Tips to keep holiday spending in check

By Teri Horner Do you feel pressured to make the holidays perfect or think you can’t get through them without spending a fortune? It can be easy to go overboard on holiday shopping, but with a little bit of planning and budgeting, it is possible to celebrate without spending all of your cash or maxing… [Read More]

Gambling addiction leads mom of two to Payment Partner

“When I was in my early 20s I discovered I had a gambling problem,” 39-year-old Anna Angell of Fond du Lac said. With two small children and living paycheck to paycheck, struggling with creditors and facing surmounting debt, Anna found the resource and help she needed when she was referred through her employer to Payment… [Read More]

Payment Partner helps teen get control of finances

A Goodwill NCW program helped a teenager struggling with money become a young adult with financial freedom. As a then 17-year-old moving out on his own in an apartment through Agape of Appleton, Josh Fry was referred to Payment Partner, a program of Goodwill NCW that helps eligible participants pay their monthly expenses and manage… [Read More]

Team member has place to live, with help from Goodwill NCW program

Sarah, a team member at the Lake Hallie Retail Store and Training Center, can sleep easier knowing she and her 4-year-old daughter are home, thanks to the Goodwill NCW Career Navigator program. Sarah and her daughter moved into their two-bedroom apartment on June 1, capping off a nearly six-month process that started tumultuously with her… [Read More]

Team member with visual impairments part of success in Antigo

As a team member with visual impairments, James Randel relies on his other senses to help him do the work. James, who said he is 100% blind, was hired in May as a part-time team member at the Antigo Retail Store and Training Center after starting with Goodwill NCW as a program participant through North… [Read More]

Work experience program leads to employment for new Rhinelander team member

When Daniel joined the Rhinelander Retail Store and Training Center through an 18-month work experience through Goodwill NCW’s partnership with Inclusa and support from Headwaters Inc., he did something unexpected. He finished the program after two months and applied for a job. Store Team Leader Heather Kliss hired him immediately. “This program typically lasts 18… [Read More]

Fifth annual Goodwill scavenger hunt honors organizer’s mom

   The fifth annual Restoring Hope Thrift Shop Scavenger Hunt was held over Mother’s Day weekend after taking a year off because of the pandemic and took teams to Goodwill retail store and training centers throughout Green Bay and the Fox Cities in search of goodies on their list and with a few special tasks… [Read More]

Contracted Services program honors retiree

George Smalley is retiring from Goodwill NCW after working for 15 years at the Shiner Center in Appleton in the Contracted Services program. A celebration honoring him was held Monday. President and CEO Chris Hess thanked George for his 15 years with Goodwill and for changing lives in the process. “Believe me, I’m going to… [Read More]

The people keep team member at Goodwill for four decades and counting

As the longest-tenured team member with Goodwill NCW, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Tammie Penney has earned bragging rights. Tammie, who is celebrating 43 years with Goodwill this year, started as a program participant at the Menasha Retail Store in Training Center in 1977 through a partnership with Advocap. A year later,… [Read More]

Two longtime Goodwillians celebrate anniversary milestones

Two longtime Goodwill NCW program participants are celebrating major milestones in 2021 during the nonprofit human services organization’s 50th anniversary year. Together, Jon Sopel and Laura Mrotek have five decades of experience at Goodwill, and each has impacted their teams in his and her own way. Jon Sopel Jon will be celebrating a major milestone… [Read More]

Former Goodwill client now serving others as job coach

A former client who received a life-changing hand up from a Goodwill NCW program is now working for the nonprofit human services organization helping others who are facing their own barriers. In 2018, Stephanie Schuyler was about to become homeless after leaving an abusive relationship. With the help of a Goodwill NCW program that partners… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW brings Skills to Succeed to Stevens Point Area Senior High

Andrea Marty, intellectual disabilities teacher and transition coordinator at Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH), has a life philosophy based on a quote from Albert Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Through… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW brings workforce skills training to Onalaska High School students

When the pandemic put the brakes on students in the Onalaska High School School-to-Work program receiving on-site training at the Goodwill Onalaska Retail Store and Training Center, teacher Shelby Bauter-Buchanan was left figuring out how to fill a semester with quality instruction. “My goal was to give the students a class where they would be… [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]

Partnership with veteran’s group leads to hiring

Meet one of our newest team members, John, who works in our Onalaska Retail Store and Training Center. John was hired on through a partnership with the VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Program with the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah. He had been retired and hadn’t been in the workforce for about five years and decided… [Read More]