Many American workers may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit that can provide a crucial income boost benefiting individual workers with low to moderate incomes, their families and their communities. Goodwill encourages people who earned less than $52,000 in 2013 to see if they qualify EITC. In doing so, they could receive as much as a $6,044 tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).Read More >
Goodwill's Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Thursday, May 8. The organization's only fundraiser supports Goodwill's Outreach Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance and other resources to the people that Goodwill serves. Sponsorships and teams are still available.Read More >
Thanks to an expanded partnership between Davidson County Community College (DCCC) and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, community members will have access to courses that teach the skills it takes to land a job. It’s all part of a new initiative through Goodwill’s Career Connections – a center located in downtown Lexington that offers free, personalized services that aid in job search – and DCCC, which recently began offering courses at the Center.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina will host an open house of its newly relocated Prosperity Center at 508 Waughtown Street in Winston-Salem on Friday, February 21. The Center is a United Way Collaborative uniting Goodwill's vocational strengths with the financial education of Financial Pathways of the Piedmont. The Center's new location has easier access than the old and has been outfitted with new computers and resources for the center's clients. The open house is being held to introduce the Center's new facility to the community and to make individuals in the area aware of the resources available to them.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Wells Fargo. The $21,000 grant will be used to provide a comprehensive suite of youth career planning, development, education, training and job placement services to at-risk youth.Read More >
Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received a $10,000 grant from Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina to support programming in Forsyth County that teaches financial literary, entrepreneurship, and work readiness to students in grades K-12.Read More >
Thanks to a $5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, new career services will be available to veterans in Catawba and Forsyth Counties. With this grant, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and the Walmart Foundation are expanding Operation: GoodJobs, a program that helps veterans and their families find meaningful work and gain financial stability. Operation: GoodJobs, is expected to serve more than 4,000 veterans and military family members across the country by providing the tools and resources they need to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.Read More >
(Colfax, NC) – Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont have just wrapped up the annual partnership Good Turn for Goodwill community service project. This event took place throughout the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and all Goodwill donation centers.
Nearly 300 troops consisting of 2,220 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina donated 6,437 bags of goods to Goodwill, which was a 26% increase over last year’s partnership.Read More >
Goodwill has made the recently released Forbes list of America’s 25 Most Inspiring Companies. This list was based on results from consulting firm, Performance Inspired, Inc., a consulting and training firm that helps organizations elevate performance through the science of inspiration. The company surveyed 4,738 consumers and asked respondents to rank which five companies they find most inspirational. It also asked them to describe their most recent encounter with each company. The goal of the survey was to find a correlation between successful companies and those that inspire their consumers.Read More >
ASHEVILLE – Green Opportunities (GO) has received a grant of $50,000 from Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc. for kitchen equipment at the W.C. Reid Center.
GO will use the grant to equip the W.C. Reid Green Jobs Training and Education Center with state-of-the-art commercial equipment for its community kitchen. The culinary equipment will be used to further enhance the kitchen’s functionality for not just GO’s job training programs, but also for members of the community surrounding the Reid Center to use for neighborhood events.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The $20,000 grant will be used for paid workplace mentoring through Goodwill’s One Life Youth Program.
One Life works in conjunction with Buncombe County Schools to help students develop individual career plans, develop soft skills, work on communicating effectively, and learn conflict resolution techniques and job readiness skills. The students are eligible for a six-week paid workplace mentoring during the summer. The grant from the Community Foundation will help fund the mentorships.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina celebrated its 2013 Recognition Banquet at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem on Thursday, November 7. It was an evening to honor the outstanding achievements of Goodwill clients, employees and volunteers, and to thank individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the mission of Goodwill. WXII-12 meteorologist, Austin Caviness, served as Master of Ceremonies at the event attended by 350 stakeholders.Read More >
On Thursday, October 24, Goodwill executive staff gathered to honor team J Walter Cowen. Walter served as Special Assistant to the President for over 16 years, retiring from Goodwill in May, 2013. In that role, he was responsible for fostering relationships with property owners across northwest North Carolina, resulting in the strategic placement of dozens of donation sites in support of Goodwill’s mission. In recognition of Walter’s efforts, Goodwill dedicated the Mount Tabor donation center in his honor.Read More >
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, announce its annual partnership Good Turn for Goodwill community service project. This event will take place throughout the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and all Goodwill donation centers. Local Girl Scouts will collect gently used clothing, toys, books and household goods to benefit Goodwill. The goal is to help those who are unemployed and underemployed find jobs and get back on their feet. The service project will teach Girl Scouts life lessons and address the needs in their community.Read More >
On September 18, the annual Business Advisory Council (BAC) breakfast was held to honor Council members who play such a critical role in helping Goodwill clients reach their full potential. The event is also held to recruit new members for the seven Councils which meet monthly across the region. The highlights of the event were the inspiring stories told by two people whose lives have changed through the power of work.Read More >
Goodwill Industries International and Ad Council partner on their first national multimedia PSA campaign to encourage Americans to help create jobs in their communities.
