Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) is eagerly anticipating the opening of a new retail store and donation center on Madison’s Northside on September 29.
Renovations began earlier this year on 22,000 square feet of space in the building at 2901 N. Sherman Ave. This will be the tenth Goodwill Store in South Central Wisconsin and brings Goodwill’s signature combination of thrift, community partnership and new employment to the neighborhood.
As many as three dozen jobs will be created at the new location in the Northside TownCenter. Jobs at the new location will include management positions, receiving, sorting and pricing donated items, stocking the floor and working at the cash register. Both part time and full time positions are available.
Talent Acquisition Specialist Dan Zender heads up recruitment for Goodwill SCWI. Zender says Goodwill is committed to being an employer of choice, paying competitive wages, and offering the rewarding experience of supporting services that strengthen the community.
“Goodwill SCWI employees are part of an organization that positively impacts customers, participants, peers and the community,” said Zender. “Many employees speak about the family atmosphere and ability to connect with others who share a similar focus on community.”
In assessing neighborhood needs, the decision was made to incorporate a community room at this location. The space accommodates up to 30 people and may be reserved for community meetings and activities.
“Each of our retail stores is operated with the local community in mind,” said Goodwill SCWI president and CEO Vicki Holschuh. “So we believe our Northside location has a powerful part to play in the stated goals of the Northside Initiatives, particularly as they relate to stability in employment and community connection.”
“Our stores are the economic driver for the mission of Goodwill,” said Holschuh. “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.”
Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit. Most donations get resold locally or within the Goodwill SCWI 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.