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For more information on any of the stories listed below please contact:
Kelly Coleman, Vice President of Marketing
Office: (540) 581.0620 ext. 107
Cell Phone: (540) 525.5728

Elizabeth Milne, Marketing and Community Development Manager
Office: (540) 581.0620 ext. 174
Cell Phone: (540) 613.2481

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Goodwill Industries of the Valleys awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

CARF International announced that Goodwill Industries of the Valleys has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services, Employee Development Services, and Organizational Employment Services programs. The latest accreditation is the fifth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is a nonprofit organization with offices at 2502 Melrose Ave. NW, Roanoke. It has been providing Community Employment, Employee Development, and Organizational Employment in the 31 counties and 13 cities in our territory area since 1931.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at


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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.

 Date:  Sale Begins November 1st
Location: Upstairs at the Forest Goodwill Store – 
18366 Forest Rd., Forest
Hours:  Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: Noon to 4pm

*Items and Special Pricing available while supplies last!








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PluggedInVA originated from Virginia Commonwealth University through the Virginia Department of Education Office of Adult Education and Literacy and is a program model used to help people receive training and credentials for employment with family sustaining wages. Goodwill is working with regional Adult Education programs, community colleges, and employers to develop training programs that Goodwill program participants can enter into to help them achieve a better life for themselves and their families.

The goal of PluggedInVA is to provide low-skilled adults with a career pathways program that incorporates 21st century skills into a traditional basic skills curriculum. PluggedInVA will help them develop the technology and workplace skills they need to succeed in a fast-paced, global economy. Central to the PluggedInVA curriculum is the development of digital literacy skills, 21st century skills, and professional soft skills to prepare learners for employment in a variety of industries as they complete their GED® credential (as needed), Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), and industry-recognized certificates.

Through PluggedInVa you will receive a Career Readiness Certificate, as well as a Career Studies Certificate. There will be opportunities for paid internships and employment opportunities with local businesses. The program begins Monday, November 10th. All classes will be held four days a week at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. You may be eligible for tuition assistance and supportive services.

To enroll in PluggedInVa, call (540) 463.7386.

For more information on PluggedInVa visit:



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 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 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, that are free and open to the public, to assist individuals in their job search effort. These events include Job Fairs, Workshops, and Clubs. For the Job Fairs, Goodwill partners with local businesses that are looking to hire and then hosts fairs that are free and open to the public. At the Job Seeker Workshops, Goodwill helps individuals gain the skills necessary to succeed in a highly competitive job market. The workshops are free and open to the public but space is limited, therefore, individuals must register in advance. Job Clubs are free and open to the public and they meet both weekly and monthly. At the meetings individuals are able to share job search tips and results, gain insight as they prepare for their career, and engage with an interactive group. The Clubs help individuals feel 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 Holds Free Computer Classes

Goodwill is offering basic computer classes at the Melrose Jobs Campus (Suite B) in Roanoke, Madison Heights Jobs Center in Madison Heights, and the Career Connection Center at Goodwill’s Madison Heights Store. All classes are free and open to the public. Classes include: Job Search, Internet Skills, Microsoft Office, and Computer Basics.

Goodwill is offering basic computer classes at :

·  Roanoke Job Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Suite B, Roanoke, VA – (540) 767.0372

·  Madison Heights Jobs Center – 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights, VA – (434) 200.9920

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

·  Charlottesville Virginia Workforce Center – 2211 Hydraulic Rd., Charlottesville, VA – (434) 963.2960

·  Harrisonburg Workforce Center – 160 North Mason Street, Harrisonburg, VA – (540) 433.4864

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

·   Career Connection Centers located within Goodwill stores in HarrisonburgMartinsville, and Staunton.

 For a list of all classes available, click here.  

Call to register as space is limited.


General Goodwill Information

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, a United Way partner organization headquartered in Roanoke, serves 31 counties and 13 cities in the New River, Roanoke, and Shenandoah Valleys. Its mission is to help people and families in our community achieve a better life through work and independence. In 2013 Goodwill assisted 89,759 individuals and in this difficult employment market placed 2,894 people into jobs in our community.