All Good Things Thrift Shoppe

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  • 24 Jul, 2017

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Group Award

  • All Good Things is all heart All Good Things is all heart 
  • Non-profit thrift shop has donated more than $200K to 100 charities

 By FELICIA A. PETRO Allied News Senior Reporter 2/14/17

FELICIA A. PETRO | Allied NewsDebbie Kochems, center, holds a cake that says "$200,000 and climbing" with some of her volunteers at All Good Things Thrift Shoppe in Grove City, which is celebrating its anniversary this week with sales, cookies and drawings. The non-profit store has generated $200,000 in sales that it's donated to over 100 charities since it opened three years ago. This week, its largest check for $6,000 went to Community Counseling Center of Mercer County for a new intervention program for addicts. Also pictured is Connie DiCola, Shirley Sterner, Rose McEathron, Deborah Aldstadt, Emily Egley, Bonnie Grace, Jo Ella Hodge, Donna Anderson, Ed Snow and Kevin Uber. AGT has 28 volunteers.
I am wholeheartedly nominating “All Good Things Thrift Shoppe” (AGT) in Grove City, PA to receive the “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Group Award”. This philanthropic store opened in February of 2014 with 15 volunteers including the Manager, Debbie Kochems. It is much more like a boutique than a thrift store with designer quality store displays, and AGT accepts clothing and household items only in excellent condition. After they pay the basic bills, AGT gives all the profits away to local charities. Debbie has been able to engender community support through the tangible donations to the store and by almost doubling the number of volunteer staff within the store’s three year history. All 28 of the store’s current workers are volunteers, and they function together like a well-oiled machine. In the first three years of being open (celebrated in 2/17), All Good Things gave away over $200,000 in donations to 100 different charitable organizations!

Decisions on charitable contributions from All Good Things are made by the store’s Board of Directors. Mercer County AWARE (domestic violence victims) has received a total of $30,000 and the Humane Society of Mercer County has been given $29,000 as one of the two primary beneficiaries of All Good Things. Other supported non-profits include Disabled American Veterans ($8500) and Tails of Hope (a new spay/neuter clinic in Mercer County-$7250).

Grove City experienced six fatal overdoses in 2016 with a total of 21 overdose deaths throughout Mercer County. All Good Things wanted to financially support some organized effort to combat the opioid epidemic locally. They partnered with the Community Counseling Center of Mercer County to provide start-up funding for training for two of our substance abuse clinicians to participate in specialized training to be able to execute “Interventions” for persons who are in desperate need of drug and alcohol treatment but are reluctant to do so. These “Interventions” harness the power of the individual’s family, friends, employers, and other involved persons to build a team and plan a deliberate supportive confrontation meeting to encourage the person to enter substance abuse treatment. In addition to another previous monetary donation, Community Counseling Center has also been given other items from AGT when a specific client need was identified such as bedding for adults who have mental illness who are moving into independent living or Christmas items to help the clients decorate a float for the Hermitage Christmas Light Parade.

I often feel like the PA side of the line is underrepresented on National Philanthropy Day, but we can’t have PA awardees if they aren’t nominated! I would appreciate any consideration that the committee will give to “All Good Things” as the “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Group” Awardee. The store is such a lovely place to shop that I also frequent them as a customer……and you should too!

Nominated by Fern M. Torok, MS, LSW
Community Outreach and Development Director
Community Counseling Center of Mercer County
724-981-7141 Ext. 149 ftorok@cccmer.org 7/13/17


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Updated: Sep 23, 2014 - 5:32 PM

GROVE CITY, Pa. - Volunteers at All Good Things thrift store in Grove City find a lot of treasures in donated bags they receive. But never have they seen something like this.

“$5,500 to be exact,” said owner Debbie Kochems. “We find a dollar here, a dollar there. A quarter here, a quarter there but never $5,500.”

An elderly widow donated some items last week. Her husband had recently passed away and she was donating some of his items.

The money was found in one of his shoes, Kochems said.

“We know her husband would have wanted her to have the money, so we wanted to get it back to her,” said Kochems.

The widow’s family said the money was saved to pay for the funeral, and she couldn’t find it.

The widow commented on this story after it aired Tuesday. "I would have lost every bit of it, but I'm holding it in my hand thanks to good people," she said.

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The Stamp Out Stigma campaign was launched in 2014 as multiple agencies recognized that stigma about mental health kept people from accessing care. Contrary to common belief, 90 percent of those who seek help for mental health issues are able to greatly reduce their symptoms. Stigma about mental health care for those with or without a specific diagnosis is usually based in misunderstanding and myth. Those false beliefs about mental illness can cause significant problems, including a lack of understanding or support, discrimination, reluctance to get treatment early, or a loss of hope.


Other significant facts at the core of the Stamp Out Stigma campaign include:

   An estimated 26 percent of adults have a diagnosable

   mental illness in a given year; about 21 percent of children

   ages 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive illness.

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Stamp Out Stigma seeks to “reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders by talking about them.” Conversations are designed to:

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   Reduce stigma . Reduce hesitation to seeking care.

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