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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 […]

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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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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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Former LGBT Partnership teen participant back as adult volunteer

Nick Ross has come home. The 30-year-old who identifies as queer has returned to the same program that gave him strength, support and a sense of belonging as a youth — but this time in a different role. After searching for a volunteer opportunity that matched his interest in social justice and activism, Nick found […]

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Goodwill program facilitates campus diversity discussion

Barron County Restorative Justice Program, a program of Goodwill, received a request from the University of Wisconsin-Barron County recently to provide a neutral facilitator for a campus discussion related to diversity issues. The school recently hosted an Islamic speaker, had a subsequent petition to declare the campus as a sanctuary for non-U.S. citizens and a […]


Donation attendant goes from School-to-Work participant to hired!

Jon Young was introduced to Goodwill and the Eau Claire Retail Store and Training Center in 2015 through the Work Services program as a 17-year-old student at Memorial High School. School-to-Work is a cooperative effort between Goodwill and area school districts that provides valuable work experience for high school students with special needs. These work […]


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 […]

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