More than 11.3 million Americans are currently unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In an effort to educate and inspire Americans to help create jobs in their communities by donating clothing and household items to Goodwill®, today Goodwill Industries International and the Ad Council launch their first national multimedia public service advertising (PSA) campaign. Created pro bono by New York-based advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, the English and Spanish PSAs communicate how revenue from the sale of an individual’s possessions helps provide job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs.Read More >
On Tuesday, August 27, Goodwill hosted the Business Advisory Council's Social Media Panel. The event was opened to anyone seeking information on social media. It was held in Self-Reliance Hall at the Winston-Salem location and attended by 28 people, kicking off at 11:30 for networking with the program beginning at Noon.
The panel guests consisted of Debra Chiarello, Marketing Specialist at Kaba ilco; Gretchen Edwards, Assistant Director of Digital Engagement at Wake Forest; Laura Black, President of Black House Creative; Scott Dickson, President of Dickson Interactive; Kristen Daukus, Director of Social Media Services at Atlantic Webwork. The event was moderated by Steve Rayburn from Sandler Training.Read More >
Goodwill Industries hosted a LinkedIn Workshop at the University Parkway Workforce Development Center. The event was open to clients and staff. There were 12 people who participated in a training session that was facilitated by Kim Williams of Sandler Training.
Following the LinkedIn training, there was a hair and makeup session. Make-up artists were Jodria Bufford, Catrina Tuttle and Wendy Carter provided tips and Mary Kay cosmetics while hair was done by Mia Adams and Kenya Young from The Hair Design School. Ten people took the opportunity to have their hair and makeup done before having a professional style photo taken that is suitable for a Linkedin profile. This event was an excellent introduction to using technology as a tool in a job search. Thanks to all who participated!Read More >
On August 10, Goodwill had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Back-to-School Festival held at the National Guard Armory in Boone. At the event, families could select from donated jeans and clothing, books, and other items. Local community groups from churches to girl scouts to the Hospitality House and Goodwill set up booths to share information about their services, and stylists donated their time to give free haircuts to kids. In partnership with The Hospitality House, Goodwill provided $800 in gift cards to help parents and kids shop for back to school items. It was a wonderful event that helped alleviate cost for many families as they prepared for the new school year.Read More >
Goodwill is your back to school headquarters! We made appearaances on News14 and Fox8 morning programs to show off the fabulous deals and essential items needed for back to school. Models ranging from ages two to 42 helped demonstrate the vast array of goodies you can find when you shop with us.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to announce the return of its Professional Truck Driver Training. This program is a four-week professional tractor trailer driver training school for individuals who wish to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver License and be qualified to obtain employment as an entry-level professional driver within the transportation industry.Read More >
Goodwill Industries will host a mobile donation center at Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour locations throughout the United States and Canada. During her North American tour, Beyoncé will encourage fans and concert attendees to support Goodwill’s job training and community-based services that reduce unemployment and help people care for their families. Charitybuzz.com is auctioning special ticket packages for the tour, with the revenue benefitting Goodwill.Read More >
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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The $3,500 grant will be used for paid workplace mentoring through the eLink Youth Program, which is a partnership between Piedmont Triad Regional Council and Goodwill.
The eLink program serves youth ages 16 to 21 in Forsyth County who have barriers that limit their educational and vocational opportunities. It assists participating youth in developing their full potential by helping them graduate from high school or obtain a GED and develop Individual Career Plans involving access to post-secondary academic opportunities or vocational training and job placement.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Buncombe County celebrated the launch of a new program to help foster care youth, on Friday, May 31st, from 7-9pm in Asheville.
The ECHO program is a partnership between Goodwill and Buncombe County Department of Social Services to provide support services for students ages 12 to 21 who are currently in foster care. It will compliment other programs and services now being offered to those youth, by giving them a continuum of care after leaving the system.
