United Way Gives Gracious Donation to Cranberry Closet

Items donated by the local United Way are stored in the Cranberry Closet at Cranberry High School. (By Ava Fischer/Student contributor)

Student contributors

In the beginning of the school year, Cranberry High School’s C.A.R.E. team received a bountiful donation from the local United Way. The supplies were added to the school’s Cranberry Closet, a place devoted to helping students in need. 

School secretary Sue Cowles collected the items, which consisted of shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, and conditioner, that will eventually go to students. 

Cranberry Closet, located in the school’s student service center, is designed to provide clothing and hygiene items to students. The closet is run by the Cranberry Assessment, Referral, and Evaluation (C.A.R.E.) program. If any students lack such items, they are able to reach out and receive supplies as necessary. Students can also contact a C.A.R.E. member if they see a fellow student in need.

For over 125 years, United Way has been a nonprofit organization devoted to bettering communities. Recently, the United Way of Venango County, Inc., received a grant to help schools in need. 

A member of the group, Jessica Struthers, reached out to Cranberry’s C.A.R.E. team and used the grant to donate the new supplies. 

School counselor Andy Godnich, C.A.R.E. member and school counselor, commented on the matter: “They generally do things to better the community.” 

CHS thanks the United Way for their gracious support to the school’s Cranberry Closet.


Ava Fischer, Amber Holt and Devin Zerbe are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications group.