Original Halloween Headquarters has everything for season

Since 1971, Goodwill NCW has been serving up deals for Halloween that fright and delight.

Whether our costume consultants help you pull together the perfect one-of-a-kind look with our donated treasures or you choose one of our ready-to-wear costumes, Goodwill has everything you need for the season and is the place to be for adding ­air or scare to your costume, home décor, party or yard.

And by shopping Goodwill, you’re helping the community you live in. How’s that for a treat!

This Halloween — and every Halloween — your local Goodwill store comes to play for Halloween ghosts and goblins, princesses and cowboys, kiddos and grown-ups.

In each of our 27 retail stores and training centers across Wisconsin, row after row of donated clothing items and accessories give the creative Halloween shopper a great place to stretch themselves and find a distinctive look.

Gowns, dresses, pants, shoes, purses, scarves, belts, hats, sweaters and more … it’s all here for you.

Goodwill also offers new Halloween costumes and accessories — Wigs! Masks! Robes! And more! — for shoppers who need a great look in a big hurry. We also supply Halloween and fall décor to help make your home look as frightening or as welcoming (for little trick-or-treaters) as you like.

There’s no need to be scared of your Halloween costume options at any of the 27 Goodwill NCW retail stores, from one side of Wisconsin to the other.

But we urge shoppers to take advantage of not only what we have in our stores, but HOW we help you get the most for your money: We give you hands-on help in creating the best costume you can buy!

  • A costume idea book will be available in every Goodwill NCW retail store, offering dozens of suggestions for your distinctive look.
  • That 38-page book is also available online at
  • A wide selection of makeup to change your usually cheery look into something far more ghoulish.
  • Every store has hundreds of apparel and ready-to-make costume items. If the costume is for neighborhood trick-or-treating or a night out on the town, Goodwill NCW has what you’ll need for a great memory in the making!
  • Shoes, hats, accessories, gowns, beards, masks, wigs … all at bargain prices, and all for a great cause.
  • The princesses in your world will want to see our tutu collection. We have a LOT!
  • Want to be a cheerleader for the local team? We can make that look happen in green and gold, red and white, and other team-color combos.
  • Goodwill team members will dress up to make the shopping experience fun. Steal their ideas!
  • Throwing a Halloween party? We have party accessories for the perfect gathering.
  • Beginning Oct. 5, costume consultants will be available in all Goodwill NCW stores to help you create a one-of-a-kind costume.
    Here’s when you’ll get a great hand-up in pulling together your Halloween costume:

    • Friday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Special weekday additional hours:
      • Monday-Thursday, Oct. 22-25 and Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, we’re getting help from radio personalities across our 35-county footprint. They’ll be dressing in full costume and competing on social media as best-dressed! More details when we get closer to their online contests.

No doubt, Goodwill NCW stores come to play for Halloween. But shoppers make a difference in ways other than their looks. Every purchase supports Goodwill NCW’s 24 programs and services. In 2017, those human-services programs touched the lives of 72,937 people across Wisconsin.

From providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities through job training and job placement to Miracle League baseball (kids from ages 4-19 play the sport on a special rubberized field, with volunteer “buddies”) to FISC (financial counseling) from Payment Partner (payee services and money management) to our VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), shopping at Goodwill makes a hometown difference.

Goodwill NCW’s mission — Elevating People — is lived 365 days each year and supported by retail revenue and generous donations, many of which are part of Halloween costumes.

Voices of Men community engagement leader resigns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of 72,937 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and 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, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit the website at

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

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

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

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

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, a women’s apparel website, and 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, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit the website at

Goodwill teams with EAA AirVenture to provide donation bins

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 will team with Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin later this month to provide a way for AirVenture attendees to donate equipment and supplies that will benefit Goodwill’s human services mission in the local area.

The program will allow AirVenture campers, exhibitors and others to donate excess campsite equipment, supplies and other materials to Goodwill on the AirVenture grounds. At least six blue donation bins will be placed in highly visible and accessible locations throughout AirVenture week, July 23-29.

“We know that AirVenture visitors already use the Goodwill stores in Oshkosh to purchase such items as bicycles that they use in the campground all week, then donate them back to Goodwill at the end of the fly-in,” said Steve Taylor, EAA’s director of facilities. “This is a way for our attendees, exhibitors and other to have a ready outlet for those items that they are unable or unwilling to take back home, while helping Goodwill fulfill its wonderful mission right here in our hometown.”

