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May 2019

Community Celebrates Newly Renovated Employment Center

Donors and community partners celebrated Goodwill’s newly renovated Community Employment Center in South Richmond at a dedication ceremony on April 17.

The renovation expanded Goodwill’s capacity to deliver workforce development services that change lives, increasing the training and service space by 25 to 30 percent.

“This is where the magic of changing lives through the power of work takes place,” said Charles D. Layman, president and CEO of Goodwill. “The renovation has created inspiration and opportunities for job seekers who, in many cases, have had challenges to participate in the workforce.” 

Among the many donors that supported a fundraising campaign to renovate the Center, Layman called out lead donors Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, The Cabell Foundation, TowneBank Foundation and Brad and Janet Sauer.

Maria Rasmussen, chair of Goodwill’s Board of Directors, said, “We want to be sure people have the tools to become employable throughout their lives, to get on and up career ladders and to be more self-sufficient and resilient.”

Technology upgrades include 25 new laptop computers, free public wifi and wireless printing for job seekers to use, as well as AV upgrades in all training rooms to allow for remote training. 

Following remarks by Goodwill’s leaders and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, guests heard from Destiny Hunter, who completed Goodwill’s Transition to Independence and Employment (TIE) program to reduce her reliance on public assistance.

“Goodwill gave me hope at every turn,” said Hunter, who experienced homelessness and joblessness prior to connecting with Goodwill.

Following successful completion of the TIE program, Hunter secured a job with a homeless services organization, purchased a car and has stable housing for herself and her daughter. She is now enrolled in Goodwill’s TIE II program to acquire more skills to advance her career and her earnings. 

Job seekers interested in receiving individualized workforce development services – from resume building and job search support to soft skills training, computer and financial literacy and credentialing programs – may visit any of Goodwill’s Community Employment Centers, including the newly renovated one at 6301 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. Click here for locations and hours.

Hampton Community Employment Center Receives Award

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia received a ‘Promoter of Excellence’ award from Hampton City Schools at a reception on April 25 for “Outstanding support and contributions that build excellence in Title I Schools.”

Goodwill has partnered with Hampton City School’s Title I Family Engagement Program to connect parents and staff to Goodwill’s job readiness programs and services at its Hampton Community Employment Center.

“Parents who take advantage of our free workforce development services are modeling life-long lessons for their children on the importance of investing in themselves to advance their economic stability and their careers,” said Tammy Peterson, manager of Goodwill’s Community Employment Center. “This is how we strengthen families and build prosperous communities.”

Family engagement specialists with Hampton City Schools also worked with Roger Fournier, Goodwill’s manager of donated goods, to access Goodwill’s surplus book inventory. As a result, classrooms and homes now have thousands of books donated by Goodwill.

In This Edition
Transportation Pilot Recognized
Hampton Schools Cite Goodwill
Henrico Denim Drive A Success
Ways to Support Goodwill
Goodwill Works Tours
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Richmond The one-hour lunchtime tours are free, but registration is required. Lunch is provided. Click here for more information and to sign up.
2018 IMPACT Highlights Now Available
Goodwill Week is May 5th-11th

Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada celebrate Goodwill Industries Week to highlight the defining principle of our mission — transforming lives through the power of work.

To learn more about what Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia does in the 39 cities and counties we serve, click here.

Gratitude for Gifts

Thanks to HRH Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond for its gift in support of Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work. This gift will help individuals with barriers to employment build pathways to opportunities and success. 

With this gift, thousands of people with challenges to work will benefit from intensive job readiness training, employment search support, and job placement services across Central and Coastal Virginia.

Henrico County Denim Drive Turns Jeans into Jobs

Students and staff collected 8018 pairs of jeans for the 2019 Henrico County Public Schools Denim Drive that supports Goodwill's workforce development programs.  Congratulations to each of the schools that participated.  The top collectors were:


1st Springfield Park Elementary (1,875 pairs - a new record for Henrico County)

2nd Echo Lake Elementary

3rd Three Chopt Elementary

Middle School

1st Holman Middle School

2nd Tuckahoe Middle School

3rd John Rolfe Middle School

High School

1st Mill E. Godwin High School

2nd Varina High School

3rd Douglas Freeman High School


Transportation Pilot Receives Recognition

Uber Award Winners

The Chesterfield Community Services Board recognized Goodwill for its partnership in a Transportation Pilot Project that provided point-to-point transportation for county residents to access employment opportunities, job training, healthcare and basic services. The success of the project led the County to expand the program.

Under the pilot, Goodwill served as the central dispatch to schedule rides via Uber for low-income individuals. “Transportation is the biggest hurdle that our job seekers face,” said John Dougherty, vice president of community workforce for Goodwill. “We wanted proof of concept that if we provide transportation, job seekers will complete training programs and secure and retain employment.”

Pictured above are: Debbie Burcham, executive director, Chesterfield Community Services Board; Harvey Powers, chair, Community Services Board; Dawn Missory, alternative transportation manager, Chesterfield County; Janet Loving, program manager, Adult Substance Use Services, Chesterfield County; Shelly Watford, Uber coordinator, Goodwill; and John Dougherty, vice president of community workforce, Goodwill.

Ways to Give/Support Goodwill! 

There are many ways to support Goodwill this spring.  Online shopping, visiting our stores and cleaning out your closets are just a few ways to support our mission of helping people help themselves through the power of work.

If you're shopping for mom on Amazon this Mother's Day be sure use our AmazonSmile link.  With each purchase Amazon makes a donation to Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia!  Click here to start shopping.

Round Up In Stores
Don't forget to round up your change the next time you make a purchase in any of our 34 retail stores, 2 outlet stores or 2 electronics stores. Your spare changes goes directly to our Community Employment Center services.

Clean Out and Donate
Spring is the perfect time to clean out closets and donate your gently used items.  Goodwill will gladly accept your donations of clothing, household items and even electronics.  Click here to find a donation center near you.

Make an Online Gift
When you make a financial gift to Goodwill you are directly contributing to Goodwill's mission and programs that assist job seekers every day.  Click here to make a secure online donation today.

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