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Chesterfield County High Schools Compete to Support Goodwill

By Laura Faison on Jun 05, 2015

Pictured are: Principal Jeff Ellick   - James River High School Russ Rainer – Goodwill of Central Virginia Ivan Schwartz – Chesterfield Count Education Foundation Abby Simmonpietri – Teacher Representative Amy Simmonpietri – Student Event Leader

Pictured are:
Principal Jeff Ellick – James River High School
Russ Rainer – Goodwill of Central Virginia
Ivan Schwartz – Chesterfield Count Education Foundation
Abby Simmonpietri – Teacher Representative
Amy Simmonpietri – Student Event Leader

RICHMOND, VA — James River High School hosted its 7th annual donation drive to benefit Goodwill in May, only this year, they weren’t alone. Midlothian, L.C. Bird, and Cosby High Schools also joined in and helped make for some friendly competition.

Each school selected a Saturday in May and had 3 hours to collect donations from their community supporters. In addition to helping Goodwill, the donation drives served as a fundraiser with Goodwill awarding cash prizes to each school’s student activity fund. The four schools collected over 8 tons of clothing and household goods to support Goodwill, with James River collecting the largest amount.

The results are as follows:

School Amount Collected (in pounds)
James River   5,620
Cosby   4,636
L.C. Byrd   3,440
Midlothian   3,200
GRAND TOTAL 16,896

Goodwill’s mission is to help area residents gain the training, opportunities, and support they need to be successful in the workplace. Donations to Goodwill are re-sold at their stores to help fund the non-profit’s job training and career development programs. Through Goodwill’s programs, 2,326 individuals gained employment in 2014. Graduates of Goodwill’s training programs work at businesses throughout central Virginia and Hampton Roads. Goodwill’s presence in Chesterfield County is strong where the non-profit operates 5 of its 15 Richmond-area stores, employs 300 individuals that call Chesterfield home, and serves over 1,500 county residents annually through its mission programs.

 

 

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