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.

Goodwill SCWI Updates

In accordance with the new state order, Goodwill SCWI stores and donation locations are now open and masks are required in all 13 Goodwill SCWI locations. 

 
*PLEASE KNOW AT THIS TIME STORES ARE OPEN WITH LIMITED CAPACITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMMUNITY GUIDELINES*

We thank you for your cooperation and support as we navigate through this phased re-opening.
See information below for curbside shopping pickup on Goodwill SCWI Marketplace!

Halloween Shops Now Open

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is proud to be an affordable and sustainable resource for the communities Halloween shopping needs. As shoppers bring some added joy to their lives with Halloween shopping, their support helps fund our local job training services. Thank you for being part of the cycle of good!

New Goodwill SCWI Store in 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.

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

Donating to Goodwill SCWI

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is now able to offer touchless, no-contact donation drop-off with the recent updates to the governor’s curbside restrictions. Donation drop-off is available at all 13 Goodwill SCWI locations. All Goodwill staff are practicing social distancing and taking safety precautions including wearing masks, gloves and disinfecting all donations. Community members donating items can remain in their vehicles and staff will gladly assist with removing designated donations from their vehicle.

Please know that you can also help your local community in another way when you donate to Goodwill as we’re collecting donations for local food pantries. Each Goodwill SCWI location has a local food pantry partner who will receive any non-perishable food items that community members generously donate. Goodwill SCWI staff will deliver food to designated pantries.

Shopping at Goodwill SCWI

We are proud to offer a safe and sustainable option for no-contact curbside pickup. Goodwill SCWI has long been an option for affordable, quality shopping and we’re glad to offer the community this option in these ever-changing times. Goodwill SCWI Marketplace is an online storefront where shoppers can purchase items and arrange for curbside pickup or free shipping on select items. New items are posted daily and weekly Facebook Live videos are showcases on Goodwill SCWI’s Facebook page to highlight new and exciting items.

Goodwill also offers unique treasures and one-of-a-kind items on shopgoodwillmadison.com. On this auction-style website you can bid on hundreds of items including jewelry, artwork, vinyl records, gaming systems, clothing, and more.

Good Will Come

Thank you for supporting your local Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin and our mission to provide independence through the power of work. As we stand together as a community, we know that Good Will Come.

Goodwill SCWI continues to serve the community. We recently partnered with the local nonprofit Focus Counseling to provide clothes to homeless men and women who were moved to local hotels to help prevent a surge of the deadly coronavirus in the homeless community, as well as help residents left without a home after an apartment building fire. View the NBC 15 story here.

 

Touchless Curbside Donation Drop-off

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is now able to offer touchless, no-contact donation drop-off with the recent updates to the governor’s curbside restrictions. Donation drop-off is available daily at all 13 Goodwill SCWI locations. All Goodwill staff are practicing social distancing and taking safety precautions including wearing masks, gloves and disinfecting all donations. Community members donating items can remain in their vehicles and staff will gladly assist with removing designated donations from their vehicle.

Please know that you can also help your local community in another way when you donate to Goodwill as we’re collecting donations for local food pantries. Each Goodwill SCWI location has a local food pantry partner who will receive any non-perishable food items that community members generously donate. Goodwill SCWI staff will transport food to designated pantries.

Thank you for supporting your local Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin. Your generosity helps support our mission to provide independence through the power of work.

Please note that while all Goodwill SCWI stores are still closed to the public, you can still shop safely and sustainably with new curbside pickup and on shopgoodwillmadison.com.

 

Coronavirus FAQ

What is Goodwill SCWI doing in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19?

In accordance with the new state order, Goodwill SCWI stores are now open. We have reserved an hour from 9am – 10am for senior shoppers and those with disabilities.

*PLEASE KNOW AT THIS TIME STORES CAN HOLD A LIMITED CAPACITY OF SHOPPERS IN COMPLIANCE WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH POLICIES*

Our e-commerce businesses will continue to operate within all safety guidelines. Group Homes must and will remain in operation, however we have closed them to outside visitors.

What is Goodwill SCWI doing to protect employees from Coronavirus/COVID-19?

Goodwill SCWI is committed to the health and safety of its employees, donors, customers, and program participants, which is why we made the decision to close our stores. We made this operational decisions to prevent the spread of illness based on local conditions and guidance and recommendations from health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Can I still shop at Goodwill SCWI right now?

In accordance with the new state order, Goodwill SCWI stores are now. We have reserved an hour from 9am – 10am for senior shoppers and those with disabilities.

*PLEASE KNOW AT THIS TIME STORES CAN HOLD A LIMITED CAPACITY OF SHOPPERS IN COMPLIANCE WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH POLICIES*

You can also shop with new curbside, no-contact pickup on Goodwill SCWI Marketplace and at shopgoodwillmadison.com at any time. You can still find great treasures while maintaining your social distancing.

Can I still donate to Goodwill SCWI right now?

