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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Goodwill's Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Thursday, May 9. The organization's only fundraiser supports its Outreach Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance and other resources to the people that Goodwill serves. Sponsorships and teams are still available.Read More >
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 >
It’s August, and that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. After a sizeable drop in back-to-school spending last year, the National Retail Federation reports that 20 percent of back-to-school spending will be at thrift stores for K-12 and that customers of all walks of life are looking for deals and discounts. NRF predicts that families with school-aged children are planning to spend, on average, $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics during this second-busiest shopping season of the year, up from $548.72 last year and $594.24 in 2008.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina provides affordable back-to-school shopping that for many families will mean the difference between staying within budget and over spending. With 36 retail locations and two outlet stores, there is always a Goodwill convenient for back-to-school bargain hunting. What's more, families can rest easy knowing that by shopping at Goodwill — and bringing their used items along to donate — they are helping affect meaningful change in their own communities.
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Goodwill Receives Top Accreditation from CARF Recertification
Winston-Salem, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has received the highest level of accreditation, during its recertification by CARF, the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Goodwill also received a special commendation, a feat achieved by only a handful of organizations around the country, for its partnerships with area community colleges. This recertification encompasses compliance with all Governance standards and accreditation in the program areas of Community Integration, Job Development, Job Supports, Job-Site Training, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services and Employee Development Services.
ASHEVILLE, NC - Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College have partnered to offer a class to train employees for one of today’s fastest-growing career fields and to help health care providers meet a new federal requirement that all health care records be available electronically.
The first session in Electronic Medical Records for Medical Office begins Aug. 19 and lasts for 12 weeks. The class will meet at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center at 1616 Patton Avenue in Asheville.
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Electronic Medical Records students will learn effective management, documentation and communication using electronic health information and participate in hands-on training to navigate through the various applications found in SuiteMed, a typical electronic medical records software system. A high school diploma or GED and basic computer skills are required for the course.
A new law that bans the disposal of electronics goes into effect on July 1. The landfill ban applies to CPUs, laptops, monitors, printers, printer/fax/scan machines, mice and keyboards as well as all kinds of televisions.
The law will apply to businesses as well as residential waste customers, but recycling opportunities are available. In Winston-Salem, for example, e-waste can be disposed of through 3RC, the company that operates the city's Enivro-Station, as well as any Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina Retail Store or Attended Donation Center.
The Kernersville Retail store turns 35 this month and to celebrate, manager Henry Astrop and staff have planned a celebration for the ages. Besides the normal great Goodwill deals, there will be games, prizes, live music and plenty of new merchandise. Visit the store on Saturday, July 9 for the Anniversary celebration! The store is located at 344 N. Main Street in Kernersville, one block north of the downtown strip. Call (336) 996-3351 for more info.Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC — Nearly 20 years ago, Sherry Carpenter led the initiative to establish a partnership between Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Forsyth Technical Community College to offer skills training classes. With her vision and leadership, that partnership offered 175 classes and trained 5,900 students last year. As a result, Carpenter’s innovative workforce solution is being honored this year with Goodwill Industries International’s Robert E. and Charlotte Watkins Award for Mission Advancement.
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you CBS Undercover Boss Employee of the Season, Mr. Anthony Cornell! Congratulations Anthony, we could think of no one more deserving of this honor.
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Anthony Cornell, an employee of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, has won the UNDERCOVER BOSS Employee of the Month grand prize of $5,000 on CBS.com.
Cornell is the manager of a JobLink/Career Connections Center in Winston-Salem, NC. He and his staff help people in the community receive the services they need to earn jobs and build fulfilling careers. Through Anthony's hard work and leadership, the Center he manages helped more than 400 people earn jobs in his community last year.
Mutual of Omaha has been touring the country interviewing everyday folks about their "Aha Moment" defined as a moment of clarity, a moment where you gain real wisdom - wisdom you can use to change your life. Project Re-entry's own Michael Thomas was asked to tell his amazing story in front of the camera. His heartfelt enthusiasm and dedication to his job is widely known at Goodwill. Thanks to the fine folks at Mutual of Omaha, his story may be revealed to the world in a commercial sometime this Fall. Congrats to Michael for a job well done. His video can be seen HERE and more about Mutual of Omaha's "Aha Moment" promotion can be found at www.ahamoment.com.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina held a grand opening of its second retail store in Hendersonville on Wednesday, May 25 at 1717 Four Seasons Blvd. The new store is designed to 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. Goodwill has been in the recycling business for over 100 years; building green facilities is a natural extension of its mission. This store will provide financial support for Goodwill’s employment and training services, including those offered at the recently opened Hendersonville Career Connections Center. The Center, located a mere block away at 155 Four Seasons Mall, is offered in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College and has served 1,368 people since it opened in January.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina was recently awarded a Thinking to Action Early Innovator Award from Goodwill Industries International because of our ability to innovate family strengthening and organizational partnerships.
