Integration in the Community Through Volunteering at Goodwill

April is National Volunteer Month. Today’s Good News . . . Guest Blogger Alina, a Goodwill Volunteer who recently moved to the United States from Russia, shares her experience volunteering in Goodwill’s Resource Room and how it has helped her adjust to life in America.

When I came to Roanoke, I had nothing to do; I knew very few people and that left me feeling stuck at home. My situation might sound like a familiar one to a lot of people. I was spending hours surfing the Internet or trying to read. That did kill the time but not the thought, “What else could I do?”

I was striving to find something meaningful to do. My search brought me to attend a volunteer fair in downtown Roanoke. I was strolling around the hall not knowing where to stop or what to ask. I was on my way out, and I passed by the last table which happened to be Goodwill. I hesitated a little, but Kelly, Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations, directed her attention to me and spoke. After our conversation, I put my name on the volunteer application and later received an email with an invitation to attend a volunteer orientation. During the orientation, I learned about Goodwill programs and how I could participate in them.

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Goodwill’s Resource Room at the Melrose Jobs Campus

I started volunteering in the “Workforce Development” program which provides resources and helps people find a job. I started to help in the Resource Room that provides those who come in with a comfortable and modern working place and includes computers with Internet access, fax, printer, and scanning capabilities. Also, anyone can use the Resource Room along with the provided tools and resources. And it doesn’t cost any money; people just have to be motivated to come!

When I am volunteering, I help individuals set up an email account, assist them as they fill out online applications, and answer general questions they might have like “How to apply?”, “Where to apply?”, “What website should I go to?”. Goodwill provides computer literacy courses, where people can obtain new skills and knowledge to become more independent while looking and applying for jobs online. Again, these classes are absolutely free!

I believe that helping others assists me to further develop my communication, social skills, and helps me build more confidence. Even if your initial reason for volunteering is to enhance your resume, later you will realize something else is becoming more important to you. Volunteering gives you opportunities and skills that are otherwise impossible to obtain on your own.

About Alina

Alina Shockley, originally from Moscow, now calls Roanoke home.

Alina Shockley, originally from Moscow, now calls Roanoke home.

Alina Shockley was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. After graduating the University in Moscow in 2007, she started her career path at the consulting company, Deloitte, as Comp&Ben Specialist in HR. She moved to Germany at 24 years old to work on her Master’s degree. When she was working on her Master’s, she had an exciting experience with an Internship in Campaign Management at Vodafone in Germany. During this internship, she assisted in creating, developing, and maintaining marketing campaigns. In October of 2013, she graduated from the FH Aachen with a Master’s degree in International Business Management, got married and moved to Roanoke, VA. Traveling and learning about new cultures helps her realize who she truly is and who she wants to be.

Goodwill has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. For more information visit our website or contact Sarah Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator, at SStephens@goodwillvalleys.com

Be a Goodwill Who this Holiday Season

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The Whos in Whoville, from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, can be an inspiration to all of us this holiday season. With the hustle and bustle, we sometimes lose sight of what we have to be thankful for.

The Grinch hated Christmas.  He didn’t understand it wasn’t all about the toys, decorations, gifts, etc.  In fact, he thought he could ruin everyone’s holiday simply by taking those material things. . . 

“When he packed up his sled,
Packed it up with their presents! The ribbons! The wrappings!
The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!”

But to his surprise Christmas still came without all of those things.  For the Whos knew that the holidays are about what we are thankful for.  And the Grinch learned what we all need to remember. . .

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

When you reflect this Holiday season on all the things that you are thankful for, do you list your job or your independence? Often times these are things that we take for granted. But imagine if you didn’t have a paycheck or know where to turn for help; couldn’t buy presents for loved ones; or were struggling with a disability that was inhibiting your independence. These are not just scenarios. These are the struggles faced by individuals served by Goodwill each and every day.

We help youth, adults, and seniors with disabilities, economic disadvantages and those who have lost their job due to company closing or layoff.  Goodwill training and employment programs help people get back to work and gain greater independence. Your donations help make these programs possible.  

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So we ask you this holiday season, to join us “Whos” at Goodwill.  Stop and remember to be thankful for all the things in your life and join us as we help others in our community get back to work.  

