The Board of Directors for Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has approved a change to its formal mission statement and a new five-year strategic plan.

“Our new mission statement reflects the work we have been doing to help all people enjoy the Power of Work,” said Donnie Tolson, RGI President & CEO. “We assist anyone who has a barrier to employment – a person with a disability, veteran, long-term unemployed, and ex-offenders.” Last year Rappahannock Goodwill was able to provide assistance to over 7,000 individuals. For 2017, that number is expected to increase to 9,000.

“Goodwill has a tremendous impact on lives in our region. Goodwill provides a helping hand – not a hand out,” said Kathy Beard, RGI board chair. “The revised mission statement better reflects what RGI has been accomplishing for years.”

RGI’s mission statement is now: We create jobs locally, prepare people to succeed at work, and help them overcome barriers to employment.

With this shift, RGI acknowledges years of service to anyone who has a barrier to employment.

The RGI Board also voted to approve a change to their logo and approved a new five-year strategic plan.


Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, Job Help Centers, twelve Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers.

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