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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community
Leaders & Supporters - March 2015

An Inspiring Day in the Community

An Inspiring Day in the CommunityA group of four Goodwill Community Access individuals participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the MLK Library a few weeks ago. One of the main focuses of Community Access is to integrate people into the community and provide opportunities for engagement. Gathering to celebrate the efforts of someone so dedicated to equality was a powerful way to unify our group with the public.

The library hosted the event which featured activities and presentations honoring the achievements of the great civil rights leader. Poetry readings and dance performances by local students were part of the all-day affair commemorating the holiday.

A highlight of the experience was being a part of the creation of a community mural. The lead artist said that the message was one of peace and that the mural will be permanently displayed on site at the library.  Community Access members painted alongside students, community partners, professional artists, and even Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to create the mural. The group then had the chance to introduce themselves to the Mayor, tell him about their Goodwill experience, their training in the community, and goal of getting a job. 

This was a wonderful opportunity for these individuals to showcase their professional, social and communication skills. Overall, the experience was great motivation to continue to work hard and never give up on our dreams!

GOP Dinner Attendees Recognize Goodwill Individuals

GOP Dinner Attendees Recognize Goodwill IndividualsOn Friday, February 13, the Milwaukee Republican Party held a dinner at Serb Hall commemorating the birthday of the late Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President of the United States. Many notable politicians and leaders were there in addition to two of Goodwill’s Supported Employment individuals, Joey J. and Brittany W. They were on hand to be recognized for their accomplishments. Everyone in the room applauded enthusiastically when Joey and Brittany were introduced and asked to take a bow.

Joey works in the kitchen in food prep and dishwashing. Brittany works in the “front of the house” setting and clearing tables in the dining rooms. Both individuals are part of Goodwill’s Supported Employment program, in which the Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is intimately involved. DVR is more than just a funding source for people with disabilities who seek community employment. DVR is instrumental in assessing, counseling and placing participants into jobs well-suited for their abilities and interests.

Pack’er Up Promotion in Wisconsin

Pack’er Up Promotion in WisconsinAttention all Packer fans! From April 1 through 30, throughout the Goodwill of Southeastern Wisconsin service territory, a Pack’er Up Donation Challenge will take place among elementary and middle schools. Whether your school is big or small, Goodwill donations will help all!

You can get your whole community involved by cleaning out closets, attics, garages and more. Drop off donations at any participating Goodwill Store & Donation Center and fill out the contest slip for the school of your choice and leave it with the donation attendant. The school with the greatest number of items donated within the promotion period will receive a visit from former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver. Other prizes include autographed copies of his children’s book as well as an autographed Packer helmet. More information can be found at AmazingGoodwill.com.

Pass It On Promotion in Illinois

Pass It On Promotion in IllinoisAttention Blackhawk fans! From April 1 through 30, throughout the Goodwill Metro Chicago service territory, a Pass It On Donation Challenge will take place among elementary and middle schools. Regardless of the size of your school, big or small, Goodwill donations will help all!

You can get everyone involved – classmates, families, friends, neighbors. You can clean out closets, attics, garages and more. Drop off donations at any participating Goodwill Store & Donation Center and fill out the contest slip with the school of your choice and leave it with the donation attendant. The school with the greatest number of items donated within the promotion period will receive a visit from a Chicago Blackhawk player, a plaque, as well as autographed jerseys and caps. For more information, go to AmazingGoodwill.com.

Blog This

Goodwill Workforce Development/Business Development team members include Mike Matus (Vice President, Sales & Strategic Solutions), Mike Boelter (Vice President TalentBridge), Dan Depies (Vice President, Workforce & Program Development) and Julie O’Malley (Sales & Business Development Manager). Together, they publish a weekly blog on the Goodwill SEW website that is called “What Works.”

In that blog, Goodwill Workforce Development experts share their solutions for employers in our community. Each blogger has a unique point of view on various workforce development subjects such as Business development, career development, employment and more. The goal is to educate, inspire and help current customers and potential customers solve their staffing challenges.