Touchless, curbside donations are available daily from at all Goodwill SCWI locations. Please know that you can also help your local community in another way when you donate to Goodwill as we’re collecting donations for local food pantries. Each Goodwill SCWI location has a local food pantry partner who will receive any non-perishable food items that community members generously donate. Goodwill SCWI staff will transport food to designated pantries.

Does Goodwill SCWI make house calls to pick up donations?

Goodwill SCWI has a partnership with College Hunks Hauling where you can receive $15 off your moving fee when you have your items donated to any Goodwill SCWI location. College Hunks Hauling will transport your unwanted items to one of our donation centers. If you’d prefer keeping stricter social distance during the pickup, you can leave your donations on the terrace or driveway of your home or apartment building to be picked up. Contact College Hunks at 608-597-6329 to make special arrangements.

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of our mission during this challenging time. We know how much you love shopping at Goodwill SCWI. We’ll keep you updated on when the stores will reopen. We’d love to see you back once they do!

New Training Center opens at Goodwill SCWI Home Office

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin opened a new Training Center at the home office on Madison’s east side. President and CEO Vicki Holschuh addressed attendees  and welcomed them to this space dedicated to continued learning. Classes offered in this new space focus on providing professional development.

Through these programs, individuals invest in themselves with the support of their employer. Goodwill SCWI is committed to helping employees stay relevant in the ever-changing workforce. Classes range from computer essentials and soft skill basics to leadership training and personalized development plans. Ensuring that individuals have access to continued workplace education aligns directly with Goodwill SCWI’s mission of independence through the power of work!

Interested in investing and upskilling your employees? Contact Goodwill SCWI’s Business Partnerships team member Dale Reeves at dreeves@goodwillscwi.org to talk about training classes offered to the public.

#HighFashionLowPrices

Living in the Midwest can make the most dedicated fashionista think twice before stepping out in her winter wardrobe. It’s hard to enjoy a fun outfit when you’re freezing! That is why in this month’s edition of #HighFashionLowPrices, we are going to be tackling what to wear when the temperature is also LOW!  

I visited my local Goodwill Middleton location again on a mission to find outfits that will keep you warm and that are on-trend. As per usual, the store was full of amazing options and it was super hard to choose only five final looks. 

Here are my favorite winter styling tips and outfit picks!

  • Layer a chunky turtleneck under an insulated blazer to stay as warm as a mug of apple cider. I paired this trendy Chicos skirt with a simple top to really let the fun scarf and blazer pop.  The turtleneck gives a little extra insulation and wearing a knee-high boot will warm you right up. You could wear tights with this look or if it’s really cold, break out a pair of thick leggings. No matter what the weather is you will look put together and polished! The best part of this outfit is that not a single item cost over eight dollars! 

 

  • Try this unique combination! You don’t need to put your fave fall dresses away – simply treat them as a base layer and pile a thick sweater on top. I added some thermal leggings that will slip perfectly into a fun pair of knee-high boots. I couldn’t believe this totally trendy cheetah print pair was only nine dollars!  Belting oversized items can help define you waist and keep you looking put together even under bulky winter items. Top the look off with your favorite coat and you are ready to brave any winter wonderland.

 

  • A Coldwater Creek tunic sweater and brand new Wild Fable leggings go together like marshmallows and coco. When trying this look for yourself, find a sweater that comes down to about mid-thigh so that you have an extra layer of warmth. Look for a fun legging print to bring a little extra style to seasonal colors that are typically muted and dull. Finally, you can never go wrong with a perfect vintage coat for only thirteen dollars – which was the most expensive item in the look. Everything else was under nine bucks!

 

  • Denim is awesome for any season. Go for a dark, skinny jean and don’t be afraid to wear tights underneath in case of a record cold. Spice up any look with fun seasonal accessories like purses, scarves, hats and gloves. I found a brand new bright red Danialle Nicole purse for only eight dollars and loved the way it looked paired with a mustard Elieen Fisher sweater. There were so many other accessory options at Goodwill Middleton in everything from zebra print to faux fur. Bold color isn’t only for the summer!

 

  • No sleeves? No problem!! Button up a work blouse first before you throw on your favorite summer dress maxi dress. I was in love with this beautiful floral print Simply Noelle dress that still had its original tags. Pairing it with a chic black top and vintage wool coat for only twenty-five dollars made the look winter appropriate. As always you can add some tights for extra warmth or even some cute knee-high stockings.

I hope these outfit ideas challenge you to be creative with your layering this season. Make sure you always start with the tightest layer first and work your way up to anything with a heavy knit or textured fabric so you can stay warm and look cool. This technique is also the easiest way to quickly remove layers if you get overheated or have to go from outdoors to inside frequently. 

 

 

 

If you want more sustainable style inspo – don’t forget to follow me on social media @Inspoandco or check out my blog at www.inspoandco.com!

Which look would you rock?