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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Another Goodwill Success Story!

Goodwill Success StoryThis story began over a year ago but the ending, which really is just the beginning, proves that patience and perseverance really pay off. To clarify that statement, we need to go back to October of 2012 when an unemployed woman walked into the Goodwill Workforce Connection Center (WCC) on 91st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her name was Tiffany Johnson and her life was about to change for the better.

Tiffany accessed the WCC for help in resume writing and interviewing skills, as well as access to job fairs and employment opportunities. One day she saw an opening for a position at a Goodwill Store & Donation Center, applied, and was hired.

The next step was for Tiffany to attend and graduate from Career Path, Retail’s program for upward growth in the organization. Within six months, she was offered the Team Lead position at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center on Palmer Street. Tiffany said, “I like making the store more ‘shoppable’ for the customers. I want them to have a pleasurable experience.”

When asked what was next for her, Tiffany said, “I want to return to Career Path for the next level of management, which is Retail Coordinator.” She added, “I really appreciate the opportunity to grow here. That’s number one with me. I don’t want to be stuck in one place.” Tiffany also plans to return to school to pursue a business degree. Her story of success is just beginning.

Mayor Recognizes Goodwill AmeriCorps Team

Mayor Recognizes Goodwill AmeriCorps TeamGoodwill’s AmeriCorps team was recently recognized by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for providing free financial literacy and benefits information programs to Goodwill participants as well as free VITA tax services to the general public.

On April 1, mayors from across the nation celebrated the tremendous contribution that individuals provide through national service. This celebration highlights the positive and lasting impact that AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have in our cities. Last year, nine mayors in Wisconsin participated by issuing proclamations, participating in service events, and meeting with members directly.

In 2012, the latest that figures are available, Wisconsin ranked eighth in the nation for the percentage of residents who volunteer. That is 35% of residents or 1.62 million individuals. They provided 165 million hours of service, which was considered to be worth $3.1 billion if they had been paid for their time.

Spring Art Exhibition Shows Artists’ Talent

Goodwill Spring Art ExhibitionIndividuals involved in Goodwill’s Artistic Enhancement Program at the James O. Wright Center for Work and Training had an exciting opportunity for their artwork to be displayed in a Spring Art Exhibition at Sarah Chudnow Community in Mequon.

The art exhibition showcased paper sculptures, mounted and framed paintings, and recognized the beauty, creativity and talents possessed by these artists. The opening reception took place April 6 and included a lovely offering of food and beverages. The exhibit was to stay on display, and for sale, through April 20. However, due to the tremendous success, the exhibit was extended! In addition, an invitation to host another art exhibit for next year has already been accepted! Individuals who were part of creating the artwork joined Art Facilitator Chrystal Gillon-Mabry at the opening reception and received a warm welcome and great appreciation from the Sarah Chudnow Community as well as all its guests.

Goodwill Donors Unload on WKLH’s Dave & Carole

Goodwill Donors on WKLHOn Saturday, May 3, local celebrities Dave & Carole from Milwaukee radio station WKLH, partnered with the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Wauwatosa for a celebrity donation drive. Called “Unload on Dave & Carole,” the event was a smashing success!

According to Store Manager Jennifer McDonough, “This was an exciting way to start off summer! The weather has been so awful; I’m guessing for the past several weeks people have been stuck inside and decided to clean their closets of items they no longer use. Now on the first beautiful Saturday this year, they came out to Goodwill and unloaded their stuff on the two best radio talents in town!” Jennifer said that Saturday’s Unload on Dave & Carole event definitely made a major, positive impact on donations!

“We were getting a lot of phone calls in the days and week preceding the event. People wanted to confirm that Dave & Carole would be here and that every donor would receive a 30% off coupon good in the store,” Jennifer added. “In fact, I saw people drop off their donations, meet with Dave & Carole, get the coupon, drive around the building, and come in to shop! It was an amazing day.”