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Goodwill hosting fall-themed DIY class

Sign up now for our Goodwill It Yourself class and make a fall-themed chalkboard wreath frame.

The class will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Goodwill Community Campus, 1800 Appleton Road, Menasha. Use entrance 2.

The two-hour class costs $25, payable the night of the class, and includes all the supplies needed to create the project. All levels of expertise are welcome!

Choose your frame from our assortment, the color you want to paint the frame and the flowers you want for the wreath or spray. Get creative with the message you want to write on your personalized sign or use one of ours.

The class will be led by two do-it-yourselfers who work with Goodwill’s Vocational Support Services program.

To sign up, email Julie Gilkay at jgilkay@goodwillncw.org with your name, phone number, email address and number of attendees.

Happy fall y’all!

 

Goodwill Sale at Bon-Ton Stores begins Sept. 13

From Sept. 13-30, shoppers at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.’s 260 retail locations in 24 states will be able to shop locally, donate locally and change lives in their communities through the fall 2017 Goodwill Sale.

Now in its 23rd year, the semi-annual Goodwill Sale runs from Wednesday, Sept. 13 through Saturday, Sept. 30 at Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, and Younkers stores.

Across Wisconsin, The Goodwill Sale is a wonderful opportunity to donate used items and earn savings on new fall fashions. During the sale event, customers drop off items for donation to Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) at their local Bon-Ton department store in exchange for coupons good for up to 30 percent off the purchase of apparel, shoes, accessories and other items as well as up to 15 percent off cosmetics and fragrances. Coupons can be used in-store and online.

Donations made at Goodwill NCW stores and Donation Express facilities also earn Bon-Ton coupons.

Fox Valley media outlets: We’ll celebrate the Goodwill Sale with a “Stuff the Truck” event at the Bay Park Square Younkers store in Ashwaubenon, facing S. Oneida Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Steve Zich, Goodwill NCW leader of marketing, is available for interviews from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

La Crosse-area media outlets: We’ll celebrate the Goodwill Sale with a “Stuff the Truck” event as part of a Grand Opening/Ribbon-Cutting event at the Herberger’s store in the Valley View Mall (3900 State Road 16) on Wednesday morning, Sept. 13. The ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening will run from 7-8 a.m., with the actual ribbon-cutting at 7:45 a.m., including a drum roll from the Onalaska Marching Hilltoppers. The “Stuff the Truck” event from 8-11 a.m. Dan Flannery, Goodwill NCW senior VP-engagement, is available for interviews all morning. This is the first “Stuff the Truck” event we’ve had in La Crosse!

Statewide media outlets: Within Goodwill NCW’s 35-county service area, Bon-Ton operates Herberger’s in La Crosse (Valley View Mall) and Rice Lake (Cedar Mall), and Younkers in Grand Chute (Fox River Mall), Ashwaubenon (Bay Park Square), Eau Claire (Oakwood Mall), Manitowoc (Edgewater Plaza), Marshfield (Marshfield Mall), Plover (1780 Plover Road), Sturgeon Bay (58 N. 3rd Avenue), and Wausau (Wausau Mall).

The community is encouraged to get involved by donating items such as ladies, kids and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes, luggage and household textiles, which will be sold in Goodwill NCW stores across the organization’s 35-county service area to create jobs, training programs, financial counseling, and other human-services programming.

In 2016, Goodwill NCW’s 29 human-services programs served 63,368 people across the state, from Manitowoc to La Crosse, Rice Lake to Oshkosh, Rhinelander to Plover, and the Fox River Valley.

“We pride ourselves on being a hometown shopping destination and supporting Goodwill NCW through this sale is both a natural extension of that commitment as well as a critically important component of it,” said William Tracy, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Along with our customers, we’re able to see the direct positive impact this partnership brings to the communities we serve.”

Nationwide in 2016, Bon-Ton customers donated 4.1 million pounds of clothing, textiles and household items, enough to fill 51 semi-trucks. These contributions generated roughly 588,714 hours of job placement, job training, skills enrichment and other community-based services, such as financial education and mentoring, for people in local communities. This translates to Goodwill helping a person find a job every 23 seconds of every business day – in a single work week more than 7,000 people were placed in good jobs.

“The Goodwill Sale is a testament to our shared vision as brands who believe in bigger savings and greater good,” said Bob Pedersen, president/CEO of Goodwill NCW. “It is truly inspiring to witness the support we get each spring and fall from our partners at Bon-Ton and their customers.”

