Northside Goodwill Store Community Room stays busy six months in

Goodwill Northside opened its doors to hundreds of eager shoppers on September 29, 2017. Neighbors have enjoyed the signature value that Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) is known for. But almost as busy as the retail store and donation center, the Northside store’s community room has been warmly embraced by the neighborhood.

“The room is booked consistently through the rest of the year, with several groups using it on a recurring basis,” said store manager Billy Suppes.

The community room was included in the new store at the request of local elected officials. It accommodates up to 30 people and may be reserved for community meetings and activities.

In January the Goodwill Northside Community Room was designated a polling place for Ward 32, hosting its first election for the Feb. 20 spring primary. The store extended its operating hours to coincide with polling hours, choosing to open the store early for shopping as well. Voters also received a special one-day coupon as a “thank you” for voting.

Goodwill SCWI is currently working with art students at Malcolm Shabazz City High School to create a mural for the community room that reflects the cultural heritage of the neighborhood and Goodwill’s guiding principles. At the suggestion of Shabazz art teacher Rachel Schramm, Goodwill SCWI is also reserving space to showcase local art from neighborhood schools, community centers and the like.

Goodwill Northside is the tenth store in the South Central region. The stores exist as the economic driver for Goodwill’s mission services, providing career guidance, supported employment and residential services to people with disabilities, mental health concerns and other barriers to employment and independent living.

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit serving residents within a 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Goodwill Stoughton to Open Mid-March

Goodwill SCWI is pleased to announce the opening of a new retail store and donation center in Stoughton, WI on Friday, March 16. The store at 1780 US-51 fills 17,961square feet of space in the building that formerly housed Walmart, with 11,246 of that dedicated to the retail floor. This will be the eleventh Goodwill Store in the 14-county region that Goodwill SCWI serves, bringing Goodwill’s signature combination of thrift, community partnership and new employment.

 

While Goodwill is well-known to bargain hunters, each new Goodwill store and donation center also presents employment opportunities for the community. The new location will have a staff of 25‒30 people for everything from entry-level to professional management positions. Jobs at the new location include receiving, sorting and pricing donated items, stocking the floor and cashiering.

 

“We are thrilled to be joining the vibrant community that is Stoughton,” said Goodwill SCWI president and CEO Vicki Holschuh. “Residents of Stoughton are justifiably proud of their beautiful city, and we are proud to become a part of it.

“Our stores are the economic driver for the mission of Goodwill,” she added. “With these proceeds, we provide career guidance, supported employment and residential services to people with disabilities, mental health concerns and other barriers to employment and independent living. So when we open a new store, we create additional capacity for those services.”

 

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit. When someone donates to their local store, their donation typically gets resold in that location or within the Goodwill SCWI 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Your Valentine’s Day Shopping Checklist

Take the pressure off this Valentine’s Day with a foolproof downloadable shopping checklist. You won’t disappoint and you won’t break the bank. With just a little creativity and some classic Valentine charm, you’re sure to be a hit this year. We’ll focus on three shopping categories and supply you with an easy checklist!

Let’s start with the basics. In order to have a romantic dinner at home, you’ll need to create an inviting table:

– Wineglasses

– Place settings

– Tablecloth

– Candle holders

– Vase for flowers

– Dessert dishes

Don’t get overwhelmed. These common household items are more than affordable at your Goodwill SCWI locations. THRIFT TIP: find one piece that speaks to you and keep the rest of the items in that same design. Let’s say you’ve found a crystal flower vase – keep adding to the glass theme with glass candle holders, glass sundae bowls. A matching or monochromatic look will help you cross things off your shopping list quickly.

You’ve got your table looking top notch. Now it’s your turn to tune up your wardrobe. Let’s face it – its winter in Wisconsin. You might be feeling pale or just needing a dose of spring time. A new outfit that fits you right and makes you feel great is just what you need. Here are two timeless looks to give you confidence and boost your spirits.

Women, keep your eyes peeled for a classic Wrap Dress. This simple style is flattering on so many body types. It’s designed to accentuate your best features with a cinched in natural waist in a soft, flowing fabric. You can also recreate this silhouette by tucking a V-neck or buttoned blouse in a high-waisted skirt. Again, no need to feel panic! Look for fabrics and colors that speak to you. When something stands out, keep the rest of your wardrobe connected to that same theme. Once you’ve established that, find the shoes and accessories to match. You can do it!

Men, I believe the famous line by Plato reads “everybody’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man”. OK, maybe it wasn’t Plato…but you get the point. You need to feel elevated in your look too! And you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Keep the lines simple with a well-fitted blazer, oxford shirt and slimming pants. Check out these easy inspiration looks. Another THRIFT TIP: consider tailoring. You might find a really high quality blazer that is just a hair too large. With Goodwill’s affordable pricing, you can use the money you’ve saved to get the look custom tailored to you.

