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Online Auction Site Sign Up Event on

Madison's West Side, May 30

We’re holding a special event where staff will be on hand to help shoppers sign up on our online auction site, shopgoodwillmadison.com. Customers who sign up at this event will receive a 20 percent off coupon good at all Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin stores, through December 30, 2015!

This special event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at our store located at 4530 Verona Road, on Madison's west side.

The shopgoodwillmadison.com auction site is stocked with hundreds of locally donated unique and high-end items such as clothing (many with the original tags attached), art, collectibles, fine china, antiques, furniture, rugs, jewelry, books, musical instruments, sports paraphernalia, toys, electronic equipment, and home décor. Over 200 items are added to the site each day. Top bidders can save on shipping costs by picking up their purchases at our corporate office on the east side of Madison, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.

Shoppers who are unable to attend this special event can sign up any time buy clicking here. However, only those who sign up in person during the May 30 event will be eligible for a coupon.


Goodwill staff helped shoppers sign up
on our online auction site at a recent special event
held at our East Springs store on Madison's east side.

Two Donation Centers' Hours of Operation Expand

Madison WestMadison West - 4530 Verona Road

Our donation center on Madison's west side is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Its Sunday hours remain 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The retail store next to the donation center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

sun prairieSun Prairie - 2111 McCoy Road

Our Sun Prairie donation center has expanded its hours of operation on weekends. It is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The center’s weekday hours remain 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The donation center gladly accepts all permissible items except large furniture. Residents living within the city limits of Sun Prairie who have large pieces of furniture to donate may simply call 608-246-3150 to learn about our free home pickup service. Some restrictions may apply.

Our retail store next to the donation center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Watch for Temporary Verona Road Exit Ramp

road workAttention patrons of our Verona Road location!

All eastbound Beltline traffic is shifted onto the westbound side, between Whitney Way and Verona Road. Motorists traveling eastbound to Verona Road/Midvale Boulevard must exit shortly after the Whitney Way exit.

Our Verona Road store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Our donation center is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Work on the Beltline will continue until late fall. For more information about this project, click here.

Visit Our Newest Store and Donation Center, in Sun Prairie!

baloonsWe've expanded! We've opened a store and donation center in Sun Prairie, at 2111 McCoy Road, in the Prairie Square shopping center. [map]

The donation center gladly accepts all permissible items except large furniture. Residents living within the city limits of Sun Prairie who have large pieces of furniture to donate may simply call 608-246-3150 to learn about our free home pickup service. Some restrictions may apply. The home pickup service is also available to residents living within the city limits of Middleton.

The donation center’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The store’s hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sunday. Hours are subject to change.

Applications are still being accepted for positions available at this location. For more information, please click here. Applications are available at each of our stores and donation centers and our corporate office on Madison’s east side (1302 Mendota St., map). Also, applications may be completed online.

We are continuing to operate each of our existing facilities. We have stores and donation centers on Madison’s east and west sides and in Fitchburg, Monona, Fort Atkinson, Platteville, Portage, and Richland Center. We also operate a donation center in Middleton which accepts all permissible items except furniture. Our career center, located at 6291 McKee Road in Fitchburg, provides services to individuals with or without disabilities, free of charge.

Can't visit our newest site any time soon? Take a virtual tour and then head on over to see it in person!

Sun Prairie


Sun Prairie
Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie location


Low-Income Senior Apartments Available for Rent in Jefferson

Are you 62 years old or older? Are you a one-person household with an annual income of less than $40,750? Are you a two-person household with an annual income of less than $46,550? Are you looking for an apartment to rent? If so, we have two one-bedroom apartments available in our Orchard Hollow apartment building in Jefferson! (1015 Collins Road)

Tenants set aside one-third of their income as rent. A property manager resides in one of the units in order to provide support to tenants so they continue to live independently in the community.

If you are interested, please contact Elena Golden, Director of Residential Services, at 608-246-3140, ext. 141.

Orchard Hollow

Goodwill® Named Disability Nonprofit Brand of the Year

in 2015 Harris Poll Equitrend® Study

Goodwill is Highest Ranked Brand in its Category Based on the 2015 EquiTrend Equity Score

thumbs upGoodwill was named the Disability Nonprofit Brand of the Year as part of the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, an annual brand equity study which was released recently. The study ranked consumer awareness and perception of charitable nonprofit brands based on three factors — familiarity, quality and purchase consideration — that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. The study, which was conducted for the 27th year, surveyed more than 38,000 Americans who assessed brands across 148 categories.

