GCF Equips 2,200 Students For Back To School

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Bags Full Of School Supply Essentials Distributed To Eastern NC Community Organizations

“Without those supplies the children we serve go without,” says Dr. Laura Early, CEO of The Place of Possibilities. “The GCF® back-to-school kits provide a real means of meeting needs for the parents and students we serve.

Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®) is preparing kids across Eastern North Carolina for a successful school year. The Durham-based non-profit organization purchased, packed and delivered 2,200 back-to-school kits with supply essentials to regional Boys & Girls Clubs as well as Urban Ministries. The kits included spiral notebooks, pencil sharpeners, pencils, scissors, crayons, and erasers and were delivered beginning August 12.

This is the 4th year GCF® has provided back-to-school kits for students across the region. “This effort speaks to the core of our mission,” says Rev. Dennis McLain. “Everything we do is to help create better opportunities for people in North Carolina, the country and across the globe. Something as simple as pencils and paper can make a big difference for a student’s learning experience. Equipping them to gain knowledge that will help pave their way to a more successful future is the goal of this project and GCF®.”

“Without those supplies the children we serve go without,” says Dr. Laura Early, CEO of The Place of Possibilities in Aulander, NC, which distributes approximately 100 kits. “The GCF® back-to-school kits provide a real means of meeting needs for the parents and students we serve. Often, families with multiple children struggle to purchase school supplies and uniforms. Due to the generosity of GCF® we are able to give supplies to the 60 students in our program as well as their siblings – helping many of our families properly equip their students for a year of learning.”

The kits were distributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Edenton/Chowan County; Place of Possibilities; Boys & Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe County - Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Unit, Nashville Unit and Edgecombe County Unit; Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort County - Washington and Belhaven Clubs; Boys & Girls Club, Pitt County Jarvis Unit, Boys & Girls Club of North Central NC, Boys & Girls Club of Lenoir County, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Urban Ministries of Durham

The back-to-school kits are one of many GCF® community projects. Through a robust volunteer program, the organization distributes flood buckets with cleaning supplies for victims of severe weather and holiday stockings for Boys & Girls Clubs in eastern North Carolina. Sewing volunteers have been making gowns for premature babies in a local hospital and are now working on pillow case dresses for girls in need overseas. For more information about GCF® or to volunteer, please visit http://www.GCFGlobal.com.

ABOUT Goodwill Community Foundation® (GCF®)
GCF® continues to be a leader in an era of change by providing the training required for the emerging world where technology is integrated into the everyday life. The mission of GCF® is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.

For more information on GCF®, visit us at http://www.GCFGlobal.org.

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