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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community
Leaders & Supporters - January 2016

Charity Navigator Gives Goodwill Four Stars

Charity Navigator Gives Goodwill Four StarsCharity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has once again awarded Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. a four star rating – the highest rating possible. 

This rating from Charity Navigator indicates that Goodwill adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.  Only about a quarter of the charities that Charity Navigator evaluates earn this high rating.  Per Charity Navigator this “exceptional” designation differentiates Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin from other organizations and demonstrates to the public that Goodwill is worthy of their trust.

Goodwill Helps Bridge Staffing Gap for Froedtert Hospital and MPS 

Goodwill’s mission is about training and jobs for people with disabilities and disadvantages. As a leader in this type of work, we partner with some of the area’s top companies to create customized Workforce Development solutions that meet their needs.

We have seen that come full circle when we can help one of our partners with resources from another partner. Goodwill is able to link together organizations and together fill a need. A great example of that is our connection between Froedtert Hospital and Milwaukee Public Schools .

Goodwill works with each of these companies on various levels – laundry services, staffing services, document destruction to name a few – and in a recent conversation learned of a need that Froedtert had for a new function in the hospital. Froedtert was launching a new process to support their new enhanced and centralized operating room facilities. Froedtert representatives mentioned a challenge with staffing these temporary medical transporter positions after the hospital renovations.

Goodwill staff went to work to discover more about this challenge and how we could meet it. With just a few weeks to pull together a plan, Goodwill TalentBridge found that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) have some medical-specific courses at some schools to prepare students for a career in the medical field. We made some connections, and were able to help create temporary jobs for MPS students.

This is a fantastic example of how three organizations were flexible and agile enough to make something happen in a relatively short amount of time. Milwaukee Public Schools embraced the opportunity and was able to quickly pull together the necessary resources to find the right students, get schedules adjusted and be ready for implementation. Froedtert was able to work internally with their Transport Department to get the positions ready and get students trained, including providing CPR certification, an added benefit for the students in the program. Goodwill TalentBridge served to link all the pieces together into a program that is meeting an employer challenge while giving students real world experience in health care.

To date there are six Milwaukee Public Schools students, 18 years old, working as Goodwill TalentBridge employees in a part time job making $15 per hour. They are also getting hands-on medical experience in a hospital setting, helping them further explore career paths in the health care field and providing them job experience in this sector, all before graduating high school. It was a win for Froedtert and MPS, a win for the students and a win for Goodwill.

Goodwill is about bridging the gap, finding hope and finding work, helping our partner companies focus on their core competencies, and making our communities a better place through the power of work.

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