Shiner team member’s story of turmoil, eventual triumph

By Beth Wells One of our team members at the Shiner Center has a new lease on life. Since adolescence, Jane Schmit’s determination often has been eclipsed by symptoms of her depression. Emergency hospitalizations were frequent and disruptive to crafting the steady, secure life she craved. The supports put in place to lend order felt […]


Thanks to you: Donations, purchases support Goodwill mission

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy It’s that time of year, time to slow down and express our gratitude for people like you — generous donors and shoppers. Thank you for giving. And for […]


Sense of adventure puts Oshkosh ribbon-cutter in spotlight

A Wisconsinite at heart with a love of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and cheese, Matt Hathaway is always learning. That adventuresome side has taken the Work Services program participant, who has been at the Goodwill Oshkosh Retail Store and Training Center since 2009, from the store floor and books department to the bowling […]


Holiday shopping tips to keep spending under control

By Alan Prahl Holiday gift-giving can be a joyous time, especially when we give gifts that delight the recipient without breaking the budget. Here are some holiday shopping tips to keep spending under control: Set a limit on the total amount of money you want to spend and then allocate that total among these three […]

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Goodwill a committed e-cycler

Goodwill is committed to protecting the environment and to the responsible recycling of donated electronics. As a member of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ E-Cycle Wisconsin program, we follow e-waste solutions that meet the industry’s highest standards. E-Cycle Wisconsin has special requirements for collectors and recyclers to ensure electronics are handled and recycled in […]


Former VSS client finds success through Walgreens’ REDI program

By Hannah McIntosh Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative, or REDI, is a Walgreens training program that helps prepare people with disabilities to be qualified candidates for positions in the Walgreens stores, as well as any retail business that requires similar skills such as unloading warehouse trucks, stocking, working the register, merchandising and providing great customer […]


Financial Wellness Center opens on FVTC’s Oshkosh campus

FISC, a program of Goodwill, has opened a Financial Wellness Center at Fox Valley Technical College on the Oshkosh Riverside Campus. FISC will counsel students experiencing financial emergencies, with the goal of lessening their debt and financial strain long term, and coach them toward self-sufficiency. This is the third Financial Wellness Center FISC has implemented in the […]

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Neighbors consider ripple effects of community building

By Julie Filapek What happened because of what happened? That was the question residents of Menasha’s Jefferson Park Neighborhood considered in a ripple effects mapping exercise at the close of a summer filled with neighborhood activity as part of the efforts of Neighborhood Partners, a program of Goodwill. A rummage sale, potluck social and flower […]

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Almost Home reunites family once living 3,000 miles apart

By Kristi Clover Two years ago, Elizabeth Reyes started working with Almost Home in hopes of becoming a homeowner. Almost Home is a partnership program between Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. As the program coordinator, I met Elizabeth during a very difficult time for their family. Elizabeth and her children were living more than 3,000 […]


Talent Shop a hidden gem inside Rib Mountain Goodwill

The Talent Shop is only as good as the artists and volunteers who make the Goodwill program possible. People like Virginia Hintz. Virginia is a jack-of-all-trades at the Talent Shop and has been since she started in 2006. She is a skilled woodworker who fills special orders for customers and also makes beaded angels, dishcloths, […]

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