Onalaska,WI (WXOW) Goodwill of LaCrosse and Onalaska want you to "give it up for good". The resale stores are holding a donation drive September 6-8. Your donations fund training and employment programs.
For a Minnesota woman, being at the Goodwill is more than a job, it's her opportunity to shine.
The pride Marlene St. Sauver takes in her work shines just brightly in her eyes as it does off the glassware she sells. It takes a delicate touch to dust, and straighten, and organize the hundreds of glasses and bowls community members donate to the Onalaska Goodwill every week. Fitting for a woman who's had to pick up the pieces of her broken life.
Marlene survived a massive stroke, but lost most the hearing in her left ear, as well as her balance. "So when I'm looking at you, you are a little bit off."
Marlene filed for disability. Her state paycheck helped pay the bills, it did nothing for her self-worth. So Marlene enrolled in the Goodwill's community development program. Roughly 30% of the employees at the Onalaska store earn a paycheck through a Goodwill training or vocational program; programs that are funded solely through the sales of community donated items.
Store leader Patrick Lile "It's all about the people. All about giving them an opportunity. All about making them feel valued in the workplace."
Many shoppers flock to the Goodwill to hunt a bargain. Marlene will tell you their purchases are invaluable. "It's allowed me to feel more important about myself, to get my self esteem back. Instead of being home all the time and laid up basically, now I'm out and in the public seeing people. It does a lot for your self esteem."
Thanks to the Goodwill Marlene's confidence is once again crystal clear.
The Goodwill hopes to collect 30-thousand pounds of items.
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