Want to share this Holiday Classic with your family and friends?  How the Grinch Stole Christmas is scheduled to air tomorrow, Friday, December 13th at 8pm on TBS.  Check your local listings for more information.  

And today’s Good News?  We “Whos” at Goodwill are thankful for everyone that has supported our mission of helping people and families in our community get back to work and gain greater independence.   Happy Holidays from Goodwill!

Vote for the Winners of Goodwill’s Halloween Costume Contest!

To all the witches, zombies, and other costume artists out there: You are fabulous!   Today’s Good News: We’ve received over 50 entries that showed your creativity, individuality, and “thriftiness”.  Visit our Facebook Page to see all submissions.

This morning the top three contest entries were chosen by a panel of Goodwill employees.  It was a hard choice, but so much fun!  The top three costumes are:

“Headless Marie Antoinette” – submitted by Misty Valkner, Staunton, VA

Headless Marie Antoinette by Misty Valkner1The wedding dress and white boots were found at Goodwill. The costume also includes a backpack, styrofoam, fake arms, wooden poles, wig, make-up, and blood. The styrofoam was shaped in the form of shoulders, one end of the poles were inserted into the styrofoam shoulders and the other end into the backpack which I wore under the dress. I placed the dress over the shoulders and cut a whole in the body of the dress so I could put my head through. Finished it off with a wig and some blood and make-up.

“Two-Face” - submitted by Amy Kidd, Charlottesville, VA

Two-Face by Amy Kidd

Amy purchased her sons suit, button down shirts and ties from Goodwill in Charlottesville. Half of the suit is duck taped and the shirts and ties were cut in half and sewn together.

“Beetlejuice” – submitted by Amanda Nichols, Rocky Mount VA

Beeetle Juice by Amanda NicholsEverything was purchased from their local Goodwill in Rocky Mount. They took plain black suit and painted it with white stripes. They purchased a long sleeve mens dress shirt and black tie. They placed stuffing from a pillow in the stomach area. Wearing the costume is Sarah Williams.

It’s time to vote for your favorite!

Vote here for the costume that you think should be the winner of our Costume Contest!

1st prize: Kindle Fire HD
2nd prize: $50 Goodwill Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $25 Goodwill Gift Certificate

Click here to view more information about our Costume Contest and the Terms & Conditions.

Voting will end this Thursday, October 31st at Noon.  Be sure to tell your friends and family to vote!

This Halloween, Shop with Imagination at Goodwill then Enter to Win!

Do you want a fabulous Halloween costume, but don’t have much to spend? Today’s Good News, look no further than Goodwill! With a little imagination, you can put together a fun and affordable Halloween costume and have a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!

Goodwill offers gently used and new costumes for the whole family – and if you want to be a little more creative, we also have everything you need to make your own unique costume. Bell-bottom pants, princess dresses, and scrubs are just a few examples of items you can find at Goodwill. Imagine the possibilities!

Plus, when shopping at Goodwill, you always support our mission of helping people get back to work and gain greater independence. Stay green by donating your costume back to Goodwill after Halloween!

Need a little inspiration to get started? Check out our Goodwill Halloween Recipe Book to get great costume ideas.

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Goodwill’s Halloween Costume Contest

Enter Goodwill’s Halloween Costume Contest for your chance to win a Kindle Fire HD.  We are looking for the most creative, individuality, and “thriftiness” Halloween ensembles you can find.

Here’s how to enter:*
• Use your imagination and create a one of a kind Halloween costume
• Take a picture and send it to rfranklin@goodwillvalleys.com, along with:

  1. your full name
  2. phone number
  3. e-mail address
  4. mailing address
  5. information regarding your costume, such as how you created it, where you got it, who is wearing it, etc.

• Only completed entries will be accepted.
• All entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, October 27th
• Check out our Facebook Page to see some of the fun and frightening entries we’ve received!
• A panel will determine the top three costumes, which will be placed here, on the blog, on Monday, October 28th
• Vote for your favorite costume on the blog before Noon on Oct. 31st
• Tell your friends and family to vote, too!
• Winners will be announced and notified on Thursday, October 31st

*Click here to view our Terms and Conditions

1st prize Kindle Fire HD
2nd prize $50 Goodwill Gift Certificate
3rd prize $25 Goodwill Gift Certificate

A Costume a Day the Goodwill Way

Join us everyday in the month of October, on Facebook! See ready made costumes, a well as those made with imagination found in our stores. Let us know what you think! Click Here to visit our Facebook page.

