our Tomah store also oversees the L.I.F.E. (Learning Independent Future Environments) apartment, where high school juniors and seniors with special needs learn real-life skills — cleaning, cooking, etc. Some of those students also gain job experience (and minimum-wage pay) in the Tomah store. The goal of L.I.F.E. is to facilitate the eventual transition from high school to life-after-high school.

Here’s a link to a 2015 story from The Tomah Journal about the program: http://lacrossetribune.com/tomahjournal/news/goodwill-program-teaches-work-life-skills/article_ed5d5567-f5d0-5d2d-a2e8-14f3b3161826.html

At our La Crosse, Onalaska and Tomah stores, Goodwill has contractual work relationships with Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs). These contracts involve the local CRP providing a crew, including of up to three people with disabilities and possibly a job coach, to perform work at their Goodwill Retail Store & Training Center.

In Tomah, Goodwill offers a 12-week work program to veterans who are served by local agencies.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2016 helped improve the lives of more than 63,368 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization offers 29 human services programs and partnership, supported by the sale of donated merchandise in 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, and online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com and www.reStitch.com, which offers women’s apparel at bargain prices. It offers four Donation Express sites in the Fox Valley, and 30 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

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