08 Jul Household Donation Provides a Holiday to Remember
Organization: Conservation Corps North Bay
Lives Impacted: 60+
Donor: Bed Bath & Beyond
As Told to Good360 by Conservation Corps North Bay
Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB), located in California, is managed out of multiple offices in the state. Our mission is to develop youth and conserve natural resources for a strong, sustainable community. We accomplish this by operating one of the few Bay Area green job training programs that pays young people higher-than-minimum wage for their participation, while helping them address the most fundamental barriers to employment. This includes obtaining a high school diploma, learning English, gaining work experience/job readiness and accessing critical social services such as housing and healthcare.
We received a donation of household items from Bed, Bath & Beyond through Good360, and it came during a crucial time. During the holiday season, members of the population we serve are not only working to improve their own lives, but hope to have the means to give gifts to their loved ones. Our corps members had the opportunity to select new items such as towels, bedding, pots and pans, baby items and even furniture for their living spaces.
More than 80% of CCNB’s incoming corps members have dropped out or aged out of high school. One-third face language barriers that prevent them from holding down even minimum wage jobs. More than one-third have been incarcerated and one-quarter report being homeless within the last six months. Nearly all are living below the federal poverty line and another majority have never had a space of their own or the expendable income to furnish what space they do have. As our corps members work through our program and earn skilled certifications, our staff coaches them on their career goals and helps remove those barriers to stable housing. This well-timed donation of household items from Bed, Bath & Beyond enabled them to try out another new skill: choosing items for their homes to make their lives more comfortable. They were even able to pick up gifts for family members, another first for many.
After spending time getting more work experience both at this job and with a local contractor, Chris was at CCNB for the second time. After saving money and gaining experience, Chris’ long-term plan began to take shape. He wanted to start his own construction company. The Bed, Bath & Beyond donation came just in time, and there happened to be a variety of baby items in the delivery. Chris was able to pick up bedding, towels and even an extra car seat, which will make transporting his daughter so much easier. That one item – a simple car seat to many – is helping Chris have one less thing to worry about as he works to improve his life and set an example for his daughter. Thank you Good360 and Bed Bath & Beyond for helping this family make it through the holiday season!