Don’t overlook this last mood setting must-have. How surprised would your loved one be by the smooth sounds of a romantic record? Go old school and check out the record section at your Goodwill SCWI. Whether it makes you feel nostalgic, trendy or unique, you can’t go wrong with music! And a little romantic comedy never hurt anyone either. Really cut the cord and go straight for the DVDS. Spring for some romantic comedies and have your sweetheart choose their favorite. They’ll feel honored to pick the film.

– Vintage Record

– DVD’s

Now that’s what we call a #GoodwillDateNight. Don’t break the bank, be creative! Now you are officially armed with the foolproof Valentine’s Day shopping checklist. Get everything you need to throw a romantic night in at your Gooodwill SCWI.

Goodwill SCWI Celebrates Growth and Good News in 2017

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) enjoyed significant successes in 2017 with the opening of a new store and a statewide honor for a participant in Goodwill’s Supported Employment (SE) program.

The year began with a complete refresh of the Monona location at 2501 Royal Avenue. The store and donation center stayed open throughout the renovation, which was completed in May.

Aside from the fresh look of the store, the makeover includes operational improvements as well.

“This was a great opportunity to break down the walls – literally and figuratively – between our retail and donation processes,” said store manager Doug Rozak. “We’re also very pleased with the positive impact on the customer experience.”

June brought the news that Goodwill SCWI was renewed for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers.

This three-year accreditation for Goodwill’s community housing, employment supports and job development services cements more than 40 years of exceptional service to individuals with disabilities. Goodwill SCWI operates the only CARF-accredited group homes in Madison.

CARF was complimentary of Goodwill SCWI’s exceptional service and reputation:

The supported employment program is led by a team of experienced professionals who have been successful in building relationships with local businesses [leading to] employment opportunities for clients formerly thought of as unlikely candidates for competitive employment.

In September, Goodwill opened is 10th new retail store and donation center at 2901 North Sherman Avenue on Madison’s Northside. More than 300 people waited in line for the doors to open.

In assessing neighborhood needs, the decision was made to incorporate a community room at this location. The space accommodates up to 30 people and has become a busy spot for community meetings and activities.

Goodwill SCWI is scheduled to open its 11th store in Stoughton in the spring of 2018.

As 2017 wound down, Goodwill SCWI was delighted to join in the celebration of David Brann, one of the many amazing people served by the local nonprofit. David received the Wisconsin Job Honor Award on November 29. The award celebrates Wisconsinites who have overcome barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them.

The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards were presented during the Future Wisconsin Summit hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and sponsored by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup.

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit serving communities within a 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Madison Goodwill Program Participant Receives Wisconsin Job Honor Award

David Brann, one of the many amazing people served by Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin received the Wisconsin Job Honor Award on November 29. The award celebrates Wisconsinites who have overcome barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them. Launched in Iowa in 2014, the awards are expanding nationally under the banner of America’s Job Honor Awards.

David (right) with his boss Chef Evan Dannells.

David has autism, and communication can be challenging for him. He was quiet when he first started working, but has since found his fit as pre-cook at Lucille, a Madison-based restaurant. David enjoys his job saying, “From the first day, I just started loving it more and more.”

“We’ve watched him come out of his shell, and that really felt good,” said executive chef Evan Dannells, “He has improved everyone’s life around here.” Evan partners with Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin to recruit workers with disabilities into the restaurant industry, which is short on talent. “This is actually just an alternative labor force,” said Evan, “I can’t stress enough that it isn’t a free ride. David’s an actual employee who has actual expectations, and he’s productive.”

The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards were presented during the Future Wisconsin Summit hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and sponsored by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup. Several hundred Wisconsin business leaders assembled at Monona Terrace to witness the ceremony and watch biographical videos of the honoree efforts to win life-changing jobs. The video of David and Evan does a wonderful job of not only showcasing David’s achievements, but noting how Goodwill® works with employers to support a diverse and inclusive workforce. You can watch the video here.

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit serving communities within a 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Tree Donation Benefits Goodwill SCWI and Customers

While well-known to thrifters for its wide selection of gently-used goods and signature value, the Madison Goodwill store at 4530 Verona Road will be featuring donations of another kind for a special one-day-only sale.

The owners of a Christmas tree farm in the Town of Hancock in Waushara County are donating a truckload of trees that will be sold on Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last.

The donation also benefits customers since the donation allows Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) to sell the trees at a greatly reduced price in keeping with the value that has defined the nonprofit organization since it first began.

