Bag It Up for Goodwill Donation Challenge has Begun

April 9, 2018, 4:06 PM
Hartford Courant Community
By A. P. Schoen

Bridgeport, CT - This week, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut announced the start of its annual Bag It Up for Goodwill challenge. Elementary schools across Connecticut are invited to donate items to Goodwill during the month of April. The winning school will receive a private performance with multi-platinum recording artist, Andy Grammer, $1,000 to support educational or athletic programs, and NoRA's cupcakes for the entire school.

It's easy to get involved. Throughout April, anyone can donate on behalf of a school. Forms are available at each participating Goodwill location. Schools can find information and collateral material at to start engaging their community.

"School communities who donate to Goodwill during Bag It Up are giving their unused or outgrown items a new life while helping to support programs that put people back to work," said Vickie Volpano, President and CEO of Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut. "Bag It Up can inspire our children to help their communities and instill a lifelong commitment to spreading goodwill."

"Bag It Up is a great opportunity for schools like John F. Kennedy Elementary to give back to their community while earning a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Principal Bonnie Etense. "We have been looking forward to this challenge and are happy knowing that our community wins even if we don't receive the grand prize, but we're totally in it to win it."

In 2017, over 300 schools participated in the challenge, donating enough items to fill over five school buses. Goodwill turned these donations into enough revenue to help over 800 Connecticut residents with their job search needs.

The challenge runs through April 30, 2018. The winning school will be announced on May 2, 2018. For more information, visit

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