Beyond the Backpack provides families with school resources

After a very difficult year, many children are returning to class. But for many parents, the pandemic has left families strapped for cash and unable to provide everything their students might need.

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Goods for Good is an organization that gives it back by intervening to fill this gap. DC resident Elizabeth Workman and her family began donating money raised through garage sales to local nonprofits almost a decade ago. Since then, the volunteer-run organization has undertaken several projects to help bridge the gap between the needs of the community and the services provided.

Beyond the Backpack is an ongoing project that provides families with resources for school-aged children that go beyond pencils and paper. “We provide kids with things like bottled water, healthy snacks and more. Everything they need to start the school year off right,” Workman said.


The organization relies on volunteers and donations to make projects possible. That’s why the team was so excited when Easterns Automotive praised their efforts to support children and families in the area and donated $ 2,000 to the Beyond the Backpack initiative! Friendship Place is one of the beneficiaries of this project. They support nearly 400 families through their Neighbors First program.

If you want to get involved, you can find Goods for Good online at

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