The newest Goodwill store opened in West Salem on January 6, 2011. The 32nd store for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, it is located at 1830 West Main Street, Salem, VA.
So the Good News on this blog seems obvious, right? The community now has a brand new Goodwill store where they can shop for high quality, low cost clothing, household items, furniture, books, electronics, and more. And Salem also benefits from a new convenient donation location. But this is only the tip of the iceberg…
So what’s the Really Good News?
Goodwill stores are the engine that drives the organization’s ability to assist those in need of job training and employment assistance. The gently used items that are donated fuel the engine, providing the inventory that customers enjoy shopping daily. Store revenues fund programs that train individuals to be productive, dependable, employees with the necessary skills to be work ready.
Goodwill Donated Goods Operations are also benefiting the community and the environment. With retail sales totaling over $25 million in 2010, Goodwill will return $1.25 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia in sales tax revenue. Additionally through recycling and salvage operations, over 11 million pounds of material will be kept out of area landfills. This includes the extensive recycling of computers and related hardware of any brand or condition through the Goodwill/ Dell RECONNECTTM partnership.
The new store on West Main Street in Salem also employs 17 individuals, including supervisory positions. Throughout Goodwill’s service area over 650 people are employed in the Donated Goods Operations, which include retail stores, donation centers, warehouses, and transportation.
Want to see more pictures of the new store? Visit Goodwill’s Picasa Web Album.