Events and News
Goodwill Events and News for Southwest Virginia
For information on Goodwill events and news in your community including, Donation Drives, Job Fairs, and more visit our Facebook page. If you have any questions, please call Kelly Coleman, Vice President of Marketing at (540) 581-0620 ext. 107 or Elizabeth Milne, Marketing and Community Development Manager at (540) 581.0620 ext. 174.
Click on the links below for more information on our events:
- Relocation of Goodwill Store Near Hollins in Roanoke – Roanoke Area
- Goodwill Treasure Hunt – Charlottesville and Surrounding Area
- Where’s EDGAR – Charlottesville and Surround Area
- Goodwill Industries of the Valleys forms new Employment Partnership with Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg
- Goodwill to Operate Additional Programs – Shenandoah Area
- Goodwill Announces Opening of Career Connection Center – Harrisonburg Area
- Goodwill Donation Drives – Roanoke & Lynchburg Area
- Reality Check – Throughout 31 County Territory in Virginia
- Job Seeker Events - Roanoke & Lynchburg Area
- Computer Classes - Roanoke & Lynchburg Area
Construction is on schedule for the relocation and Grand Opening of the new Goodwill Store near Hollins, in Roanoke, on September 10th. The store will be relocating from the corner of Williamson Road and Peters Creek, to the new location at the intersection of Peters Creek and Airport Roads.
A tie cutting ceremony, with local and Goodwill officials will take place at 8:45am on Wednesday, September 10th. The new store will provide easier access to shoppers and a convenient drive-thru donation center. The existing store will officially close for business at 9pm on Saturday, September 6th to prepare for the move to the new location.
Goodwill stores provide critical funding to help support job training and employment programs in our communities. Goodwill serves youth, adults, and seniors who have disabilities, disadvantages, and those who have lost their job due to company closing or layoff. In 2013, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys helped almost 90,000 people and placed nearly 3,000 individuals into competitive community employment within the 31 county, 13 city service area in Virginia.
Ahoy Matey! Your treasure hunt will lead you to local Goodwill’s where you will search for the buried treasure.
The Hunt begins September 14th through 20th
at the following Goodwill Stores:
- Charlottesville: 1720 Seminole Trail
- Charlottesville: 1242 Richmond Road
- Palmyra: 85 Heritage Drive
- Ruckersville: 8758 Seminole Trail
To see a full list of items to find and instructions click here.
Treasure Hunters who completed the hunt will be placed into a drawing for their chance to win:
1st Place $250 Visa Gift Card
2nd Place: $50 Goodwill Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $25 Goodwill Gift Certificate
Click here for the Terms and Conditions.
Want to meet Goodwill’s Superhero, EDGAR?
EDGAR will be at two Goodwill Retail Stores on September 20th.
Visit Goodwill’s Facebook page during the week of September 14th through 20th for clues on where EDGAR will be!
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys forms new Employment Partnership with Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg
Goodwill industries of the Valleys has formed a partnership with Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg, an IHG property. An employment training program that provides both classroom and on the job training in the hospitality industry, had seven individuals participated in the first training group. In order to select those participating in the program, the Holiday Inn provided an information session about the hospitality industry, as well as individual interviews. In June, the Holiday Inn management team began on-the-job training with the program’s first participants.
On-the-job training was conducted from 10am – 2 pm, five days per week for four weeks, on-site at the Holiday Inn. Goodwill also provided ten hours of Job Readiness Training to the selected participants following their shifts at the Holiday Inn. Participants who successfully completed the academy program and met Holiday Inn employer expectations were offered jobs at Holiday Inn. Based on the success of the first training a second group of participants will start through the program during the month of August.
“This partnership with the Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg is exactly the type of relationship that Goodwill is seeking with area businesses,” states Treney Tweedy, Community Development Manager at Goodwill. “It enables Goodwill to connect job seekers with an employer who is hiring, but to also make sure the individual has the skills they need to be successful. It is a win-win for everyone.”
Goodwill® to Operate Additional Programs in the Shenandoah Valley (Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Winchester)
Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys has been awarded, by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, a contract to provide services to youth, adults, and dislocated workers through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I program. Goodwill currently operates these programs for individuals in other areas of the Commonwealth including Charlottesville, Roanoke, and the New River Valley. Goodwill will also operate any Workforce Centers established in the region.
The contract covers job seeker and employer services available to individuals and businesses in Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester, as well as the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren. Basic services such as assistance with resume writing, computer access, and job search services are open to anyone living in these areas. Business services include space for interviewing and candidate screening. Additionally, case managed services will be available to youth and adults with economic disadvantages as well as those individuals who have lost their job due to company closing or layoff, or individuals with economic disadvantages.
- Resume development
- Interviewing skills and techniques
- Assistance in filing unemployment insurance benefits claims
- Internet, fax, printer and phone access
- Work skills exploration
- Networking skills development
- Job search and placement assistance
- Labor market information evaluation to identify job vacancies and the education and skills needed for occupations in demand
- Information on available services and programs
- Follow-up services to assist in job retention
For more information the programs, including program eligibility:
- WIA Title I Youth program click here.