In November 2009, Goodwill leaders joined national thought and practice leaders to consider the question: “How can we support low wage workers move into family sustaining careers?” The conversation focused on Goodwills’ collective action to address critical trends in moving individuals forward into family sustaining careers.Read More >
More working Americans, single or married, with or without children, may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) this year. In recognition of EITC Awareness Day on January 28, Goodwill® is encouraging people with low or moderate incomes to see if they quality for deductions amounting to as much as $5,666 through the EITC.
Goodwill is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the upcoming tax season to provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationwide. These VITA sties will provide free tax preparation to workers who qualify, helping them to keep more of their paychecks to better support themselves and their families.Read More >
January is National Mentoring Month, and Goodwill Industries International is helping youth succeed by helping them overcome disadvantages and avoid delinquency through the Goodwill® GoodGuides® youth mentoring program. The effort is part of a national program that helps teens finish school and transition into productive careers through the guidance of trusted adults.
“Goodwill has a long history of helping people find work,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “A crucial part of that history is making sure that families are strong. GoodGuides can help keep youth who are at-risk get on the right path, away from trouble and toward a better future. That’s good for everyone involved.”
The GoodGuides program is made possible through a $19.1 million grant to Goodwill Industries International from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds are dispersed to 56 independent Goodwill agencies around the country.
The overall goal of the Goodwill GoodGuides program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors. It targets youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disabilities, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership.
“Through GoodGuides, we are offering expanded mentoring services to the youth of our community,” said Gibbons. “Goodwill is recruiting, training and supporting volunteer mentors to engage youth in promoting their career development and life skills.”
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Goodwill Urges Donors to Give to Legitimate Charities
Goodwill is urging consumers to double-check before donating goods this holiday season. First, donors should check with their 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 online resources such as GreatNonprofits or Philanthropedia to find out more about specific charities.Read More >
There will be a Health Occupations job fair on December 10, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Job Fair will be held at Surry Community College's Pilot Center at 612 E. Main St. in Pilot Mountain. Target Areas include Nursing, CNA, PCA, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Office Clerical Support, Medical Transcription, Medical Coding and Medical Billing/Reimbursement. Bring resumes as local employers will be doing on site interviews. For more information, please contact Denise Brown at 336-386-3540 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This job fair is sponsored by Surry Community College, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Joblink Career Center.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its Waynesville retail store on Wednesday, November 10 at 229 Paragon Parkway in Lakeside Plaza. Goodwill’s modern thrift store offers a large inventory of clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Customers are invited to celebrate the event and browse the aisles of newly displayed items for sale.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its Mocksville retail store on Thursday, October 28 at 1355 Yadkinville Road. This new facility, a replacement store for the 1117 Yadkinville Road location, is twice the size and offers a convenient covered donation drive-through. The new store is designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s stringent LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) which are the national benchmark for high performance green buildings. Goodwill has been in the recycling business for over 100 years; building green facilities is a natural extension of its mission.Read More >
The economy is slowly recovering, but people are still looking for ways to get the most value for their dollar. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $66.28 on Halloween costumes, candy and décor this year — up from last year’s $56.31 and close to 2008’s average of $66.54. The survey also found that people will be cautious about their Halloween spending and will try to save money where they can. Those families seeking affordable costumes and décor need to look no further than any one of the 36 Goodwill stores in northwest North Carolina.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its Yadkinville retail store on Thursday, October 21 at 917 South State Street. Goodwill’s modern thrift store offers a large inventory of clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Customers are invited to celebrate the event and browse the aisles of newly displayed items for sale.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced a partnership with Lexington Memorial Hospital as part of its Reconnect computer recycling program. Reconnect was launched in North Carolina by Goodwill and Dell in 2006 to provide a free and convenient option for consumers to responsibly recycle unwanted computers. Lexington Memorial has pledged to donate its outdated computers, printers, monitors and computer peripherals to Goodwill. Sellable computers will be cleaned of data, loaded with Microsoft OS and Office, and sold in the Lexington Goodwill store. Equipment that is not sellable will be sold to environmentally responsible recyclers.Read More >
