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Community Leaders Join Growing Local Nonprofit

Morris “Rippy” Patton and his 10-year-old daughter Camryn.

For Goodness Sake, a local nonprofit that provides donated furniture and household goods to individuals and families transitioning to independent living, recently appointed two new members to its board of directors, Rippy Patton and Laura Galbraith.

Morris “Rippy” Patton is an emerging leader in the Bristol community and has shown himself to be dedicated to civic service.

In the spirit of his role models, Rippy currently serves the Bristol community in various capacities.

He currently sits as the 2nd Vice President of the Bristol Chapter of the NAACP, was appointed by the Mayor as a commissioner on the Zoning Board of Appeals, is a member of the Greater Bristol Exchange Club, the Mum Festival committee, is a voting Board Member for the American Clock and Watch Museum and last year founded the annual We are One softball game, which united our first responders and community leaders.

In his down time, Rippy works as a Senior Underwriter with The Hartford, and soaks up dad and daughter time with his 10-year-old daughter, Camryn.

Laura Galbraith is currently the pastor at Asbury Methodist Church in Forestville, where she has served for nearly nine years. She received her BA from Roberts Wesleyan College, MA from the University of St Joseph, and MDiv, Magna Cum Laude, from Drew University.

Laura has 10 years of experience working with emotionally disturbed and delinquent youth and has spent 18 years in parish ministry.

She is an ordained United Methodist Church pastor and has served churches in Scotch Plains, NJ, Waterbury, CT, and Simsbury, CT. She has previously served on the boards of Interfaith Ministries of Waterbury, United Methodist Homes, and the United Way of West Central Connecticut.

When asked about For Goodness Sake, Laura replied, “I am reminded of Margaret Mead who said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’  With its 100% volunteer workforce of thoughtful, committed citizens, For Goodness Sake is changing the world: one chair, one mattress, one couch, one cup of coffee, at time.”

For Goodness Sake is a 100% volunteer-run, 501c3 nonprofit that partners with organizations to help people in Central Connecticut who are making the transition to independent living and are in need due to certain life situations. Clients include victims of domestic violence that are coming out of shelters, people moving into their first apartment from being on the streets, homeless veterans, and people that are homeless and in need of support for a variety of other reasons.

For Goodness Sake provides direct aid, such as furniture and household goods, making an empty space into a home.

The organization accepts gently used furniture and household goods from the community and distributes them to people in need, serving families and individuals in Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Harwinton, New Britain, Plainville, Plantsville, Plymouth, Southington, West Hartford, and Wolcott.

To learn more about how to donate or volunteer at For Goodness Sake, visit their website at www.forgoodnessake.org.

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