Throughout central and coastal Virginia, thousands of individuals who want to be employed do not have jobs. Some face obstacles such as lack of education, skills, transportation or childcare. Others have disabilities, histories of incarceration, language barriers, or limited exposure to workforce opportunities as a result of generational poverty. Many simply found themselves suddenly unemployed as a result of the pandemic.
We need your help to break through these challenges and provide the training and support they need. Your investment in Goodwill empowers individuals, strengthens families and creates prosperous communities.
Jerlene Powell’s world was flipped upside down when she was unexpectedly laid off from her job of more than a decade. She was left unemployed, with little money and low spirits.
Thanks to Goodwill’s workforce services, Jerlene was hired at a Goodwill job fair in August 2019 by AmeriCare Plus, a personal care agency providing in-home personal care and live-in companion services to senior citizens throughout Virginia, where she still works today. Jerlene loves her new job and feels like she is paying it forward by helping others.
Today Jerlene is employed, safe and has her own apartment. But many others in our community are still in need of help getting back to work. With record unemployment and poverty rates, your urgent help is needed more than ever.
“When doors close in your face and people tell you no, don’t get mad, frustrated, or upset because NO stands for Next Opportunity,” said Jerlene.
Goodwill gave Jerlene her next opportunity for an independent, self-sufficient life. Please join us in helping others like Jerlene find their Next Opportunity for employment and independence.
With your gift to Goodwill, you help open doors to brighter, more hopeful futures for job-seekers like Jerlene.
Please make a gift today.
Your support today means more individuals are empowered to help themselves, their families and their communities tomorrow.
Please consider a gift to the Goodwill Annual Fund. Your support provides job seekers like Jerlene with the resources and encouragement they need to secure employment and strengthen their families. Please give today.”
Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your financial and material donations are tax deductible.