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Goodwill’s Neighborhood Partners program to host PorchaPalooza

PorchaPalooza opens its third year of “live and local” music on the front porches of homes in Menasha’s Jefferson Park neighborhood on Broad Street (east of Racine Street) on June 19. A week later on June 26, the Heart of Menasha neighborhood on Broad Street (west of Tayco Street) will host performances. The events are part of Neighborhood Partners, a community-building program of Goodwill NCW.

Both events will run from 7 to 9 p.m., over three or four blocks within each neighborhood.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to get folks into those areas, and share great music and great camaraderie,” said Julie Filapek, Neighborhood Partners program leader.

“It’s also a way for us to build trust and relationships within neighborhoods. That’s the essence of Neighborhood Partners.”

Food vendors will be on hand to provide refreshments for purchase. Seating will be in lawns, with lawn chairs. Participating music hosts will provide some lawn chairs, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own as well.

Seven local acts will provide the music to enjoy, from blues to classical and country. Attendees can walk from porch to porch to hear performances and meet musicians and hosts.

“Front porches invite friendly behavior,” Filapek said, “and music is a common bond for all of us.

“We’ve seen this combination work well over the first two years of PorchaPalooza, and we’d love to see music fans from throughout the Fox Cities take advantage of it again this summer.”

For details on Neighborhood Partners, go to www.goodwillncw.org/programs/family/neighborhood-partners/

About Goodwill NCW: 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. 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 in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, 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 the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

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