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: 

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Retooling for Employment: Six Week Course

A FREE six-week course to help you improve your skills for employment.

During the six week course you will:

  • make a career plan
  • learn basic computer skills
  • enhance your professional skills
  • learn to use digital technology
  • complete an employment portfolio
  • learn effective job search techniques
  • create an account with Virginia Workfoce Connection
  • earn employment readiness badges
  • earn a Microsoft Office Digital Literacy Certificate
  • network with local employers

Dates and Times:
October 7th through November 14th
Every Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30am to 10am
Fridays from 8:30am to 2pm with an open computer lab from 2:30pm to 4pm

To see a full listing of courses offered during this six-week course visit our Job Seeker Workshops Page.

Location:
Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Suite B, Roanoke, VA

This six-week course is sponsored by Bank of America. If you are interested in more information or to register, please contact workforce@goodwillvalleys.com or 540.581.0620 ext. 213.  Seats are limited, so register today!

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 Earn a Microsoft Office Digital Literacy Certificate

In addition to the Retooling for Employment program, individuals can choose to take the Microsoft Office Digital Literacy Certificate course, separately.

Dates: Every Friday starting October 10th through November 14th
Times:
8:30am to 2pm
Location: 
Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Suite B, Roanoke, VA

This FREE six-week course is sponsored by Bank of America. If you are interested in more information or to register, please contact workforce@goodwillvalleys.com or 540.581.0620 ext. 213.  Seats are limited, so register today!

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Conversation Group for Hispanic Women   Grupo de Conversación para la mujer hispana 

Would you like to improve your English speaking skills?   ¿Quiere mejorar su habilidad de hablar y entender inglés? 

Date: Every other Friday beginning October 3rd   Cuando: Cado otro viernes empezando el 3 de octubre
Time: 
2:30pm to 3:30pm   Hora: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Goodwill’s Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Roanoke   Donde: Goodwill’s Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Roanoke

We invite you to join a Conversational Group especially designed for Hispanic Women in a relaxed environment. To register, please call 540.581.0620 ext. 213.   La invito a participar en un grupo diseñado especialmente para la mujer hispana en un ambiente relajado. Para registrarse, llame al 540.581.0620 ext. 213.

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Goodwill Halloween Costume Contest Halloween-Banner-CC-2014

Enter Goodwill’s Halloween Costume Contest for your chance to win a iPad Mini.  We are looking for the most creative, individual, and “thrifty” Halloween ensembles you can find.

Here’s how to enter:*

  • Use your imagination and create a one of a kind Halloween costume
  • Take a picture and send it, along with your:
    • full name
    • phone number
    • e-mail address
    • mailing address
    • and information regarding your costume, such as how did you create it, where did you get it, who is wearing it, etc., to rfranklin@goodwillvalleys.com
  • Only completed entries will be accepted.
  • All entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, October 26th

A panel will determine the top three costumes, which will be placed here, on the blog, on Monday, October 27th. Be sure to vote for your favorite costume on the blog before Noon on Friday, October 31st. Tell your friends and family to vote, too! Winners will be announced and notified on Friday, October 31st. Throughout the month of October the fun and frightening entries will be placed on our Facebook Page!

*Click here to view our Terms and Conditions

1st prize iPad Mini
2nd prize $50 Goodwill Gift Certificate
3rd prize $25 Goodwill Gift Certificate

For more information or to get Halloween Costume ideas visit our Halloween Page.

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Youth and Family Services Fall Open House

Open House Invite

Join Goodwill Industries of the Valleys to learn more about the Mentoring and Youth to Work Programs

Tuesday, October 28th 
5pm to 7pm
1045 North Main Street, Rocky Mount

Hear from youth, who have participated in the programs, as they share their experiences!

Meet Program Staff and other Community Partners. * Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP please call Stephanie Hoer at 540.581.0620 ext. 143

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Goodwill’s Relocated Hollins Store set to open September 10th

image004Construction 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. 

 

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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.”

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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.

Services Provided:

  • 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:

Locations:

Harrisonburg
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, M-Thu. 9:30am – 4:30pm F
Address: 160 N. Mason Street
Phone: (540) 433.4864
Fax: (540) 434.0803

Staunton
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30 pm, M-F
Address: 1600 N. Coalter Street, Ste. 14
Phone: (540) 887.9895
Fax: (540) 887.9897

Winchester
Hours: 8:30 – 4:30pm, M-F
Address: 411 N. Cameron Street
Phone: (540) 545.4146
Fax: (540) 667.2403

Luray
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.

Rockbridge
Location coming soon!

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Goodwill Announces Opening of Career Connection Center at the New Store in Harrisonburg

Career Connection 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.

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 Goodwill Donation Drive

Goodwill has teamed up with local businesses to host Donation Drives

  • Babcock & Wilcox Donation Drive
    Date: Wednesday, October 1st through Tuesday, October 7th
  • 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

 

Are you interested in hosting a Donation Drive with Goodwill? Click here for more information or contact Misty Adams at madams@goodwillvalleys.com.

 

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 Goodwill School Donation Drive

Goodwill has teamed up with local schools to host week-long donation drives. During these drives, students are educated about the importance of recycling and giving back to people in their community. They also get a chance to meet Goodwill’s superhero EDGAR! During the week-long donation drive, students are encouraged to bring gently used donations to school. All donations support Goodwill stores and programs in our community

  • Robert E. Lee High School – Staunton
    Date: September 29th through October 3rd
  • Pulaski Elementary School 
    Date: October 6th through October 10th 

Are you interested in hosting a School Donation Drive with Goodwill? Click here for more information or contact Misty Adams at madams@goodwillvalleys.com.

 

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Reality Check

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 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
12/18/2014 – Reed Mountain Middle School – Botetourt County

Reality Check will be in the following locations in January:
1/13/2015 – Fathers First – TAP

Reality Check will be in the following locations in February:
2/18/2015 – Noel C. Taylor – Roanoke City
2/25/2015 – Hollins University – Roanoke County

Reality Check will be in the following locations in March:
3/12/2015 – Botetourt County High School – Botetourt County

Reality Check will be in the following locations in April:
4/08/2015 – Wilson Middle School – Augusta County
4/15/2015 – Forest Park Academy – Roanoke City
4/22/2015 – Franklin County High School – Franklin County

Reality Check will be in the following locations in May:
5/01/2015 – STEM Program – GoodGuides®
5/21/2015 – Beverly Manor – Augusta 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 info@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 option 6.

 

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Job Seeker Events

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

For more information or to see a listing of Job Seeker Events click here or visit our Facebook Page. Sign up to receive monthly Job Seeker Events Emails by clicking here 

 

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Goodwill-Computer-ClassesComputer Classes

Goodwill is offering basic computer classes at:

One-to-one computer tutoring is available, by appointment only, at:

One-to-one computer tutoring and small group training (2 to 3 people) is also available at:

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.