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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

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

Goodwill Welcomes New Board Member

Goodwill Welcomes New Board MemberGoodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. recently named Brad Kalscheur, partner in the Wealth Planning Services Practice Group at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, to its Board of Directors. Kalscheur’s practice includes all areas of estate and business succession planning, as well as the structuring and taxation of partnerships and limited liability companies.

In addition to being a CPA, Kalscheur holds a law degree from Marquette University and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1995. He also sits on the boards of Real Property Probate and Trust Law and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. He also is the President of the Planned Giving Council of Eastern Wisconsin.

As a member of Goodwill’s board, Kalscheur will help oversee the largest Goodwill organization among 165 agencies in North America. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin employs more people with disabilities than any other private-sector business in the area. In 2014, Goodwill provided services to 72,152 men and women with disabilities and disadvantages.

The Donald Driver Mentoring Program Begins

The Donald Driver Mentoring Program BeginsOn June 2, Goodwill officially launched the Donald Driver Mentoring Program pilot in Southeastern Wisconsin. This program, endorsed by retired Green Bay Packer, Donald Driver, was developed to foster the continued personal and professional growth and development of individuals served or employed by Goodwill, especially in relation to their employment goals, through one-one-one mentoring relationships with community leaders and personal advocates.

The mentors and mentees selected to participate in this program come from various backgrounds; each individual bringing unique and diverse experiences to the program. Individuals selected to participate are paired together for a mentoring relationship term of one year and asked to meet for at least two hours each month, over the course of that year.

In order to be considered for the program, all mentees must be employed, have a connection to Goodwill, either through a Goodwill program and/or service or be actively employed within one of Goodwill’s operations, have a positive attitude, and have a desire to continue their personal and professional growth, among other things. Additionally, mentees must be referred to the program by a Goodwill employee and complete an informational interview process, at which time the Donald Driver Mentoring Program Selection Committee assesses the individual’s commitment level and determines if there is an appropriate mentor match.

The mentors selected to participate in this program are all volunteers from various organizations throughout the community, who have been referred to the program by an employee of Goodwill and have a strong desire to give back to their community through one-on-one mentoring relationships. All mentors must submit to a background check and complete and interview process before being selected for the program.

As with all of the programs and services Goodwill provides, The Donald Driver Mentoring Program is another great demonstration of Goodwill’s desire to continue to give the individuals we serve the tools and resources to be successful. To learn more about the Donald Driver Mentoring Program, contact the Goodwill Intake Line at (855)455-1110.

Goodwill’s Own is Nominated for Milwaukee Chef of the Year

Goodwill’s Own is Nominated for Milwaukee Chef of the YearGoodwill’s Derek Small, Manager of Culinary Operations, has been nominated for Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chefs of Milwaukee, Inc. He is one of only two people to be nominated.

The mission of ACF Chefs of Milwaukee is to make a positive difference for culinarians internationally through education, apprenticeship and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere. The ACF (national) is a professional organization for chefs and cooks that was founded in 1929 in New York City. Today, it has more than 17,500 members among nearly 200 chapters in four regions across the United States.

Derek received a degree in Business Management from New York University and a Master Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. As to his experience in food service, Chef Small joined the Navy as a Culinary Specialist. He then received a degree in Culinary Arts from a university in Rhode Island. Throughout his 20-year career in the Navy, Chef Small received many special awards and recognition. He has led food service operations for many countries, presidents and dignitaries. He was hand-selected to be an Admiral’s Culinary Specialist.

Since joining Goodwill, Chef Small’s number one priority has been training.  He is a sought-after guest speaker all around the area, sits on a culinary board, and is a registered ServSafe instructor and Proctor with the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (of which he’s a member).  

In addition, Chef Small manages the Goodwill booth at the annual Wisconsin Restaurant Association Midwest Food Service Expo, showcasing Goodwill’s Culinary Institute to thousands of attendees. He is committed to the Goodwill goal of “you donate, we train, people work.” The event celebrating the chosen chef of the year will take place August 14 at the Bluemound Country Club.

Goodwill Gets Governor’s Recognition Award

Goodwill Gets Governor’s Recognition AwardEmpowering individuals through personal financial awareness is a key part of helping them to gain and retain independence, which falls right in line with Goodwill’s mission. On June 4, Goodwill’s AmeriCorps Financial Empowerment Program was presented with the Governor’s Disability Inclusion Award by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch for demonstrating Goodwill’s commitment to inclusive programming for individuals with a disability.

Many individuals need help understanding how to manage their personal finances and deal with debt and other issues; adding to the challenge of keeping their job. To address this need, Goodwill built a strong set of services called Financial Empowerment. The program helps individuals learn principles of personal finance, create short-term and long-term financial goals, take steps to open a savings account, and provide access to tools that can assist them on their path to financial stability. Goodwill offers presentations on topics such as banking, budgeting and credit as well as one-on-one financial coaching to assist people in meeting their financial goals and keeping their job. Free VITA tax preparation services also are offered to help individuals with low income.

According to Ray Beloin, Supervisor of Vocational Support Services, “Studies have shown that as people find employment, learn to manage their income, and learn the value of saving and building credit, they are able to move to greater levels of independence.” For more information on Goodwill’s Financial Empowerment Services contact the AmeriCorps Financial Empowerment team at the James O. Wright Center for Work and Training in Milwaukee at 414-847-4845.

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