For more than 110 years, Goodwill has helped people navigate the challenges they face when seeking employment, including disabilities, lack of education or work experience, and other factors that make it difficult for them to gain employment and build careers. Goodwill staff members work with people to develop their employment skills, including résumé writing, job interview practice, job search help and other career services.

Barbara Leslie, president and CEO of our Goodwill organization, said, “I’m thrilled that the public is aware of and values the work that the Goodwill network does to provide employment services for people with disabilities. The services we provide help local residents with disabilities or other challenges become more independent, experience the satisfaction of being a valued member of the workforce or start a path toward a brighter future.”

Roughly four out of five people with disabilities nationwide are outside of the labor force. People with disabilities can receive a number of services through Goodwill, including access to assistive technology, soft skills training, occupational therapy, transportation and other accommodations that may be needed to perform their jobs. In addition, Goodwill trains people to work in a variety of high-growth industries outside of Goodwill such as computer programming, construction, financial services, health care and many others.

“At Goodwill, we know firsthand the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce and believe that all people, including those with disabilities, need to be integrated into the workforce to make our economy stronger,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

Harris Poll EquiTrend is based on a sample of 38,670 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online in English between January 8 and February 2, 2015. Of the 1,410 total brands included in this year’s study, each respondent was asked to rate a total of 40 randomly selected brands. Each brand received approximately 1,000 ratings. Data were weighted to be representative of the entire U.S. population of consumers based on age by sex, education, race/ethnicity, region and income; and data from respondents ages 18 and over were also weighted for their propensity to be online. Respondents to this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the survey, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

Read more here.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job placement programs and other community-based services by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation and document imaging and shredding. In 2013, more than 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

About The Harris Poll®
Over the last five decades, Harris Polls have become media staples. With comprehensive experience and precise technique in public opinion polling, along with a proven track record of uncovering consumers’ motivations and behaviors, The Harris Poll has gained strong brand recognition around the world. The Harris Poll offers a diverse portfolio of proprietary client solutions to transform relevant insights into actionable foresight for a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant and consumer packaged goods. To request more information, click here.

Goodwill® Ambassador Kristian Bush Releases Solo Album

Country music recording artist and Goodwill® ambassador Kristian Bush of Sugarland recently released his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, in the United States. Touted as “the feel good album of the year,” the album contains new songs by Kristian as well as his hit single that helped launch his partnership with Goodwill late last year, “Trailer Hitch” (named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 25 country music songs of 2014). To watch a video of Kristian performing this inspiring song, click here.

If you want to have more time for smiling by giving it away AND change the lives of local residents with disabilities or other challenges, please donate your unwanted clothing, footwear, household items, computer equipment, etc. to Goodwill. (For a list of items we regret we cannot accept as donations, click here.) You can drop your items off at any of our donation centers. Also, our FREE home pickup service is available to residents living within the city limits of Middleton or Sun Prairie. For more information, call 608-246-3150. Some restrictions may apply.

Kristian Bush


"Think Before You Donate" Rumors

About Goodwill Are False

rumorSadly, a negative email titled “Think Before You Donate” has re-surfaced. This email contains false and misleading information regarding Goodwill Industries International (GII) and several other nonprofit organizations. The rumors are being spread via email and social media.

At Goodwill, we definitely encourage you to “think before you donate” and to learn as much as you can about the charities you’d like to support. We know that you want to be certain the organization you choose to support uses its revenue for charitable purposes that support a mission you stand behind.

Contrary to the “Think Before You Donate” message, the current Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries International (GII) is Jim Gibbons, not Mark Curran. Curran has never been associated with the Goodwill enterprise.

Additional information about this false and misleading message is available through www.snopes.com.

To learn about GII, click here. Additional information about GII and information about other organizations included in the rumor is available through:

- Charity Navigator (It is the nation's largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate)

- GuideStar (GuideStar is a public charity that gathers and disseminates information about every IRS-registered nonprofit organization)

Thank you for supporting Goodwill. Your purchases, donations, partnerships, and financial contributions really do help us build better communities and help local residents reach their goal of greater self-sufficiency.