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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When I Grow Up Contest

Calling all area youth, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys wants to know what you dream of being when you grow up. Share with us what you want to be and you could win a $10 Goodwill Gift Certificate.  Grown-Up-Look

August 1st through August 23rd
Submit you child’s drawing and/or essay
To a Goodwill Retail Store Manager

Please include the following information with your entry:
1. Child and Parent’s Full Name
2. Email Address
3. Phone Number
4. Mailing Address, including City, State, and Zip Code

Each Goodwill store will choose the winner of their store.  Winners will be notified on August 27th.

Click here to review the terms and conditions.

 

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 ”Growing Goodwill®” Garden Dedication to be Held August 27th

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Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys has partnered with the Roanoke Community Garden Association to start a new community garden in your neighborhood! A Garden Dedication event will be held on August 27th at 10am. The new garden site is on the Goodwill property at the corner of 24th Street NW and Salem Turnpike. To date 29 plots have been secured by the community. Planting began in June and currently vegetables growing include corn, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, pumpkins, squash, and much more.

 

 

 

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Goodwill’s Relocated Hollins Store set to open September 10th

image004Construction is on schedule for the relocation and Grand Opening of the new Goodwill Store near Hollins, in Roanoke, on September 10th. The store will be relocating from the corner of Williamson Road and Peters Creek, to the new location at the intersection of Peters Creek and Airport Roads.

A tie cutting ceremony, with local and Goodwill officials will take place at 8:45am on Wednesday, September 10th.  The new store will provide easier access to shoppers and a convenient drive-thru donation center. The existing store will officially close for business at 9pm on Saturday, September 6th to prepare for the move to the new location.

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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Goodwill Industries of the Valleys forms new Employment Partnership with Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg

Goodwill industries of the Valleys has formed a partnership with Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg, an IHG property.  An employment training program that provides both classroom and on the job training in the hospitality industry, had seven individuals participated in the first training group.  In order to select those participating in the program, the Holiday Inn provided an information session about the hospitality industry, as well as individual interviews.  In June, the Holiday Inn management team began on-the-job training with the program’s first participants.

On-the-job training was conducted from 10am  –  2 pm, five days per week for four weeks, on-site at the Holiday Inn.  Goodwill also provided ten hours of Job Readiness Training to the selected participants following their shifts at the Holiday Inn.  Participants who successfully completed the academy program and met Holiday Inn employer expectations were offered jobs at Holiday Inn.  Based on the success of the first training a second group  of participants will start through the program during the month of August.

“This partnership with the Holiday Inn-Downtown Lynchburg is exactly the type of relationship that Goodwill is seeking with area businesses,” states Treney Tweedy, Community Development Manager at Goodwill.  “It enables Goodwill to connect job seekers with an employer who is hiring, but to also make sure the individual has the skills they need to be successful.  It is a win-win for everyone.”

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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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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 at the following locations in August:
8/27/2014 – Villages at Lincoln – RDHA

Reality Check will be in the following locations in September:
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

Reality Check will be in the following locations in October:
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

Reality Check will be in the following locations in November:
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

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
12/19/2014 – 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 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 

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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.