Chesterfield County Homeowners Associations Collect More Than 35,000 Pounds of Items for Goodwill

Several Chesterfield County neighborhood homeowners associations (HOAs) collected more than 35,000 pounds of used goods for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia during the “Communities for Kids” spring donation event.

As part of Goodwill’s ongoing partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS), Communities for Kids encouraged HOAs to host yard sales or donation collection events and donate unsold goods to Goodwill, which shared a portion of the proceeds with the Parent Teacher Associations of various Chesterfield County elementary schools. Goodwill provided event support and took away unsold goods at the end.

Six HOAs participated in collection events in April and May, which resulted in 35,202 pounds of used goods collected for Goodwill. Each HOA sponsored a local school’s PTA to receive a portion of the event’s proceeds to benefit students.

• The Birkdale HOA, sponsoring Spring Run Elementary, collected 9,280 pounds of used goods
• The Woodlake HOA, sponsoring Woolridge Elementary, collected 8,560 pounds of used goods
• The Riverton Civic HOA and Salisbury HOA, sponsoring Bettie Weaver Elementary, collected 6,680 pounds of used goods
• The Woodlake HOA, sponsoring Clover Hill Elementary, collected 6,600 pounds of used goods
• The Grove HOA, sponsoring J.B. Watkins Elementary, collected 3,900 pounds of used goods

“Everyone is a winner in this event,” said Russ Rainer, Goodwill’s donor development manager for Central Virginia. “Homeowners joined our mission of creating pathways to opportunities for job seekers facing challenges to work. Their donations help support our workforce training and education programs, while keeping thousands of pounds of goods out of the trash and earning money for schools. We are proud to see the community supporting elementary schools and students from their own neighborhoods,” added Rainer.

This is the sixth year Goodwill has partnered with Chesterfield County schools for spring collection events. “Communities for Kids” is the latest education partnership between Goodwill and CCPS to raise funds that benefit both organizations. Last fall, Goodwill and CCPS hosted the 9th annual Denim Drive in which s students, parents and educators across Chesterfield County competed to collect more than 8,100 pairs of jeans for Goodwill, helping to turn jeans into jobs while garnering cash prizes for schools. The 10th annual Denim Drive will begin soon after the kids go back to school in the fall.

For more information on collection events, call 804-745-6300 and ask for Russ Rainer.