Skiing was a hit at the 2019 Special OlympicsGoodwill News

Area 36 of the Special Olympics of Michigan is proud to announce the commencement of their annual UP Winter Games

Marquette, MI – January 28, 2019 – Area 36 of the Special Olympics of Michigan is proud to announce the commencement of their annual UP Winter Games on Saturday, January 5th.  The schedule is below.

We will have athletes from all parts of the U.P. competing in Snowshoe, Cross Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, and Figure Skating. Please come out to Rippling River Resort and Marquette Mountain to watch the athletes showcase their talents starting with opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Rippling River Resort.

We are also in need of several volunteers to help run the cross country and snowshoe events. If you are interested in helping with these events, please area36@somi.org.

Skiing was a hit at the 2019 Winter Games
Skiing was a hit at the 2019 Winter Games

The Schedule is as follows:

  • 11:30 a.m.   Arrival & Registration @ Holiday Inn
  • 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch (Athletes, Registered Volunteers, Coaches)
  • 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Travel to Rippling River Resort (Own transportation)
  • 1:30 pm to 1:45 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sport Events
  • 4:00 p.m. t-o 4:30 p.m. Travel back to Holiday Inn (Own transportation)
  • 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Award Ceremony – Holiday Inn
  • 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Pasty Dinner (Athletes, Registered Volunteers, Coaches)
  • 6:00 to ??  p.m. Rowing competition for everyone
  • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Dance @ Holiday Inn for Winter Game Athletes, Coaches, and Volunteers (light snacks available)

For questions contact Pam Bahrman, Area 36 director at 906-869-2403 or Cori Bodeman at 906-235-9504.  Thank you for covering this event.

“LET ME WIN, BUT IF I CANNOT WIN, LET ME BE BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT”

Contact:
Cori Bodeman
Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Director of Marketing
906.235-9504

cbodeman@gwnwup.org
www.gwnwup.org

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Comprenew Grand OpeningGoodwill News

Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Announces Joint Venture with Comprenew

The Goodwill and Comprenew ribbon cutting ceremony

Marquette, MI April 23, 2018 – Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (Goodwill NWUM) is pleased to announce a joint venture with Comprenew of Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide proper electronics recycling services to people in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin.

This agreement builds on the strength of Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (Goodwill NWUM), one of 155 independent Goodwill organizations, and Comprenew, Michigan’s only e-Stewards certified company, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the only non-profit electronic recycler and refurbisher in the world certified to both the e-Stewards and R2 standards.. By partnering together, Goodwill NWUM and Comprenew are able to expand electronics recycling and refurbishing services to the area through the development of retail stores and e-waste drop-off locations. Goodwill NWUM currently operates six retail stores and two training centers covering the territory, along with a logistical collection fleet. Comprenew will be able to use Goodwill NWUM’s existing infrastructure to keep cost affordable and service efficient for the community.

Goodwill now accepts all electronics!

Goodwill NWUM and Comprenew have a shared mission to provide job opportunities to people who experience barriers to long-term employment, which makes for a perfect partnership opportunity to expand into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.

Goodwill NWUM President and CEO, Jim Borowski, states, “we are excited to announce this partnership to bring not only responsible electronic waste recycling to the area, but also continue our mission of taking donated goods to help fund programs for those with barriers to employment. We are very pleased to have this relationship with Comprenew and look forward to a long and successful partnership”.

Comprenew President Scott Vander Kooy states, “It is exciting to be able to expand Comprenew’s model in a way that increases the public’s access to safe and secure recycling of electronics. Our partnership with Goodwill NWUM enables us to provide the best service as cost effectively as possible while helping to protect of one of the most beautiful parts of the world. I want to thank Jim Borowski (President & CEO of Goodwill NWUM) and his entire team for working with us to make this possible.”

Stop by the Goodwill and Comprenew store in Marquette to see the wide selection of electronics

About Goodwill Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Goodwill Industries of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, a 501c3, was established in October 1965 with its core mission being to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. Goodwill focuses on job training programs and job placement for the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. Our programs help people with any barrier to employment obtain experience and meaningful employment.

Goodwill is one of the original participants in recycling, diverting gently used items from the landfill into the hands of people who want them. The revenue from donations pays employees who live in the community, pay taxes, and consume local goods, as well as funds local training programs.

The grand opening was a big hit!

About Comprenew

Comprenew serves corporations, municipalities, and individuals through the collection, refurbishing, and recycling of used electronics. They are certified to the highest data security, environmental, and health and safety standards in the world relating to used and surplus electronics. Comprenew is the only e-Stewards certified company headquartered in Michigan and the only non-profit electronic recycler and refurbisher in the world certified to both the e-Stewards and R2 standards. Their retail locations provide warrantied refurbished products while serving as convenient places to drop off electronics for data clearing and proper recycling.

Comprenew strives to demonstrate that people who traditionally have barriers to employment can perform at the highest standards given the right training and environment. Comprenew operates three social programs that improve access to information technology, provide work experience, and offer service learning programs for corporations, community groups, and schools.

See Photos From the Grand Opening

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