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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR) have completed another successful tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites located in Winston-Salem helped return over $1.9 million dollars in refunds to residents this past tax season. Goodwill hosted four sites where community volunteers filed 1,291 tax returns.Read More >
In recent weeks, Goodwill has received some great accolades from our shoppers through surveys in local newspapers. It is always a treat to be recognized by the people who support our mission through their generous donations and purchases in our stores.Read More >
Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center at 1616 Patton Ave in Asheville has undergone major renovations and expansions to offer a variety of new programs for adults and youth. The community was invited to tour the new center at the open house on Tuesday, May 21 from 9am-noon to learn about the services that help people achieve vocational and academic success.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 9 a.m. with Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, partner agency representatives and Goodwill staff participating. Following the ribbon-cutting, tours of the new center were offered.Read More >
Having a job matters. But today we face a job crisis that threatens the future and possibilities of our families and communities.
Goodwill is excited to announce that Beyoncé will lend her voice to help us transform lives for GOOD. As she undertakes The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé is telling the world about the GOOD work Goodwill is doing – generating opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and communities.
On Friday, June 28, Beyoncé brings her tour to North America where she will encourage fans to support Goodwill by donating clothing, electronics and small household goods. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center onsite at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwills as they work to help anyone facing challenges finding employment.
"Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives." -Beyoncé
Beyoncé will continue to build awareness of Goodwill’s mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions. Global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com will auction special ticket packages for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, with the revenue benefitting Goodwill.
Join Beyoncé and Goodwill today, and make a difference for someone tomorrow.
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Goodwill’s free native app for iPhone and Android smart phones is now available in the App Store and Google Play. As Goodwill shoppers and donors increasingly access data on the go, we want to make it easier to find Goodwill locations by providing convenient, real-time information.
Users of the app can find their closest Goodwill location by enabling their devices’ geolocation services or by entering address information. Hours for each location and the various types of services offered will be displayed as well. The user can even save their favorite Goodwill locations within the app and avoid searching for them on future shopping or donating expeditions.Read More >
On Tuesday, April 30, Goodwill continued its 2013 Job Fair Series with an Advanced Manufacturing event. Ten employers were present hiring for available positions in the field. The fair was held at Goodwill’s headquarters on University Parkway in Winston-Salem. Event sponsors were Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management, Forsyth Technical Community College and the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina recently wrapped up the Donate to Educate Challenge. The Challenge, which is held each spring, is a fun and educational partnership between Goodwill and high schools in Forsyth County and elementary schools in Buncombe County. Participating schools engage in a healthy competition to see which school can collect the most donations for Goodwill.
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The Third Annual Real World event will be held April 11 to help local youth ages 14-21 understand challenges young adults face in today’s society and to provide them with the financial tools to prepare them for living responsibly. A collaboration among Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, Goodwill and the Department of Social Services, the program stresses the need for continued education beyond high school and addresses employment decisions youth make in combination with lifestyle choices such as housing, transportation and entertainment.Read More >
Goodwill® is featured on Forbes.com in an article entitled “The Most Important Social Enterprise in 2013?” The article discusses how Goodwill has not only existed as a social enterprise for more than 110 years, but also how our organization is more vital than ever in light of the national job crisis.Read More >
The Goodwill Community Access Program will be participating in "Art From the Heart" at The Cathedral of Souls in Asheville on Friday, April 19 from 5:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M.
The first ever "Art From the Heart” show will feature works of art by adults with disabilities.
Art displayed in the show was created by clients in the Goodwill Community Access Program and by residents of Mountain Area Residential Facilities living in St. Dunstans and Chiles Avenue group homes.
Both Goodwill and Mountain Area Residential Facilities have experienced severe reductions in financial support, however, both organizations have helped adults with disabilities to maximize repurposed items in order to create their works of art. These materials include used pieces of fabric from items which are not suitable for resale at Goodwill.
For more information, or to donate art supplies such as paper, canvases, paint, and glue, call: (828) 298-9023.
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Researchers at UCLA’s Center on the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) say Americans’ preoccupation with possessions has created a “clutter culture,” and that the chaos created by having so much stuff is a leading cause of stress. Luckily, Goodwill Industries® helps clear the chaos by accepting donations of gently used clothing and household goods and using the revenue to fund job training and other community-based career services for people with disabilities and other challenges to gaining and maintaining employment, such as child care, financial education, youth mentoring and transportation.
Subjects in a five-year study used words like "mess," "not fun" and "very chaotic" to describe their homes. Results of the study are published in a new book titled Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. The$8,576 grant will be used for paid workplace mentoring through Goodwill’s One Life Youth Program.
One Life works in conjunction with Buncombe County Schools to help students develop Individual career plans, develop soft skills, work on communicating eff¬ectively, and learn conflict resolution techniques and job readiness skills. The students are eligible for a six-week paid workplace mentoring during the summer. The grant from the TD Charitable Foundation will help fund the mentorships.
