SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit that strives to provide a quality workforce in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, announced June 19 that GOJO Industries, a leader in hand hygiene and healthy skin products, will host a community service event with multiple worksites throughout Kansas City, Mo., during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). An expected 400 SkillsUSA volunteers will participate in organized service events on Friday, June 27.
Student volunteers participating will have five options to lend their talents:
Harvester’s Food Bank — pack food at the region’s largest food bank
Kansas City Parks and Recreation — gardening and landscaping, clear invasive brush from trails, and clean up parks in neighborhoods
City Union Mission — cleaning and painting
Hope and Faith — help with various gardening activities, painting, fixing and organizing donated furniture, organizing clothing in their warehouse and showroom
The John Wornall House Museum — yard cleanup and gardening.
Leadership through civic engagement is a commitment shared by SkillsUSA and GOJO. Students attending SkillsUSA’s NLSC will improve and demonstrate their leadership abilities and trade skills throughout the week with a variety of contests and workshops.
GOJO is a new sponsor of this event. For the past 12 years, service events have been hosted during the NLSC to provide students hands-on opportunities. Students have applied their skills and provided a direct benefit to the Kansas City community. GOJO embraces the objectives of the conference and is proud to partner with SkillsUSA to support its efforts.
“Service is core to the mission of SkillsUSA,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. “SkillsUSA students in our chapters across the nation perform thousands of hours of service to their communities throughout the school year. The national service project in Kansas City is the culmination of this year-long outpouring of support for communities across America. SkillsUSA is thrilled that GOJO is stepping up as our national champion for service. The commitment from GOJO demonstrates a true partnership of business and education, and support for our students who want to leave our communities and the world a better place. I commend GOJO for their support and their dedication to a partnership that will make a true difference in the lives of students and the lives of the people they serve.”
Harold Tyreman, vice president for sales and marketing in automotive, industrial and textiles at GOJO, will help kick off the community service event.
“GOJO is very proud to support this great effort by young people willing to step up and shoulder a social commitment of this magnitude,” Tyreman said. “Social sustainability is part of the fabric of the GOJO organization, and supporting young citizens as they learn how they can contribute to social well-being is one way in which we can use our resources for the betterment of our community.”