School Volunteers group accepting $14,000 raised during Whole Foods ‘5% Day’ event
From Cambridge School Volunteers, Oct. 26, 2015: Local Whole Foods Markets will donate $14,244 to Cambridge School Volunteers at a 3 p.m. Tuesday check presentation ceremony at the Whole Foods Market, 115 Prospect St., Mid-Cambridge. The donation represents 5 percent of the sales from the three Whole Foods Cambridge locations during last month’s “5% Day” organized on behalf of the volunteer group, whose representatives greeted shoppers and recruited volunteers at the Prospect Street, River Street and Fresh Pond stores.
“What a huge difference that Whole Foods has made in support of our work connecting young people in our public schools with tutors and mentors from the local community,” said Jennifer Fries, executive director of the group. Each year, it matches close to 1,000 volunteers as tutors and mentors with some 1,200 city students in an array of in-school programs, including early literacy and math studies and “Reading Buddies” for the city’s 12 elementary schools; middle school tutoring and “NetPals,” in which volunteers from biotech and pharmaceutical firms introduce students to science, technology, engineering and math subject areas; and tutoring and college-readiness programs at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.
“As CSV prepares to celebrate our 50th anniversary as an independent nonprofit, we are thrilled to have the support of so many corporations, foundations and individuals, along with the Cambridge School Department and now Whole Foods Markets as well,” Fries said.
Holly Donaldson, a member of the organization’s board and a CSV tutor whose own children have benefited from NetPals mentorship, credits the one-on-one relationships between volunteers and students as the key to the nonprofit’s success.
Matthew Keller, marketing team leader and community liaison at Whole Foods, said, “Whole Foods is delighted to forge this new partnership with Cambridge School Volunteers. We look forward to seeing how this one-day donation helps CSV to reach more and more students and to make an even greater difference in the Cambridge community during the upcoming year.”
Whole Foods Prospect Street will offer storewide sampling for attendees of the ceremony, and the volunteers group will talk about its work and invite attendees to join.
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