Aug 28, 2023
Goodwill had great turnout at first-ever Block Party Saturday, where 250 students took home a free backpack and school supplies, and over 50 vision screenings were performed for locals
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes hosted its first-ever Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 26, right on its main campus, located at 500 South Clinton Ave. Throughout the event, 250 students took home a free backpack and school supplies, which were donated by local businesses and community members, and over 50 vision screenings were performed on-site through Flaum Eye Institute. 12 children were prescribed glasses and two adults scheduled follow-up appointments as a result of the initial screening at the Block Party.
“We are Goodwill and we strive to do all things good,” said Jennifer Boutte, vice president of community engagement at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes. “We do a lot of good work here in the community through our mission programs, like Goodwill Vision Enterprises, Good Neighbor Program and 211/LIFE LINE. 90 cents to every dollar spent at Goodwill retails stores goes back to our community through our mission programs, so when you shop at and donate to Goodwill, we can host events and provide community support like this and continue to make real, life-changing impact.”
The event was free to the public for local residents to learn about Goodwill’s community programs and services, such as 211/LIFE LINE, 988, Goodwill Vision Enterprises and the Good Neighbor Program.