You can also find great Halloween costume inspiration on our “Halloween Costume Ideas at Goodwill” board on Pinterest.  Click Here to be inspired!

Halloween Commercials

Take a look at our Halloween commercials and become inspired! A hard working housewife, a scarecrow, and even Lady Gaga – that’s how Goodwill spells Halloween fun in these spots celebrating our status as official sponsors of this real scream of a holiday. Have fun watching!


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Jump into Fall with Goodwill

Fall has finally arrived and with it comes back to school, football season, leaves changing, and cooler weather. Today’s Good News: You don’t have to spend a fortune to look great this fall with Goodwill!

Goodwill has teamed up once again with Fashion blogger Angel who is guest blogging for us, to show you great outfits you can find everyday at Goodwill, lets take a look.

Fall is here, time for cooler weather and longer hemlines. Although fall can make you feel that winter is just around the corner, enjoy this transitional season by adding layers to your summer wardrobe with cardigans and light weight jackets. Ladies can extend the season of warm weather style with a pair of tights or take advantage of sunny afternoons by showing off a little leg before the sun sets and fall nights cool off the warm day.

Need fall fashion inspiration? Check out these four looks pulled from one of our very own local Goodwill stores.  Then head out and add some great pieces of your own to your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Adding a cardigan to this outfit, lets Jessica wear her summer dresses into the Fall.

Adding a cardigan to this outfit, lets Jessica wear her summer dresses into the Fall.

Sam is ready for Fall with this look, perfect for work or a date night.

Sam is ready for Fall with this look, perfect for work or a date night.

Kaili enjoys those warm fall days with this great outfit!

Kaili enjoys those warm fall days with this great outfit!  Emerald Green is a great color for this fall!

Jessica is ready for a night out with friends, with this fall look.

Jessica is ready for a night out with friends, with this fall look.

About Angel

Blogger and photographer Angel David Verde founded Angel’s Point of View in 2010, as an outlet for his street style photography.

As The South’s premier street style photographer and blogger, Angel combines his unique point of view, garnered through world travel and life experience.  In addition to curating Angel’s Point of View, Angel shoots street style for The Roanoke Times, and has his work featured on The Huffington Post, and luckymag.com.  In 2013, Angel was the official street style photographer for Charleston Fashion Week.

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Another “Goodwill Night” at the 4th Annual SECOND RUNWAY

We recently hosted Goodwill’s SECOND RUNWAY fashion show at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke.  Today’s Good News?  The show raised over $35,000 to support Goodwill training and employment programs that help people get back to work and gain greater independence.

For the fourth year SECOND RUNWAY highlighted the amazing fashions that receive a “second” life when they are donated and then purchased in a Goodwill store.  But more importantly, those attending saw lives that were impacted by the “second” chance they received through participation in Goodwill training and employment programs.  Fashion show segments for Back to School, Weekend, Costumes, Work, Evening Out/Cocktail, and Prom/Wedding were intermixed with videos of Goodwill program participants telling their stories in their own words…

Since the show we have been repeatedly asked two questions:

Q:  Do you really find all of the clothes at local Goodwill stores?
A:  Yes, some of you may have seen us shopping!

Q:  Do you shop and save fashions all year to be included in the show?
A:  No, we find all the fashions just a few weeks before the show.

Models provide us with their sizes by the end of June.  We then start shopping, typically several trips over the course of about two weeks.  There is usually a team of between three and seven of us shopping a store at one time.  We take a list of the sizes we need for each fashion show segment and we hit the racks to shop for more than 70 models.  We are always amazed by the generosity of Goodwill donors; name brands, great quality, and even new with tags.  But this is something that Goodwill faithful shoppers have known for years!  Take a look at our slideshow for some great examples of this generosity!

Finally, we could not do it without all of our sponsors and volunteers.  You are truly the success behind SECOND RUNWAY.  Thank you for your support of Goodwill!