“TD is proud to support the One Life program to help students develop job skills that will help them lead successful lives,” said Charles Frederick, TD Bank Market President. “We are committed to supporting programs that promote a great quality of life in our communities, and One Life is an important investment in the future workforce of northwest North Carolina.”
The mentoring opportunities offer paid internships in a real world setting where youth can benefit from one-on-one relationships with a mentor and use newly acquired soft skills.
"TD Charitable Foundation's contribution will give our youth participants the opportunity to use the skills they’ve learned in our program," said Joshua Pierce, workforce development director for Goodwill. "It also enables us to partner with local employers in ways that benefit our community."Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina held a grand opening for its new retail store in West Jefferson on Thursday, February 28. The new store, located at 1291 Mount Jefferson Rd., is designed to the U.S. Green Building Council's stringent LEED standards, which are the national benchmarks for high performance green buildings.
"Goodwill has been in the business of recycling for over 100 years, so building a green facility is a natural extension of our mission", said Jaymie Eichorn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Goodwill. "We have received generous support from our donors in this area and we are excited at the opportunity to serve the West Jefferson community with our newest store."
Store staff, local officials, and members of Goodwill's executive management team attended the ribbon cutting ceremony which began at 8am. Afterwards, customers browsed the vast inventory of clothing, furniture, shoes, toys, and home decor, as well as new items for sale.
The West Jefferson store will be open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8pm, and on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.
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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina hosted an open house of its Professional Center at 450 West Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, February 27. The Center offers professionals seeking a competitive edge in their job search free resources and personalized career assistance with networking skills, interviewing strategies, salary negotiation, social media, and image consulting services. The open house was held to introduce the Center to the community and to make professional job seekers aware of the resources available to them.
Speakers Sherry Carpenter, Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill; Althea Hairston, Director of Workforce Development for Piedmont Triad Regional Council; Bobbi Wessling, Manager of North Carolina Department of Commerce Divison of Workforce Solutions; Alan Murdock, Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development for Forsyth Tech and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines all reinforced the need for such a center in our community. They then joined Center staff Randy Wooden and Ruth Owens for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Hendersonville, NC - Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College, is providing opportunities for people who would like to pursue a career in healthcare.
On Wednesday, March 6, the two organizations are hosting a Career Opportunity Day from 10 a.m. to noon at the Goodwill Career Connections Center, 155 Four Seasons Mall (next to the NC License Plate and Tag office in Hendersonville). Individuals interested in a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) are encouraged to attend and talk with those who are currently working in the field. A new CNA class starts in March at the Center.
"Healthcare is a viable option if you are looking to start down a new career path," said Josh Pierce, Goodwill Director of Workforce Development Services. "In fact, there are CNA jobs currently available throughout western North Carolina.”
CNA classes take from five to nine weeks to complete and will be offered at a number of convenient locations, including Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and Brevard. Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualified applicants.
For more information about the Career Opportunity Day, call Goodwill at (828) 698-5887.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand re-opening of its West Asheville retail store on Wednesday, January 30 at 1616 Patton Ave. This newly renovated and enlarged store has 20% more shopping space and a redesigned layout that will make for a better shopping experience.
This modernized thrift store also offers a different style of cash wrap with one line feeding into four registers that will allow for faster check-out. Customers are invited to celebrate the event and browse the aisles of newly acquired donations and special brand new items.Read More >
ABC 45 and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina partnered to offer the ABC 45 Teen in the Triad Scholarship. We would like to congratulate Jonathan Napper from Mt. Tabor High School for winning the award worth $4,500.
Jonathan is an extremely hard working student and leader among his peers. He is the Captain of the Varsity Football Team and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Jonathan also has a heart for volunteering in his community, simply because he says it’s just the right thing to do.
Congratulations, Jonathan! We wish you the best of luck as you use this scholarship to help you pursue your dreams of becoming a physician.
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Each time you donate to Goodwill or shop in our stores, you support employment and training programs that help people find jobs and get back on their feet. In today's economy, record numbers of people are coming to Goodwill for help. Jobs create strong families and strong families create strong communities. By rounding up your change, you give others in your community hope and opportunity through the power of work.
Shop. Donate. Make a difference.
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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to announce receipt of a $ 25,000 grant from Walmart. The grant will be used to purchase computers which will be placed in five of Goodwill's sixteen Career Connections Centers.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina held a grand opening for its newest retail store in Walkertown on Wednesday, November 28. The store, located at the corner of Highway 158 and NC 66, is designed to the U.S. Green Building Council's stringent LEED standards, which are the national benchmarks for high performance green buildings.Read More >
Goodwill's eLink program based in Winston Salem, North Carolina, received a 2012 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Forsyth County Real World Event.
