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 & Community Relations Manager at  (540) 581.0620 ext. 174.
Click on the links below for more information on our events: 


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

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
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

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


Home Pickups

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is pleased to offer Home Pick Up Service to its’ donors with larger donations.

“The purpose of Goodwill’s Home Pickup Service is to assist our donors that do not have the resources to bring large items to our donor doors,” states Mindy Boyd, Vice President of Donated Goods. “We are now able to better meet the needs of our donors that may be downsizing their home or that of a loved one or remodeling and need to donate a large quantity or several larger pieces.”

Other considerations to remember in regards to Goodwill’s Home Pick Up Service:

  • Goodwill utilizes large box trucks, which are more than 13 feet tall. Your home must allow trucks of this size to come and go without causing damage to your property or the truck.
  • Due to insurance requirements, Goodwill employees are not able to climb or descend multiple steps. Items you wish to donate should be located on the ground floor.

There are a few items that Goodwill is unfortunately not able to accept. These include:

  • Televisions
  • Chemicals
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Propane tanks
  • Large appliances
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Pianos

If you would like to speak to a Donation Specialist regarding Home Pick Up Service please call 855.338.5925.


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 March:
3/12/2015 – Staunton River High School – Bedford County

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 Co
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.