August 2011 GoodNews E-Newsletter
Articles in full from the August 2011 issue.
Unfamiliar with the laws to protect her, Judy Ellis Moy said that in 2010 she was laid off her job because of her disability. The Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) referred Judy to Goodwill of Greater Washington, hoping that Goodwill could help her secure new employment.
Tracy, her Career Coach, helped Judy rewrite her resume and enroll in a series of workshops that helped land her a job in security at a DC school! Thanks to Goodwill, Judy now proudly says, "I can stand a little taller." View the video...
"When nothing is sure, everything is possible. -Margaret Drabble
As I type this message the Dow has hit a low point, unemployment is high and nothing is sure. This new world of uncertainty affects so many and does not exclude anyone.including the people that Goodwill of Greater Washington serves. But as we look forward this is also the time when we need to create possibilities and a ray of hope to those who Goodwill serves in our community. I want to thank you for your continued support even during these unprecedented times many more need your help, many more are reaching out, many more need to see that everything is possible!
-Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEO
Goodwill in Fairfax Now Open for Business!
Thanks to a generous gift from Capital One Bank, Goodwill of Greater Washington recently opened a new retail store and donation center in Fairfax, VA at 9960 Main Street in the space formerly occupied by Yesterday's Rose in the Main Street shopping center.
Our successful grand opening on Saturday, August 6th featured free food, fun and back to school activities.
Over 100 people were waiting in line when the doors opened and everyone was treated to huge discounts throughout the day.
Please come and visit us. Store hours are Monday thru Saturday 10AM to 9PM and Sunday from 10AM 6PM. Goodwill is now accepting donations Monday thru Saturday between 9AM and 8:30PM, and Sunday between 9AM and 5:30PM. Please remember all donations help fund job training services for people with disabilities and disadvantages.
The Will2Work Clothing Drive will provide disadvantaged adults trying to reenter the workforce with access to donated suits and professional attire that can be worn on the job or to job interviews.
One of the biggest barriers to employment for people with a disadvantage is the lack of professional attire to wear to a job interview, said Brendan Hurley, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Goodwill of Greater Washington. The partnership between Zips and Goodwill will give hundreds of people in our community access to the clothing that will help them secure and maintain employment.
ZIPS is the area's largest chain of one price dry cleaners. ZIPS provides price conscious consumers with quality same day dry cleaning and laundry services. For more information on Zips, visit www.321zips.com
July was a good month for Goodwill of Greater Washington (GGW) Leadership!
GGW President & CEO, Catherine Meloy was selected by SmartCEO Magazine as a recipient of the fifth annual Brava! Women Business Achievement Award.
This incredible program honors 25 female CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors, Owners and Founders of companies for their leadership within their business and community.
The staff and board of directors of Goodwill of Greater Washington take special pride in Catherine's well deserved recognition, said GGW Board Chair, Earl Segal. Under Catherine's transformational leadership of GGW the organization is as strong as ever and is moving to become an even more successful mission based enterprise. All of us involved greatly appreciate what Catherine does for Goodwill and we are pleased that her contributions have been rewarded in this very prestigious manner.
The recognition doesn't stop there! Out of 40 nominees, Brendan Hurley, GGW VP of Marketing & Communications, was designated the 2011 American Marketing Association (AMA) and American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) National Nonprofit Marketer of the Year because of his extraordinary leadership and achievement in the field of nonprofit marketing.
Brendan is responsible for DC Goodwill's internal and external marketing & communications strategies covering its retail operations, contract services and job training programs. He has been with Goodwill since October 2003.
Not to be outdone, GGW's VP of Workforce Development, Colleen Paletta has been selected to be a part of the 2011-2012 Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy class.
The Academy, jointly operated by the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative and Public/Private Ventures, provides emerging leaders in the sectoral workforce development field with a unique professional development opportunity.
This group of fellows represents state and local public agencies, community-based nonprofits, and community colleges and is helping prepare un- and under-employed individuals for jobs in a wide range of sectors, including health care, hospitality, manufacturing, renewable energy and energy efficiency, construction and logistics.
Congratulations and thank you for your leadership at Goodwill!
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