A special thank you to Platinum Sponsors:
Triangle Realtors
StellarOne
Brandon Oaks
Kroger, Bistro at Bonsack

Gold Sponsors:
Carilion Clinic
Lila Dickerson with Business Solutions
Jewell, Inc.
Bella Magazine
Sanico
Comcast
Roanoke Gas Company
Piedmont Companies Inc.
David E. Looper & Company

Silver Sponsors:
Anthem
Delta Dental
Pro Inc.
Firefli Media
Optima Health
CMedia
South Peak

A special thank you to everyone who came to SECOND RUNWAY, volunteered, and also to our hosts WSLS’s Karen McNew and John Carlin.  We could not have done it without everyone involved!

Vote for the Winners of Goodwill’s SECOND RUNWAY Design Contest!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who voted. The winner of Goodwill’s SECOND RUNWAY Design Contest is: Carrie Saunders Weekend Segment.

See Carrie’s outfit on the runway, August 8th at the Jefferson Center. Purchase your tickets today for SECOND RUNWAY. Click here to get your tickets!

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To all our fashion designers out there: You are fabulous!   Today’s Good News: We’ve received many entries that showed that by reusing and repurposing items and materials found at Goodwill stores, you can create a modern, chic, and one of a kind outfit. This morning, a panel determined the top three outfits and here they are:

Evening Out/Cocktail Segment - submitted by Chassidy Hicks, Forest, VA

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In creating the outfit Chassidy used another dress that fitted her, and laid it against the purple dress. She was able to trim away the extra fabric taking the XL dress down to a small. From there, she cut the sleeve length down to cap sleeves. She used the dress form to drape the butterfly chiffon fabric. Once she draped the fabric she hand stitched around the waist to keep the pleats in place. Once she finished that, she was able to attach the butterfly fabric to the top of the purple dress (now bodice). She hemmed the skirt by simply serging the edges with a sewing machine to prevent fraying. After the dress was complete, she hand stitched the gold sequence.

Weekend Segment - submitted by Carrie Saunders, Roanoke, VA)

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Carrie used a too large skirt, too large slip and a table runner all purchased at our Goodwill store on Brambleton. She removed the drawstring to create the halter strap & took it in at the back seam to fit as a baby doll style top. She also took in the slip a few inches to fit across the bust. This serves as a lace peek-a-boo & gives the top a more modest length. She then attached 4 pyramid studs to the ends of the table runner that serves as the belt for added embellishment. Finally, she attached 3 buttons to the front band by hand sewing.

Work Segment  - submitted by Carrie Perry, Bedford, VA

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Carrie purchased her outfit from local Goodwill stores. Her outfit includes name brands such as J. Crew, Givenchy and Isaac Mizrahi. The large pieces were purchased first: the pants and the jacket were bought within a few days of each other.  The white shirt was purchased about two months prior.  The accessories she had collected over the past year, and using the chain, the scarf and the costume earrings, she made a one of a kind necklace.  The gold stretchy belt made a great coiled bracelet.  The classy sunglasses and large satchel-like purse completed the professional feel of this outfit.  The large purse is perfect for her iPad or even her laptop.

Do you have a favorite?

Vote here for the outfit that you think should be the winner of our SECOND RUNWAY Design Contest!

The winner will model their outfit in our 4th annual SECOND RUNWAY fashion show on August 8th at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke

Click here to view more information about our Costume Contest and the Terms & Conditions.

Look Great With Goodwill Summer Styles

The sun is shining and you want to go outside, but don’t know what to wear?  Today’s Good News:  At Goodwill you can find great summer looks that don’t break the bank!

Fashion blogger Angel and Goodwill have teamed up once again to show you great outfits you can find at Goodwill – just by showing some creativity and repurposing items.

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SECOND RUNWAY

Still looking for the right event to show off your new summer look? Join us at Goodwill’s annual fundraiser SECOND RUNWAY on August 8th from 5 – 9pm at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke.

Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets!

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Enjoy taking a look at Angel’s great Goodwill summer finds!

Summer has arrived and this season’s trend of bright, bold color is dominating the fashion front.  Remember, bright colors are often easy to find when roaming the racks at your local Goodwill.  For the men, sometimes all you have to do is pair your favorite jeans to finish off your new thrifted items.  As for the ladies, thinking outside the box can bring you a treasure trove of looks. Heather’s look is a great example. All we did was take a long skirt, pulled it up to make a strapless dress, and added a nice waist line with a colorful yellow belt.  As always, make sure to have your newly thrifted threads perfected with a quick visit to your favorite tailor or alterations shop.

