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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 with disabilities and other barriers to employment, provide financial counseling to individuals and families who are in debt, give low-income taxpayers peace of mind in filing their tax returns at no cost and much more.

We offer services across 35 counties that live out our mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment.

You can support us and the people we serve by:

  • Donating material items to our 27 retail stores and training centers plus Outlet Store. Goodwill’s mission services and retail operations start with donations. As a nonprofit, we use your donations to provide job training and more for the people we serve.
  • Rounding up a $1 or more the weekend after Thanksgiving and have your contribution recognized on our Wall of Gratitude. The wall will remain up in retail stores and training centers until Dec. 6.
  • Donating financially. Because we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your gift is tax-deductible. As a reputable nonprofit, Goodwill NCW has received the platinum seal of transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.
  • Donating a vehicle. We offer free towing and accept passenger cars in any condition, light trucks, minivans, full-size vans, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles and all-terrain vehicles. Find out more: goodwillncw.org/donate/cars.

Here’s a sample of how we put your donations to use and the programs you are supporting:

In the Fox Valley:

  • Contracted Services help businesses fill staffing gaps or complete tasks that may be more efficient to outsource, which can help improve the bottom line, while supporting job opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. One of the individuals we serve is Brandon Strobel, who celebrated his 21st anniversary with Goodwill in 2020. Brandon, who also volunteers for the Neenah Police Department, said, “I like the people of Goodwill.”
  • Employment and Training Program supports people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community. Individuals served work at businesses in the community and are supported according to their work schedules and levels of need.

Central Wisconsin:

  • Goodwill partners with Curative Connections to provide job-skills training to individuals who are looking to develop the necessary skills to gain successful employment. Jane came to the Weston Retail Store and Training Center nearly two years ago through Curative Connections after tearing a tendon in her leg, which led to immobility, physical disabilities and depression. Goodwill gave her an opportunity to get back into the workplace and the social outlet she was craving. “I’m so happy here,” she said. “I have a purpose to my life again. It really turned my life around.”
  • Marathon County Restorative Justice offers alternative resolution processes that address conflict and crime and offers solutions to keep at-risk students in school because school success leads to career success.

Western Wisconsin:

  • Through the GoodNeighbor program, Goodwill NCW partners with community organizations to provide emergency assistance to agency clients, allowing them to select products from our retail stores and training centers. In 2019, Goodwill NCW gave away over $630,000 in free merchandise to people in need across north central Wisconsin. For example, we were happy to support 300 students in the Osseo-Fairchild School District with $10 back-to-school vouchers through our GoodNeighbor program. “On behalf of the Osseo-Fairchild School District, we would like to thank you for your generous back-to-school voucher program. The students were so excited,” said Heidi Styer-Weir, school counselor.
  • Today’s veterans face a complex array of challenges and often are unsure of where to turn to for assistance. Goodwill NCW is partnering with the VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Program with the Tomah VA Medical Center to offer a Goodwill-funded training and work experience for veterans who are referred to us. Not only do participants gain training and work experience, they also gain so much more — self-confidence, communication skills, pride in their work, a social outlet and more.
Partnership with veteran's group leads to hiring

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