Each month the 5 Goodwills of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will be hosting a “Round-Up Your Change” event that helps support an organization of their choice in each of their communities. 100% of the Round-Up Change proceeds will go directly to the organization. One of Goodwill NWUP’s many missions is strong community support.
By holding monthly Round-Up events, we hope to encourage giving back and supporting organizations in each of our communities! Every little bit of change helps, and we appreciate your generosity.
Marquette, MI – May 25, 2018 – Goodwill and Comprenew, in partnership with Superior Watershed Partnership and the DEQ, will be hosting an Electronic Recycling Event at the Marquette Public Works Building, 1100 Wright Street, on Saturday June 2nd. A partial list of items that will be accepted include: cell phones computer monitors, copy machines, cordless phones, fax machines, laptop computers, keyboards and mice, microwave ovens, printers, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, and VCR and DVD players. Please go to our website at gwnwup.com or comprenew.org for a complete list of acceptable items. This collection on June 2nd will be free of charge to the donors. The hours of the collection are Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
This is the second of several collections that will occur throughout the summer. More details will be forthcoming on these events.
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 is one of the original partakers in recycling, diverting gently used items from the landfill into the hands of people who want them. The revenue from donations pays the employees who live in the community, pay taxes, and consume local goods. We now add Electronic recycling to that mission.
Comprenew is a DEQ registered and nationally certified electronics recycler, based in Grand Rapids, MI. 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
The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is a Great Lakes non-profit organization serving the communities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron). The mission of the SWP is to protect and improve the natural resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a watershed basis by promoting responsible individual and community actions that ensure a sustainable environment, encourage a sustainable economy, and help improve the quality of life.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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