The Real World Event, a one-day simulation of the real world, concretely addressed education and employment decisions youth make in combination with lifestyle choices (such as housing, transportation, leisure, etc.). Participants were given an occupation based on an employment-educational assessment. The occupation provided a salary and some had benefits. Youth were challenged to take their salary and develop a budget based on every day needs and situational crises such as medical, emotional, social, and accidental. This event helped youth re-evaluate occupational choices based on lifestyle preference. For some, it means finishing high school, for others this event may prompt furthering their education at a community college or university.Read More >
Gov. Bev Perdue announced the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Workforce Development that were awarded in Greensboro on November 1. A furniture company, tire manufacturer, trailblazing apprenticeship program, and four North Carolinians are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions in helping North Carolina achieve its workforce development goals. Among this year's winners was Goodwill's own Deborah Banguis, WIA Case Manager in Catawba County who received the Wayne Daves Award for Outstanding Workforce Development.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc. held its Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 1, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem. The event honored Goodwill program participants who have overcome barriers to employment to become successful, productive members of the community. Also recognized at the event were local businesses and members of the community who have significantly contributed to the success of Goodwill and its mission, which is to provide training services that help people become more independent.Read More >
Asheville's Fun Depot is having a FREE Fall Festival on Sunday October 28th from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. Bring in your best carved pumpkin and enter the pumpkin carving contest. There will be lots of games to win candy, prizes, and playcards like pumpkin bowling, costume contest, scavenger hunt, scarecrow ring toss, costume contest, and so much more. Stay tuned for more information or call us at 828-277-2FUN It is sure to be a GREAT time!! Plus if you bring in 3 or more articles of clothing you will get a $5 playcard. (1pp per visit)Read More >
Forbes recently released a list of America’s 25 Most Inspiring Companies that included Goodwill® this year for the first time.
On September 25, 2012, Goodwill’s Success Outfitters’ program was honored at the 3rd Annual Moms@Work Luncheon sponsored by Piedmont Parent Magazine. Myra Wright, General Manager & Editor of Piedmont Parent, presented Nancy Doub, Special Projects Coordinator, with a check for $1000. During the Coffee & Contacts hour before the luncheon, Goodwill employees from our Workforce Development Department had an opportunity to network with attendees and provide them with information about Goodwill’s services and programs. Congratulations to Success Outfitters for this award!Read More >
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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is proud to partner with WXLV 45 in presenting the Teen in the Triad Scholarship. Together we want to recognize one outstanding senior in the Triad who goes above and beyond in academics, athletics or the arts. If you would like to nominate a senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, who takes part in school and community activities, log on to abc45.com . The recipient will receive a scholarship in the amount of $4500.00 to be put toward the college of their choice. All entry forms must be completed by November 18, 2012.Read More >
For the past 131 years, Americans have set aside the first Monday in September to honor its workers. This Labor Day, as we take a day off from our jobs—which we are increasingly grateful to have, given the tough economic climate — Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina is asking folks to consider another group of people: the men and women who have served us overseas and often struggle to find jobs when they return from active duty.Read More >
Phyllis Diller, one of the most influential women in stand-up comedy, passed away on August 20 at the age of 95. As her fans reflect on her long history of one-liners and wide array of looks, we at Goodwill reflect on her dedication to the movement, revealed through historical and contemporary sources.Read More >
“Project Reentry,” an ex-offender transitional services program administered by the Criminal Justice Department of Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), was honored recently by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) with a 2012 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. The award was given in recognition of Project Reentry’s exemplary work in reducing recidivism and helping ex-offenders reintegrate back into society after serving active prison sentences.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Family Circle, the go-to resource for moms of tweens and teens, are teaming up for the 4th annual back-to-school clothing drive. Part of Family Circle’s back-to-school signature promotion, the drive aims to encourage families to donate their gently used clothing to Goodwill to fund job training, youth support services and other services that help individuals who are facing challenges to finding employment and their families.Read More >
Whatever your back-to-school needs, Goodwill has you covered. With our vast supply of gently used clothing, housewares and other items, your local Goodwill store is the one-stop shopping spot for preschool, K-12 and college students alike.
Goodwill Certified Computers with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Home and Student start at just $100 and are sold at seven stores in northwest North Carolina.
Goodwill is hosting a hiring event August 6 through August 11 to recruit employees for a new TJ Maxx Store to be located at 222 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville.
