December 2009
Catherine's Corner

  • A Mission Moment

  • Friends of Goodwill

  • Goodwill Around Town

  • Donate to Goodwill

  • Catch Goodwill if you Can

  • Leave a Legacy through Goodwill

  • Goodwill on the Hill

  • Employees of the Month


    "Our scars tell us where we’ve been… but they don’t dictate where we are going!" ~Anonymous

    Our Goodwill staff knows that I always enjoy exceptional quotes that send a message! The above quote was given to me by a staff associate who has had a long road back from an accident and who today is a strong and vibrant member of our team. This person not only has the heart for the people we serve, but understands deeply how scars can keep someone from creating a new future. As the New Year begins to unfold, Goodwill of Greater Washington will continue to serve those people who have severe disabilities and who are disadvantaged in our community. Each will have scars from the past, but it will be our job and mission to open up the possibilities of a new direction, new hope, and new successes for their future. As I write to you in 2010, there will be new quotes, but there will always be the same message…thank you for helping us to not allow for scars to dictate the future of the people we serve.

    Catherine Meloy
    President & CEO

      A Mission Moment

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    Happy Holidays from Goodwill of Greater Washington!

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    Goodwill Around Town



    Find a Goodwill Donation Center near you

    Goodwill® of Greater Washington and Wendy’s® Launch a FrostyTM Fundraiser

    For a $1 Donation, Get all the Frostys you can Eat!

    Goodwill® of Greater Washington and DavCo Restaurants, Inc, are launching a major regional fundraising campaign to benefit Goodwill.

    Between January 4th and February 28th, 2010, any customer who purchases a Frosty™-shaped key tag at participating Wendy’s in the Greater Washington, DC region for $1, will receive a free Frosty with any purchase at Wendy’s for the remainder of 2010. The net proceeds from each key tag sold will go directly to Goodwill of Greater Washington to help fund the charitable agency’s job training programs for people with disadvantages and disabilities.

    “Given the magnitude of this promotion, and the critical importance of Goodwill’s job training and employment services in today’s challenging economy, we believe the Frosty™ fundraiser will have a measurable impact on our community”, said Brendan Hurley, Goodwill of Greater Washington VP of Marketing & Communications. “We are very grateful for Wendy’s generosity and philanthropic spirit.”

    Wendy’s and DavCo Restaurants believe this is a great way to give back to the community in which its employees live and work.

    “At Wendy’s we understand the dignity, independence and self sufficiency that come from work”, commented Rick Borchers, DavCo Restaurants’ Chief Operating Officer. “In the midst of a recession, partnering with Goodwill just made logical sense. We are excited about the opportunity to help our local community.”

    Goodwill Retail Stores in the Greater DC metropolitan area will also be selling the key tags and keeping the proceeds. Approximately 80 cents from every key tag sold will benefit Goodwill.

    Wendy’s is an international quick service restaurant brand, founded by Dave Thomas and recognized as the quality leader in the industry, with fresh, never frozen ground beef and a wide variety of foods on its menu, including made-to-order hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, delicious Garden Sensations salads, baked potatoes, and its signature cool, creamy Frosty dairy dessert. DavCo Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates 154 Wendy’s Restaurants in the Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and Maryland areas.

    For more information, contact: Erin Lassen at DavCo: (443) 292-3908 or or Brendan Hurley at Goodwill: (202) 715-2605 or


    Alexandria Store & Donation Center Celebrates Grand Opening

    Congressman Gerry Connelly & Delegate Elect Scott Surovell helped GGW President & CEO Catherine Meloy cut the ribbonOn December 12th Goodwill of Greater Washington celebrated the grand opening of its newest store and donation center in Alexandria, VA, with great bargains and surprise guests! Congressman Gerry Connelly & Delegate Elect Scott Surovell helped GGW President & CEO Catherine Meloy cut the ribbon to officially open the new store located at 8228 Richmond Hwy. Shoppers got to enjoy the beautiful voice of Miss District of Columbia, Jen Corey, singing Christmas carols alongside Santa Clause. The community welcomed Goodwill and for that we thank everyone who came out to support to us.

    View the Photo Gallery for this event

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    Friends of Goodwill

    Find out how to donate your car to Goodwill

    Successful Holiday Trunk Show at Caramel during the Season of Giving

    We would like to thank Caramel for hosting Goodwill and to all of you who came out for the event. It was a huge success! Shoppers were coming in and out from the streets just to find the best bargains. As ladies patiently waited for the dressing rooms they sipped on sparkling cider, sampled chocolates and chatted with their friends. Goodwill sold tons of dresses and a surprising number of vintage men’s ties, generating over $700 for Goodwill’s job training programs!

