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Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia Raises $2.4 Million to Expand Capacity to Serve More Job-Seekers

By Danielle Cronin on Feb 02, 2017

Fundraising Campaign Enters Final Phase to Meet $3.5 Million Goal

Richmond, Va. (Feb. 2, 2017)—Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia (GCCVA) raised two-thirds of its goal in a campaign to expand capacity to serve more individuals who face challenges to securing employment.

The campaign now enters a public phase to raise $1.1 million to reach the $3.5 million goal.

“More than 36,000 individuals in Virginia want to be employed but face challenges to securing work,” said Charles Layman, president and CEO of GCCVA. “Goodwill meets those challenges head-on, providing job skills training and career development services to individuals with high levels of need and helping them to secure and retain employment,” he added.

Key funders of the campaign include the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, the Cabell Foundation, TowneBank Foundation and Brad and Janet Sauer.

The funds will support Goodwill’s strategic transformation to increase its service capacity; deploy staff into the community to develop more partnerships with employers; align training programs with community workforce needs; identify sustainable employment opportunities, and ensure that individuals are job-ready with soft skills and technical skills.

Expanded capacity in Hampton includes construction of a 16,000-square-foot Community Employment Center within GCCVA’s Operations Support Center. The new space includes four classrooms, meeting rooms and a computer resource center, and allows for one-on-one meetings with job-seekers as well as group programs and activities with community partners.

In Richmond, funds will expand and improve space for employment training and services at its Community Employment Center on Midlothian Turnpike, and for processing donated goods at its Operations Support Center at the same site.

Throughout 2017, Goodwill will host monthly “Goodwill Works” tours of its Hampton and Richmond Community Employment Centers and production facilities.

“Most people are familiar with Goodwill’s stores that help support our mission, but many aren’t aware of our efforts to repurpose, recycle and re-use donated goods that don’t sell in our stores,” said Layman. “The one-hour tours show how Goodwill stewards 50,000,000 pounds of donated goods to support employment programs, and the tours provide insight on how we help individuals overcome challenges to employment.”

To sign up for a tour, visit http://goodwillvirginia.org/goodwillworkstour/. For more information on the campaign, contact Andrea Butler at andrea.butler@goodwillvirginia.org or 804-297-4310.

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, government contract services for individuals with disabilities, five Community Employment Centers, 1,300 employees, and provides community workforce services for nearly 20,000 individuals annually.

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Contact:

Andrea Butler, andrea.butler@goodwillvirginia.org

804-297-4310

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