June 10, 2019 (RICHMOND, Va.) –Five local neighborhood homeowner’s associations (HOAs) collected more than 37,000 pounds of used goods for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia by hosting “Communities for Kids” donation events this spring.
As part of Goodwill’s ongoing partnership with Chesterfield County and Richmond Public Schools, HOAs hosted yard sales or donation collection events and donated unsold goods to Goodwill. In turn, Goodwill shared a portion of the proceeds–based on total weight collected–with the Parent Teacher Associations of elementary schools in those communities.
Four Chesterfield HOAs participated, and Communities for Kids also had its first drive in the City of Richmond with the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association, which raised funds for the Westover Hills Elementary School PTA.
- The Birkdale HOA, sponsoring Spring Run Elementary, collected 13,760 pounds of used goods
- The Woodlake HOA, sponsoring Woolridge Elementary, collected 5,660 pounds of used goods
- The Salisbury, Riverton, Powderham and Salisbury HOA, sponsoring Bettie Weaver Elementary, collected 3,860 pounds of used goods
- The Woodlake HOA, sponsoring Clover Hill Elementary, collected 5,940 pounds of used goods
- The Westover Hills Neighborhood Association, sponsoring Westover Hills Elementary (Richmond Public Schools), collected 8,120 pounds of used goods
“We are proud to see community groups supporting elementary schools to benefit students in their own neighborhoods,” said Russ Rainer, Goodwill’s donor development manager for Central Virginia. “Their donations help support our workforce development programs, while keeping thousands of pounds of goods out of landfills and earning money for schools,” added Rainer.
Goodwill and Chesterfield HOAs have partnered for seven years for spring collection events.
“Communities for Kids” is the latest education partnership between Goodwill and the schools raise funds that benefit both organizations. Last fall, Goodwill and CCPS hosted the 10th annual Denim Drive in which students, parents and educators across Chesterfield County competed to collect more than 8,000 pairs of jeans for Goodwill, helping to turn jeans into jobs while garnering cash prizes for schools. The 11th 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.
About Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Goodwill’s mission is to change lives…helping people help themselves through the power of work. Established in Richmond in 1923 as one of the earliest forms of social enterprise, Goodwill is guided by the belief that work is a foundation for empowered individuals, stable families, and prosperous communities. Goodwill sells donated goods through 34 retail stores, two outlets and two electronic stores, and reinvests the revenue in programs that prepare and support job seekers with disabilities, language barriers, socio-economic disadvantages or are facing major life transitions. Auctions, industrial service contracts and philanthropic gifts also help to support its mission. In 2018, Goodwill served 6,464 job seekers and helped place them with hundreds of employers. Governed by an autonomous Board of Directors, Goodwill’s footprint encompasses 39 cities and counties. To learn more about shopping, donating or employing job-ready candidates, visit www.goodwillvirginia.org.