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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community
Leaders & Supporters - July 2014

AbilityOne Award Given to Goodwill

AbilityOne Award Given to GoodwillAt this year’s SourceAmerica conference in San Diego, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago took home the coveted Performance Excellence in Government Contracts Award, recognizing excellence in AbilityOne contract performance and serving as an example to other nonprofit agencies.

The winner was Goodwill’s custodial team, which services the federal courthouse in Rockford, Illinois. Since 2010 this team has worked tirelessly to maintain near-perfect cleanliness and sanitation in this predominantly glass building. According to Chris Stream, Executive Director at SourceAmerica, “The Goodwill workers here have a desire to exceed their customer’s expectations whenever possible. They are truly remarkable and truly deserve to win this award.” The award recognizes Goodwill for providing exceptional customer service, partnership, professionalism, continuous improvement, and cost-saving initiatives.

Goodwill partners with AbilityOne to obtain federal contracts for custodial, grounds keeping, laundry, manufacturing and other services, all of which are predominantly filled by a workforce of people who are blind or have significant disabilities. More than 550 nonprofit agencies employ 125,000 people with significant disabilities through the SourceAmerica AbilityOne Program.

Jackie Hallberg, Goodwill President and CEO said, “This means the world to our participants – to work here. This is their second home; their coworkers are their second families. This building is amazing and it requires an amazing team to care for it.”

Pack’er Up Contest Winner Announced

Pack er Up Contest Winner AnnouncedAfter inspiring the entire community to participate, a small, parochial grade school in Delavan beat out much larger public schools in the 2014 Pack’er Up Donation Challenge that ran throughout the month of April. Our Redeemer Lutheran School (ORLS) collected 106,893 items of gently used clothing and housewares, over 25% more than the second place public school and even more than that over last year’s winner!

The faculty, staff and 180 students received a visit from Goodwill spokesperson and retired Green Bay Packer Donald Driver. Driver delivered a speech, posed for photos, and signed books he authored for the school’s library.

Second place went to Grafton Elementary School with 80,111 items, while third place went to Greenfield Middle School with 39,104 items donated.

Microsoft Grant Given to Goodwill

Microsoft Grant Given to GoodwillGoodwill is excited to announce that we have received a generous donation of $581,964 in software from Microsoft through their Good Tech 3.0 Grant. With this donation we will upgrade our current operational system platform and provide network access to Goodwill employees at non-Goodwill sites.

Microsoft partners with over 50,000 nonprofits every year to provide affordable access to technology. “Through our Microsoft Citizenship efforts, we provide technology tools, training and resources that can help create opportunities and transform communities. Congratulations on being part of our global community!” said Akhtar Badshah of Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs.

Re-opening Celebration in Janesville

Re-Opening Celebration in JanesvilleTo celebrate the completion of a remodeling project at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Janesville, a “grand re-opening” was held June 20 and 21. Festivities included the Chamber of Commerce participating in a ribbon-cutting, followed by a cake-cutting and serving.

In addition, Goodwill DataShield was on site to collect customers’ personal documents for shredding, filling several bins. Customers said they were happy to have a convenient place to drop off their documents and receive a Certificate of Receipt from the DataShield crew, certifying that the documents would be safely and securely destroyed.