At Goodwill's Workforce Development Center at 124 Fourth Crescent Place in Statesville, Goodwill staff are accepting applications prior to the event and scheduling applicants for interviews. The interviews will be held from 10am to 8pm beginning on Monday, August 6 and continuing through Saturday, August 11.
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The Grand Opening of the Goodwill Cafe will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at 8 a.m. The Cafe features a bookstore and a small coffee bar and is adjacent to Goodwill's flagship retail store at 2701 University Parkway in Winston-Salem. In concert with the Cafe, the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council is opening a retail store within the Goodwill facility. The Girl Scouts have been long time supporters and partners of Goodwill through annual donation drives and other activities that introduce thousands of young women and girls to Goodwill's mission.
To view the FOX 8 WGHP story on the new cafe, click here
To read the article in the Winston-Salem Journal on the bookstore, click here.
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August 1 wrapped up Goodwill's season as sponsor of Goodwill Nights with the Tourists. On these nights, fans bringing donations to the Goodwill Truck parked outside the Asheville Tourists' baseball stadium receive a free general admission ticket to that night's game. This year, the Goodwill Nights generated 615 donations. Goodwill participants came out to enjoy the fun, including the honor of throwing out the first pitch. See pictures from the 2012 season on Goodwill's Facebook page.Read More >
At Goodwill's new Professional Center in Winston-Salem, professionals seeking a competitive edge in their job search can receive assistance with networking skills, interviewing strategies, salary negotiation, social media, image consulting and other career transition services.Read More >
As part of the product launch of its new longer-lasting FRUIT OF THE LOOM® Gray Sole sock product for men, Renfro Corporation, Fruit of the Loom’s sock licensee, is partnering with Goodwill Industries International, a social enterprise that helps more than 4 million people each year access job training, employment placement programs and support services, such as financial education and youth mentoring.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina held the grand opening of its Weaverville retail store on Wednesday, June 13. The new store, located at 50 Weaver Blvd, was designed in compliance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s stringent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, which are the national benchmarks for high performance green buildings.Read More >
We expanded (but just a little bit)! Goodwill opened a second store on Monday, May 21 in Mooresville at 1086 River Highway . This store is a smaller and more streamlined facility, so much so, it is called a Goodwill Shoppe. This new retail location, which kicked off its existence with a great crowd and celebratory atmosphere, will replace the Mooresville attended donation center and is located 1.1 miles from the donation center's former location. Donations will be accepted at the new store.
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Hospitality House of Boone held the "Struttin' Our Stuff" fashion show on May 3 as a fundraiser for the organization which helps those in crisis, poverty and homeless situations rebuild their lives. The show featured clothing bought at the Boone Goodwill store and local "celebrity" models. Over 300 people purchased tickets to the event which was a perfect prelude to the Boone store's 5-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 5. Goodwill is also partnering with Hospitality House to provide job readiness workshops for its residents. View video of the show.Read More >
The Forsyth County eLink Program received the NC Jump$tart Award for Outstanding Contributions to Financial Education for Youth at the Financial Literacy Month wrap-up luncheon. The event, held on April 24 in Raleigh, was hosted by the NC Jump$tart Coalition. Individuals, non-profits, government agencies, private corporations, and educators attended the event to support and raise awareness for financial literacy in North Carolina.Read More >
In honor of Earth Day, the students at Forsyth Country Day Lower School participated in the "Bag It Up" donation drive for Goodwill, generating a half ton of clothing donations in just five days. Goodwill purchased 100 trees Brazil as part of The Nature Conservancy's "Plant a Billion Trees" campaign to thank the school for their support. Recognizing that donating to and shopping at Goodwill are easy ways to recycle unwanted goods, the students made the drive part of their week-long observance and celebration of Earth Day 2012 which culminated in the Piedmont Earth Day Fair event, at which Goodwill was a platinum sponsor. Thanks to the Forsyth Country Day Lower School students for their generous support!Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina was one of only five Goodwills honored for a robust commitment to their employees. At a luncheon on Saturday, April 14, Goodwill professionals came together in Washington, DC to celebrate the work of the five agencies being recognized with 2011 Family Strengthening Center of Excellence Awards.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina opened "The Outlet Store" on Monday, October 1, 1962 at the corner of Tenth and A Street in North Wilkesboro. The store was not named "Goodwill" because a privately owned retail store was already doing business under that name. The facility had a large basement workshop for training people in furniture and clothing repair, enabling Goodwill to offer rehabilitation services directly into Wilkes County in partnership with the ESC and the NC Vocational Rehabilitation Division.