The donation bins also help campers and exhibitors maintain the AirVenture grounds when they break down their campsites and displays, instead of simply abandoning unwanted goods. That makes cleanup of the grounds more efficient following the AirVenture fly-in, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of global visitors.

“It’s great to have an opportunity to create a program that enhances something that many AirVenture campers and exhibitors have already been doing on their own,” said Dan Flannery, Goodwill NCW’s vice president-community relations. “Putting these materials back into circulation where others may use them reduces waste and provides an additional resource for Goodwill to support our programs throughout our area that elevate people and transform our area.”

Goodwill NCW served 72,937 individuals and families each year through more than two dozen human services programs in 2017, including job training and placement, financial counseling, restorative justice, Miracle League baseball and other.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

About Goodwill: 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. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. 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, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit


Youth-led vigil for Orlando victims Tuesday at Goodwill campus

Menasha — A youth-led candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Goodwill Community Campus, 1800 Appleton Road.

The vigil — developed in partnership with the coordinators of Tuesday’s vigil at Rascals, an Appleton bar — was suggested by young members of the Fox Valley’s LGBT community as an alternative memorial event for people under 21 years of age.

The event will be hosted by the LGBT Partnership, a program of Goodwill NCW that provides leadership development and support groups for youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning or allied.

The LGBT Partnership serves the Fox Cities and Green Bay communities.

Menasha store offers 50 percent off merchandise next week

Menasha — All merchandise at Goodwill NCW’s Menasha Retail Store and Training Center will be offered at 50 percent off the ticketed price during the week of April 6-11, in preparation for the store’s remodeling.

On April 17, the Menasha store will be closed for 90 days for remodeling, as the organization takes advantage of road construction on Appleton Road that will impede access to the facility. Goodwill NCW (North Central Wisconsin) anticipates a “Grand Re-Opening” of the store in mid-July.

(NOTE: All Goodwill NCW Retail Stores and Training Centers across the state, and the Outlet Store in Appleton, will be closed on Easter Sunday.)

The 50 percent discount applies to all donated and new merchandise at the Menasha store only, and will be applied at checkout. No other discounts will be applied to purchases.

Goodwill uses revenue from the sale of its merchandise to support its human-services mission across the state. A full list of programs is online at:

The Menasha road construction, which will close or significantly decrease traffic on the stretch of Appleton Road between Midway Road and Valley Road over the next three months, begins April 13. The construction’s primary purpose is to add roundabouts on either side of the State 441/Appleton Road interchange.

During the 90-day closure of the Menasha store, the Goodwill Community Center — behind the store — will remain open, accessible from Valley Road. Donation bins will be placed on site during the store closure.

Goodwill’s other Fox Cities locations — Darboy, Grand Chute, Neenah and the Outlet Store in Appleton — will remain open for shopping and donating during the 90-day closure of the Menasha store. All eight Donation Express locations in the greater Fox Valley will be open to accept donations of used clothing, appliances, furniture and housewares. The organization also has more than 40 donation bins throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities.

A list — and searchable map — of shopping and donation sites is at:

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

Pete Helein joins Goodwill NCW team

Former Appleton police chief joining Goodwill NCW team

Menasha — Pete Helein, former Appleton, Wis., chief of police, will begin his new career at Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.

Helein, 55, will join Goodwill NCW on Jan. 5, 2015, in a two-pronged position: Overseeing the organization’s Circles of Care program; and building and overseeing the organization’s Goodwill University program.

“While exploring new opportunities to serve our community, I was attracted to Goodwill’s mission, vision, and values,” Helein said. “Goodwill’s mission of ‘Elevating People, Transforming Communities’ captured my attention and interest. What a powerful mission to embrace. People helping people can be a promising and rewarding endeavor.

“Goodwill’s vision — ‘To create a world where every person finds joy and purpose free from fear, exclusion, want or need’ — is thought-provoking. What a heartfelt and sincere promise to the communities served by Goodwill. The importance of treating all people with dignity and respect has always been important to me.”

The Circles of Care program provides financial, wellness and emotional counseling support for all 1,500 of Goodwill NCW’s team members.

Rev. Dottie Mathews, organizational chaplain who currently oversees the Circles of Care team, has announced plans to retire in July 2015. The organization is seeking a successor to Mathews as organizational chaplain.

Goodwill University is an investment in the growth of the organization’s team members, intended to offer learning and training opportunities through internal, external and digital opportunities. The program will seek partnership opportunities with educational systems throughout Goodwill NCW’s 35-county footprint in Wisconsin, and Helein will be charged with development of curriculum for the program, as well as oversight.

