Goodwill Partners with Communities-In-Schools of Savannah to Support Families 

April 9, 2018 SAVANNAH, GA- In celebration of Earth Day, Goodwill has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) to orchestrate donation drives throughout southeast Georgia.  During the month of April, schools in Chatham, Bulloch and Glynn County are encouraging their students to drop-off their gently used items at collection points on campus under the campaign of #GIVE1POUND.

In one year, the average person throws away 81lbs of clothing, most of which will end up in a landfill.  Participants in this month’s event are encouraged to give at least 1 pound of those items to Goodwill.  All items donated to Goodwill are sold, repurposed or purchased by 3rd party vendors who bulk recycle products into new materials.  In 2017 alone, Goodwill Southeast Georgia diverted over 16.5 million pounds from landfills.  All of these activities fund Goodwill’s mission to provide job training programs and support right here in our community.

Beyond the impact donations will have through Goodwill’s job training programs, students will also be supporting Communities in Schools of Savannah’s operations and their #ALLINFORKIDS initiative.  As part of the campaign Goodwill will provide shopping vouchers to CIS for distribution to school district social workers.  This allows students and families in crisis to buy clothing and household items at Goodwill Southeast Georgia retail stores, in turn assisting CIS in their mission of surrounding students with support so that they may be successful in school and in life

Many students face a multitude of challenges in and out of the classroom that affect their ability to succeed in school.   CIS’ wrap around services are bolstered by being able to provide critical support such as clothing, backpacks and household goods through this donation drive campaign. “Working with local schools for our Earth month donation drive is a great way for us to engage children in the power of giving.” stated Michael Winkler, CEO of Goodwill Southeast Georgia. “CIS’ focus on the importance to education and transforming lives make them a natural partner for Goodwill and we are proud to be working together to lift up families in our community.”

Schools and students have the opportunity to compete with each other throughout the month too.  The school with the most donations will be recognized at the end of April and students can participate in a weekly prize drawing by posting photos of their donations online with the tag #GIVE1POUND and #ALLINFORKIDS.  Some classes will also be joining in a “Champions Contest”, with children submitting written, creative and spoken expressions on the importance of giving back and being a “Community Champion”.  Winners from the contest with be chosen at the end of April, with winning pieces shared online and via each organization’s website.  Local establishments, such as Leopold’s Ice Cream and Chicken Salad Chick, have generously donated prizes and gift cards to be used for the competitions throughout the month.

For more information on this campaign or how to support CIS and Goodwill, visit www.goodwillsega.org or call (912) 354-6611.

ABOUT GOODWILL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA:

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc., DBA Goodwill Southeast Georgia, is a highly diversified 501© (3) social enterprise that funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items.  Goodwill Southeast Georgia operates 17 stores and 4 Career Centers in 33 Georgia and South Carolina counties.  Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services including custodial, grounds keeping, staffing services, packaging and assembly and fabrication.  For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsega.org.  Find us on Facebook at Goodwill Southeast Georgia follow us on Twitter at @GoodwillSEGA.

ABOUT COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF SAVANNAH

Communities In Schools CIS of Savannah is part of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, empowering students to succeed in school and achieve in life. For over 40 years, Communities In Schools (CIS) has worked to transform public education through a results-oriented model proven to keep students in school and on the path to a brighter future. With nearly 41% of students under the age of 18 living in poverty in Savannah, we know these students face challenges outside the classroom that can stand in the way of success inside the classroom. Our unique model focuses on integrated wrap-around services and a school-based coordinator who brings services and resources into schools to benefit young people at risk of failing. It is a model that is both student-focused and data-driven.

CIS of Savannah piloted this model at Haven Elementary School during the 2016-2017 school year. The results… 88% of CIS students improved attendance, 98% improved academically, and 99% were promoted to the next grade. Now imagine if we could employ this model in all of our high poverty/failing schools in Savannah. For more information about Communities In Schools of Savannah visit our website at CISSAVANNAH.org and please follow us on FACEBOOK/TWITTER @CISSAVANNH. #ALLINFORKIDS