In 1990, the store relocated in downtown North Wilkesboro to 906 Main St where it became a retail store only, conducting a brisk business in gently used donated goods rather than repaired items. It moved again in 1997 to 1821 N. Highway 421 in Wilkesboro, the current home of Goodwill's Career Connections Center. Goodwill built a new state of the art facility in 2008 at 1001 Gateway Avenue where the store currently does business.
The 50th Anniversary celebration took place on Saturday, April 21. Everything in the store that day was 20% off. There were tents with a wide selection of new goods and computer supplies. There was also live music, face painting for kids, the Chic-fil-A cow and Papa John's pizza for sale. Gifts were given to the first 50 donors and customers. There was an auction for 50 unique items and 50 drawings for prizes throughout the day.Read More >
Goodwill is kicking off its annual Goodwill Nights at the Tourists season on Tuesday, April 10. On these nights, fans bringing donations to the Goodwill Truck parked outside the Asheville Tourists' baseball stadium will receive a free general admission ticket to that night's game. Additional Goodwill Nights at the Tourists will be held on Tuesday May 8th, Wednesday July 25th and Wednesday, August 1. For more information, visit www.theashevilletourists.com.
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The Real World Event is A community collaborative program sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Consumer Credit Counseling, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, State Farm Insurance, and other community partners. Over 200 Forsyth County teenagers and young adults will be participating in a one-day networking simulation to help expose them to the "Real World" The event takes place on Thursday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Piney Grove Enrichment Center, 4633 Grove Garden Drive, Winston-Salem.
On Monday, March 19, Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina wrapped up its 10th Annual Donate to Educate High School Challenge. The Challenge is a fun and educational partnership between Goodwill and high schools in Forsyth County. Participating schools engage in a healthy competition to see which school can collect the most clothing for Goodwill.
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Who: Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P)
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina opened its newest Career Connections Center at 1457 N. Bridge Street in Elkin on Monday, February 13. A partnership between Goodwill, Surry Community College and Piedmont Triad Regional Council, the Center offers free resources and personalized career services to job seekers including resume writing, computers with high-speed internet access, job search resources and case management. To celebrate the opening of the center and to provide members of the community an opportunity to learn about the services available, an open house will be held as follows:
American workers with low to moderate incomes may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit that provides a financial boost for employees in a recovering economy. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is encouraging people who earned less than $49,078 to see if they qualify for EITC. In doing so, they could receive as much as a $5,751 tax credit from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Even if they do not need to file federal tax returns based on salary, these workers must still file in order to claim the credit.
ASHEVILLE, NC – An innovative joint venture between Green Opportunities, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Asheville City Schools Foundation, AB-Technical Community College, the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and MANNA FoodBank will provide career opportunities in the food service industry, life skills training and potential job placement for future students of the new GO – Kitchen Ready Training Program.
The program, managed by Green Opportunities, will offer training in basic food service and technical skills in culinary, baking, food safety and sanitation, nutrition instruction, food vocabulary and kitchen math. A portion of the class will focus on such life skills training as interviewing, job search and retention skills, resume writing and management of personal finances. The use of local food products will be a key component of the program.Read More >
The well-known phrase ‘let the buyer beware’ is great advice for consumers, but donors to charitable organizations should heed the same message this holiday season. The end of the year is a busy time for donations of clothing and household items, yet some of the groups accepting donations operate as for-profit companies, with little or none of the proceeds going to legitimate charities.
Goodwill® urges individuals to do their research before deciding to which organizations they will donate. First, donors should check with the state attorney general or secretary of state’s office to find out if a charity is legitimate. Second, they should check with a charity-rating agency such as Charity Navigator or GuideStar, or use online resources such as GreatNonprofits or Philanthropedia to find out more about specific charities — including how much of their revenue goes to overhead and administrative costs.
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The results are in for the Girl Scout 2011 "Make the World A Better Place" Goodwill/Food Bank Campaign. 331 Troops consisting of 2,825 Girl Scouts donated 7,702 bags of goods to Goodwill and 4,393 bags of food to the Food Bank. Thank you for such hard work and generosity to our future leaders!
