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Goodwill Opens Community Employment Center to Serve Thousands of Job-Seekers in Hampton Roads
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade to Speak at April 6 Event
Hampton, Va. (March 31,2017)—Hampton Roads job seekers who face challenges to securing employment now have a valuable resource in Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia’s new Community Employment Center (CEC) in Hampton.
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore and Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck are among the officials leading Goodwill’s dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on April 6 at 1911 Saville Row at 10:00 a.m. The general public is welcome to attend; networking begins at 9:30 a.m.
The CEC is the capstone of Goodwill’s $7M investment in the Virginia Peninsula with a project that began in 2012 to convert a former Target store into the Goodwill Operations Center. The site encompasses a retail store, an outlet and an electronics store selling used goods, plus the new CEC and administrative offices. Funding for Phase I was through tax-exempt bonds; funding for Phase II includes contributions from philanthropic supporters and Goodwill.
The CEC is one of five in Goodwill’s network that, collectively, serve more than 17,000 individuals annually. Goodwill estimates that within a few years of operation, the Saville Row center will serve more than 5,600 job seekers each year.
Charles Layman, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, said, “Goodwill is vested in the well-being of individuals who have challenges to securing and retaining employment. We cannot do this work alone, and are grateful for the support of community partners, local governments and philanthropic supporters.”
Major donors to the CEC include The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, TowneBank Foundation and Brad and Janet Sauer. To fully fund the CEC, Goodwill is seeking to raise an additional $500,000. The completed project also includes meeting space for Goodwill’s collaborative partnerships with other organizations, employers, service providers, as well as office space for Goodwill’s regional staff.
Goodwill provides most services and resources at no charge to job seekers, including job search support, job readiness training and job placement services.
Leading philanthropic supporters include The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, the TowneBank Foundation, and Brad and Janet Sauer.
Thomas Nelson Community College’s Center for Building and Construction Trades also operates at the Goodwill complex to provide skills training courses that lead to certification or licensure in high-demand industries. TNCC currently provides 12-week training programs in HVAC and facilities maintenance and will expand to include electrical and plumbing trades.
To RSVP for the April 6th event, contact Danielle Cronin at Danielle.Cronin@goodwillvirginia.org or 757-268-7463.
For CEC hours, appointments and training schedules visit www.goodwillvirginia.org or call 757-951-4200.
About Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia: A 501(C)3 non-profit organization, Goodwill has operated in the Richmond area since 1923 and in Hampton Roads since 1925. The two regional Goodwills merged in 2006 to form one entity that covers 39 cities and counties, encompasses 34 retail stores, provides services to governments through contracts and operates five Community Employment Centers. Goodwill has 1,360 employees, and provides community workforce services for more than 17,000 individuals annually. It is one of 164 autonomous Goodwills in North America under affiliation with Goodwill Industries International.
Danielle Cronin, 757-268-7463, Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Butler, 757-248-9405, Andrea.email@example.com