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For more information on any of the stories listed below please contact:

Kelly Coleman, Senior Director, Marketing and Community Relations
Office: (540) 581.0620 ext. 107
Cell Phone: (540) 525.5728

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Beginning May 1st, Goodwill will no longer accept televisions

The revenues generated by the sale and recycling of donated goods helps to fund job training and employment programs in our community. The rising cost of recycling televisions is taking away from Goodwill’s ability to support our mission. Therefore, beginning May 1st Goodwill will no longer be able to accept televisions.  Other electronics, such as computers and related hardware and small appliances, will still be accepted and appreciated as these are able to be recycled responsibly while also providing critical revenue to support Goodwill’s mission. It is suggested that individuals wishing to dispose of a television should contact their local municipality for recycling or disposal options.


GoodGuides® Open House

GoodGuides Open House

 Join us for GoodGuides Open House
Wednesday, April 30th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
2502 Melrose Ave., NW, Suite C


What is GoodGuides? 
Goodwill GoodGuides is a national mentoring program for young people between the ages of 12 and 17, who want to learn about careers and prepare for success.  Click here for more information on GoodGuides and how to become a mentor.

For more information on the Open House contact the GoodGuides Program Manager 540.581.0620 ext. 228 or






Goodwill Awards Ceremony


Join Goodwill Industries of the Valleys as we celebrate individuals that have made Goodwill’s service to the community in the last year possible.

Goodwill Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 6th
Vinton War Memorial
Social 5:30pm  |  Ceremony 6:30pm 

The event begins with a social, including hors d’oeuvres, at 5:30pm. The Ceremony begins at 6:30pm and will include recognition of Goodwill’s Achiever and Graduate of the Year, as well as the Roger Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award. Dress for the evening is business casual.

This year’s keynote speaker will be the newly appointed Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Anne Holton. She was previously the Commonwealth of Virginia’s First Lady. For more information on Secretary Holton click here.

The Annual Awards Ceremony is the highlight of Goodwill Industries Week.  First celebrated in 1951 as a way to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about their missions, it is now recognized nationwide.

To register for Goodwill Awards Ceremony, click here. RSVP by April 28th.





 Career Connection Opens in the Martinsville Goodwill Store

Career Connection LogoGoodwill is pleased to announce the opening of its third Career Connection Center on Wednesday, April 2nd in the Martinsville Goodwill Store located at 284 Commonwealth Boulevard.

The Martinsville Career Connection joins centers already open at Goodwill stores in Madison Heights and Staunton.  The centers provide career development and job search services to anyone looking for work or a better job.   All services are provided free of charge and no appointments are necessary.   An onsite Coordinator is available to provide assistance during Center hours.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am – 5:30pm.

Career Connection services include:

·         Resume and cover letter development
·         Referral to local job openings
·         Assistance with job applications
·         Access to computers, internet, and printer
·         Interviewing tips and mock interviews
·         Information about careers in demand locally
·         Referral to job training opportunities and other community resources
·         Friendly encouragement and support as you make your next career move!

Career Connection Centers are funded through the sale of donations at Goodwill stores.

For more information on the Martinsville Career Connection contact:
Mary Ann Gilmer
Senior Regional Director of Workforce Development
Mobile:  540-597-9759
Office:  540-581-0620 ext. 183


#SpringClear Social Media Contest

Spring Clear


Share your Spring Cleaning Projects and Enter to Win a Declutter Book!

In April submit your before and after photos on Goodwillvalleys Facebook Page of your Spring Cleaning Project. Tag them with the hashtag #springclear and tell us where you donated those unused items. Entries will receive a Declutter Book!

For donation centers near you visit our Goodwill Donation Locations Page or Goodwill Retail Store Page.





Open Enrollment for GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Program

YouthThe GoodGuides Youth Mentoring program is dedicated to helping youth build career plans, skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training, and productive work. The program provides structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors. GoodGuides serves youth ages 12-17 who are at risk of delinquency or who have already had contact with the juvenile justice system. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. Services will be provided in a variety of community settings and times appropriate for the mentee and mentor.

GoodGuides focuses on positive youth development, emphasizing the aptitudes, skills, interests, and capabilities of youth versus deficits they may have when they are enrolled. The family strengthening approach focuses on the philosophy that youth are more likely to thrive when they are living in stable households, have healthy relationships with family members and caregivers, and have access to community resources.

Beginning April 1st, GoodGuides will begin enrolling youth mentees. Priority youth enrollees will be middle school and high school students, youth with disabilities and disadvantages, and youth with multiple risk factors. Risk factors may include low income, poor academic performance, truant, single parent household with lack of supervision, victim of family violence, homeless, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. Participants may be referred through parents or guardians, their local school system, court services, or social services agencies.

Goodwill is also seeking mentors to work with youth enrolled in GoodGuides. Mentors should be able to commit to at least four hours a month for one year and be able to speak with their mentee weekly.

For more information on GoodGuides visit the Youth Mentoring Page.



 Goodwill Treasure HuntTreasure-Hunt-Banner-Website-Shenandoah

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Goodwill Treasure Hunt. Be on the look out for more come this Fall. 


Job Seeker Events

Goodwill partners with local businesses that are looking to hire. These job fairs and workshops are open to the public.



Lowe’s has both seasonal and other positions open including: Full time and part time general Customer Service, Seasonal Customer Service in Hardware/Tools, Plumbing Sales Specialist, Seasonal Receiver/Stockers, Outside Garden Loader, Outside Garden Waterer, Multiple Front End Customer Service Associates.

Date: Tuesday, April 15th
Time: 9am to 11am
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite B., Roanoke

Atlas Logistics

Atlas Logistics is currently hiring Order Selectors. The job requires standing and lifting boxes with an average weight of 20lbs.; graduated production requirements.

Date: Tuesday, April 15th
Time: 2pm to 3pm or 3pm to 4pm
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite B., Roanoke


Insource has full time, multiple shifts available. They are now hiring for Warehouse Production Associates. Ideal candidates will have packing experience and be available to start work immediately. If possible, applicants are asked to complete Insource’s online job application prior to being interviewed at job fair. If interested, apply at 

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite B., Roanoke

Atlas Logistics

Atlas Logistics is currently hiring Order Selectors. The job requires standing and lifting boxes with an average weight of 20lbs.; graduated production requirements.

Date: Thursday, April 10th
Time: 10am to 11am or 11am to 12pm
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite B., Roanoke

Atlas Logistics

Atlas Logistics is currently hiring Order Selectors. The job requires standing and lifting boxes with an average weight of 20lbs.; graduated production requirements.

Date: Thursday, April 24th
Time: 10am to 11am or 11am to 12pm
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite B., Roanoke


Goodwill Multi-Company Jobs Fair

Job Seekers will be able to come in and submit applications for on-site local employers. A mix of employers will be present. Job Seekers are also encouraged to bring a resume and general cover letter for submission to employers that accept resumes.

Date: Friday, April 25th
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: Madison Heights Jobs Center – 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights



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Reality Check Events 2014

Reality Check is a Goodwill Industries of the Valleys interactive financial fitness forum that teaches area youth that responsibilities in life extend beyond portable communication devices, video games, and hanging out with friends. Reality Check is available throughout Goodwill’s 31 counties, 13 cities service area. For more information about Reality Check click here.

Reality Check will be in the following schools during the Spring 2014 school year:

  • April 16th: Franklin County: Franklin County High School
  • April 23rd: Hollins University
  • May 22nd: Augusta County: Beverly Manor Middle School

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


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.