Tree farm owner Connie Bauer said she and her husband purchased the land to build a home for retirement.

“It’s 26 acres of vacant land with a Christmas tree plot of approximately 3000 trees,” said Bauer. “We thought of finding a wholesaler to purchase the Christmas trees and sell them in bulk,” she added. When that didn’t work out, the couple turned to Goodwill SCWI.

Goodwill, in turn is sending one of its semi-trucks to pick up the trees and bring them to Madison.

Bauer says she appreciates the work Goodwill does in the community through its mission services. “I also wanted to keep the donation in the area, so Goodwill SCWI was a good choice for us.”

Trees will sell for $10-$20. With a limited supply on the lot, they are expected to sell quickly. It’s another parallel to Goodwill’s standard of rapidly changing inventory.

“It’s a unique donation that allows us to have a unique sale,” said Goodwill SCWI President and CEO Vicki Holschuh.

But just as with regular retail sales, the proceeds fund services that provide career guidance, supported employment and residential services to people with disabilities, mental health concerns and other barriers to employment and independent living.

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit serving communities within a 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Northsiders flock to Goodwill grand opening, community room

Goodwill Northside continues to enjoy meeting new neighbors following a spectacular grand opening Sept. 29. Hundreds waited in line to be among the first in the door of Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s (SCWI) newest retail store and donation center.

The wait was made more pleasant with refreshments from neighboring Willy St. Co-op North and performances by the Shabazz Fiddlers and the Sassy Steppers.

Lines snaked around the store for much of the day, but staff and customers exhibited patience and good humor, enjoying the celebratory vibe and the always-enticing hunt for new treasures.

On Oct. 13, Goodwill SCWI unveiled the store’s new community room. Invited guests, including Madison Chamber of Commerce representatives and neighborhood leaders, were treated to refreshments catered by Willy St. Co-op and a behind-the-scenes look at the donation center and production area.

Madison Alder Larry Palm assisted President and CEO Vicki Holschuh with the ribbon-cutting duties. Palm was the impetus behind inclusion of the community room at the new store, suggesting it as a pressing need in the neighborhood. At this writing, the room had already been reserved for four events, including a listening session with Palm and Alder Rebecca Kemble.

Reservations for the space may be made by contacting Lori Wirth at lwirth@goodwillscwi.org.

Holschuh also announced a partnership with Malcolm Shabazz City High School art students. Under the direction of art teacher Rachel Schramm, students will create artwork for the community room that will represent the cultural heritage of the neighborhood and the guiding principles of Goodwill SCWI.

 

 

Holiday Contest Partnership #30dollargoodwillchallenge

Goodwill SCWI is proud to partner with WISC-TV and local design team Elevate Events for a holiday shopping contest. Elevate Events appeared on the morning news to promote the #30dollargoodwillchallenge. The design team showcased how they took $30 and transformed purchases from Goodwill to decorate for the holidays. Shoppers are urged to do the same and enter their submissions on Goodwill’s Facebook or Instagram pages. Elevate Events and WISC-TV morning show host, Brittany Paris will select a winner and award them with a $100 Goodwill shopping spree. Check out the morning news segment!

See details here and enter to win!

“Miraculous” Find Returns Diamond Ring to Owner

Sharp eyes and a lot of luck returned a diamond ring to its owner today. The ring and a necklace were inadvertently donated to Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s (SCWI) Fitchburg store several weeks ago, mixed in with clothing.

The owner filed a Lost Donation Report on September 4. September is a busy month for donations, and the chances of locating the jewelry was slim. Nevertheless, Goodwill SCWI put all hands on deck to search for the valuables.

“Usually, two weeks after the fact, we don’t expect to recover missing items,” said Debbie Caraballo. Caraballo is the designated “jewelry lady” for shopgoodwillmadison.com, Goodwill SCWI’s online shopping site.

Caraballo examines the jewelry for markings and authenticity before pricing them for sale.

This morning, she spotted an unusual piece and checked it against the description of the lost ring. It was a match. As she read the lost donation report, she noted the mention of the necklace and remembered seeing a similar piece. That too was recovered.

The owner was immediately contacted and arrived a short while later to reclaim the items, shaken but ecstatic to have them back in her possession.

Retail stores and shopgoodwillmadison.com are economic drivers for the mission of Goodwill. The proceeds from the sale of gently-used donated goods funds career guidance, supported employment and residential services to people with disabilities, mental health concerns and other barriers to employment and independent living.

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit. When someone donates to their local store, most times their donation gets resold in that location or within the Goodwill SCWI 14-county region. Each regional Goodwill is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.