Bob Pedersen, Goodwill NCW’s president and chief executive officer, said Helein’s high-level experience as a manager of people and creator of training opportunities makes him a great choice to lead these two important services for the organization.

“Pete has tons of curriculum development in his background,” Pedersen said. “Much of that has been focused on bringing training on domestic violence and sexual abuse issues for his officers. That development has been a big part of his life.”

“The healthy growth and development of team members and team leaders is critical to the success and well-being of the communities served by Goodwill.” Helein said.

“The growing complexity and pace of life will continue to physically and mentally challenge people. Meeting the complex needs of people who are overwhelmed by an unforeseen tragedy, or who experience stress and anxiety trying to resolve an ongoing problem, or who face a health-related issue will be essential to the health and well-being of all people.

“Goodwill’s Circles of Care program is an investment in Goodwill Team Members. Investing and supporting people throughout their service to Goodwill, and to the community, is essential to a resilient and sustainable culture. The recruitment, selection, and retention of new team members and team leaders, willing to embrace and contribute to Goodwill’s mission, vision, and values, will remain a critical role as services evolve.”

Helein served his full 31-year career in the Appleton Police Department before his Sept. 5, 2014 retirement. The final 32 months of his law enforcement career were as chief of police.

Before assuming the department’s top position, Helein served as a patrol officer, police-school liaison officer, resource development unit specialist, accreditation manager, operations supervisor, commander of the Downtown, Northern and Southern police districts, commander of the detective bureau, and deputy chief of operations.

Helein has conducted extensive training across the nation on victims’ rights, domestic violence, and community policing. He represented the Appleton Police Department in an alliance with the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and the Wisconsin Department of Justice to implement strategies to integrate a community-policing philosophy and meet the needs of domestic abuse victims.

“My passion and desire to help people and serve communities is consistent with Goodwill’s mission, vision, and values,” Helein said. “While exploring Goodwill, I had the opportunity to listen to team members and team leaders passionately talk about their commitment to Goodwill’s values. The level of commitment, support, and positive energy was compelling and convinced me to join the team.

“By joining the Goodwill team, I will be able to contribute to the vibrant and sustainable circle of community support Goodwill has created. I will bring positive energy, creativity, and confidence. My compassion, sense of humor, and sincere desire to help people are a great fit for the position. The ability to work closely with people to impact their future in a meaningful way is a wonderful and rewarding endeavor.”

Helein earned a Bachelor of Science degree (major: law enforcement) from Northern Michigan University (Marquette, Mich.) and a Master of Science degree (criminal justice) from Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, Ky.).

Helein has served as the co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and the chair of the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Council, and was honored as the state’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Helein traveled to Kurgan, Russia to lead a training team that was awarded an International Domestic Violence Prevention Training Program Grant by Sister Cities International. The training initiative focused on establishing a domestic abuse shelter, the creation of multi-specialty work groups, and promoting violence prevention and awareness.

3rd Annual Compassionate Fox Cities Symposium

This year the Compassionate Fox Cities Symposium theme is “Food for the Heart of Community.”  It’s about what we consume in media, in human interactions, in our culture and in food. For us, a steady diet of compassion in our community supports the heart of community for a strong culture and a culture on which to thrive personally and collectively.

Join us October 15th for networking over heavy appetizers beginning at 4:00 pm at the Neenah Public Library. You can register below, or visit the registration page here.

Our keynote address will be given by Erin Buenzli, Director of the Wellness Center at Lawrence University. Erin brings new tools and strategies to the Lawrence community which are designed to help students, faculty and staff live well and healthy.

The Symposium will feature two representatives of Miron Construction who will receive the first Compassionate Fox Cities Season of Compassion Community Award. Learn why Miron was selected and hear about what is happening in that organization which cultivates a culture of compassion.

A brand new Compassion Café will also be demonstrated. The Compassion Café brings participants together in small group dialogue, not to strategize, plan or prioritize, but rather to carefully and kindly, listen to each other’s stories in response to specific compassion prompts.  We will build this Café experience on a Circle of Trust foundation. Circle of Trust comes from Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal and will be shared by Dr. Albert Bell.

Proceeds from the event will be used in outreach and programming with Conversations About Compassion, Compassion Cafés, the International Day of Happiness on March 20, PEACE Camp, and other community compassion development opportunities.

Food for the Heart of Community

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