GOOD SEED GOOD GROUND

Rating: 4.53 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 115 28th Street Newport News VA 23607 USA

Mission: To rebuild the lives of troubled and at-risk youth and young adults.
Results: Since 2003, we provided summer job opportunities, job readiness training and college prep workshops to over 200 youth. Within the last year, we have helped 145 unemployed men and women obtain gainful employment.
Target demographics: lift men, women and children out of poverty
Direct beneficiaries per year: 145 low-income/no-income men and women obtain gainful employment.
Geographic areas served: Newport News, Virginia
Programs: employment programs for youth and adults, job readiness training, college preparation workshops.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Good Seed Good Ground is an exceptional organization that was birthed out of a couple's vision to serve the most underserved. Through the tenacity and determination of the group's volunteers, I have witnessed history being made as the group was instrumental in changing the laws concerning the rights of ex-offenders to obtain employment in the City of Newport News. It became the first city's HR in VA to remove references to applicants' criminal histories on online job applications. Renita Parker, Executive Director, lives and breathes, and walks and talks her organization. It is a silent, nearly unknown mission field in the East End community of Newport News, and over the years, it has attracted residents from all over Hampton Roads who were seeking help and getting it, as re-enetering citizens of the Commonwealth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them free rental space for a facility co-located with a city service, such as Social Services, as the nearest Virginia Employment Commission office is several miles away from the part of the community that needs it most.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Renita and her husband address the issuese of children,youth and families, community development, youth development and neighborhood development. GSGG help the less fortunate by having workshops on job training and job placement for all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing that their is an organization (GSGG) that cares about those that need to know that the american dream is alive and not to give up on life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more larger organization in the city of newport news take a look at the good that GSGG is doing and help with the funds needed from city, state, federal government.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

i would make none , but foucs on the basic needs of the community. work, home. food. helping the community work together.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

my volunteer experience helps me with face to face people of the street life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned of this organization from Police Chief Susie Mowry of the Newport News Police Department. She said that there was a new organization that was highly motivated, had a good plan, and was doing a lot of good things in the community. She suggested that I meet with Renita Parker because she thought that our organizations had some things in common.
Good Seed Good Ground (GSGG) is a Community Based 501 C3 Non Profit organization whose focus is to help the less fortunate members of the community to become self-sustaining, productive citizens. Her primary focus is job training and job placement for youth, adults, and ex-offenders. It is the belief of GSGG that if the members of the community are employed there will be less crime, more family cohesiveness, and a healthier community overall.
As Community Liaison for Gospel Light Cares, Inc our paths have crossed with Renita Parker, Executive Director, GSGG on many occasions. We serve together on several community organizations and on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Community Weed and Seed, Inc. She is a " no-nonsense, let's get the job done individual".
I referred six youth to her program, all of whom were hired at Busch Gardens, and she arranged transporation for all of them. She is unselfish in sharing resources and contact information. She pulls her weight on various committes and takes the initiative to be creative and proactive. I recall taking an individual to her agency to seek employment...she was in the process of closing for the day, but remained open to assist the client with the application process.
I have assisted her with two Job Fairs. Both were well organized and well attended. Her heart is in her work and she goes above and beyond the call of duty, plus her agency is located in the heart of a poverty striken community where her services are in dire need. Many people in this community would go hungary if it was not for the work of GSGG.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Knowing first hand that people are getting jobs. Needy members of the community are receiving food and clothes. People are appropiately being referred to other sources that they would have not otherwise had knowledge of. Clients that present for assistance leave smiling because of the love and support of GSGG. TheDaily Press quoted youth as saying they stayed off the streets and out of trouble by working; others were able to help their parents to pay bills, or had their own money to buy school clothes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would seek funding to hire an additional staff member to increase the number of hours the agency is open, and to hire a parttime person for marketing. I would also invest in a few more new computers and another printer.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Most agencies do not want anything to do with ex offenders. It is the belief of GSGG that everyone deserves a second chance. If a person has served hi/her time that should have the opportunity to work and live in suitable housing in order to provide for themselves and their families. Without this opportunity there will be an increase in recidivism, families will be fracthred, and crime will increase. Some agencies will help you to find a job, but will not help with transportation. Transportation is a major problem for members of this community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Good Seed Good Ground is an outstanding organization providing many needed services for the citizens of Newport News and Hampton. I recently volunteered at a Job Fair for ex-felons sponsored by this fine organization. In addition to information about jobs, there was help with interviewing for jobs, clothes were distributed as well as lunch served. In addition, information was given to becoming self employed. The compassion that Mrs. Parker and her staff of volunteers show to the community is remarkable. They never grow weary of doing good for others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteered at job fair for ex-felons

