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Good to Know Newsletter

Good to Know Newsletter


Guest Blogger for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.

Recent Posts

Goodwill Great Lakes Hosts Super Bowl Party at Galley 535

While you may not expect to find a Goodwill operation on a military base, Goodwill Great Lakes provides food service, administrative, logistic services and laundry to both Sailors and Recruits at the Navy's only boot camp—Naval Station Great Lakes in Great Lakes, IL.

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Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers in Chicago Welcome Bears Legends Jay Hilgenberg and Otis Wilson

Chicago Bears Legends Jay Hilgenberg and Otis Wilson visited Goodwill's Workforce Connection Centers in North Riverside and Lombard to show how local job seekers are using this resource to help launch their careers. Members of the community can visit our Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers free of charge for job assistance like resume writing, interviewing skills and online job applications.

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Donald Driver Mentoring Program Makes a Difference for Mentors and Mentees

First Row (left to right): Alyssa Robison, Aleka Kalpakidis, Jalissa Parris, Gazelle DeWerff, Sara Engelhardt, Sara Block. Second Row (left to right): Steve Morimoto, William “Kyle” Acuff, Mike Uick, Neil Schmidt, Jack Campbell, Julie Wedel, Raeanne Labrosse, Danielle Alsup, Jenna Horton

In late 2019, we gathered to celebrate our newest graduates of the Donald Driver Mentoring Program at a completion ceremony in their honor. Retired Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver was in attendance to give a keynote address to the mentors and mentees of the program that bears his name. “Your life is like a camera. You capture the moments. You learn from the negative. Sooner or later that camera will focus and develop the most beautiful pictures,” said Driver.

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Goodwill Featured on Our Issues Milwaukee

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin is proud to support people right here in our community through programs and services that help people find hope through the Power of Work. Recently, Goodwill was invited to join Andrea Williams on an episode of Our Issues Milwaukee, a locally produced program on CW18 and My24, targeted at increasing awareness of issues facing the diverse population of Milwaukee. Williams invites guests from around the city to provide an in-depth look at community-related topics.

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Partnership Helps Chicago High School Students Succeed

The Goodwill Workforce Connection Center (WCC) in Englewood, IL recently partnered with the Community Youth Development Institute (CYDI) to provide a two-day Professional Employment Skills Training class. The coursework focused on team building, resume development and interviewing skills with WCC Facilitator Melinda Crosby and WCC Employment Resource Specialist Shanell Thomas.

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Goodwill’s Inspirations Choir is Featured on Milwaukee Public Television

After many years of performing at Goodwill and at local businesses and community partners, our Day Services Choir was selected to be featured on PBS’s 10thirtysix program. The PBS crew filmed the choir during a holiday-themed performance from the Summerfield United Methodist Church in Milwaukee. The site was significant because it was the location of Milwaukee’s very first Goodwill back in 1919.

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Goodwill Employees Celebrate Goodwill's 100th Birthday!

This past fall Goodwill employees observed our 100th anniversary with company-wide festivities. As our centennial year draws to a close, we hope you enjoy this quick look back at the many ways we celebrated our belief in the Power of Work. 

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Honoring Goodwill’s Work through Planned Giving

With the seasons changing and the end of 2019 fast approaching, it is a great time to take a moment to reflect on what we are grateful for. At Goodwill, we are extremely grateful to celebrate our 100th anniversary this year. Since 1919, we have had the privilege of helping thousands of men, women, and families find dignity and hope through Goodwill. Founded on the principle of “Not Charity, but a Chance,” we have witnessed again and again the transforming Power of Work.

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Goodwill Participants Learn to Take the Bus with the Milwaukee County Transit System

Goodwill’s mission is to help individuals with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. An important step to that independence is transportation, whether it aids in getting to a job or helps in having a more fulfilling personal life. Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) realizes how valuable reliable, affordable, accessible transportation is to individuals, which is why they have a program called Freedom on Wheels. Through this program, MCTS staff go out into the community, at no charge, to teach individuals about bus transportation.

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Library Partnerships in Chicago – A Story of Success

Our relationship with libraries in the Chicago area began in 2017. Our Workforce Connection Center (WCC) team was looking for a new partnership that would allow us to bring our services to people in neighborhoods that were not located near a WCC location.

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