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Thank you: Donations, purchases make impact in communities

Thanks for giving. And for donating, shopping, supporting, caring and being so loyal. By giving to Goodwill in whatever shape it takes, you back such Goodwill programs and services as Miracle League, Vocational Support Services, Circles of Support and Voices of Men and help us in providing job skills training to people with disabilities and […]

Contractivity! storms Oshkosh Defense

By Beth Wells Contractivity! has a long-standing partnership with Oshkosh Defense. Participants in the Goodwill program precision cut the paper templates that are put over trucks’ windows when they are being painted. To show their appreciation, employees at Oshkosh Defense offered Contractivity! a tour of its operation. The guide showed us how Oshkosh Defense’s craftspeople […]

Voices of Men takes center stage at national Boys State program

Voices of Men, a program of Goodwill that engages boys and men in work to end sexual assault and domestic violence, is receiving attention on a national level, thanks in part to Badger Boys State and two leaders. The program’s efforts focus on eliminating “man box culture,” which raises boys and men to believe that […]

Project SEARCH team wins Governor’s Exemplary Employer Award

Ascension Mercy Hospital, SSM Franciscan Courts and the Project SEARCH team were awarded the Wisconsin Governor’s Exemplary Employer Award on Oct. 12. As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Delora Newton, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator, presented the award that recognizes area businesses that have demonstrated a strong commitment […]

Goodwill furnishes Vietnam veteran’s home

When Jerry Monson looks around his Appleton house, he sees the good in the world. And he is reminded of how his home was made possible through the donations of companies and organizations, including Goodwill NCW, and friends and strangers. On Aug. 28, Jerry showed his appreciation for the kindness bestowed on him by giving […]

Teen dedicates Eagle Scout project to Miracle League

When 17-year-old Dominic Dovalis found out he had to do a service project as part of his Eagle Scout requirements, he didn’t hesitate on who would receive his time and attention — the Miracle League of the Fox Valley in Appleton. “As soon as I heard I needed to do a project, I knew immediately […]

Daughter honors mom with Goodwill scavenger hunt

Last year, Lisa Madison of Seymour and her family decided to honor her mom, Marlene Matuszak, who died in 2014 after an organ transplant, by combining two nonprofit organizations to make for a memorable day and a sizeable donation to a charity. The 2016 Restoring Hope Thrift Shop Scavenger Hunt took eight teams to eight […]

Goodwill team member a champion for financial know-how

Dianne Wittwer is a cheerleader — for others and, most important, for herself. Dianne, who celebrated 20 years with Goodwill NCW in November, also is celebrating her financial freedom and successes. But it hasn’t always been that way. Time, hard work and dedication have made it so. In 1996, the newly divorced single mother of […]

Prosperity Center participant realizes diploma dream

By Charis Hoff Brenda Winkler came to the Prosperity Center, a collaborative program between Goodwill NCW and Fox Valley Technical College, in November 2013 to see how she could make her goal of getting an education a reality. As a stay-at-home mom working through a divorce and living in a shelter, Brenda was lacking a […]

VSS program gives teen the work experience she longed for

Dani, a student at Appleton North High School, loves the medical field and longed to be a part of it. After a couple of setbacks, Dani, who is in a wheelchair and uses a computer to communicate, met with Vocational Support Services, a program of Goodwill, to find a work experience. VSS set out to […]

Community Circles of Support volunteers at heart of program

The Community Circles of Support program was founded as a grassroots effort in 2006 to respond to the need of men and women returning to communities from prison. In the last 10 years, it has become a program of Goodwill and served close to 2,000 individuals. Trained volunteers work in a group setting with voluntary […]

Team member donates hair to cancer cause

By Wes Powell A little more than two years ago I decided to start growing my hair out with the intention of shaving it off for a cause. The cause I chose was an organization called St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. On March 12 in Green Bay, I went to […]

Project SEARCH transformational for people with disabilities

At 20, Angel Helm is right at home at SSM Franciscan Courts, the retirement community of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in Oshkosh. Wearing a sparkly red headband that matches her engaging personality, Angel bites into her sandwich in between smiles and conversation in the lunchroom, a classroom of a different kind — one […]

Taking chance pays off for Work Services program participant

Mark Klitzke started with Goodwill in 1988 through the Work Services program, proving to be a dependable worker who kept to himself and focused on the job. Mark was always fine with the status quo and only did new tasks with encouragement. He wanted nothing more than to continue his work in Contractivity! at the […]

71-year-old former Circles of Support participant back at school

At age 71, Richard, who dropped out of high school and eventually earned his GED, is going back to school. The Contractivity! team member is working on earning his autoCAD certificate through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay with help from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. “My goal is a part-time job making a […]

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