Restorative justice program leader receives community award

The Wausau Police Department hosts an annual awards banquet to celebrate the great work performed by the WPD staff and community partners. This year, Paula Schultz, leader of Marathon County Restorative Justice, a program of Goodwill, received the Community Caretaker Award at the March 5 banquet. The community caretaker honor is usually awarded to a… [Read More]

Oshkosh teachers see life-changing work of Goodwill program

Goodwill’s School-to-Work program has provided positive, life-changing experiences for the Oshkosh West High School students that teachers Kris Steinhilber and Patti Kimball have brought through at the Oshkosh Retail Store and Training Center on 20th Avenue. Tyler Andre, 18, is one of them. “He needs to get out and get into the community,” his father… [Read More]

Don Hollaway honored

Don Hollaway honored as local hero

Don Hollaway, IT network administrator, was honored at a March 6 Herd basketball game in Oshkosh for being a local hero and going above and beyond to support the community. Joined by his children, Don was recognized in front of the fans at center court before the home game. Don was nominated and honored because… [Read More]

A story of tragedy and a lesson for all

Barron County Restorative Justice is a program of Goodwill. Kim Lee and her son, Hunter, got involved with the program several years ago after the loss of their son and brother Dylan. Hunter’s father was driving drunk on Thanksgiving when he was in a car accident that killed Dylan. This is their story.

Program participant’s 20 years of success celebrated

The team at Oshkosh Retail Store and Training Center recently celebrated Andy Yohn’s 20th anniversary with Goodwill with cake and pizza. And while all anniversaries are special, this one is especially meaningful. Before joining the store, Andy worked at the Appleton Shiner Center in Goodwill’s Contractivity! program, which gives people with barriers to employment job-training… [Read More]

Sights set on new TV? Here’s how to e-cycle old one

With the Super Bowl coming up Feb. 3, millions of football fans will be tuning in to the big game. And that means the oldie but goodie TV that has had its place in the family room armoire for going on a decade now might not cut it for this year’s pigskin showdown. While people… [Read More]

Almost Home makes mom’s dream of home ownership a reality

Everyone wants to be home for the holidays, and this year, Shantelly, a single mom with three children, is grateful she has a house to come home to. Through Almost Home, a program of Goodwill in partnership with Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, Shantelly put in the work necessary to become the first person in her… [Read More]

At 85, Lily reflects Goodwill’s mission

Lily has been a positive light to our Neenah Retail Store and Training Center the past five years. Hear how she finds value in working at 85 and takes pride in being an example for others in working hard and accepting everyone.

Goodwill gives team member ‘better outlook on life’

This Thanksgiving, Theresa Granados is grateful for her job and a second chance. Two years ago, Theresa, 48, found herself downsized out of a computer programming job she had held for 18 years. With most of her severance pay going toward credit card payments, only one week of medical benefits coverage and a reliance on… [Read More]

Mother of 6 ‘a great role model’ for Goodwill

Priscilla Vandenberg lived out the values and mission of Goodwill in life — and in death. “She was resilient,” daughter Joan said. “Just that resiliency really describes her, and I think she really wanted to pass that to others. She wanted to be an example to others that you can do this.” Priscilla was born… [Read More]

Goodwill cashier inspires teen customer with cerebral palsy

James Fleishman, a cashier at the Goodwill Marshfield Retail Store and Training Center since 2007, has made a life-changing connection to a young customer. James, who has multiple sclerosis, met customers Sue Bredl and daughter Jessica, 17, more than a decade ago and has visited with them in the store about twice a week since… [Read More]

Goodwill makes homecoming a reality for struggling family

A down-on-her luck mom who was looking for a helping hand in making her daughter’s dream of going to homecoming come true found it at Goodwill. On Sept. 21, a woman called the Waupaca Retail Store and Training Center asking if Goodwill would send her daughter to homecoming. When store team leader Nickie Beltran asked… [Read More]

EAA AirVenture campers contribute 1,200 pounds of donations

For seven days in late July, hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts gather in Oshkosh, making donations of their time and attention to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture event. Many of them camp in the EAA’s massive campgrounds, and they come bearing a lot of material that has a one-week purpose — tents, folding… [Read More]

Program proves to be life-changing for Lake Hallie team member

Jenny Gust has been transformed. In going from being told she wasn’t worth anything to feeling safe, secure and self-confident, Jenny is realizing her goals thanks to a community collaboration between Family Support Center and Goodwill and a whole lot of courage. Jenny was introduced to the Goodwill Lake Hallie Retail Store and Training Center… [Read More]

Miracle Leaguers ready to make summer diamond memories

All of that support and partnership — from the organization to the communities, from the families to the volunteers — comes full circle for two months every summer, from early June to early August.

That’s when the players play, the bases are reached, the runs are scored, the relationships are built and the memories are made.

That’s when the smiles break out.

And that’s a great example of how Goodwill NCW fulfills its mission of “Elevating People, Transforming Communities.”