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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.

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.