- WIA Title I Adult program click here.
- WIA Title I Dislocated worker program click here.
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Phone: (540) 433.4864
Fax: (540) 434.0803
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Phone: (540) 887.9895
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Phone: (540) 545.4146
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Hours: 8am – 5pm, M-F
Address: 334 North Hawksbill Street, Lord Fairfax Community College
*No phone or fax yet. Call (540) 545.4146 for immediate assistance.
Location coming soon!
Goodwill Announces Opening of Career Connection Center at the New Store in Harrisonburg
The Harrisonburg Career Connection joins centers already open at Goodwill stores in Madison Heights, Martinsville, and Staunton. The centers provide career development and job search services to anyone looking for work or a better job. All services are provided free of charge and no appointments are necessary. An onsite Coordinator is available to provide assistance during Center hours and can be reached at (540) 421-0701. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am – 5:30pm.
Career Connection services include:
- Resume and cover letter development
- Referral to local job openings
- Assistance with job applications
- Access to computers, internet, and printer
- Interviewing tips and mock interviews
- Information about careers in demand locally
- Referral to job training opportunities and other community resources
- Friendly encouragement and support as you make your next career move!
Career Connection Centers are funded through the sale of donations at Goodwill stores.
Goodwill has teamed up with local businesses to host Donation Drives
- ECO Day
Date: September 13th
Time: 8am to 2pm
Location: Roanoke Co-Op (1319 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015) and Hunting Hills Goodwill Retail and Donation Store (4335 Pheasant Ridge Road, Roanoke, VA 24014)
- Babcock & Wilcox Donation Drive
Date: Wednesday, October 1st
- Orvis Employee Drive
Date: October 3rd through October 17th
Location: 1711 Blue Hill Drive, NE, Roanoke, VA
- Yokohama Tire ECO Drive
Date: October 4th
Location: 1500 Indiana St, Salem, VA 24153
Young adults imagine the life they will have. But do they really know what it will take to reach their goals of the “dream life”? Reality Check helps them put it in perspective. Using real life situations and allowing the young adults to make their own decisions they become engaged in the process. Reality Check is fun, real, and an active program that allows youth to get a glimpse at what lies ahead in the “real world”.
Reality Check will be in the following locations in September:
9/17/2014 – Craig County High School – Craig County
9/24/2014 – Woodrow Wilson – Roanoke City
9/29/2014 – Botetourt County High School – Botetourt County
Reality Check will be in the following locations in October:
10/2/2014 – Sandusky Middle School – Lynchburg City
10/8/2014 – Benjamin Franklin Middle School – Franklin County
10/16/2014 – Dunbar Middle School – Lynchburg City
10/22/2014 – Liberty High School – Bedford County
10/30/2014 – Breckinridge Middle School – Roanoke City
Reality Check will be in the following locations in November:
11/3/2014 – Rustburg Middle School – Campbell County
11/12/2014 – Grayson County High School – Grayson County
11/19/2014 – James Madison Middle School – Roanoke City
11/25/2014 – Central Academy Middle School – Botetourt County
Reality Check will be in the following locations in December:
12/3/2014 – Stonewall Jackson Middle School – Roanoke City
12/10/2014 – Stuarts Draft Middle School – Augusta County
12/16/2014 – Lucy Addison Middle School – Roanoke City
12/19/2014 – Reed Mountain Middle School – Botetourt County
If you are interested in volunteering in one of the Reality Check’s listed above, please email Sarah Stephens at SStephens@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 ext. 222
For more information on Reality Check, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 581.0620 option 6.
Goodwill offers Job Seeker Events each month that are free and open to the public.
- Job Fairs - Goodwill partners with local businesses that are looking to hire to host job fairs, which are free and open to the public.
- Job Seeker Workshops - Designed to give job seekers the skills necessary to succeed in a highly competitive job market, these seminars and workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited, job seekers must register to attend.
- Job Clubs - Free and open to the public, job clubs are weekly and monthly opportunities for job seekers to:
- Meet and interact with one another
- Share job search tips, and results
- Gain insight to assist as they prepare for their career
- Engage with an interactive group
- Leave feeling recharged and ready to find their new job
Goodwill is offering basic computer classes at:
- Roanoke Job Campus - 2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Suite B, Roanoke, VA - (540) 767.0372
- Madison Heights Jobs Center - 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights, VA - (434) 200.9920
One-to-one computer tutoring is available, by appointment only, at:
- Charlottesville Virginia Workforce Center - 2211 Hydraulic Rd., Charlottesville, VA – (434) 963.2960
- Harrisonburg Workforce Center - 160 North Mason Street, Harrisonburg, VA – (540) 433.4864
One-to-one computer tutoring and small group training (2 to 3 people) is also available at:
- Career Connection Centers located within Goodwill stores in Harrisonburg, Madison Heights, Martinsville, and Staunton.
All classes, one-to-one computer tutoring, and small group training are free and open to the public. Classes include: Job Search, Internet Skills, Microsoft Office, and Computer Basic. Click here for a list of all classes available. Call to register as space is limited. If you register and find you cannot make it, please call to cancel to allow room for others.