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
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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Plot Registration Starts for the Growing Goodwill Community Garden

The Roanoke Community Garden Association is now accepting plot registrations for the 2015 growing season on a first-come, first-serve basis. The layout of the Growing Goodwill Garden is currently being redesigned. Therefore, while plot registrations are open, gardeners are being asked to wait until after March 1st to begin gardening.

Plots at the Growing Goodwill Garden are $20 and registered gardeners must attend one of the following meetings:



Freedom First West End Center Branch at 1210 Patterson Avenue, Roanoke.

10am, Monday, February 23rd
1pm, Wednesday, February 25th
6pm, Thursday, February 26th

For more information on the Growing Goodwill Garden or to register to garden please contact:
Meredith Withers
Roanoke Community Garden Association


Donation to Goodwill’s Project SEARCH Program

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The combination of the community’s donations and gift from Delegate Sam Rasoul raised $1,280 in December for Goodwill’s Project SEARCH program. “This generous donation will enable the interns of the Project SEARCH program the access to technology and resources that they otherwise may not have use of and ultimately achieve greater success in the workplace!” states Stephanie Hoer, Youth and Day Support Services Director.


Project SEARCH is a one year program that provides education and on-site training to prepare youth with disabilities to be work ready upon graduation from high school. The program, which serves as a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school, is located at a community health-care facility.

For additional information on Project SEARCH, visit:


Home Pickups (all areas)

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, 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.

Job Fairs during January


Date:  Wednesday, January 21st
Time:  10am to 12noon
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave, Suite B, Roanoke
Description: Hardee’s is currently hiring for the Roanoke, Salem and Troutville areas:
Assistant managers
Hourly managers
Shift leaders
Breakfast managers

Labor Ready
Date:  Wednesday, January 28th
Time: 10am to 12noon
Location: Roanoke Jobs Campus – 2502 Melrose Ave, Suite B, Roanoke
Description: Labor Ready is currently seeking workers to be:
Banquet Servers
Warehouse Workers


Good Opportunity Job Fair
Date:  Friday, January 30th
Time:  11am to 4pm
Location: Madison Heights Jobs Center – 174 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights
Description: Job Seekers can apply early with these companies online and using the Madison Heights Jobs Center Resource Room (prior to the job fair or the day of the job fair).
Current Companies who will be present to accept resumes/applications and interview Job Seekers:
Lowe’s (Bedford, Madison Heights and Lynchburg locations)
Home Depot (Lynchburg location)
Jiffy Lube (Madison Heights location)
Team Nurse (Madison Heights and Lynchburg locations)
More companies are being added!

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 January:
1/13/2015 – Fathers First – TAP
1/16/2015 – Lucy Addison Middle School – Roanoke City
1/21/2015 – CSWAP – Melrose Jobs Campus

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® - 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 MS – Roanoke City

Reality Check will be in the following locations in October:
10/08/2015 – Sandusky MS – Lynchburg City
10/15/2015 – Dunbar MS – Lynchburg City
10/28/2015 – Breckinridge MS – Roanoke City

Reality Check will be in the following locations in November:
11/02/2015 – Rustburg MS – Campbell County
11/24/2015 – Central Academy – Botetourt County

Reality Check will be in the following locations in December:
12/17/2015 – Reed Mountain MS – Botetourt County

For more information about Reality Check click here.

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.

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 2014, Goodwill assisted 87,755 individuals and in this difficult employment market placed 3,662 people into jobs in our community.