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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


5 tips for cleaning out your closet and maximizing wardrobe

With the promise of the spring season comes an excitement of knowing that we will be shedding our sweaters and saying a warm hello to our favorite tees and capris. If you’re not feeling it because you left your ho-hum spring and summer wardrobe behind when the birds went South, it’s time to change that […]


Teen gains new mindset through restorative justice program

Aubrey, a teenager from central Wisconsin whose dad died when she was 9, went through the Marathon County Restorative Justice Program, a program of Goodwill, after having behavioral issues at school and has come away with a new mindset. “It kind of just showed me what I could do and how helping people can make […]

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