Job training and human-services programming from Goodwill NCW supports people with disadvantages and disabilities, older workers, youth and young adults, and others facing difficulty in finding a job.

 

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisc., operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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, through 29 programs and services. Headquartered in Menasha, the organization employs more than 1,200 team members, and operates 27 retail stores and training centers from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping on www.shopgoodwill.com and www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website. It offers five Donation Express sites across the state, and 45 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Valley. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Rib Mountain’s Talent Shop to close Dec. 31

The Talent Shop, a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin in the Wausau area since 2008, will close Dec. 31, 2017.

The program, set in Goodwill NCW’s Rib Mountain Retail Store and Training Center since 2011, gives work and volunteer opportunities to Marathon County residents of at least 50 years of age. The Talent Shop gives local artisans a place to display and sell their wares in a professional retail setting.

Goodwill NCW took ownership of The Talent Shop program in 2008 after Lutheran Social Services declined to continue the program in downtown Wausau. With the help of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, the program operated in that location until it moved to the Rib Mountain store in 2011.

Artisans, volunteers and team members of The Talent Shop were notified of the decision to end the program last week and early this week. Artisans have the choice to keep their merchandise — woodworking, quilts, clothing, painting and more — in the store at 1100 Morning Glory Lane until year’s end, or remove the merchandise.

Robert A. Pedersen, president and CEO of Goodwill NCW, said the decision to end the program was based on business considerations.

“Many retailers are in a challenging environment today, and Goodwill has seen some of that, too,” Pedersen said. “We gave The Talent Shop the opportunity to reach budgetary goals, and invested in floor-space, overhead and salary, but ultimately, we came up short.

“We are so thankful for the work of our staff, our volunteers and our artisans in giving this program a chance to succeed. We showed our faith in their work by placing the program at the forefront of a beautiful new store in an attractive retail neighborhood.

“At the end of the day, however, we need to create more revenue in that space to support the more than two dozen human-services programs we offer across the state.”

Goodwill NCW operates stores in Rib Mountain and Weston in the Wausau area, plus other central Wisconsin stores in Marshfield, Plover, Shawano, Stevens Point, Waupaca and Wisconsin Rapids.

Goodwill offers job training to more than 200 people each year in its Rib Mountain and Weston stores, providing more than 7,000 hours of vocational training. The organization also serves the Wausau area through its Community Development Program, School-to-Work, Marathon County Restorative Justice Program, GoodNeighbor and Circles of Care programs.

In 2016, the GoodNeighbor program provided $25 Goodwill gift certificates to 3,152 people at Rib Mountain and Wausau stores. Those certificates, provided to people on a referral basis only, are redeemable for merchandise on an emergency basis.

Across the state in 2016, the GoodNeighbor program served 38,352 people, totaling $870,384 of free merchandise.

Among the options to replace The Talent Shop at the Rib Mountain store is a Goodwill boutique-themed store.

Goodwill NCW supports any community organization willing to help The Talent Shop find a new site. Anyone interested can contact Dan Flannery, senior vice president-engagement, at 920-968-6854 or dflannery@goodwillncw.org.

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, through 29 programs and services. The organization employs more than 1,200 team members, and operates 27 retail stores and training centers from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, its Appleton outlet store, plus e-commerce shopping on www.shopgoodwill.com and www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website. It offers five Donation Express sites across the state, and 45 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Valley. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

We’re going on a scavenger hunt and you’re invited!

 

Goodwill is all about the thrill of the hunt so we are taking that concept up a notch.

Our Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt will be held in all 27 of our retail stores and training centers Aug. 28-Sept. 2 and will take Goodwill enthusiasts on a quest through the aisles of our stores for a specific find of the day.

Here’s how it will work:

Every day for six days, Facebook fans will be given a find of the day to hunt for. Once the item is found, participants will need to take a selfie of themselves holding the item in the store and post it as a comment on the post on Goodwill’s Facebook page.

Each find and tag will serve as an entry into one of three prizes — two tickets to a Green Bay Packers 2017 home game, first-place prize; $50 Packers Pro Shop gift card, second-place prize; and $25 Goodwill gift card, third-place prize. Participants can enter only once each day.

