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Goodwill Industries moving to NRV

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys will move its basket and woodworking production from Rocky Mount to the New River Valley later this month.
However, the move does not necessarily mean there will immediately be more jobs available.
Kelly Sandridge, community relations director for Goodwill, said the extra work being moved to the Duncan Lane work center in Radford will help fill in for contract work that had been lost at that center. Therefore, there will be no immediate opportunity for additional jobs for clients in the New River Valley.
Goodwill is a job training and employment non-profit organization that provides an array of training and employment programs for people who face barriers to employment. They include dislocated workers, youth, seniors, and persons with social, physical, or intellectual challenges.
Under the new program contract work performed at the Rocky Mount facility will be moved to work centers in Roanoke and the New River Valley.
The impact to clients and Goodwill staff will be minimal, Sandridge said.
The work center realignment supports Goodwill’s ongoing efforts to create more community-based employment for individuals served, but has been hastened by steadily diminishing work opportunities within the Rocky Mount work center.
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys President and CEO, Bruce Phipps, sees the move as a necessary part of Goodwill’s responsibility to the community. "We have known for a long time that the work center concept must give way to more work opportunities that are actually in the community," Phipps said. "Franklin County has lost much of its manufacturing base which historically has generated jobs in our work centers."
Phipps points out that the realignment strengthens the efficiency of the organization and allows it to leverage its business in other areas. "Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is investing in long term solutions that tie directly to our strategic plan." He says Goodwill has a robust and growing donated goods operation "that is currently positioned to expand stores, provide up to 60 new jobs, and generate new revenue to support more services."
The changes begin in mid-March and will be complete by April 1.
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, a United Way partner organization headquartered in Roanoke, serves 31 counties and 14 cities in the New River, Roanoke, and Shenandoah Valleys. Its mission is to help people and families in our community achieve a better life through work and independence. During the last fiscal year 90 percent of Goodwill revenues directly supported the training and employment programs enabling the organization to serve 10,815 individuals.

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Goodwill Industries moving to NRV

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys will move its basket and woodworking production from Rocky Mount to the New River Valley later this month.
However, the move does not necessarily mean there will immediately be more jobs available.
Kelly Sandridge, community relations director for Goodwill, said the extra work being moved to the Duncan Lane work center in Radford will help fill in for contract work that had been lost at that center. Therefore, there will be no immediate opportunity for additional jobs for clients in the New River Valley.
Goodwill is a job training and employment non-profit organization that provides an array of training and employment programs for people who face barriers to employment. They include dislocated workers, youth, seniors, and persons with social, physical, or intellectual challenges.
Under the new program contract work performed at the Rocky Mount facility will be moved to work centers in Roanoke and the New River Valley.
The impact to clients and Goodwill staff will be minimal, Sandridge said.
The work center realignment supports Goodwill’s ongoing efforts to create more community-based employment for individuals served, but has been hastened by steadily diminishing work opportunities within the Rocky Mount work center.
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys President and CEO, Bruce Phipps, sees the move as a necessary part of Goodwill’s responsibility to the community. "We have known for a long time that the work center concept must give way to more work opportunities that are actually in the community," Phipps said. "Franklin County has lost much of its manufacturing base which historically has generated jobs in our work centers."
Phipps points out that the realignment strengthens the efficiency of the organization and allows it to leverage its business in other areas. "Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is investing in long term solutions that tie directly to our strategic plan." He says Goodwill has a robust and growing donated goods operation "that is currently positioned to expand stores, provide up to 60 new jobs, and generate new revenue to support more services."
The changes begin in mid-March and will be complete by April 1.
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, a United Way partner organization headquartered in Roanoke, serves 31 counties and 14 cities in the New River, Roanoke, and Shenandoah Valleys. Its mission is to help people and families in our community achieve a better life through work and independence. During the last fiscal year 90 percent of Goodwill revenues directly supported the training and employment programs enabling the organization to serve 10,815 individuals.

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