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Members of the first Asheville class of the Electronic Medical Records for Medical Office celebrate completion of the 12-week course. Offered by Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and A-B Tech, the class teaches effective management, documentation and communication using electronic health information. The course is offered to meet the growing need created by the federal mandate that by 2014, all health records are available electronically. Nineteen completed the class and we have had our first job placement from the first class – a student working for a group of doctors at Mission Hospital making $15.75/hr.Read More >
Walnut Cove, NC – The eLink Youth Program of Stokes County is held an open house on Friday, November 18 from noon to 3 p.m. to showcase the services offered and to acquaint community stakeholders with the program’s benefits.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina partners with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council to offer the eLink Program under the Workforce Investment Act. The program provides year-round educational and job readiness/placement services for low income youth (16 – 21) with barriers to success. For those on a vocational path, eLink provides job readiness training and paid work experiences designed to expose youth to the working world and help them acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain a job. Those on an educational path are assisted in obtaining a high school diploma or GED. The primary goal of the eLink Youth Program is to provide a structure and sense of accomplishment in the lives of youth served by the program.
The eLink Program was introduced in Stokes County six years ago and is newly administered by Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina which also manages the program in Forsyth County in partnership with Piedmont Triad Regional Council.
“We are excited to expand our youth program to Stokes County,” said Sherry Carpenter, Goodwill Vice President of Workforce Development Services. “We have had great success serving the needs of this population and look forward to leveraging our experience and expertise to make a real impact in the Stokes community.”
The Stokes County eLink is open to the public. Partners include Vocational Rehabilitation, Forsyth Technical Community College, Educational Opportunity Center, Communities in Schools, Adult Workforce Investment Act, Criminal Justice and Department of Social Services.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina celebrated its 2011 Recognition Banquet at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem on Thursday, November 10. It was an evening to honor the outstanding achievements of Goodwill clients, employees and volunteers, and to thank individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the mission of Goodwill. WXII-12 meteorologist, Austin Caviness, served as Master of Ceremonies at the event attended by 350 stakeholders.
Wake Forest Baseball Coach Tom Walter, who last year selflessly donated a kidney to one of his players, was the keynote speaker at the banquet. “I am not the hero in my story, eighteen-year-old [player and organ recipient] Kevin Jordan is because of his courage,” said Walter. “Just as is every single mom or young man who walks in to Goodwill to better themselves.”
Five Goodwill® agencies have been named to the inaugural class of the Goodwill 2011 Family Strengthening Center of Excellence for their commitment to developing an infrastructure and capacity for family strengthening.
The Family Strengthening Centers of Excellence program is the culmination of a decade of GII family strengthening work supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). Goodwill Industries International (GII) looks forward to continuing to build the Goodwill enterprise’s family strengthening capacity.
This year’s winners, chosen by a panel of four judges representing Goodwill and other national organizations, are:
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Winston-Salem, NC - The Career Connections & Prosperity Center North will hold a grand opening and open house on October 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Center, a United Way of Forsyth County “breakthrough initiative” led by Goodwill Industries in partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, helps families and individuals move toward greater economic stability, higher earnings and home ownership.
Goodwill Industries of NWNC has received the 2011 Beacon Award for their partnership with The Bethesda Center to serve participants of who are Homeless. The participants received free skills training, support and case management, and some received assistance with purchasing other needs like work related tools, eyeglasses, and assistance with moving into their own place. Rosa Williams accepted the award on behalf of Goodwill on September 22, 2011.Read More >
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, MANNA Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, announce the inaugural “Make the World a Better Place” community service project. This event will take place throughout the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and all Goodwill donation centers. (Editor’s Note: See attached list for specific drop-off locations in your area.)
Local Girl Scouts will collect gently used clothing, toys, books and household goods to benefit Goodwill, as well as thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items. The goal is to help feed those in the community who are hungry, and to assist those without jobs to get back on their feet. The service project will teach Girl Scouts life lessons and address the needs in their community.
Goodwill of Northwest North Carolina is again partnering with The Fun Depot for a donation drive to last through the month of October. The Fun Depot was recently voted #1 for Best Place to have Birthday Parties for the 4th year in a row!! It was also voted #1 for Best Rainy Day Activity and in the Top 3 for Best Miniature Golf, and Best Birthday Party Entertainer! We couldn't be happier to partner with such a great organization. For more information call 866-303-FUN. The Fun Depot is located at 7 Roberts Road in Asheville, NC. http://ashevillefamilyentertainment.com
Goodwill’s third Outlet Store will open in Catawba County on Wednesday, September 14 at 8 a.m. at 835 West Conover Boulevard, Conover (behind Subway in Catawba Village Shopping Center). This new location is essentially three stores in one - an outlet store, a computer store and a furniture store. The outlet offers a unique “buy-the-pound” shopping experience with items from 59 cents to $1.10 per pound. Find Clothing, Housewares, Accessories, Toys, Glassware, Dishware, Books and more! The store will also be well stocked with refurbished computers from our award winning RECONNECT program as well as a large selection of fine new and gently used furniture.Read More >