Contest rules:

  1. You must take a picture of yourself holding the item in a Goodwill store.
  2. Upload your picture to the Facebook post by 11:59 p.m. each day.
  3. Only one entry per person per day.
  4. One winner will be selected each day.
  5. At the end of the contest, all daily winners will be entered into the prize drawing.

On your mark, get set, go!

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. It offers five Donation Express sites and 37 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.

 

Pedersen to retire from Goodwill NCW at year’s end

Menasha — Robert A. “Bob” Pedersen has announced his retirement as the CEO and president of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, effective Dec. 31, 2017.

Pedersen informed the Goodwill NCW board of directors of his retirement decision at Wednesday’s board meeting. The board accepted the decision, and is charged with executing a succession plan.

Pedersen, 73, has served as the organization’s leader since 1991. That year, Goodwill NCW operated 11 retail stores and training centers in 33 counties and served 718 people through its human-services programming, on approximately $6 million of revenue.

Today, Goodwill NCW has 29 human services programs, has touched the lives of more than 63,000 Wisconsinites in each of the past four years, and operates 27 retail stores and training centers, an Outlet Store (and logistics hub) in Appleton, and operates a women’s apparel website, reStitch.com. In 2016, Goodwill NCW reported revenues of $60,663,649.

Bob Pedersen — known on his business card as “Chief Visionary and Story-Teller” — has made a considerable impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who have been served by Goodwill NCW.

“We are blessed to serve our 35 counties of Wisconsin,” Pedersen said. “Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to develop great relationships, partnering with dozens of agencies and businesses — nonprofit and for-profit — and make a positive difference in the lives of so many people who face challenges in their everyday lives.

“We’re incredibly thankful for those relationships. But the relationship between Goodwill, our shoppers and donors makes everything happen for us and those we serve. Without that basic support — built on the Goodwill legacy of Rev. Edgar Helms more than 115 years ago — we couldn’t do what we do, as well as we do it.”

“Bob has been an amazing, innovative and stabilizing presence for Goodwill for more than a quarter-century,” said Gregg Curry, Goodwill NCW’s board president. “The organization he joined in 1991 had a world of potential to prosper and serve, but needed a vision and a strong core of leadership principles.

“Speaking for the board, it has been an extreme pleasure to see this company’s growth and know that if there’s a way to create something special for the communities we serve, there’s a very good chance it will be explored by Bob and the leadership team he’s assembled.”

In June, Pedersen was presented with Goodwill Industries International’s Kenneth King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence, the organization’s most prestigious management honor. He also has served on Goodwill Industries International’s Counsel of Executives and its Board of Directors.

Pedersen has more than 45 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Before joining Goodwill, he was Associate Executive Director of Programs and Services for the Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, in Green Bay, for 17 years. Before returning to Wisconsin in 1974, he was Director of Adult Services for the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children in St. Petersburg, Fla., after starting his professional career as a science teacher in a Green Bay elementary school.

A Chicago native, Pedersen has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from North Park College in Chicago. He did post-graduate study in Program Evaluation at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Pedersen was a member of the 1999-2000 class of Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellows of The Peter F. Drucker Foundation, where he was mentored by both Hesselbein and Drucker. Bob was appointed as a member of the 2001 class of Stanford University Community Innovation Fellows. He is a past president and board member of Rehabilitation Facilities of Wisconsin, and has been a surveyor and consultant for CARF, The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.

In 1991, Pedersen replaced Goodwill NCW first CEO, Ralph Shiner, who led the organization since 1971, when it was separated from the Milwaukee-based Goodwill organization.

Goodwill NCW’s retail and human-services growth has been strong throughout Pedersen’s tenure, especially since 2000. In the past 16 years, Goodwill NCW has established 11 new stores, creating enough financial support to increase the annual number of lives touched from approximately 12,600 in 2000 to a high of 68,698 in 2014.

“We serve 88 times as many people today as we did in 1991, and it’s hard for me to describe my pride in looking back at where we’ve come,” Pedersen said.

“This Goodwill organization has served dozens of facets of our communities — not just providing jobs, job training and job placement for people with a variety of challenges and obstacles, but providing support for the LGBT community, hope for people who struggle with personal financial debt, guidance for Winnebago County families with disabled infants and toddlers, payment services and tax-preparation services for low-income residents, and so much more.

“But I must repeat this: We could not serve our communities at this level without the ongoing support of those who donate their used clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods and more, and our loyal customers who have come to know our retail stores as a wonderful place to find value and make a difference in their community.

