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Goodwill NCW to open Donation Express location in Eau Claire; organization’s first in western Wisconsin

Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin) announced that it will open a Donation Express location in Eau Claire — the organization’s first in western Wisconsin — on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

Goodwill NCW’s eighth Donation Express will be in the Westridge Center, at 2625 N. Clairemont Ave., two doors away from Mega Foods. The first 40 donors at the Donation Express will receive a coupon for a free Papa John’s pizza.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 9 a.m. on opening day.

Each Donation Express is staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily by Goodwill team members, who help donors with their contributions of used clothing and household items. The resale of those contributions provides financial support for the 27 programs and services in Goodwill NCW’s 35-county footprint.

Goodwill NCW’s Donation Express sites are intended to ease the donation process, with staffing and closer access in the communities served by the organization. The strategy has been successful, and plans are under way to create more Donation Express facilities across the service area over the next three years.

“Eau Claire is an important market for Goodwill NCW, and we’re excited to offer our Chippewa Valley donors a great and easy way to make a difference for themselves and the community,” said Dan Flannery, vice president of community relations.

“Our Donation Express sites make giving easy. Our team members will help you carry donations from your car, and get them into our merchandise pipeline, where we put the material to good work in support of our programs and services.”

In 2014, Goodwill NCW accepted almost 44.2 million pounds of donations across the state, a new organizational record. Goodwill NCW has seen a steady increase in donations since adopting a model that includes Donation Express sites and additional donation bins in high-traffic areas in the Fox Valley.

The not-for-profit organization plans to expand its Donation Express locations across the state, with Eau Claire leading the way on the western half of Wisconsin.

“We’re also seeking to expand our human-services programs and services in central, northern and western Wisconsin,” Flannery said. “We are excited by the possibility of serving even more people in the near future.”

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 26 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 seven 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.

Leadership teams named for Stevens Point, Plover stores

Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin) has named Tom Baldischwiler the first Store Team Leader of the organization’s new Plover Retail Store and Training Center, scheduled to open Thursday, Aug. 13.

Goodwill NCW’s Plover store, at 1017 Commons Circle in the Crossroads Commons retail area, will be the organization’s 26th such location across its 35-county service area, and the second in Portage County. The Stevens Point store, at 5373 U.S. 10 East, will remain open.

Baldischwiler has considerable experience in that role in other Goodwill NCW retail/training locations. He’s been the Stevens Point Store Team Leader since June 2007, and previously handled that job in Waupaca (2005), Weston (2004) and Rothschild (2003).

Before Baldischwiler joined Goodwill NCW in 2003 as Associate Team Leader of the Wisconsin Rapids store, he worked for Fleming Company as a manager/buyer, U.S. Office Products as an account executive, Staples Inc., as a store manager and Shopko as a manager. He’s a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Plover leadership team includes Support Team Leader Brittany Keenlance, and five Area Team Leaders: Thomas Bouton, Sarah Morgan, Austin Rude, Scott Schobert and Cassandra Sorensen.

Aaron Craig will replace Baldischwiler as Store Team Leader in Stevens Point. Craig comes to Goodwill after serving in management positions for Walmart in Plover (2009-2015) and Wisconsin Rapids (2004-2009).

Area Team Leaders in the Stevens Point store will be Brian Pond, Bradley Meyer, Gail Mockler and Pamela Rake.

The donation door at the Plover store will open on Monday, Aug. 3. The store will celebrate its Grand Opening at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13.

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, 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 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.

Timber Rattlers team up with Miracle League of the Fox Valley to host golf outing

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are hitting the links to benefit the Miracle League of the Fox Valley.

timber rattlers logoThe 2015 Timber Rattlers Golf Outing will be held July 27 at Shamrock Heights Golf Course in New London.

Foursomes have the opportunity to play with a Timber Rattlers player. The cost is $350. Individual registration is $100.

Registration is due July 20 to Hilary Bauer at 920-733-4152, ext. 260, or hbauer@timberrattlers.com. Registration forms also are available at timberrattlers.com or at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

Miracle League is a program of Goodwill NCW that gives children ages 4-19 with cognitive and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in an organized, noncompetitive league on a safe, accessible field with a synthetic surface.

“The Timber Rattlers have offered unbelievable support to the league and our athletes since our inaugural season in 2010,” said Lisa Robbins, Miracle League of the Fox Valley managing director/founder. “We are grateful for their continued support. They are hosts to a charity golf outing that benefits the league, Timber Rattlers players come to the field and play ball with the kids, and we’re part of their community baseball cap program. The Timber Rattlers are fabulous community partners to the Miracle League of the Fox Valley and we’re thankful for the partnership.”

The event tees off with registration at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided, and a raffle drawing and awards ceremony will conclude the outing.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100, and donations are welcome for raffle, hole and team prizes.

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 provides a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight 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.

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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