Partnerships & Collaborations
Goodwill NCW is involved with a variety of contracted/funded initiatives throughout north central Wisconsin. Here are some examples:
Learning Independent Future Environments (L.I.F.E.) is a program designed to provide high school students with special needs with “real life” independent living and vocational training opportunities. The goal of this program is to facilitate the students’ eventual transition from high school to life after school.
Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC) Program is a collaboration whereby Goodwill provides meaningful work opportunities to inmates with disabilities in order to provide them the opportunity to earn wages and develop work skills and behaviors.
Goodwill continues to have a role on the Fox Cities Workforce Development Center’s (FCWDC) Management Team and is “Employer of Record” for the FCWDC Receptionist. Goodwill/Shiner Center works in partnership with the Winnebago Corrections Center (WCC) to provide work opportunities for inmates so they can develop work skills/behaviors and establish a work record to help facilitate their eventual transition back into the community.
Fox Cities, La Crosse & Shawano
In each of these areas Goodwill operates programs with the local Domestic Abuse Shelters. Goodwill offers an 8 week program that allows women living in the Shelter to work up to 40 hours per week at the Goodwill Retail Store & Training Center. This provides women with the opportunity to: 1) earn wages that can be saved for their first month’s rent and other expenses when they move out of the Shelter, 2) develop work skills and behaviors that will help them secure future employment, and 3) obtain a positive work reference.
Entire Service Delivery Area
Goodwill has partnerships with Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP’s) throughout our 35 county service delivery area. These partnerships provide work experience and job training opportunities to persons with disabilities that are referred by these partner agencies.
As a not-for-profit human services organization, Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from our stores to fund a wide variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities. In many cases, we collaborate with community partners, who also bring resources to the cause.
Some of these programs create jobs, offer training, and match assistive technology to those who need it. Others address financial, educational, developmental or diversity issues. All make our communities better places in which to live.