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Mindy Goodall Awarded August Friend of Freedom Award by Gratitude CVille

August 17, 2020

 

We are proud to congratulate Mindy Goodall for her well-deserved “Friend of Freedom Award” from Gratitude Charlottesville. The award honors Mindy for her ten years leading the CPF, citing how “her determination enabled the foundation to exceed its goals in serving the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) and, importantly, the community-at-large.”

Mindy, who ended her remarkable decade-long tenure with us recently to head back to banking roots as a Trust Officer at Expedition Trust Company, was hailed by Gratitude Charlottesville oficials for her work alongside the CPF Board of Directors to build critically important relationships  in the community, and in developing and enhancing the programs that became the bedrock of the organization.

In accepting the award, Mindy, in typical fashion, put the spotlight back on the officers. “Most people don’t fully understand the gems of human beings we have serving our community,” she said. “Our officers are incredibly caring, passionate about helping others, self-sacrificing, resilient, talented, dedicated, and long-suffering. They don’t do the job for the money or the accolades…they serve because they care. I have the utmost respect for them.“

Also, in typical fashion, Mindy used the occasion to highlight the importance of giving to the foundation, particularly in these challenging times. Four things come to mind when I am asked how to support our local police.  First, thank every officer you see for their service. You’d be surprised what a difference that makes. Second, donate to the CPF to help support the police and build bridges in the community to bring about real change. Third, support the businesses who donate to the CPF. They have come under fire lately, and really need our support. Fourth, when we are on the other side of this pandemic , do a ride-along. It’s an eye-opening experience to see first-hand what challenges a police officer faces on duty.” 

Congratulations to Mindy for this well-deserved honor!

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James Pierce

The Police Department supports the Boys & Girls Club Teen Program by sending officers to the Cherry Avenue Club from 7 to 11 p.m. during the summer. There is nothing quite like seeing a police officer on a Teen Night in the Club, smiling, shooting hoops, or riding a mechanical bull to humanize all officers for the kids. The Club appreciates its unique partnership with the CPD and CPF.

—James Pierce, Executive Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia