As January of 2018 approached, it was apparent there was a huge need in every community that Mindsight Behavioral Group served (which is a lot!). The weather was cold, it rained most days and the sun seemed to rarely make an appearance. Most families had "made it through" the holidays but the residual effects were apparent. How, you ask? Let us explain.
At Mindsight, our providers work to help strengthen families, empower individuals and address all of life's challenges such as: financial strain, nutrition issues, transportation, heating and cooling, and the daily struggle to provide clothing to children in a way that keeps them warm and dry. Sometimes people forget that these basic living needs are often the hardest to provide.
Mindsight's team of awesome case managers, one in particular, Jeremy Jarvis, thought he could serve multiple purposes if we had a company clothing drive. "We could use the donated clothing to help support people in need," expressed Jeremy. Here at Mindsight, we love a good competition so the staff was assembled, the rules were defined, and the First Annual Clothing Drive began!
THE RULES: All of the teams, divided by location included Somerset, London, Richmond, and Danville, worked hard to collect donations of gently used clothing. Clothing came by way of family, friends and even clients. At the end of the competition, the winning team would choose a charity and Mindsight would make a monetary donation in the winning team's honor.
All the teams "played" for a variety of non-profits such as local homeless shelters, food banks, pregnancy centers, and domestic violence shelters. To date, Mindsight's staff has received over 10,000 articles of clothing to be donated back into the community. In addition, "We have had the honor to provide prom dresses for teens, suits for boys to attend their Winter Formals, maternity wear for pregnant mothers in need, and diapers for newborns so they wouldn't have to go without," says Carolyn Mitchell, Mindsight's Director of Beautification.
Although the official clothing drive ended in February, Mindsight has chosen to continue accepting donations and distributing those clothes back out when families have needs. Mindsight's Director of Beautification, Carolyn Mitchell, has graciously devoted her time to keeping inventory of the donations and packaging them up so nicely that they look like something that's been purchased at a boutique!
To say that this staff is selfless is an understatement. Ultimately, Mindsight's Team London was the winner of the clothing drive and chose Cumberland Valley Domestic Violence Services Inc as the recipient of the $350 donation. Today we were able to present this check to Teresa White and Sherri Bell, and give back to this great group of people that help so many in the Laurel County community. We are proud to be commited members of the communities we serve and love the fact that our employees are also devoted to causes that matter!
To read more about CVDVS click here https://www.facebook.com/cvdvs.org.