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Goodwill NCW program receives Targeted Impact Fund grant

MENASHA — Barron County Restorative Justice, a program of Goodwill NCW, has received a $5,000 Targeted Impact Fund grant through Johnson Bank.

As a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank, Johnson Bank, which has a branch in Rice Lake, nominated Barron County Restorative Justice for the grant, which provides direct support to organizations that are addressing racial equity disparities in Wisconsin communities hardest hit by COVID-19 and that promote equity and opportunity for communities of color.

The Goodwill NCW program was nominated in the category of empowerment services for its work in serving populations hardest hit by COVID-19, including rural communities.

“In light of the country’s elevated conversations regarding systemic racism and social injustices, we felt the restorative justice program offered here in Barron County would benefit most from this Targeted Impact Fund grant,” said Mary Schnacky, Johnson Bank market president-Rice Lake. “For our rural communities, Barron County Restorative Justice demonstrates how they assist in keeping us safer by inviting open communication, not only between the victims and the offenders, but also by including the impacted community. It is through these well-needed conversations and educational opportunities where people are given a second chance to make a positive change in their lives and in their community.”

The grant program seeks to provide targeted relief for maximum community impact, according to Federal Home Loan Bank.

“We are incredibly honored that Johnson Bank nominated our organization,” said Monika Audette, program operations leader. “COVID-19 definitely has had an impact on us, and the need is much greater now. While our work continued during the statewide Safer at Home order, once it was lifted we felt an immediate call for our services in the community, especially in assisting our school families. We are grateful for this partnership and special community support from Johnson Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank.”

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, human services programs, unique shopping experiences at its boutiques and Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.shopgoodwill.com. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit www.goodwillncw.org.

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