In today’s tough economic climate, many parents and students are turning to Goodwill to find great deals on clothing and other items for the school year. Just in time for the NC tax-free holiday, Goodwill is stocking complete computer units starting at $125 and new clothing including ACC outerwear, NFL jerseys, jeans, and athletic wear. (Inventory varies by location, visit www.goodwillbacktoschool.org for details.)Read More >
August 4 from 6pm-8pm, Goodwill Industries 2701 University Parkway
If your energy bills are too high, or if you want to make your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly, this workshop is right for you! Every day, air leaks let in the hot summer air or let out your heat in the winter, making you air conditioner and heater work more than it has to. Weatherizing your home can effectively seal these leaks and cut down on that energy bill–saving you money, and saving excess carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. Join Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Goodwill Industries, and Forsyth County Library to learn more about home energy audits, basic weatherization projects, and landscaping for energy efficiency.Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is hosting a Community Recycling Day at its Regional Operations Center at 2760 Peters Creek Parkway on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is offered in partnership with the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, Waste Management and Primo Water. The public is invited to bring unwanted computers, electronics and curbside recyclables to the event where they can also learn about other recycling and green initiatives in the community from booth exhibitors including Smart Cork Recycling, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Business Recycling Services of the Triad, and Jugglebuckets. Read More >
Elkin, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its Elkin retail store on Thursday, May 13 at 477 CC Camp Rd. This new facility, a replacement store for the North Bridge Street location, is twice the size and offers a convenient covered donation drive-through. The new store is designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s stringent LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) which are the national benchmark for high performance green buildings. Goodwill has been in the recycling business for over 100 years; building green facilities is a natural extension of its mission. Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC – On Tuesday, April 13 from 10 am – 4 pm, the 14th Annual Employment and Resource Fair will be held at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment Complex Coliseum Annex Building. Over 40 employers, career educators and 3,500 job hunters are expected to attend. This year’s event sponsors, the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Novant Health, GMAC Insurance, Employment Security Commission, Winston-Salem Journal and presenting sponsor Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, will work to once again make this the Triad’s largest job fair. Many other community agencies and volunteers lend support and assistance to the event. Read More >
Lenoir, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is holding a 10 year anniversary celebration of its Lenoir retail location at 960 Blowing Rock Rd, NE on Friday, April 2nd and Saturday April 3rd from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. In addition to a fantastic selection of quality donated merchandise, the event will feature a selection of new merchandise, a vintage car show, refreshments, and clowns and games for the entire family. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina was selected as the winner of the prestigious P.J. Trevethan Award by Goodwill Industries International at a conference held in San Diego. The Trevethan Award recognizes a Goodwill chapter that has made outstanding contributions to the training of its personnel. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is known for serving as a champion for both the people it serves and its employees, ensuring that learning remains a constant part of their personal and professional growth. Read More >
he 8th Annual Donate to Educate High School Challenge is a fun and educational partnership between Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc. and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools. Participating high schools engage in a healthy competition to see which school can collect the most clothing for Goodwill. Since the event’s inception in 2003, students have collected nearly 200,000 pounds of donations that are then sold in Goodwill stores to support training programs that help people find jobs and get back on their feet. Read More >
Winston-Salem - Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is hosting an informational kick-off event for the GoodGuides™ Youth Mentoring Program on Tuesday, March 2 from 6-7 p.m. at Goodwill’s headquarters, 2701 University Parkway. GoodGuides™ targets youth who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or are at risk for delinquency due to abuse, disability, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership. Goodwill is currently seeking volunteer mentors and is enrolling youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who would benefit from the program. Speakers at the event include Mayor Allen Joines and Tabitha Bailey of the Josh Howard Foundation. The event is open to the public. Read More >
