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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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You Can Help RCGA and Goodwill Receive a Grant for Growing Goodwill Community Garden

Growing Goodwill GardenGoodwill and the Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) are applying for the Seeds of Change Grant. The first step to the grant process is the “Public Voting Phase.” Beginning April 9th through April 27th, the public may vote for Goodwill and the RCGA once a day. The fifty organizations that receive the most votes will move to the next phase of the evaluation process.

The next phase is the Judge Evaluation Phase which will begin after the “Public Voting Phase” commences. Judges will evaluate each application on four main topics; food education, community impact, need based, leadership, and inspiration. Seeds of Change will provide two $20,000 grants, five $10,000 grants, and ten $1,000 grants for community gardens.

“The existing garden provides garden space to 30 area families, many of whom live within walking distance,” states Mark Powell, Director and Founder of the Roanoke Community Garden Association. “Families can grow healthy organic produce affordably on these plots to share with friends and family, enriching community health. The garden also provides ample volunteer opportunities for Goodwill staff and clients and the broader community. Winning the grant would mean that we would strengthen/improve the Growing Goodwill Garden and develop a large scale “Food Forest” on the site.”

To vote, beginning April 9th, for the Growing Goodwill Community Garden, click here.

To sign up for daily email reminders to vote, click here.


Goodwill Annual Awards Ceremony Set for May 5th

Miss Virginia, Courtney GarrettTuesday, May 5th
Vinton War Memorial
5:30 Social | 6:30 Program 

The Awards Ceremony is the opportunity to honor program participants who have received services from Goodwill and are now working and continuing to excel. Awards that will be presented include Graduate and Achiever of the Year, as well as awards to honor those in the community that make Goodwill’s success possible.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett.  Courtney has been serving the commonwealth while  actively promoting her platform of “Defying Disabilities” – an issue very close to home. Courtney’s brother, Austin, has cerebral palsy and autism. For more information on Courtney click here.

Those interested in attending Goodwill’s Annual Awards Ceremony can click here to RSVP by April 27th.


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.





College Donation Drives

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is hosting the following donation drives at colleges within our service area:

Jefferson College of Health Sciences April 17th – May 11th
Ferrum College April 17th – May 6th
Liberty University April 28th – May 6th
Southern VA University April 29th – May 8th
Randolph College April 29th – May 20th
Radford University May 4th – May 8th
Lynchburg College May 4th – May 18th
Virginia Military Institute May 11th – May 18th


Donation Drives

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is hosting the following donation drives within our service area:

Rockingham County & Goodwill Give Back Day Saturday, April 18th
Botetourt County & Goodwill Give Back Day Saturday, May 2nd

For more information about your corporation, school, church, or community organization hosting a donation drive 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 

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 April:
4/09/2015 – Rockingham County High School – Rockingham County
4/10/2015 – 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®  – Melrose Jobs Campus
5/21/2015 – Beverly Manor – Augusta County

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.