Goodwill NCW receives $50,000 grant from COVID-19 Community Response Fund

In the wake of COVID-19, the need for services in our communities has grown as more individuals face unemployment and uncertainty. During the Safer at Home order, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) initiated new ways of meeting the immediate needs of the people we serve by adding virtual programming and getting innovative. Thanks… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW partners with Appleton Housing Authority for training

Goodwill NCW’s Employment and Training Program is partnering with the Appleton Housing Authority to offer virtual skills training to residents on stress management and attitude in the wake of COVID-19. Danielle Koepke, Family Support Specialist at Appleton Housing Authority, which provides housing options for low- and moderate-income households, is looking for ways for families to… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW partners with Sew Together for Covid-19 to make fabric masks

Goodwill NCW has partnered with Sew Together for COVID-19, a volunteer group from the Stevens Point area devoted to making and providing fabric masks to healthcare workers, at-risk populations and essential workers. Daylyn Hopp, a member of the group, reached out to Goodwill NCW, based in Menasha, on April 10 asking for supplies of elastic,… [Read More]

Payment Partner supports clients with bill-paying during COVID-19

Goodwill NCW’s mission is at work through Payment Partner, which helps eligible participants pay their monthly expenses and manage their money. The program provides representative payee and bill-paying services to people of all ages who receive Social Security benefits, veterans’ benefits or pensions and those who work and receive paychecks, and who find themselves unable… [Read More]

Employment and Training Program boosts virtual offering during pandemic

The Employment and Training Program brings Goodwill NCW’s mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment to life. It is designed to support people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community. “This program is at the heart of what we do,” program director Kayla Countney said. “By improving lives, we improve… [Read More]

Tips on what to do with stimulus payment or tax refund

Are you getting a tax refund, a COVID-19 stimulus payment or both? Wondering what the best way to handle those funds is? It’s easy to look at a large sum of money and want to buy things for ourselves, but is that what’s best, especially given the ever-evolving situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic?… [Read More]

After Goodwill gave him a chance, employment specialist helps elevate others in need

Justin Tucker is serious about his philosophy of life: “At the end of the day if I’ve made myself laugh that’s a good day.” The 38-year-old from Rhinelander intentionally surrounds himself with things that amuse and entertain. As the employment and training specialist with SER Jobs for Progress National in Rhinelander, he partners with nonprofit… [Read More]

Goodwill offers free tax service to qualified taxpayers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program gets underway Jan. 29 to help in the free preparation of tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers for the 2019 tax year. A program of the IRS, VITA is supported locally by Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin with revenue generated from community donations and store purchases…. [Read More]

Goodwill leaders, Tomah team celebrate Deb Cota-Farmer on 35th anniversary

By Toni Marten Regional Team Leader Deb Cota-Farmer, Tomah Retail Store and Training Center store team leader, often credits Goodwill for giving her the gift of her husband. She met him when he was a construction worker helping build the current Goodwill building. This is fitting because the Tomah Goodwill is a family. During Deb’s… [Read More]

Partnership with 4imprint proves successful for hiring of people with disabilities

Goodwill NCW and 4imprint’s connection to Project SEARCH, which provides employment and educational opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, has resulted in the successful hiring of people with disabilities at the Oshkosh business. The Oshkosh Project SEARCH program is a collaboration between Ascension Mercy Hospital, Goodwill NCW’s Vocational Support Services program, Oshkosh Area School District,… [Read More]

Holiday Spending

Tips to keep your holiday spending in check

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a magical time of year for many. And there’s nothing better than finding the perfect gift for that special person. The big question is, “How can I get that perfect gift without breaking the bank?” Families and individuals can be challenged by the season of giving, which often means… [Read More]

Here’s how to donate to Goodwill NCW this Giving Tuesday

Thanks for giving. And for donating, shopping, supporting, caring and being so loyal. As we mark Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we thank you for giving to Goodwill NCW in whatever shape it takes. By doing so, you help us provide job-skills training to people… [Read More]

Achiever of the Month efficient and focused

Katie Timmer began work with the Contracted Services program in late 2015 as a temporary placement when the Menasha Retail Store and Training Center was undergoing a major renovation. “Katie did such a fantastic job while working with us we didn’t want to see her go,” said Tina Schaffert, Contracted Services and GoodWipers recycled wiping… [Read More]

Job coach overcomes fear with inspiration from those she serves

No matter where Beth Kirsch lands after graduating from the medical assistant program at Fox Valley Technical College in December, she will take with her life-altering lessons she has learned from coaching people with disabilities. For 14 years, Beth has served as a job coach for Vocational Support Services (VSS), which supports people with disabilities… [Read More]

Celebrating Brandon’s anniversary with hugs and cake

Contracted services celebrated Brandon Strobel’s 20th anniversary with the Goodwill NCW program with cake and appropriately lots of hugs, something the self-declared poetry king specializes in. “Twenty years is an amazing thing,” said Paul Brunette, leader of contract services. “Brandon is a rock star when it comes to trying new jobs.” Brandon, who also volunteers… [Read More]