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Good360 Retail Donation Partnership Provides Kitchen Supplies and Graduation Presents to Low-Income Culinary Program

  • KEYS for the Homeless Foundation Inc.
  • Greater Washington, DC Metro Area
  • Lives Impacted: 12

As Told to Good360 by Valerie Johnson of KEYS for the Homeless Foundation Inc.

KEYS for the Homeless Foundation partners with more than 65 nonprofit organizations providing homeless services in the Greater Washington, DC Metro Area, as well as offering direct support to men, women and children in need. KEYS carefully manages and stewards contributions donated by members of our vast hospitality industry, retailers and other concerned businesses to those who are transitioning from homelessness and poverty to self-sufficiency.

Through our retail donation partnership with Good360, we received generous donations of cookware, tableware, kitchen equipment, linens, spices, oils, assorted salts and cookies. We used this donation to support LaCocina culinary arts program in Arlington VA, which is a year-long certification program taught by trained chefs for 12 students who are learning basic culinary skills. At the end of the year the students have the potential to apply for some terrific jobs in the hospitality industry.

Completing an intensive culinary arts program requires determination, aspiration and passion to succeed in your area of expertise. Each graduate received a graduation gift bag filled with premier quality cooking items. The gifts will certainly remind each student of the extraordinary accomplishment earned by their hard work and passion to complete this certification. Honoring each student with a special gift from a distinguished retailer encourages their potential to further their culinary skills. We cannot measure the significance of how these gifts provide a special moment in our lives.

These cooking items are also used throughout the culinary program, including knives that help with teaching skills and techniques, and cookware that provided students the ability to prepare dishes simultaneously, practicing in sync with one another. Aprons, dishtowels and potholders all provided the students with specialized equipment that encouraged them to succeed.

Thank you, Good360, for supporting this awesome culinary program that promotes self-sufficiency.

Shari Rudolph

Shari Rudolph is Chief Marketing Officer of Good360 and is an accomplished retail, digital commerce and media executive with a strong track record of building audience, revenue and brands. Shari’s previous experience includes management consulting as well as various executive and leadership roles at both start-ups and large media and retail e-commerce companies in Southern California, New York and Silicon Valley. She is also an adjunct professor teaching classes in marketing, advertising and entrepreneurial studies and she earned her MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

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