Get To Know Your Goodwill

Since 1966, Rappahannock Goodwill (RGI) has believed in the power of work to change lives. In today’s society, to have a job, do it well, and reap the benefits is one of the most important ways a person can live with dignity. 

For thousands of people in our region with disabilities or barriers to employment, Goodwill has been a conduit to the world of work. People come to us with obstacles confronting them that we could barely imagine, and through their perseverance and responsibility, they overcome those obstacles. RGI has an open door for all who need our help – persons with disabilities, veterans, ex-offenders, and anyone who has had difficulty in finding and keeping a job.

The mission of Rappahannock Goodwill is: We create jobs locally, prepare people to succeed at work, and help them overcome barriers to employment.

For over 50 years, we have been serving people in the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Westmoreland, Orange, Caroline, King George, Louisa, Richmond, Northumberland, Rappahannock, and Essex.

The RGI 2017-2021 Strategic Plan is our roadmap for how we are moving forward to assist even more people. The Strategic Plan has four areas of focus:

  • Create Jobs
  • Provide training not available anywhere else
  • Build employer relationships
  • Transition individuals to jobs outside of Goodwill

If you would like to learn more about Rappahannock Goodwill, you can take a Rethink Goodwill tour of our mission and hear stories of how we are impacting lives throughout our region. For more information on taking a tour or to have an RGI representative make a presentation to your group, please contact Heather Schulz or call (540) 371-3070 / (800) 789-2816. 

Goodwill Guidance

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries operates under the governance of a local volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of members from the local business community and others who have an interest in the mission of our organization. The Board is responsible for formulating and overseeing corporate policies. A full time CEO is responsible for all aspects of Goodwill’s day-to-day operations and for meeting the organization’s long-term goals. If you’d like to view of a copy of RGI’s by-laws, please contact Heather Schulz at 540-371-3070.


Dermaine Lewis
Chair – Spotsylvania

Tim Tobin
Vice-Chair – Caroline

Bruce Barnett
Past Chair – Spotsylvania

W. Andrew Withers
Treasurer – Fredericksburg

Susan Spears
Secretary – Fredericksburg

Steve Cox
Ex Officio – Spotsylvania


Kathy Beard

Rob Clark
Honorary Director, Stafford

John Davis

Martha Hutzel

Eldon James

Stephanie Lyles

Jon Riley

Brian Roinestad
Fairfax County

Paul Rothenburg

Barry Waldman

CARF Certification

carf_goldsealFrom the U.S. to Canada and Europe, rehabilitation and human services providers seek the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation. CARF accredits only programs that meet rigorous standards with the purpose of improving the quality of services that enhance the lives of the persons served.

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries is accredited by CARF for a period of three years through December 2020. The programs and services Goodwill was accredited for are under Employment Services and are as follows:

  • Community Employment Services: Job Development
  • Community Employment Services: Job Supports
  • Community Employment Services: Job-site Training
  • Employee Development Services
  • Employment Planning Services
  • Organizational Employment Services

This 3-year accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF. Goodwill is proud to have received this prestigious award for well over 20 years.

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Collaboration Zone–Working Together To Change Lives

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries believes that through the power of collaboration with other organizations, more people can be served and more lives impacted in a powerful way.

The Goodwill Community Resource Center features nearly 10,000 square feet of office space specifically for partner organizations so we can work together and change lives.

Co-location of the Goodwill staff and the staffs of other agencies will facilitate working together to better assist people. The collaborative environment allows us to help people with a variety of barriers reach their full potential, both on and off the job.

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