Goodwill SCWI’s #50lb Challenge

Goodwill SCWI is celebrating Earth Day 2021 with the Goodwill SCWI’s Earth Day #50lb Challenge.

Due to the global pandemic, we couldn’t celebrate Earth Day’s milestone anniversary last year. So, this year we’re celebrating Earth Day AND our 50th anniversary in South Central Wisconsin with an event that will help keep the planet green.

We’re challenging individuals, groups, and organizations to donate 50lbs of clothing or other goods to promote global sustainability and help save the planet. Take a photo of your donation and tag @goodwillscwi on social media with the hashtag #50lbChallenge. You’ll have a chance to win one of two gift bags we’re giving away.

According to the EPA, the average Americans throw away about 81 pounds of clothing each year. Those clothes end up in landfills where they pollute the earth and the air. Donating to Goodwill helps keep the planet green by continuing the cycle of good. Through resale and responsible recycling, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin keeps 16 million pounds of goods out of the local landfill each year. It can’t get much greener than that!

So, gather your 50lbs of goods and head over to your favorite Goodwill!

Goodwill SCWI on Midday Madison

Spring cleaning is just around the corner and now is a good time to start clearing out your closet, basement, or attic of gently used clothing and household items that are ready for someone else to have a turn with. Through the resale of donated goods and responsible recycling, Goodwill SCWI keeps 16 million pounds out of the local landfills each year. Goodwill SCWI also partners with Dell to recycle computer equipment, working or not. 

 Our own David Johnson appeared on WKOW’s “Midday Madison” show to talk about how donating to Goodwill SCWI helps create the cycle of good and supports our local job training program. View the segment here and donate to support your local Goodwill SCWI today! 


Goodwill SCWI celebrates 50 years in South Central Wisconsin

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is celebrating 50 years of serving our neighbors right here in our community by helping people gain independence through the power of work.

 Since 1971, Goodwill SCWI has provided a hand up for anyone, throughout the 14-county region we serve, who wants to achieve independence through jobs, education, and skills training. 

 50 years of strengthening the community by helping staff members realize their potential, see and achieve their steps in the career pathways they set while providing support along the way. 

 50 years of service to the community by offering employment and training programs to assist those with obstacles to employment develop marketable skills and find meaningful employment.

 And during those 50 years, our 3 group homes have provided a safe, supportive way for hundreds of adults with mental illness regain their independence.

 But our impact in the community doesn’t stop there. Goodwill SCWI is also a green business, keeping 16 million of pounds of goods each year out of local landfills through responsible recycling.

 This is who we’ve been for 50 years. Goodwill SCWI is excited to continue our mission of providing services for people with obstacles to employment for another half century and beyond.

Safe Holiday Shopping – Online Facebook Live Sales

SPECIAL ONLINE EVENT: Get a jump on your Black Friday holiday shopping during Goodwill SCWI’s Facebook Live and Instagram Closet Sales!

Join us as we kick off these events with our Instagram Closet Sale on Monday, November 16th from 5 p.m. – 8.p.m. Shoppers can also take advantage of our Facebook Live Sale Wednesday, November 18th at 6 p.m.

During the Facebook Live event, viewers can bid on a variety of different items and take advantage of curbside pickup at our Verona Road store. It’s a safe and convenient way to check off all the items on your holiday shopping list this year from the comfort of your home.

Correctly answer Goodwill trivia questions for a chance to win a gift card!

Goodwill Promotes “Cost-Zoom” Contest on WKOW

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin appeared on WKOW’s morning show on Wednesday, October 12th, to help promote the online Halloween “Cost-Zoom” contest. News anchors Rebecca Ribley and Nick Buffo wore Tiger King inspired costumes found at Goodwill Sun Prairie.

This year’s contest promotes celebrating Halloween safely by urging shoppers to enter both Goodwill Halloween costumes as well as home decorations.

