At 85, Lily reflects Goodwill’s mission

Lily has been a positive light to our Neenah Retail Store and Training Center the past five years. Hear how she finds value in working at 85 and takes pride in being an example for others in working hard and accepting everyone.

Goodwill gives team member ‘better outlook on life’

This Thanksgiving, Theresa Granados is grateful for her job and a second chance. Two years ago, Theresa, 48, found herself downsized out of a computer programming job she had held for 18 years. With most of her severance pay going toward credit card payments, only one week of medical benefits coverage and a reliance on […]

Mother of 6 ‘a great role model’ for Goodwill

Priscilla Vandenberg lived out the values and mission of Goodwill in life — and in death. “She was resilient,” daughter Joan said. “Just that resiliency really describes her, and I think she really wanted to pass that to others. She wanted to be an example to others that you can do this.” Priscilla was born […]

Goodwill cashier inspires teen customer with cerebral palsy

James Fleishman, a cashier at the Goodwill Marshfield Retail Store and Training Center since 2007, has made a life-changing connection to a young customer. James, who has multiple sclerosis, met customers Sue Bredl and daughter Jessica, 17, more than a decade ago and has visited with them in the store about twice a week since […]

Goodwill makes homecoming a reality for struggling family

A down-on-her luck mom who was looking for a helping hand in making her daughter’s dream of going to homecoming come true found it at Goodwill. On Sept. 21, a woman called the Waupaca Retail Store and Training Center asking if Goodwill would send her daughter to homecoming. When store team leader Nickie Beltran asked […]

EAA AirVenture campers contribute 1,200 pounds of donations

For seven days in late July, hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts gather in Oshkosh, making donations of their time and attention to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture event. Many of them camp in the EAA’s massive campgrounds, and they come bearing a lot of material that has a one-week purpose — tents, folding […]

Program proves to be life-changing for Lake Hallie team member

Jenny Gust has been transformed. In going from being told she wasn’t worth anything to feeling safe, secure and self-confident, Jenny is realizing her goals thanks to a community collaboration between Family Support Center and Goodwill and a whole lot of courage. Jenny was introduced to the Goodwill Lake Hallie Retail Store and Training Center […]

Miracle Leaguers ready to make summer diamond memories

All of that support and partnership — from the organization to the communities, from the families to the volunteers — comes full circle for two months every summer, from early June to early August.

That’s when the players play, the bases are reached, the runs are scored, the relationships are built and the memories are made.

That’s when the smiles break out.

And that’s a great example of how Goodwill NCW fulfills its mission of “Elevating People, Transforming Communities.”

Goodwill fashion and frugality on display for thrifty CVTC students

There’s a lot to be said — and many college students have said it over the years — about the need for saving money while looking good on campus. In late April, the Student Services team at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire said a lot in response to that need, hosting a Frugal […]

Third annual Goodwill scavenger hunt honors organizer’s mom

Lisa Madison’s tribute to her mom that started in 2016 is going strong. When Lisa of Seymour decided she wanted to honor her mom, Marlene Matuszak, who died in 2014 after an organ transplant, she decided to combine two nonprofit organizations to make for a memorable day and a sizeable donation to a charity that […]

Goodwill, veterans office working to find Purple Heart descendants

Through a donation to the Green Bay East Retail Store and Training Center, Goodwill NCW recently received a Purple Heart and other memorabilia once belonging to Walter Walker Peters, a World War I veteran. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces to those who are wounded or killed while serving. […]

Tree, bench pay tribute to Oshkosh Goodwill program participant

A beautiful memorial outside the Oshkosh Retail Store and Training Center honors a longtime program participant who died last year. A Wisconsinite at heart with a love of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and cheese, Matt Hathaway joined the Oshkosh store, 1600 W. 20th Ave., through Goodwill’s Work Services program in 2009. Work Services […]

Store team leader’s son gets full scholarship to Princeton

Lucas Linzmeier, a senior at Marshfield High School, has been awarded a full, four-year QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship to Princeton University in New Jersey. Lucas is the son of Dan Linzmeier, Marshfield Retail Store and Training center store team leader, who has been with Goodwill for 13 years. He is one of eight children. […]

Project SEARCH grad realizes dream job with Herd

A Project SEARCH graduate has realized his dream of working in a sports arena. John Walter, 20, was hired to work at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, which is home to the Wisconsin Herd, the new D-League team for the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s just one more feat for John, a Special Olympics athlete who […]

Goodwill team members recover customer’s misplaced laptop

A Goodwill customer’s work laptop that accidentally was donated and presumed to be lost is now found, thanks to diligence and detective work. On Nov. 6, the E-Commerce team, which is in the Ralph B. Shiner Center in Appleton, received an email from a team leader at the Onalaska Retail Store and Training Center saying […]