Goodwill Week

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

It's the first full week of May every year.

Goodwill Week is a time to thank customers and donors and offer job opportunities.

Goodwill Industries of the Kanawha Valley first began offering job services to West Virginians in the 1950s.

Today they operate 65 business service contracts, 11 stores and an e-commerce store over a 20 county area within the Mountain State.

Kathy McKinley, director of communications says in 2013 they were able to serve more than 1,000 people.

“It's an amazing thing when you think about cleaning out a closet, versus helping over 1,000 people become employed,” she says. “We always have folks that are transitioning into work, maybe they haven't worked for a long time, maybe in a good economy they wouldn't have to work.”

For more than 60 years, Goodwill has been providing a hand-up, not a hand-out to those looking for employment, education and training.

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