Events and News

Events and News at Your Goodwill

Events and news updates are always happening at Goodwill.  Check back regularly or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up to date information.


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New Goodwill Store opening in Charlottesville on August 26, 2015!

Goodwill customers and donors can look forward to the opening of a new Goodwill store in Charlottesville on August 26th. The new store will be located at the intersection of Avon Street Extended and Mill Creek Drive, in the Food Lion shopping center (34 Mill Creek Drive, Charlottesville, 22902).

“When we look at the location for a new store, we take a variety of things into consideration,” states Mindy Boyd, Vice President of Donated Goods. “Ease of accessibility for customers and donors, the size of the store, traffic counts in the area, as well as how the new store will increase the organization’s ability to serve those with employment barriers are all things we consider.”

The new store will be a 10,400 square foot, brick building, and will feature a convenient, Drive-thru Donation Center, ample parking spaces, and the same high quality, low-cost items for the family and home that customers have shopped for at Goodwill for years.

Goodwill stores provide critical funding to help support job training and employment programs in our communities. Goodwill helps youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities or disadvantages achieve a better life through work and independence. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys helped thousands of people and placed over 3,600 individuals into competitive community employment within the 31 county, 13 city service area in Virginia.

To see photos of the new store throughout its construction, click here.


Get to Know Your Local Goodwill

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is inviting the community to go on a “Real Goodwill” tour to learn about the organization’s impact on the community. During the tour, attendees will hear from volunteers, family of program participants, and Goodwill leadership about the “Real Goodwill”. Individuals have gained greater independence after participating in Goodwill’s training and employment programs will also tell their stories.

“Real Goodwill” tours take place twice a month and space is limited, so the public is encouraged to reserve their spot today to attend.

Tour Information:
All tours begin at 8:30am and last one hour

Tour Location:
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
Roanoke Jobs Campus
2502 Melrose Ave, NW, Suite B
Roanoke, VA 24017

For upcoming tour dates and to sign up for a tour, click here.



Goodwill’s 2014 Annual Report is Now Available Online

AR Cover for CC
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys has made an overwhelming impact on the communities in its 31 county, 13 city service area and the individuals who live there. In 2014, not only did Goodwill serve thousands of individuals and place 3,662 in competitive community employment, but it also helped the environment by keeping over 13.5 million pounds out of area landfills.

This year Goodwill went “green” with the annual report by making it an interactive online document. Along with reading about the Graduate of the Year, DJ Ferguson, you can hear him tell how Goodwill helped him get back to work after dropping out of school at sixteen to take care of his mom and grandmother.

To view the interactive report,  click here.




Goodwill® Recognized as One of America’s Most Inspiring Companies by Forbes

Goodwill Named one of Forbes Most Inspiring Companies
Forbes recently released its annual list of America’s Most Inspiring Companies, and for the third year in a row, it included Goodwill. Coming in at #11 in 2014, Goodwill is the only nonprofit to make the prestigious list. Last year, Goodwill ranked #19.

For the entire Forbes article click here.





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 


Goodwill’s Good Choice Companions Offers Free Blood Pressure Checks

Good Choice Companions, a division of Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, is offering free blood pressure checks in select Goodwill Store locations. Representatives from Good Choice Companions will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about companion care services.

West Salem Goodwill Store
July 9th
10am – 12pm

Goodwill Cave Spring Store in Roanoke
July 16th
10am – 12pm

Salem Goodwill Store near Lakeside
July 21st
10am – 12pm

Goodwill Store near Hunting Hills in Roanoke
August 27th
10am – 12pm


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 September:
09/23/2015 – Woodrow Wilson Middle School – Roanoke City

Reality Check will be in the following locations in October:
10/08/2015 – Sandusky Middle School – Lynchburg City
10/15/2015 – Dunbar Middle School – Lynchburg City
10/28/2015 – Breckinridge Middle School – Roanoke City

Reality Check will be in the following locations in November:
11/02/2015 – Rustburg Middle School – Campbell County
11/13/2015 – Wilson Middle Sschool – Augusta County
11/20/2015 – James Madison – Roanoke City
11/24/2015 – Central Academy – Botetourt County

Reality Check will be in the following locations in December:
12/02/2015 – Lucy Addison – Roanoke City
12/10/2015 – Linkhorne Middle School – Lynchburg City
12/17/2015 – 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 or call 540.581.0620 ext. 222

For more information on Reality Check, e-mail or call 540.581.0620 option 6.



Swiss Diamond Cookware Buyback Program

Swiss Diamond, in collaboration with Goodwill Industries International, is excited to announce the launch of a nationwide pan buyback program to give back to communities. From July 1 through September 30, consumers may bring one pan of any brand to their local Swiss Diamond retailer to receive $20 off purchases of Swiss Diamond products valued at $80 or more. The retail store will donate the cookware received to a local Goodwill Store. To find out where you can purchase Swiss Diamond cookware in your area visit: Swiss Diamond Retailers



Goodwill GoodGuides’ Youth Mentoring Program Participates in “Summer Lunch and Learn”


While out of school for the summer, children 18 and younger, from low income households, will be provided with free lunches through the YMCA of Roanoke Valley Summer Food Program. Through this program, the YMCA Express at Gainsboro was able to partner with the Gainsboro Library, the CAFE, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, and the N Zone to provide “Summer Lunch and Learn” program to youth in Northwest Roanoke. Goodwill GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program will be partnering in this community outreach to help keep kids active and healthy while out of school for the summer.

The youth in GoodGuides will be serving as interns in the program by reading to the younger children, as well as providing crafts, and summer activities. They have broken down the weeks into themes that will encourage children to explore different subjects through reading. Their goals are to help the youth comprehend what they read and increase SOL scores.

The GoodGuides Youth Mentoring program serves youth between the ages of 12 and 17. The youth benefit from the guidance of adult mentors that help them build career plans and skills to prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work.

To learn more about Goodwill programs that help youth, adults, and their families reach their full potential, click here.