Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia Inc.

Mission: "Our business is changing lives...helping people help themselves through the power of work" in Hampton Roads.

Who We Serve: Local individuals with challenges to securing employment, including individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities; those with limited education, skills or work experience; formerly incarcerated; economically disadvantaged youth; military veterans; individuals with language barriers.

Affiliation: Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia (GCCVA) is one of 164 autonomous Goodwills affiliated with Goodwill Industries International. GCCVA has its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation and a Board of Directors.

History: Founded in Boston in 1902 by Methodist minister Edgar J. Helms. Affiliates operated in Richmond since 1923 and in Hampton Roads since 1928. Richmond and Hampton Roads Goodwill joined forces when they merged in 2006.

Impact: Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia offers nearly 20 programs to help people gain the skills and tools needed to secure employment, including soft skills, digital literacy; training for certification in HVAC, facilities maintenance, hospitality and customer service; Transition to Independence and Employment, Ability One and Supported Employment for individuals with disabilities; School-to-Work; and job-seeker preparation support for resume-writing, job searches, mock interviews and placement.

All programs and services are offered at no cost to participants.

Programs are offered at five Goodwill-operated Community Employment Centers and through community partners.

In 2016, GCCVA served 18,500 individuals, processed 50,000,000 pounds of goods and kept 40,000,000 pounds from landfills throughout 39 cities and counties in central and coastal Virginia.

"Goodwill's core values of respect, innovation, learning, teamwork, commitment and integrity are not just words on paper. These values are evident here every day." -Daniel, veteran job seeker and now Goodwill Retail Manager

"I was able to take the skills I learned in the TIE program and use them right away. I'm more confident now. I've even moved into my own apartment and I'm getting my driver's license." - Chavon, graduate of Goodwill's Transition to Independence and Employment program

"I knew what I wanted to do, but didn't know where to even start looking." Khidhr faced several employment challenges including a limited work history and mobility issues. Within a week of contacting Goodwill, Khidhr was interviewed by SKF Lubrication in Newport News.
His first, and only, job interview would become his first job with his new degree. "Because of this job I was able to finally propose to my girlfriend - finally able to buy her a ring. And, I bought my first house, my own place. It's a dream come true." Khidhr, new grad and (now successfully employed) job seeker.