A belt helps turn this skirt into a beautiful summer dress. Heather pairs it with a pearl necklace to make the look complete.Skirt/dress $3.75, belt $1, necklace $1 - total look for $5.75 at Goodwill.

A belt helps turn this skirt into a beautiful summer dress. Heather pairs it with a pearl necklace to make the look complete.
Skirt/dress $3.75, belt $1, necklace $1 – total look for $5.75 at Goodwill.

Summer Look #1

Kaili is ready for a trip to the park in this cute blue and white striped dress.
Dress $4, cardigan $3.75, belt $1 – total outfit $8.75 at Goodwill.

Summer Look #2

Sam looks great in yellow pants paired with a jean jacket.
Pants $3.75, jacket $3.75 – total look for just $7.50.

 

About Angel

Blogger and photographer Angel David Verde founded Angel’s Point of View in 2010, as an outlet for his street style photography.

As The South’s premier street style photographer and blogger, Angel combines his unique point of view, garnered through world travel and life experience.  In addition to curating Angel’s Point of View, Angel shoots street style for The Roanoke Times, and has his work featured on The Huffington Post, and luckymag.com.  In 2013, Angel was the official street style photographer for Charleston Fashion Week.

Angel D. Verde

Goodwill SECOND RUNWAY Design Contest

Are You Dreaming About Seeing Your Own Design on the Runway?

This is your chance to make that dream come true!  Goodwill is hosting the 4th annual SECOND RUNWAY on August 8th at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke and your design could be a part of it.  Show us that by reusing and repurposing items and materials found at Goodwill stores, you can create a modern, chic, and one of a kind outfit.

Design Contest SR 2013

How to Participate*:

  • To register and receive contest details, including what needs to be submitted with your entry and deadlines, send an email to rfranklin@goodwillvalleys.com by 5pm on Friday, June 28th.
  • Get creative and design an outfit using items and materials found at Goodwill stores.  Design your outfit for one of these segments: Back to School, Work, Weekend, Evening Out/Cocktail, or Prom/Wedding.
  • Registered designers will have until Sunday, July 14th at 11:59pm to submit their entry for the contest.
  • Voting for the winning outfit will take place on Goodwill’s Good News Works Blog at www.goodwillvalleys.wordpress.com beginning 12Noon on Monday, July 15th.
  • The winner will be announced and notified on Friday, July 19th.

Register by 5pm on June 28th to be a Designer for Goodwill’s SECOND RUNWAY!

*Click here to download the official contest rules and Terms & Conditions.

If you have any further questions about the Design Contest, contact ReBecca Franklin at rfranklin@goodwillvalleys.com or (540) 582.0620 ext. 227.

DIY Holiday Crafts from Goodwill

Looking for ways to decorate your home without spending a lot of money or a lot of time? Today’s Good News…with a little imagination and some creativity you can find great DIY projects and ideas at Goodwill. The best part is, when you shop at Goodwill you are helping people in our community get back to work.

Check out these great DIY crafts we found on Pinterest for Easter and Spring! All of the supplies came from our local Goodwill Stores.

Find all craft ideas on Goodwills Pinterest Page
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Create these easy Easter Center pieces for your home..Using a martini glass and candy jar!

Create these easy Easter Center pieces for your home..Using a martini glass and candy jar!

Can you believe that this Easter basket was once a canister? Click here to follow directions on how to make your own Easter basket

Can you believe that this Easter basket was once a canister? Click here to follow directions on how to make your own Easter basket

 

A great way to get the kids involved with this quick and easy tutorial on making a bunny out of a washcloth!

A great way to get the kids involved with this quick and easy tutorial on making a bunny out of a washcloth!

Display your kids Easter egg finds with this simple, but fun tutorial.

Display your kids Easter egg finds with this simple, but fun tutorial.

Click here to follow directions for making a fabric flower on our Pinterest page.

Click here to follow directions for making a fabric flower on our Pinterest page.

Using our fabric flower, we spruced up this headband just in time for spring!

Using our fabric flower, we spruced up this headband just in time for spring!

By adding multiple fabric flowers, we now have a spring wreath ready to be displayed in your home.

By adding multiple fabric flowers, we now have a spring wreath ready to be displayed in your home.



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