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funds are needed for the outreach programs.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As I write this review so many positive thoughts came to mind:
- Helping those with a felony
- Helping the youth
- Helping men
- Helping women
- Helping the community to come together and support one another towards becoming productive
- Helping employers hire new employees
-Helping the unemployed
- Helping the uneducated
- Helping those with limited resources
- Helping those who lack encouragement
- Helping those who lack Spirituality
- Helping those who need direction
- Helping those who just need HELP

GOOD SEED GOOD GROUND is exactly what the organization's name means when you receive help from them...helping plants good seed so that those they help can become fertile ground with our communities, which should be a cycle of life!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended many workshops and professional events planned by GSGG

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask state, government and local funds to be donated to this organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was referred to the Good Seed by a friend. when I finally got tired of being tired of not having means to support my self I started going to the good Seed and slowly got involved by sharing my knowledge and experience with computers and the Internet.

I benefited greatly form the monthly food drive. When my family came on difficult finical times paying bills Renita Parker hired me. The time I was actively employed gave me much experience and the ability too share my insights into navigating the large and some times confusing job-application process with people in the surrounding community.
In addition, Miss Parker has given me much advice and insight into future career opportunities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in my life just by having a place to share what I know.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

computer hardware upgrades

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to volunteer for Renita Parker of Good Seed Good Ground fo several years. I met Mrs. Parker as I recieved five children to take care of beyond my control. Mrs. parker stepped right in and began to make sure my family recieve as much help as possible. The children have recieved jobs, volunteered and attended community functions. Mrs. Parker is a leader in our community. Thank you for all you do in our community and the support you give our children. I know because of your part my children have become productive citizens. Thank you

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children have learned patience and how to deal with people from all walks of life. They learned how to do job searches.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give more funds for more children programs to be started there.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Riding through the community

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

have more empathy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a trainer and former employment service/career counselor I was quite impressed with the integrity and compassion that Ms. Parker, Executive Director had for the program and the community. I had the opportunity to work with her on one of her grant writing ventures and her sincerity for what she does was evident in every aspect of describing her program. She even gave me a tour through one of the housing complexes to show me the needs of the people and her vision for helping them. Of all the programs I have seen, I have not seen one more sincere and effective in their outreach and service to the community than Ms. Parker's Good Seed Good Ground program. For this reason, I would highly recommend and support her in any endeavors that she pursed for the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing people getting and maintaining jobs through this program, as a result of Ms. Parker's commitment and hard work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

For her to have more resources to serve more people.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently heading another community based group,(SAARA of the Peninsula) of which Renita formerly held. She continues to be a tremendous influence on me and the organization in every sense of the word. Her most recent endeavor involved co-opting with us to charter a bus to transport our members without transportation as well as financial means to attend the annual "Rally Day" at the General Assembly in Richmond. On behalf of our entire organization we implore you to keep up the "good" .....work!! Kenneth McCallum

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our close affilations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I've been familiar with GSGG for close to 10 years. Over this time the agency, and in particular Renita, has always had a presence in the community. She has availed herself to serve on numerous boards and task forces that address the issues of children, youth and families, community development, youth development, and neighborhood development. Her efforts in job creation and promotion for the communities underserved population has been unmatched by any other in the city.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing job/career connections for community residents with particular attentions given to ex-offenders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide for a larger facility that would allow expansion for the program.

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