    All purchases from this event help provide free job training to people with disabilities and disadvantages. What a great way to give this holiday season and you look great! Stayed tuned for the next Goodwill Travelin’ Trunk Show.

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    Leave a Legacy through Goodwill

    Click here to review Qualified Job Candidate Profiles

    Our region’s most vulnerable citizens are finding it increasingly difficult to find work in this challenging economy, and more people are coming to our doors seeking help. That is why we are asking friends like you for lasting financial support that will strengthen and reinforce our programs for years to come.

    One of the most sustainable, enduring ways to support the work of Goodwill right here in the greater Washington, DC area is through your will or bequest. This type of legacy investment ensures that we will weather this storm, and the next one. We realize that it takes very special donors to confirm their enduring belief in our mission and remember us in their will.

    If you have been considering such an arrangement with us, or if you have already included Goodwill of Greater Washington in your will, please let us know. Simply contact Stephen Kopalchick at 202-715-2625 or email at:

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    Donate to Goodwill

    It's a Tough Economy... Goodwill Needs Your Help!

    Since you have supported Goodwill in the past, we hope that during this tough economy, especially as the holiday season approaches, we can count on your support once again. Goodwill needs donations; whether they are donations of goods, money or time. Below is a list of the ways you can give to Goodwill. Know that any assistance you can offer will help provide job training opportunities to people who just want to work so that they can support themselves and their families. Thank you!

    Monetary: You can help financially support our workforce development programs for people with disabilities and disadvantages, by making an online donation here .

    Bequests : A bequest allows you to support Goodwill of Greater Washington's mission beyond your lifetime while reducing your taxable estate. By having your attorney revise your will or add a simple amendment, you can make a gift of a dollar amount, a specific property or a percentage of your estate. For more information contact Stephen Kopalchick , Individual Gifts Officer at (202) 636-4225, ext. 2625.

    Donation Drive: Looking for a way to support your community? Want to manage a service project that does not require a lot of preparation? Host a donation drive at your local church, job, neighborhood, or school! We make it easy as 1, 2, 3. Just contact Shanna Gidwani , Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at or 202-715-2617 to schedule a date.

    Donation Centers: Public donations are the lifeblood of Goodwill's retail operation. We accept gently used clothing, furniture, house wares, working electronics, computers and many other items, and then resell them to help fund our employment, job training and placement services for people with disabilities and disadvantages. Please click here for a list of locations.

    Computer Recycling Program: Goodwill of Greater Washington has partnered with Dell for Reconnect , a partnership that offers consumers free recycling for any brand of computer equipment in any condition. The program's goals are to divert over 2.7 million pounds of used computers and computer equipment from area landfills over the next year; and provide consumer education on the importance of environmentally-responsible computer disposal. Please click here for a list of locations.

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    Go to and make Goodwill of Greater Washington your favorite charity to support!

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      Catch Goodwill if You Can!
    Click here to read Success Stories first-hand from our graduates!

    The Goodwill team is making guest appearances around the greater Washington , DC area! Want to know more about what Goodwill does? Want to get involved? Need a guest speakeryou're your school or local civic organization? Please contact Shanna Gidwani, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at: or 202-715-2617 to schedule a date.

    Some organizations who have already invited Goodwill to speak or volunteered to support our efforts include Boys Scouts, Lions Clubs, Kiwanis, Jaycees and Rotary Clubs.

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      Goodwill on the Hill
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    Administration Releases Job Creation Plan

    President Obama outlined new priorities for creating more jobs to combat rising unemployment that currently stands at 10 percent. In his speech, the President proposed using money from the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) that are now available to promote a new jobs initiative that would lay the ground work for creating new jobs for the unemployed. The proposal would provide small business tax credits, including credits for businesses that hire new employees and would eliminate, for one year, the capital gains tax from small business stock. It is unclear whether Congress will approve measures that propose to use of TARP money to fund the Administration's plan; however, Democratic leaders in Congress have indicated that creating a new jobs bill was a top priority that Congress will consider in 2010.

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      Employees of the Month

    Margret Waller – BEP
    Lorenzo Padilla – BKB
    Dion Ferguson – Bolling AFB
    Geraldine Newby – Lafayette
    Andersen Jackson – OPO
    Keo Thepmany – USGS

    Abebu Netere – Columbia Pike
    Jamileth Mora – Rockville
    Berhanu Demeke – Glebe Rd.
    Ronald Phillips – Glebe Production

    Musammat Begum
    – Falls Church
    Maria Esperanza Vargas– Sterling
    Turray Simms – E-Commerce


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