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Guest Blogger for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.

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Building Brighter Futures with the Help of the YMCA

Posted by Guest on September 30, 2019

Both Goodwill and the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee have deep roots in the Milwaukee area. This year Goodwill celebrates its 100 year anniversary, while the YMCA has served Milwaukee for 161 years. Both organizations’ missions are focused on inclusion, empowerment, and equity for all and by teaming together they have created new opportunities for positive impact in the community. You can see this firsthand when you enter any of the three YMCA branches and witness a Goodwill volunteer greet you from behind the desk. Community Access Intermediate Track trainees work alongside YMCA staff to scan guest cards, provide keys, fold towels, play with children in the Kid Zone, clean fitness equipment, and more.

YMCA staff and guests have always welcomed volunteers with open arms, while offering them the chance to gain confidence and skills related to communication, customer service, teamwork, problem solving, and so much more. Last year four Goodwill trainees completed a four-month volunteer rotation. As a result, three of those four individuals are currently employed! YMCA staff were able to attend the 500 Jobs Celebration that took place last October to commemorate these and other successful hires. Community Integration Specialist Karen Kiley said, “The YMCA is a family and by making our volunteers part of that, they are providing an environment where growth happens, independence is achieved, and people thrive.”

This past June, five new volunteers started their rotation and are learning something new every day. One volunteer, Sandy, discovered that her favorite part of the experience so far is the people. “Everyone is so nice and welcoming,” she said. This year the agencies are continuing to further develop their partnership by exploring new ways to engage Goodwill trainees through fitness classes, health and wellness programs, and presentations from YMCA staff about topics such as professional behavior and customer service.

Shanee’ Jenkins, Vice President of Social Responsibility and Strategic Partnerships for the YMCA said, “We recognize that by bringing neighbors together to advance the common good, we can improve lives and strengthen communities.” Goodwill and the YMCA are proud of the impact that they have had over the last century of service, but their work is far from done. We look forward to even greater positive influence in the future and to celebrating diversity, connection, and achievement for all!

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Tis the Season...

Posted by Guest on December 3, 2015

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Goodwill Center for Work and Training in Greendale! Program participants, staff and Goodwill guests were welcomed back from the Thanksgiving holiday to beautifully decorated trees, hanging snowflakes and ornaments, twinkling lights and glowing reindeer. It truly is a winter wonderland! Christmas really is a magical time of year, but it’s even more magical here at Goodwill!

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An Inside Look at Goodwill's 2014 Community Impact Report

Posted by Guest on September 30, 2015

While the dust has settled on 2014, the impact of Goodwill has been well received in 2015, as evident by our 2014 Community Impact Report. While the report this year took on a bit more traditional layout, the content of our report is displayed in an impactful way through the use of creative visuals and 2014’s theme – Building for the Future.

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Green at Goodwill!

Posted by Guest on April 15, 2015

By Kyla Mrazek.

I am part of the Goodwill family, with over 6,000 employees working in 23 different counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. Working for Goodwill makes me proud each and every day, and for so many reasons.

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Highlighting Our Community Impact

Posted by Guest on July 30, 2014

The Goodwill 2013 Community Impact Report was recently mailed to Goodwill employees, volunteers, donors and other area partners.  This year’s report was changed from a traditional Annual Report to a Community Impact Report, and these significant changes in the look and content of our report have allowed us to share our outcomes in a new and more impactful way.   

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