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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At this time of year, Goodwill would like to thank its’ Donors. With the support of the community, Goodwill has been able to assist over 64,000 youth, adults, and seniors, with disabilities, disadvantages, and those who have lost their job due to company closing or layoff through the end of September of this year. These individuals have received training and employment assistance to help them get back to work and gain greater independence.

To learn more about Goodwill’s programs click here.

To find a Goodwill Retail Store near you click here.

To find a Donation center near you click here.



Winter Wonderland Sale


Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys is holding a Winter Wonderland Sale. Visit the Forest Goodwill Store to stock up on your winter decorations. Holiday home décor and Christmas trees will be located upstairs at the store at special discounted prices.

Sale begins November 1st
At our Forest Goodwill Store (Upstairs) – 18366 Forest Rd., Forest

Sale Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: Noon to 4pm

*Items and special pricing available while supplies last!







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Looking for a Career? An opportunity awaits you!

PluggedInVA is a short-term program where you will get on the pathway to an exciting career that can take you places.

All classes are held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Visa.

Classes are only four days a week!

You may be eligible for tuition assistance and supportive services.

Program begins November 10th. Register today by calling 540.463.7386





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
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.



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

Reality Check will be in the following locations in January:
1/13/2015 – Fathers First – TAP
1/16/2015 – Lucy Addison Middle School – Roanoke City

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 or call (540) 581.0620 ext. 222

For more information on Reality Check, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620 option 6.



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 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.