Shoppers are encouraged to enter the contest for a chance to win a $50 or $100 Goodwill shopping spree! Those entering can showcase their DIY side by creating a one-of-a-kind costume from items purchased at your favorite Goodwill or decked out Halloween home decor. Shoppers can even dress up their pet for a chance to win. Watch the full interview here.

Find all contest details and enter for a chance to win:

Halloween “Cost-Zoom” Contest

It’s time for the annual Goodwill SCWI  Online Halloween Contest – the “Cost-Zoom” Contest!

Celebrate online with the Goodwill community. Let your creativity and expert Goodwill shopping help you win big. Halloween is that wonderfully fun and spooky time of year and we know things are going to look a little different. Bring some extra joy into your life as you get dressed up and have a fun and safe celebration this season.

Win a $100 or $50 Goodwill SCWI shopping spree! Entering is easy and this year we’ve expanded the contest for submissions of both Halloween costumes and Halloween decorations. To enter, simply post of photo of your spectacular Goodwill costume or perfectly decorated Halloween home on Goodwill SCWI’s Facebook page or tag @goodwillscwi on Instagram. The top two photos with the most likes win.

The contest start Friday, September 25, 2020 and ends at NOON on Monday, November 2, 2020. Entries must contain items purchased from Goodwill SCWI locations and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Goodwill SCWI staff are not eligible to enter.

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is your resource for all things Halloween. Love dressing up for Halloween, but can’t find exactly what your need for that perfect creepy costume? Are you planning a Zoom celebration with family and friends? We’ve got you covered! Browse DIY costume inspiration on our Pinterest page and complete your Halloween shopping list.

You can also view quick and easy How-To Halloween decoration ideas on our YouTube channel like this super sweet Candy Corn Jar video.

Head over to our Halloween Shops in any of our 13 retails stores, including our newest store in downtown Verona. You can also shop Goodwill anytime, anyplace at our Goodwill SCWI Marketplace.

Remember, when you shop at Goodwill SCWI you’re getting more than a great deal, you’re making a difference in your community by supporting our mission. The dollars you spend in our retail stores help fund job training and employment services for individuals right here in our community!

Goodwill Halloween Shops – Now open in all stores!

Are you ready for the spookiest night of the year? Halloween is just around the corner and it’s never too early to start thinking about costume ideas!
And Goodwill SCWI has everything you’ll need for those perfect costumes for you and the kids. Halloween shops are now open in all 13 Goodwill SCWI locations throughout South Central Wisconsin.  Find your store!
Remember, you can still have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

New Goodwill SCWI store opens in downtown Verona

 Goodwill SCWI is happy to announce the opening of its newest store in downtown Verona on Friday, June 26th. The store resides in the building previously occupied by World of Variety, next to Park Bank at 118 South Main Street.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the store opened without any fanfare in order to maintain social distancing measures mandated by the county. However, there was a steady stream of customers throughout the day. Judging by the comments from some shoppers, they are excited to see a Goodwill store in their community.

 With the opening of the new store in Verona, Goodwill SCWI now has 13 retail stores, serving 14 counties in Central Wisconsin.

Donation to Badger Prairie Needs Network

Recognizing an urgent need in the community, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin has stepped up to help during the coronavirus pandemic by donating about 500 packages of adult diapers to Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) in Verona.

According to Executive Director Marcia Kasieta, BPNN always has a high demand for adult diapers, but rarely have them in stock and rely on the community for donations. She said it was enormously helpful to get the donation at this time more than any other.

“Having a huge contribution that you guys made yesterday is going to see us through server months. And it’s going to be wonderful for our households. For Many of them, buying those sorts of personal essentials is hard on a budget, especially when things are really tight and difficult like right now.”

The BPNN Verona location has seen double the number of households coming for assistance.

“And while we have food to give them, we usually don’t have these types of personal care items. And so people are pretty delighted when they find out that we do. Especially having the variety of sizes, which is really nice,” Kasieta said.

Goodwill SCWI is a new partnership for BPNN. Kasieta said the donation was a way to commence the partnership in a way they hadn’t planned.