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Goodwill teams with EAA AirVenture to provide donation bins

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 will team with Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin later this month to provide a way for AirVenture attendees to donate equipment and supplies that will benefit Goodwill’s human services mission in the local area.

The program will allow AirVenture campers, exhibitors and others to donate excess campsite equipment, supplies and other materials to Goodwill on the AirVenture grounds. At least six blue donation bins will be placed in highly visible and accessible locations throughout AirVenture week, July 23-29.

“We know that AirVenture visitors already use the Goodwill stores in Oshkosh to purchase such items as bicycles that they use in the campground all week, then donate them back to Goodwill at the end of the fly-in,” said Steve Taylor, EAA’s director of facilities. “This is a way for our attendees, exhibitors and other to have a ready outlet for those items that they are unable or unwilling to take back home, while helping Goodwill fulfill its wonderful mission right here in our hometown.”

The donation bins also help campers and exhibitors maintain the AirVenture grounds when they break down their campsites and displays, instead of simply abandoning unwanted goods. That makes cleanup of the grounds more efficient following the AirVenture fly-in, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of global visitors.

“It’s great to have an opportunity to create a program that enhances something that many AirVenture campers and exhibitors have already been doing on their own,” said Dan Flannery, Goodwill NCW’s vice president-community relations. “Putting these materials back into circulation where others may use them reduces waste and provides an additional resource for Goodwill to support our programs throughout our area that elevate people and transform our area.”

Goodwill NCW served 72,937 individuals and families each year through more than two dozen human services programs in 2017, including job training and placement, financial counseling, restorative justice, Miracle League baseball and other.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of more than 70,000 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. 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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