Halloween spending expected to reach record levels

MENASHA — Halloween spending is expected to soar to pre-pandemic levels, with 65% of Americans intending to celebrate the fall holiday. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, consumer spending on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion, up from $8.05 billion in… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW providing back-to-school vouchers for families in need

MENASHA — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (Goodwill NCW) is supporting families in need this back-to-school season by providing in-store vouchers for merchandise. The back-to-school vouchers are part of Goodwill NCW’s larger GoodNeighbor program, which provided nearly $600,000 in free merchandise to people in need in 2020. Goodwill NCW partners with community organizations throughout… [Read More]

Back-to-school spending to reach record levels as students return to schools

MENASHA — Families plan to spend record amounts on back to school in 2021 as they prepare for a return to in-person learning, according to the annual survey released July 19 by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “The pandemic forced parents and their school-aged children to quickly adapt to virtual learning,… [Read More]

Restorative justice programs awarded $10,000 grant

MENASHA — Barron County Restorative Justice and Eau Claire Restorative Justice, programs of Goodwill NCW, have been awarded a $10,000 Mayo Clinic Health System Hometown Health Grant. The restorative justice programs help adult and student community members make healthier choices through services such as victim-offender restorative conferencing, mentoring, accountability workshops, and restitution and community service… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW teams up with Volunteer Fox Cities, Miron for Earth Day Donation Drive

MENASHA — Goodwill NCW is teaming up with Volunteer Fox Cities and Miron Construction for an Earth Day Donation Drive on April 22. As a nonprofit human services organization, Goodwill NCW, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, uses revenue from the sale of donations to fund job training and other opportunities as part… [Read More]

Registration underway as Goodwill NCW’s Miracle League programs return with safety protocols

Registration is now open to both players and community volunteers for the 2021 Miracle League of the Fox Valley, Miracle League of the Lakeshore and Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley seasons. Goodwill NCW sponsors three Miracle League programs across its 35 counties. Last year’s season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the… [Read More]

New book details the healing power of restorative justice

RICE LAKE — Local authors Monika Audette and Mary Hoeft have announced the release of their book, “From a Single Pebble: Barron County Restorative Justices Programs,” to tell the story of how the organization began and the impact it has had. “The book was more than a year in the making,” said Monika Audette, program… [Read More]

Three business leaders join Goodwill NCW Board of Directors

MENASHA — Three business leaders have joined the Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) Board of Directors. As a member of Goodwill Industries International — a network of independently operated Goodwills, Goodwill NCW is governed by a board of directors made up of 11 volunteers and President/CEO Chris Hess and is led by Chairman… [Read More]

Hess joins First Business Bank’s Northeast Wisconsin Advisory Board of Directors

NOV. 17, 2020 – First Business Bank, part of First Business Financial Services, Inc., today announces Chris Hess joined its Northeast Wisconsin Advisory Board of Directors. “We are absolutely thrilled that Chris is joining the First Business Bank Northeast Wisconsin Advisory Board,” said Rick Hearden, President – Northeast Wisconsin Market. “He’s a true leader with… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

Consumers finding new ways to safely celebrate Halloween

MENASHA — While Halloween might look different this year, Americans are planning to celebrate and find ways to safely mark the fall holiday. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, more than 148 million U.S. adults plan to participate in Halloween-related activities. “Consumers continue to place importance on… [Read More]

Free tax service found ways to stay open during pandemic

State of Wisconsin • DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE By Patty Mayers, Communications Director When the pandemic hit earlier this year, Jackie Zolp and her Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program team were well into the 2020 tax season. Zolp coordinates the Goodwill VITA site in Menasha — one of about… [Read More]

Wisconsin Board for People with Development Disabilities names Goodwill NCW a Partners with Business award winner

(Madison) — The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) has announced six awards statewide to service providers and employment organizations designed so they can help local businesses hire and support workers with significant disabilities. The Partners with Business initiative was signed into law in 2018 and is based on a successful, cost-effective strategy… [Read More]

Coronavirus expected to boost back-to-school spending to record levels

MENASHA — The coronavirus is impacting the back-to-school season in a way that’s never been felt before, and whether students return to the school year by being in school, at home or a combination of both, uncertain families are planning to spend a record amount on back to school as they prepare for the possibility… [Read More]

Goodwill NCW to require shoppers to wear masks

MENASHA — Starting Monday, July 20, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) will be requiring shoppers to wear face coverings or masks in all of its 27 retail stores and training centers across its 35-county region, joining team members who have been required to wear face coverings or masks since reopening on May 26…. [Read More]