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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

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

Project SEARCH at the Zoo

Project SEARCHGoodwill, along with our partners, the Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA) #1, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Milwaukee County Department of Family Care, Community Care and IRIS is proud to announce that the Milwaukee County Zoo will partner with us on the newest Project SEARCH site in the Milwaukee area. With our shared focus on the community, this educational and training program is something that all organizations are excited about as a way to positively affect the lives of young adults with disabilities!

Project SEARCH is a unique, high school transition-to-work program that takes place entirely at the business site. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through internship rotations. An important aspect of Project SEARCH is that it is a collaborative partnership between a business site, school district or agency, service provider, vocational rehabilitation and long term care.

The Milwaukee County Zoo will be a unique learning environment with a variety of internship options for the students, including the Animal Commissary doing food order preparation and fulfillment, Merchandise and gift shop areas, Food Service, Environmental Services, Grounds and Facility Maintenance, and Special Events.  Internships also will include working in the Marketing and Education departments at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Chuck Wikenhauser, Zoo Director, is our business liaison and champion of Project SEARCH at the Zoo. His management team is on board and ready to make this program a success. Chuck says, “Since its inception, the Milwaukee County Zoo has provided thousands of young people with their first formal job experience. Everyone at the Zoo is excited to join with Goodwill and Project SEARCH in expanding those opportunities for meaningful on-the-job training.”

Goodwill Table Wins at Show

Goodwill Table Wins at ShowThe WRA or Wisconsin Restaurant Association-sponsored annual trade show, the Midwest Foodservice Expo, took place at the Wisconsin Center from March 9-11. Goodwill once again participated with our Goodwill Culinary Institute (GCI) booth open for information, GCI students assisting the Reinhart Foodservice staff, and an entry into the Tabletop Design Competition (only our second year for this).

The judges at the expo chose Goodwill’s “Seaside Dining” table design and decorations as the winner in Most Viable Concept and tied for Most Creative Theme. The People’s Choice Award (often thought by many to be the more coveted award) went to Goodwill’s beautiful entry!

April is Earth Month

April is Earth MonthGoodwill has always been a leader in the “green” movement. In fact, you could say that Goodwill was one of the first companies to recycle. When gently used clothing is donated to Goodwill because the original owner no longer uses it, it becomes “new” clothing in the eye of the buyer. The same thing applies to household items, toys, sports equipment and more. And this cycle could actually play out over and over again.

Each time that happens, more stuff is kept out of landfills. In fact, some items may never even see a landfill when you consider the whole concept of Upcycling – taking an item that is no longer useful in its original form and repurposing it to gain better value and new usefulness.

In 2014, Goodwill helped to “Keep America Green” by the following accomplishments:

Clothing/Textiles Kept Out of Landfills = 87.6 million pounds

Electronics Recycled = 12.7 million pounds of computers, cell phones, TVs*

Cardboard Recycled = 3 million pounds (Retail)

Various Materials = 9.7 million pounds (Goodwill Manufacturing)

 *As of January 1, 2015, we no longer accept large TVs. We will continue to accept flat panel HDTVs.

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