“A few years ago, we worked to create a Goodwill NCW mission statement that speaks simply and elegantly to that shared vision of what we do. It speaks volumes about who we are, what we do, where we do it, and who we serve, and it’s just four simple words: Elevating People, Transforming Communities.

“When I look back on my career here, those four words comfort me. I hope they bring comfort to our partners, our team members, our shoppers and donors, and the people we serve.”

Goodwill NCW operates the following retail store and training centers:

  • Fox Cities/Oshkosh: Darboy, Grand Chute, Menasha (also organizational headquarters), Neenah, Oshkosh, Oshkosh West.
  • Green Bay area: Ashwaubenon, Green Bay East, Green Bay West, Manitowoc.
  • Northern and Central Wisconsin: Antigo, Marshfield, Plover, Rhinelander, Rib Mountain, Shawano, Stevens Point, Waupaca, Weston, Wisconsin Rapids.
  • Chippewa Valley: Eau Claire, Lake Hallie, Menomonie, Rice Lake.
  • Coulee Region: La Crosse, Onalaska, Tomah.

Details on Goodwill NCW’s human-services programming is at www.goodwillncw.org/programs/.

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 — one of 164 independent, locally governed Goodwill organizations in North America — 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 a women’s apparel website, www.reStitch.com. Goodwill NCW also sells merchandise online at www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers five Donation Express sites across the state, and 43 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Pedersen receives Goodwill Industries International’s top award

MENASHA — As the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin for the past 26 years, Robert Pedersen has led the organization in serving its community for nearly a generation. During his tenure, he has implemented a strong organizational code of ethics, a clearly delineated set of objectives and several programs to assist the organization’s own team members.

For his vision, leadership and dedication, Pedersen, 73, is the 2017 recipient of Goodwill Industries International’s Kenneth King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence. It is the most prestigious executive honor bestowed by Goodwill Industries International.

Under Pedersen’s leadership, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has created several avenues to support staff in building stronger careers for themselves. He reminds team members they have the ability to “give themselves a raise” by finding a job they like — whether within or outside of Goodwill — and receiving help from the organization in plotting a path to that new position.

“Each of our career programs has a specific purpose, all aligned with the common goal of creating an energized, forward-thinking workforce,” said Gregg Curry, Goodwill NCW’s board chair. “We want our team members to grow. We’re honored to serve them.”

Because of Pedersen’s strong support for staff, the organization is better equipped to serve the people of north central Wisconsin.

“This award is really about the people we serve across Wisconsin and the people who do the work of serving — our team and our shoppers and donors,” Pedersen said.

“It has been my life’s greatest joy to see this organization grow to create more opportunity and support for people who are challenged. For four consecutive years, we have touched the lives of more than 63,300 people, and we couldn’t make that difference without such wonderful support from people who entrust us with their donated goods and people who keep our retail stores vibrant and vital.”

The Kenneth King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence is presented to a Goodwill executive who displays outstanding leadership and accomplishments. It is named for the late Kenneth King, who endowed the Kenneth King Management Award for Executive Excellence Trust.

The award was presented June 26 at Goodwill Industries International’s annual Delegate Assembly in Louisville, Ky.

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 has touched the lives of at least 63,000 for four consecutive years. Goodwill NCW operates 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 a women’s apparel website, www.restitch.com. It offers five Donation Express sites across the state, and 45 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Enter to win GIY contest for chance to win concert tickets

Is ’90s music your thing? Want to break out in song every time you hear “Ice Ice Baby”?

Then enter our Goodwill It Yourself for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the I Love the 90s Tour at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. The concert features favorites like Vanilla Ice, Kid ’n Play, All-4-One, Tone Loc and Young MC.

All you have to do is submit a photo of your Goodwill It Yourself (GIY) summer style outfit via our online form or a public post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #GIYsummerstyle between June 19 and July 16 for a chance to win a pair of tickets. The photo with the most votes will win.

The winner will be contacted via email and will be announced on the Goodwill NCW Facebook page on July 17.

June 3 Miracle League of Chippewa Valley Opening Day, dedication

Eau Claire — Seventy-four children with special needs will be playing baseball on the Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley’s new facility at Jeffers Park in Eau Claire.

The field and facility, including an accessible playground, will be dedicated at the Opening Day event at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3. The public is welcome to attend and see this wonderful addition to sports facilities in the greater Chippewa Valley.

