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Employment Services at Goodwill NCW


People are at the core of who we are. At Goodwill NCW, we provide pathways for people who are underserved, underrepresented and/or disadvantaged who have a goal of building job skills that lead to sustained employment and improved financial stability. We are passionate about helping people with barriers to employment develop core skills tailored to their individual needs, grow and thrive. It’s why we do what we do.


When you shop at or donate to your local Goodwill NCW, you are directly supporting programs that improve lives. With every purchase and donation, your support helps make a life-changing impact on neighbors in your community across the counties in north central Wisconsin.

Pathways are different for everyone

We guide individuals, helping them build transferable employability skills at a pace that’s tailored to their own pathway.

Pathways may include:

  • Earning a first paycheck in one of our retail stores and training centers or other local businesses.
  • Developing connections through community involvement.
  • Creating small groups to learn and grow as part of a team environment.
  • Building work skills through work and volunteering opportunities.


Unique pathways

Our programs are meant to complement each other and provide flexible pathways based on an individual’s goals. An individual’s path to success can include a variety of experiences across a combination of programs. Individuals can participate and be referred into various programs from job and social-skills training to financial coaching and teamwork-skills building.


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Job Skill Pathways

Job-skills training programs

We help individuals overcome barriers and find meaningful work. We provide on-the-job training in our retail stores and training centers as well as through government and community partnerships.



Offers opportunities to safely explore career interests, develop relationships and build self-advocacy and work skills through volunteering and participation in the community.

Contact: Tina Schaffert

Phone: 920-560-1221

These services connect people to competitive employment opportunities in a variety of industries and businesses in our communities.

Assists in career exploration, resume creation, preparation for finding a dream job, employment skills training, soft and digital skills development, benefit analysis as well as job retention. 

Provides job coaching services on a case by case basis to teach, inspire and empower persons served to gain independence, further develop employment skills, and reach their goals.

Eastern Region:

Oshkosh, Fox Valley, and Chilton/Brillion/New Holstein

Contact: Kalli Pethan

Phone: 920-968-6573

Group Supported Employment is an employment training service provided by Goodwill NCW in partnership with local businesses and funded in part by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services. Through this service, a small group of individuals on Goodwill NCW’s payroll complete specific work assignments onsite at a local business, while receiving continuous support from a Goodwill NCW Job Coach.

The goal is for individuals to gain experience and skills that lead to permanent employment in an industry that aligns with their interests and qualifications.

Contact: Tina Schaffert

Phone: 920-560-1221

A program that takes place in a Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center to help individuals with disabilities prepare to enter a competitive work environment. Training focuses on helping individuals develop good work habits and gain basic skills and abilities essential for employment in any field, such as following directions and being punctual.

Contact: Morgan Hinkley

Phone: 920-968-6824

Project SEARCH is an internship program implemented in communities around the world that provides training and education leading to competitive employment for people with disabilities. 

Project SEARCH sites:

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center - Appleton

Contact: Kailey Colwell, Project SEARCH Program Leader

Phone: 920-968-6878

Oshkosh Ascension NE Wisconsin - Mercy Campus

Contact: Kailey Colwell, Project SEARCH Program Leader

Phone: 920-968-6878

Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital

Contact: Leigha Plehn, Senior Employment Navigator

Phone: 715-201-2404

Provides valuable work experience for high school students with disabilities through a cooperative effort between Goodwill and area school districts. These work experiences help to bridge the gap between the classroom and working in the community.

Contact: Morgan Hinkley

Phone: 920-968-6824

Offers self-directed and instructor led options to help build soft, digital and employability skills.

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Provides opportunities for individuals in all communities to access services available through their local Goodwill.


Eastern Region:

Fox Valley and Oshkosh

Contact: Morgan Hinkley
Phone: 920-968-6824

Ashwaubenon, Green Bay East, Green Bay West, Manitowoc, Shawano

Contact: Morgan Hinkley
Phone: 920-968-6824


Central Region:

Antigo, Plover, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Waupaca, Wisconsin Rapids

Contact: Morgan Hinkley
Phone: 920-968-6824


Northern Region:

Eau Claire, Lake Hallie, Rib Mountain, Rice Lake, Weston

Contact: Morgan Hinkley
Phone: 920-968-6824


Western Region:

La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Onalaska, Tomah

Contact: Morgan Hinkley
Phone: 920-968-6824

Community Pathways

Community programs

We are committed to helping individuals overcome barriers and improve their quality of life. We understand there is a need for ongoing support and assistance to individuals and families.



Provides emergency assistance — on a referral basis only — to local agencies, allowing those agencies to help clients in need with products from our retail stores. 

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and Eligibility

Offers children with disabilities between the ages of 4 and 19 the opportunity to play baseball in an organized, non-competitive league on a safe, accessible baseball field. In addition to the importance of being part of team, the Miracle League is also about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids.

Miracle League of the Fox Valley

Contact: Jennifer Haberman

Phone: 920-204-6067

Service Location:

1800 Appleton Road

Menasha, WI 54952

 Learn about ML
of the Fox Valley

Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley

Contact: Amy Standiford

Phone: 715-271-8667

Service Location:

2913 Blakeley Avenue

Eau Claire, WI 54701

 Learn about ML of
the Chippewa Valley

Miracle League of the Lakeshore

Contact: Laura Ziemer

Phone: 920-905-3761

Service Location:

P.O. Box 232

Manitowoc, WI 54221

 Learn about ML
of the Lakeshore

Designed to help people obtain post-secondary education that leads to career employment opportunities. Intake and assessment, case management, information and referral, and comprehensive wrap-around services (financial, vocational, life skills, etc.) are provided to participants who did not think that obtaining a college education was a realistic goal for them. Support is available to participants from intake all the way through post-graduation employment. This is a partnership program with the Fox Valley Technical College.

Contact: Mike Garrigan

Phone: 920-968-6971

Provides an alternative or complementary approach to traditional methods of justice. The intent of restorative justice is to help offenders take responsibility for their actions, understand any harm that they caused, offer an opportunity to make amends and help discourage repeat offenses. It also gives victims an active voice in the resolution of their cases.

Marathon County

Contact: Paula Schultz
Phone: 715-359-5360

Service Location:
2713 Schofield Avenue
Schofield, WI 54476

 Learn about MCRJ

Financial Pathways

Financial programs

Financial wellness is foundational to overcoming barriers. We offer a variety of financial services in our communities, ranging from budget planning and first-time home buyer classes to bankruptcy education and tax filing assistance. 



Provides financial and debt solutions, tailored to your situation on a variety of financial matters such as managing debt, budgeting, bankruptcy counseling, buying a home and managing student loan debt.

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“I go home from work with satisfaction from seeing students or veterans get employment. We get such rewards from that.”

Deb, Store Team Leader at the Tomah Retail Store and Training Center