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Goodwill of Central & Coastal Virginia Joins 8,000+ Non-Profits To Make History

By Laura Faison on Apr 22, 2015

Goodwill is participating in Give Local America, a national day of giving on May 5, 2015. Give Local America is a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign that provides critical funding for, and celebrates the work of, nonprofits across the U.S.

GLA-fullcolorGive Local America is gearing up to be the largest online fundraising event in history. In 2014, Give Local America’s inaugural event resulted in more than $53 million being donated to local communities in just 24-hours. On May 5th, Give Local America is aiming to double fundraising to more than $100 million.

Goodwill is encouraging everyone in Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to be a philanthropist. “It is amazing what can happen when individuals in the community come together – even the smallest donations collectively can make a big difference,” said Ellen Thornhill, Marketing and Communications Manager for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia.

Goodwill’s vision is to help build stronger communities. They do so by providing job training and opportunities, as well as on-the-job supports to individuals with disabilities and other obstacles to employment throughout central and coastal Virginia. Many Goodwill clients learn “on-the-job” at Goodwill, but most go on to employment at other businesses in the area. Last year, Goodwill placed 2,326 individuals into employment throughout central Virginia and Hampton Roads.

And while Goodwill stores help to fund the non-profit’s mission, Goodwill relies on financial contributions from individuals, businesses and community foundations to maximize their impact. The Give Local America crowdfunding event is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to support Goodwill’s mission on a day that celebrates the power of community.

One such person is Jen McGrath. Jen came to Goodwill after her high school vocational program came to an end. Through Goodwill’s Skills Building Program, Jen has been able to broaden her life skills and build work-related skills. Jen is now part of a team working in her second Goodwill store where she continues to master new skills. Her father Don says, “Knowing Jen is thriving and growing is a gift beyond measure.”

For more information about supporting Goodwill for Give Local America 2015, visit To sign up for Give Local America 2015 updates, visit, and join the conversation on Twitter by following #GiveLocal15.



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