The Miracle League gives young people (ages 4-19) with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a special rubberized field, which allows them use of assistive devices (walkers, wheelchairs, braces, etc.). Each player is accompanied on the field by an able-bodied volunteer “buddy” for the duration of the season.

All six teams in the Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley’s inaugural season will be introduced at the June 3 event.

Welcoming comments will be made by volunteer leaders of the Miracle League, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (the program sponsor), the City of Eau Claire, Miron Construction (the contractor for the Miracle League project), and Ayres Associates (facility designer).

“This is our third Miracle League across the 35 counties that we serve in Wisconsin,” said Bob Pedersen, Goodwill NCW president and CEO. “It joins programs in the Fox Valley and the Lakeshore (Manitowoc), which both have experienced growth and given such wonderful experiences to players, families and volunteers alike.

“We’re thrilled to play a supportive role for this great program, and we’re thankful for the partnerships across the state and especially in the Chippewa Valley that have made it possible to open this facility.”

Play for the season begins Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Games are played each Monday (7 p.m.) and Wednesday (5:30 and 7 p.m.) each week — except for the week of July 4 — until Aug. 9.

Each game is two innings. The national anthem is played before each game, and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is played between innings. Every player bats, reaches base and scores. Neither team wins nor loses.

A capital campaign to raise $525,000 for field construction is ongoing. Goodwill NCW has donated $100,000 to that cause, and multiple local businesses also have contributed.

To contribute to the capital campaign, go to www.chippewavalleymiracleleague.com or contact capital campaign chairman Nick White at nick@liveineauclaire.com.

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, plus a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers five Donation Express sites across the state, and 37 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Girl Scouts make over Bratz dolls as part of yearlong project

Artisans and volunteers with the Talent Shop, a program of Goodwill NCW, have been working with 15 Girl Scouts from Hewitt-Texas Elementary School in Wausau during the 2016-2017 school year to make over Bratz dolls.

Their achievements will be honored at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, during a Girl Scout bridging ceremony at Hewitt-Texas, T10331 Quarry Road.

The project involved making over Bratz dolls donated by Goodwill into fresh-faced dolls with new wardrobes that are age appropriate. They followed the model of Australian artisan Sonia Singh. The girls watched YouTube videos that showed the how-tos; washed, cut and styled hair; removed makeup and assisted with applying new faces; and learned how to knit, crochet and sew to fashion the clothes.

Each of the 15 girls is keeping one doll and donating another to a charitable cause of her choice.

“The girls learned patience, recycling, teamwork and diversity along with the other skills,” said Lori Plaza, Talent Shop programs outreach leader. “The Scouts will earn a Bronze Award for their project. The Talent Shop wrote and received grants to cover the cost of the project. We are pleased to be a part of this multigenerational learning experience.”

The Talent Shop is located inside the Rib Mountain Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center, 1100 Morning Glory Lane, Wausau. It is a program that provides livelihood for Marathon County residents who are at least 50 years old, who produce items for sale in the store and volunteer during open hours.

About Goodwill: 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. It offers five Donation Express sites and 45 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.

Staycation giveaways during Customer Appreciation Week

Our second annual Customer Appreciation Week is coming up May 15-19, and we must say it’s better than ever!

All 27 retail stores and training centers in the Goodwill NCW region will be marking the week with daily drawings for staycation packages. An entry box to hold drawing entries will be in each store.

There will be one winner each day. That isn’t one winner per store each day, but rather one winner total each day.

This week also gives us the opportunity to thank our customers for shopping, donating and supporting our mission of Elevating People, Transforming Communities.

Here’s what we have in store:

Here are the staycation packages:

Monday, May 15: Noah’s Ark giveaway includes four tickets to Noah’s Ark, Wisconsin Dells one-night hotel stay, restaurant gift certificate

Tuesday, May 16: Door County giveaway includes two-night hotel stay, Washington Island Ferry pass, restaurant gift certificate

Wednesday, May 17: Milwaukee Brewers giveaway includes four single-game tickets, four passes to Milwaukee County Zoo, hotel stay

Thursday, May 18: Summerfest giveaway includes two tickets to Summerfest in Milwaukee, one-night hotel stay, gas card

Friday, May 19: Great America giveaway includes four tickets to Great America, one-night hotel stay, restaurant gift card

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. It offers five Donation Express sites and 45 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.

 

 

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