Story Ideas

Looking for a Good News Story or a way for your audience to get involved in the community? Some happenings at Goodwill® that might interest you:

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

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

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Roanoke Resident is Goodwill Industries International 2014 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year

Devin Williams, of Roanoke, has been named Goodwill Industries International Graduate of the Year.

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Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest

Goodwill is calling all artists, crafters, and innovators! Here’s your chance to show off your skills, be named Goodwill’s “Ultimate Upcycler”, and enter to win $250 VISA gift card! Visit your local Goodwill Retail Store today and find the items that you want to upcycle, using your imagination to create the winning project.

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June 1st through July 27th
Submit your before and after pictures of an item from Goodwill that you’ve transformed to:
ReBecca Franklin at rfranklin@goodwillvalleys.com

What to submit:
1. Your Full Name
2. Email Address
3. Phone Number
4. Mailing Address, including City, State, and Zip Code (Entries are open to those who reside in Goodwill Industries of the Valleys service area. Please click here for details on Goodwill’s 31 county, and 13 city service area in Virginia).
5. Information regarding your entry:
- How you created this item and what items you used.
- If you purchased items from Goodwill be sure to tell us which store.

Entries will be accepted until July 27th at 11:59pm Eastern standard time. On July 28th, a team of Goodwill representatives will vote to choose the top three entries. The top three will be placed on the Goodwill Works blog to be voted on by the public. Voting will begin on July 28th at 12pm Eastern standard time and run through July 31st at 12pm Eastern standard time. On July 31st, at 4pm Eastern standard time the winner of Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest.

Click here for Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest Terms and Conditions.

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Open Enrollment for GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Program Continues

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.

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Goodwill® to Operate Additional Programs in the Shenandoah Valley (Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Winchester)

Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys has been awarded, by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, a contract to provide services to youth, adults, and dislocated workers through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I program. Goodwill currently operates these programs for individuals in other areas of the Commonwealth including Charlottesville, Roanoke, and the New River Valley. Goodwill will also operate any Workforce Centers established in the region.

The contract covers job seeker and employer services available to individuals and businesses in Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester, as well as the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren. Basic services such as assistance with resume writing, computer access, and job search services are open to anyone living in these areas. Business services include space for interviewing and candidate screening. Additionally, case managed services will be available to youth and adults with economic disadvantages as well as those individuals who have lost their job due to company closing or layoff, or individuals with economic disadvantages.

Services Provided:

  • Resume development
  • Interviewing skills and techniques
  • Assistance in filing unemployment insurance benefits claims
  • Internet, fax, printer and phone access
  • Work skills exploration
  • Networking skills development
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Labor market information evaluation to identify job vacancies  and the education and skills needed for occupations in demand
  • Information on available services and programs
  • Follow-up services to assist in job retention

For more information the programs, including program eligibility:

Locations:

Harrisonburg
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, M-Thu. 9:30am – 4:30pm F
Address: 160 N. Mason Street
Phone: (540) 433.4864
Fax: (540) 434.0803

Staunton
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30 pm, M-F
Address: 1600 N. Coalter Street, Ste. 14
Phone: (540) 887.9895
Fax: (540) 887.9897

Winchester
Hours: 8:30 – 4:30pm, M-F
Address: 411 N. Cameron Street
Phone: (540) 545.4146
Fax: (540) 667.2403

Luray
Hours: 8am – 5pm, M-F
Address: 334 North Hawksbill Street, Lord Fairfax Community College
*No phone or fax yet. Call (540) 545.4146 for immediate assistance.

Rockbridge
Location coming soon!

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Goodwill Announces Opening of Career Connection Center at the New Store in Harrisonburg

Career Connection The Harrisonburg Career Connection joins centers already open at Goodwill stores in Madison Heights, Martinsville, 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 and can be reached at (540) 421-0701. 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.

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It’s Time to Register for YOUR Space in the “Growing Goodwill®” Garden

Grow Your Own Food – Connect – Learn

image005Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys is partnering with the Roanoke Community Garden Association to start a new community garden in your neighborhood! The new garden site is on the Goodwill property at the corner of 24th Street NW and Salem Turnpike. To date 20 plots have been secured by the community. Planting is expected to begin the first weekend in June. To see more pictures of the Garden check out Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Facebook Page.

