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Julie Gilkay

Goodwill NCW to sponsor Pride Prom for LGBT youth community

Menasha — LGBT Partnership, a program of Goodwill NCW, is sponsoring Pride Prom for youth ages 14-20 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied.

The Rainbow Harmony Ball will be held 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Marq, 3177 French Road, De Pere. There will be music and dancing.

“We put on this Pride Prom because it is an affirming, welcoming and an inclusive place for youth to be able to express themselves,” said Deanna Tappy, LGBT Partnership program leader. “If they are unable to attend their own prom, this is a safe place for them.

“Not a lot of young people are out at their schools and not a lot of young people feel safe taking who they want to their prom.”

The annual Goodwill NCW event allows attendees to express who they are, Tappy said. About 100 to 150 youth are expected.

Preslie Matuyka, 20, of Algoma stepped up to plan the event because of her experiences. Matuyka, who identifies as bisexual, said she was bullied and called names when she was in school.

When she heard that an acquaintance, who identifies as transgender, in spring had asked a girl to prom and had been painfully rejected when she said, “I only date real boys,” Matuyka joined forces with Goodwill NCW, Rainbow Over Wisconsin and Youth-Go, all sponsors of Pride Prom, to help with the event.

“It was a cool team effort,” she said.

Rainbow Over Wisconsin is sponsoring free transportation to the Marq from Green Bay and the Fox Valley. Buses will leave at 6 p.m. from the Menasha Goodwill NCW campus, 1800 Appleton Road, and the Green Bay West Retail Store and Training Center, 1660 W. Mason St.

Tickets for the Pride Prom are $15 for one or $20 for two.

LGBT Partnership is an ongoing leadership development and support group for youth ages 14-18 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied.

The group meets 6-8 p.m. Mondays at the Goodwill Green Bay West location and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Lawrence University in the Science Hall Atrium, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 25 retail stores and training centers (soon to be 26) 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 eight Donation Express sites and 45 convenient 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. A member of Goodwill Industries International and Rehabilitation For Wisconsin, it is based at the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

Goodwill NCW building Retail Store and Training Center in Plover

Menasha — Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin) will open its newest Retail Store and Training Center for shopping on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Plover’s Crossroads Commons retail area.

The Plover store, at 1017 Commons Circle, will be Goodwill NCW’s 26th in its 35-county service area, which stretches from Manitowoc to La Crosse.

The Plover Retail Store and Training Center will open Aug. 13 at 1017 Commons Circle.

The Plover Retail Store and Training Center will open Aug. 13 at 1017 Commons Circle.

A Grand Opening celebration will be held at 9 a.m., Aug. 13. More event details will be forthcoming.

The Stevens Point store, at 5373 State Hwy. 10, will remain open.

“We’re very excited to add a second store to the Stevens Point/Portage area,” said Bob Pedersen, Goodwill NCW’s president and CEO. “It’s a growing and vital area, and we’re thrilled to be able to add another option for our customers in central Wisconsin.”

The donation door at the Plover store will open on Thursday, July 23, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Goodwill resells donated clothing, furniture, electronics and other housewares, with the revenue supporting its human services work across the service area.

“Our donation and retail operations are the lifeblood of Goodwill NCW,” Pedersen said. “When you give to — and shop at — our stores, we put the revenue to work in our communities, providing programs and services that make a difference in thousands of lives every year.”

Goodwill NCW is working to expand its programs and services offerings across its service area, including central Wisconsin, Pedersen said.

“We’re always looking to create opportunity for our communities,” Pedersen said. “Our organization’s mission is ‘Elevating People, Transforming Communities.’ When we expand our reach in any market, we work to find new ways, new partnerships and collaborations, and new service areas for that community.

“Portage County is a good fit for us, in that it creates revenue potential that can be turned into ‘mission muscle’ for those in the area who need our services.”

For examples of how Goodwill NCW makes a difference, visit www.goodwillncw.org/goodstories for the GoodStories blog and www.goodwillncw.org/programs for descriptions of programs and services.

Tom Baldischwiler, Store Team Leader in Stevens Point, will assume a new role as Plover’s Store Team Leader. A new Store Team Leader will be named for the Stevens Point operation.

Approximately 40 team members will be employed in the Plover store.

For a list of job opportunities, visit www.goodwillncwjobs.com.

The Plover store will be 23,872 square feet, including a sales floor of 14,222 square feet. The facility is being built by R.J. Albright Construction, Inc., of Oshkosh.

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

Goodwill Grows receives $20,000 Champions for Healthy Kids grant

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has awarded Goodwill Grows a $20,000 Champions for Healthy Kids grant provided through an educational grant from the General Mills Foundation.

Part of the grant includes installations of Goodwill Grow's Indoor Growing Machine.

Part of the grant includes installation of Goodwill Grow’s Indoor Growing Machine.

The award will sponsor a farm-to-school expansion project with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians, and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in Shawano and Menominee counties that will feature installations of Goodwill Grows Indoor Growing Machine used to grow fresh food and provide hands-on learning.

Goodwill Grows, a program of Goodwill NCW, integrates programs and services to increase food security by addressing availability, accessibility and affordability of fresh food.

The grant supports grassroots programs that promote healthful eating and active lifestyles targeted to children and families. Goodwill Grows was one of 50 nonprofit organizations from 23 states to receive a grant. It was the only recipient from Wisconsin.

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

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