Asheville, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina will have a grand reopening of its Outlet Store at 1616 Patton Avenue on Thursday, February 25 at 9 a.m. The event is being held to celebrate recent renovations including a new look, store layout and additional 50% of shopping space. Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC – Goodwill Industries International is supporting an effort to save low-income workers money. Through a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Goodwill is providing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationwide in order to provide free tax preparation to low-income workers and individuals with disabilities, among others. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides tax breaks to working people who earn low or moderate incomes, whether single or married, and it provides as much as $4,824 in refunds for some families. Read More >
On Tuesday, April 13 from 10 am – 3 pm, the 14th Annual Employment and Resource Fair will be held on at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment Complex Coliseum Annex Building. Over 40 employers, career educators and 3,500 job hunters are expected to attend. This year’s event sponsors, Employment Security Commision, the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, GMAC Insurance, Novant Health, Winston-Salem Journal and presenting sponsor Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, will help to make this the Triad’s largest annual job fair. Many other community agencies and volunteers lend support and assistance to the event.Read More >
Winston-Salem – Forsyth Technical Community College is holding its first graduation for its Jobs NOW night program on Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m. in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Mayor Allen Joines and will honor 84 graduates from eight night programs held in 2009.Read More >
Winston-Salem - Goodwill Industries® of Northwest North Carolina is proud to launch a new program in Forsyth County designed to assist youth in overcoming disadvantages and avoiding delinquency. The effort is part of a national mentoring program known as Goodwill® GoodGuidesthat helps teens finish school and transition into productive careers through the guidance of trusted adults. Read More >
On Thursday, November 5th, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced its 2009 award winners at the annual banquet honoring its clients, partners and employees. Read More >
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC and
Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC and Central NC
Announce New Partnership to Feed the Hungry
On Thursday, October 29, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC hosted a press conference to announce a new partnership between the Food Bank, Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC and Goodwill Industries of Central NC. Both Goodwill Industries chapters have stepped up to make their locations available as drop-off locations for food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank, effective November 2. These permanent drop-off sites cover 9 of the 18 counties in Second Harvest Food Bank’s service area, making it convenient for the community to donate food to those in need.Read More >
Shoppers will have two new stores to visit in southern Winston-Salem when Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina opens its Whitaker Regional Operations Center on Thursday.
The center at 2760 Peters Creek Parkway, just across from Graybar Electric Co., houses a regular retail store, an outlet store, and a Career Connections Center that provides free career counseling service to job seekers.Read More >
Goodwill's new Outlet Store offers a totally new way to shop Goodwill and get even greater bargains on clothing, furniture, sporting goods, toys, shoes, electronics, lawn and garden items, and lots more. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is proud to present our 2008 Annual Report. This beautiful publication is available as a PDF download on this website or by contacting our Marketing Department.
2008 Annual Report download available at the link below:
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Winston-Salem, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments announced the expansion of the JobLink/Career Connections Center located on Goodwill’s campus at 2701 University Parkway in Winston-Salem. The new computer lab adds 15 computers to the Centers existing 15 and is dubbed “The Scholastic Academy” because of its emphasis on continuing education. Services include assistance with completion of FAFSA documents, grant and scholarship applications, and college loan applications. Read More >
Mocksville, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the opening of its new attended donation center (ADC) in Mocksville Marketplace Shopping Center next to the Food Lion. Goodwill accepts donations of gently used clothing and household items that can be sold in its retail stores to underwrite workforce development programs.Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is holding open interviews for all positions at the brand new Peters Creek Parkway Store. Interviews will take place at the Winston-Salem workforce development center located at 2701 University Parkway on Tuesday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Goodwill offers great pay and excellent benefits including medical and vacation time, pension, 403(B), sick pay, incentives, opportunity for growth, training programs and a rewarding work environment. On-site interviews will be held for management and all staff positions.