Those wishing to reserve their space in the community garden with the Roanoke Community Garden Association can contact Meredith Withers:
Phone: (540) 290.3948
Email: education@roanokecommunitygarden.org

For more information, contact Mark Powell at the Roanoke Community Garden Association by phone (540) 904-3122 or email mark@roanokecommunitygarden.org
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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’s Fall Schedule:
8/27/2014 – Villages at Lincoln – RDHA
9/17/2014 – Craig County High School – Craig County
9/24/2014 – Woodrow Wilson – Roanoke City
9/29/2014 – Botetourt County High School – Botetourt County
10/2/2014 – Sandusky Middle School – Lynchburg City
10/8/2014 – Benjamin Franklin Middle School – Franklin County
10/16/2014 – Dunbar Middle School – Lynchburg City
10/22/2014 – Liberty High School – Bedford County
10/30/2014 – Breckinridge Middle School – Roanoke City
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
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
12/19/2014 – 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 SStephens@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 ext. 222

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

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Job Seeker Events

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

 

ROANOKE JOBS CAMPUS

Insource

Insource is currently hiring Warehouse Forklift Associates in Salem. Ideal candidates will have forklift 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, click here.

Date: Thursday, July 24th
Time: 9am to 12pm
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave, Suite B, Roanoke

Adecco Staffing

Adecco is currently recruiting for financial institution candidates with minimum one year experience in financial services, fraud, or associates dress in criminal justice.
Adecco is also currently recruiting for machine operators minimum 6 month experience in mfg or warehouse, lifting 35 lbs, overtime expected, three shifts available.

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

**NEW Join us for weekly Job Clubs, starting July 7th!** 

Tired of job searching? Discouraged by job search results? Looking for a great way to jumpstart your week? Look no further…  Give Job Club a try! In Job Club, you mingle with other job seekers, share job search tips, and results, gain insight to assist you as you prepare for your career, engage with an interactive group, and leave feeling recharged.
Weekly Discussion Topics Include:
- Getting the most from a job fair
- Interview skills, including mock interviews
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Dressing professionally
- Mentally preparing to job search/job search techniques
- Tips for keeping the job once you land it, and more…

Date: Every Monday Morning, from 10am to 11am, starting July 7th!
Location:  Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite B, Roanoke

Come join our interactive workshop meetings – no reservations required.

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is hiring part-time Pallet Builders and part-time Checkers. Pallet Builders must be able to build 3-5 pallets per hour after training. Must be able to read, communicate clearly in English, have basic math skills, and pass criminal background check and MVR check. Checkers verify the accuracy of pallet builders based on job ticket and ask builder to correct any mistakes.

Date: Tuesday, August 5th
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave, Suite B, Roanoke

MADISON HEIGHTS JOBS CENTER

Team Nurse

Date: Tuesday, July 22nd
Time: 9am to 1pm
Location: Madison Heights Jobs Center – 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights

Job Readiness Seminars

Seminar topics will vary from week to week and will include: Time Management, Self Esteem at Work, Professionalism at Work, Interview Skills, Planning for Education and Training, Setting Goals, First Impressions, Resume Writing/Career Exploration, and Social Media and the Workplace. Seminars are free, prior registration is required. For more information or to register contact: 434.200.9920 ext. 100

Date: Every Monday, from 10am to 12pm, starting July 28th!
Location: Madison Heights Jobs Center – 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights

Special Skills Seminars

Resume Writing/ Cover Letter Development

Skill topics will vary weekly, depending on the needs of those register to attend. Seminars are free, prior registration is required. For more information or to register contact: 434.200.9920 ext. 100

Date: Every Thursday, from 10am to 12pm, starting July 31st!
Location: Madison Heights Jobs Center – 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights

 

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Roanoke Re-Entry Council Employer Resource Summit

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Tuesday, July 22nd 
9am to 12pm
Goodwill Melrose Jobs Campus 
(2502 Melrose Ave., Suite C., Roanoke, VA)

At the Summit you will:
- Learn about Tax Credits available when hiring people with criminal records.
- Discover how to reduce recruiting cost and lower training and retention cost.
- Learn about supportive services in the Valley.
- Address fears of hiring employees with criminal records.

 

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Relocation of Goodwill Store Near Hollins in Roanoke

Hollins StoreConstruction has started on the relocation of the Goodwill Store near Hollins in Roanoke. The store will be relocating from the corner of Williamson Road and Peter’s Creek, to the new location at the intersection of Peter’s Creek and Airport Roads. The new store will provide easier access to shoppers and a convenient drive-thru donation center. The existing store will close several days prior to the new store opening, which is expected in early September.

Goodwill stores provide critical funding to help support job training and employment programs in our communities. Goodwill serves youth, adults, and seniors who have disabilities, disadvantages, and those who have lost their job due to company closing or layoff. In 2013 Goodwill Industries of the Valleys helped almost 90,000 people and placed nearly 3,000 individuals into competitive community employment within the 31 county, 13 city service area in Virginia.

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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.