GoodNews | October 2011

October 2011 GoodNews E-Newsletter

Articles in full from the October 2011 issue.

A Mission Moment

dc goodwill success stories, lawrence hooper For two years Lawrence had lost his motivation to work.  But after being referred to Goodwill by his father, and completing the agency’s Environmental Services training program, Lawrence was able to find a job and regain his confidence.

He’s been working at the National Gallery Art for three years and has been able to form solid relationships and excel in his new work environment. View the video...


Catherine's Corner

"Insist on yourself; never imitate…Every great man is unique.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEOThe wonder of working with those in our community who have a disability or other barriers to employment, is you realize that each of us is unique and has the potential to be great.  The power of the Goodwill team is finding the talent in each of the people we serve and then walking beside them as they rise to their fullest potential.  This journey could never be accomplished without the support of people such as you who give of your time, talent, and financial resources.  Thank you for helping to realize the “greatness” in each of the lives that is touched by Goodwill of Greater Washington.

-Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEO


Retail & Donation News

Check-in on Foursquare to Buy 1 Sweater Get 1 FREE! 

dc goodwill check-in on foursquare to buy 1 sweater get on freeFor the month of October at your local DC Goodwill store, buy one sweater with two check-ins on Foursquare and get one sweater FREE. Keep checking back each month to receive other exclusive discounts!

And don’t forget... if you “like” us on Facebook, your 25% discount on Customer Appreciation Day (every Tuesday) increases to 35%!


Friends of Goodwill

Share a Smile with Goodwill & Washington Gas to Employ People with Disabilities 

Share a Smile with Goodwill & Washington Gas to Employ People with Disabilities There are only two weeks remaining in National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Join Goodwill in celebrating the workplace achievements of people with disabilities by supporting our “Share a Smile” campaign.  When you donate one dollar to Goodwill as you pay for your purchase at any Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store throughout the month of October, a smile with your name on it will be posted on the store window, representing your support for Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives and communities through the power of education and employment.  Just ask a Goodwill Store sales associate for more details.  To learn more visit the National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month website.


Goodwill Around Town

The Community Foundation & Walmart Award Goodwill a $250,000 Workforce Development Grant!
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Goodwill® of Greater Washington and Northern Virginia Community College Launch Co-enrollment Security Training Program

Goodwill of Greater Washington and Northern Virginia Community College Launch Co-enrollment Security Training ProgramGoodwill® of Greater Washington (GGW) and Northern Virginia Community College are combining forces to launch a co-enrollment training program designed to build better pathways to jobs, self-sufficiency, and family sustaining wages for low income individuals in Northern Virginia.

The joint initiative, which is scheduled to begin on October 19, 2011, will facilitate targeted learning opportunities to prepare unemployed and underemployed participants for entry level positions in the field of unarmed security and protective services. Students who successfully complete the training objectives will exit the course with work ready skills and five college credits.

Interested applicants can contact Goodwill at (703) 769-3714 or visit For more information on Northern Virginia Community College visit their website.


Goodwill & the HSC Foundation Partner Up For Youth & Veterans with Disabilities

Goodwill and the HSC Foundation Partner Up For Youth & Veterans with DisabilitiesGoodwill of Greater Washington is partnering with the HSC Foundation to provide services to young people and returning veterans with disabilities and their families at the new National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC) scheduled to open this month.

The 28,000 square foot facility, located at 2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC will be a place where young people and returning veterans, organizations, businesses, academia, policymakers, advocates and families can access and share resources related to disability and transition.

Participants will have access to critical services, political leaders will visit the facility to learn about transition needs, and organizations across various industries will collaborate to create a national, centralized community of transition resources and research, public policy dialogues and best practices.

The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability and chronic illness. Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc., The HSC Pediatric Center, HSC Home Care, LLC and Special Needs Consulting Services are subsidiary organizations of the Foundation.


Goodwill on the Hill

Goodwill Supports National Disability Awareness Month

Goodwill Supports National Disability Awareness MonthGoodwill Industries® is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  This year’s NDEAM theme is, “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities.”  For decades, Goodwill® agencies have trained and hired people with disabilities to work in Goodwill stores, donation centers, and career centers, in addition to emerging fields outside of Goodwill, including healthcare, green industries, and financial services.  Furthermore, Goodwill provided employment training and job services to more than 240,000 individuals with disabilities last year. Read more...


The Fashion of Goodwill

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