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On Saturday, May 9 from 9 am – 12 pm, the YMCA will host Roadmap for Hope: Community Resources Day at its Fulton Family branch located at 385 West Hanes Mill Rd. YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina have partnered for the event to aid individuals facing economic uncertainty with a day of employment workshops, support resources, networking and family fun. Twelve community agencies will be on hand to provide services and information for the community including Job Search & Interviewing Skills, Application & Resume Writing, Budgeting, and Coping Strategies. All activities are free of charge and childcare is provided for attendees. Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC– Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has won one of four “Goodwill is Good for Families Awards” for 2009. Since 2001, Goodwill Industries International and the Annie E. Casey Foundation have partnered to reward Goodwill organizations for their demonstrated commitment to family strengthening. This award recognizes outstanding integration of family strengthening through leadership commitment, financial commitment, human resource policies and practices, youth development, and financial education activities.Read More >
On Tuesday, April 14 from 10 am – 3 pm, the 13th Annual Employment and Resource Fair will be held on at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment Complex Coliseum Annex Building. Over 40 employers, career educators and 3,500 job hunters are expected to attend. This year’s event sponsors, WXII, the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, GMAC Insurance, Winston-Salem Journal and presenting sponsor Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, will help to make this the Triad’s largest annual job fair. Many other community agencies and volunteers lend support and assistance to the event. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina understands that people are tightening their budgets and stretching their dollars. In these tough economic times, more people are coming to us for help finding a job. Goodwill is working hard to keep up with the increased demand for its job training programs and career services as the state’s unemployment rate reached 9.7 percent in January. Goodwill cannot provide these critical services without your donations to sell in its stores. Goodwill is asking people to be generous this spring as they clean out their closets and donate gently-used clothing and house wares at one of the 80 stores and donation centers across northwest North Carolina. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina will be holding its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the beautiful Tanglewood Park. This event, co-sponsored by BB&T, is Goodwill’s only fundraiser, the proceeds of which are used for the Outreach Scholarship Fund which provides training and job placement services as well as tuition remission for qualified individuals. For more information, please contact Walter Cowen email@example.com or (336) 724-3625 ext. 290. Read More >
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today that North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. At Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, we remain committed to our mission of helping people gain employment. As North America’s leading nonprofit provider of employment training and career services, Goodwill knows that it takes a comprehensive approach to help people find and keep good jobs. Read More >
LOFT, a division of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation, and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina are giving customers a chance to clean out their closets to make room for new spring styles with the “Out with the Old, Save on the New” event. Customers who donate their gently-worn pants at any LOFT store will receive $15 off each full price pant purchase from Monday, March 2 to Sunday, March 8. All donated pants from the partnership will be sold in Goodwill® retail stores and the revenues will help fund Goodwill job training programs and support services.
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Lenoir, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announces a “Support the Troops” Day at it’s location in Lenoir. This event will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2009 and will feature activities for the entire family. Customers are invited to attend and show their support of current and former troops at home and abroad.Read More >
Asheville, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is holding an open house at its Asheville Workforce Development Center on Thursday, February 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. The center, located at 1616 Patton Avenue, offers free resources to job seekers including access to computers with high-speed internet, personalized career counseling and assistance with resume writing and application completion. Also at the center, Goodwill offers skills training classes in partnership with Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College in a variety of fields including healthcare, office technology and service industries. Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC– The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy® Awards at a banquet and live telecast on Saturday, January 24. Among the winners was Greensboro-based Deja View Media, Inc. for its work on the Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC corporate video. Read More >
Winston-Salem, NC – Goodwill Industries International is supporting an effort to save low-income workers money. Through a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Goodwill is providing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationwide in order to provide free tax preparation to low-income workers and individuals with disabilities, among others. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides tax breaks to working people who earn low or moderate incomes, whether single or married, and it provides as much as $4,824 in refunds for some families. January 30 marks EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase public awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites.Read More >
Asheville, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is holding an open house at its Asheville Workforce Development Center on Thursday, February 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. The center, located at 1616 Patton Avenue, offers free resources to job seekers including access to computers with high-speed internet, personalized career counseling and assistance with resume writing and application completion. Also at the center, Goodwill offers skills training classes in partnership with Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College in a variety of fields including healthcare, office technology and service industries.Read More >
Too often the season of giving turns into the season of ‘getting’ – especially for children. This holiday season children can begin learning what it feels like to give back to their local communities. This nationwide partnership between toy-maker Learning Curve Brands, Inc. and Goodwill Industries is called the Carton of Caring® Donation Program. The program encourages charitable giving during the holidays, an important lesson of sharing and compassion that is never too early to learn. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its new King retail store on Wednesday, November 12 at 705-F South Main Street in the
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its Wilkesboro retail store on Wednesday, November 5 at 1001 Gateway Avenue (Highway 421, behind Advance Auto Parts and Sonic). This new facility, a replacement store for the current Wilkesboro location at 1821 US Hwy 421, has greater shopping space and a covered drive-thru donation area. This modern thrift store offers a large inventory of clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Customers are invited to celebrate the event and browse the aisles of newly displayed items for sale.Read More >
from the Winston-Salem Journal
Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, the Democratic candidate for governor, came to Winston-Salem yesterday morning, her second visit within a week, but this time she didn't give a stump speech.
Perdue arrived at the Career Connections & Prosperity Center on Waughtown Street. She was told about the center's efforts to help individuals and families find jobs, repair their credit and own a home. While there, she didn't mention her opponent in the race for governor, Republican Pat McCrory, the mayor of Charlotte, until later, when she talked to reporters.
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its south Asheville retail store on Thursday, September 18 at 51 Mills Gap Rd. Goodwill’s modern thrift store offers a large inventory of clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Customers are invited to celebrate the event and browse the aisles of newly displayed items for sale. Read More >
Goodwill increased the number of Career Connections Centers to ten and will open the eleventh center later this year. Career Connections Centers offer free, personalized services to aid in job searching. Services available at each center include resume-writing assistance, skills assessment, career counseling, access to computers and high-speed internet, help with interviewing skills and placement services. Goodwill partners with community colleges, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Social Services and other agencies to offer these services.Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has awarded scholarships for academic achievement to the children of nine Goodwill employees through the Dr. Bob H. Greene College Scholarship Program. The recipients, all attending accredited universities or institutions of higher education in the fall and their respective Goodwill employees, are... Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has received the highest level of accreditation, during its recertification by CARF, the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Goodwill also received two exemplary remarks, a feat achieved by only a handful of organizations around the country. This recertification encompasses compliance with all Governance standards and accreditation in the program areas of Community Integration, Job Development, Job Supports, Job-Site Training, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services and Employee Development Services. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Forsyth Technical Community College in partnership with Twin City Quarters, are offering a class in Banquet Server Certification. The six-week course runs August 11 through September 23rd. and will be held Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Training will take place at the Marriott Downtown at 425 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina announced the grand opening of its Brevard retail store on Wednesday, July 9th at 1266 Asheville Highway. Goodwill’s modern thrift store offers a large inventory of clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Customers are invited to celebrate the event and browse the aisles of newly displayed items for sale. Read More >
On Wednesday June 25, 2008 Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina graduated the inaugural class of its Professional Driver Training School at the University Parkway facility. Offered in partnership with Future Truckers of America, this program is a four week professional tractor trailer driver training school committed to the highest quality training by instructors with many years of professional driving experience. Read More >
The Career Connections & Prosperity Center will hold a grand opening and open house on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center, a United Way of Forsyth County “breakthrough initiative” led by Goodwill Industries in partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Family Services “Ways to Work” Program, Center for Homeownership and Experiment in Self-Reliance, helps families and individuals move toward greater economic stability, higher earnings and home ownership. Read More >
On Tuesday, April 8 from 10 am – 4 pm, the 12th Annual Employment Fair will be held on at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment Complex Coliseum Annex Building. Over 80 employers and 3,500 job hunters are expected to attend. This year’s event sponsors, the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, GMAC Insurance, Winston-Salem Journal and presenting sponsor Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, will help to make this the Triad’s largest annual job fair. Many other community agencies and volunteers lend support and assistance to the event.Read More >
Between the donation rush at year-end and spring cleaning, Goodwill
organizations across the country suffer a shortage of donations;
however, the demand remains high. Goodwill Industries of Northwest
North Carolina is urging people to donate clothing and other items to
their nearest Goodwill retail store or donation center.
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Goodwill Industries of Northwest N.C. will hold the 10th Annual Goodwill Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 1 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC. The event is sponsored by over 55 businesses in the area including BB&T Corporation, title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.
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The 12th Annual Employment Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Winston-Salem Sports & Entertainment
Complex Coliseum Annex Building. Over 100 employers and career
educators are expected to participate and more than 3,500 job seekers
are predicted to attend the Triad’s largest annual job fair.
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The Donate to Educate High School Challenge is a fun and educational partnership between Goodwill and area high schools. Participating high schools engage in a healthy competition to see which school can collect the most clothing for Goodwill. The 5th annual event raised a record 38,000 pounds between eight high schools, with Mt. Tabor taking home the prize for most donations collected. Read More >
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina opened a new attended
donation center (ADC) in Maiden across from Killian’s Crossing/Walgreens at NC
Highway 16 and Highway 150 on Wednesday, February 20. Donated clothing
and household items are sold in Goodwill’s stores to underwrite job
training and placement programs offered at the organization’s ten training centers located throughout northwest North Carolina.
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