Goodwill and Universities Team Up for Donation Drives
June 27, 2018
SAVANNAH, GA– Goodwill Southeast Georgia is thrilled to announce that this year students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus donated a combined 77,445 pounds of items as part of Goodwill Campus Move-Out 2018. Students participated in record amounts, donating almost 10,000 pounds more than in 2017, building on a previous growth of over 65% from 2016.
Goodwill organizations around the country teamed up with local colleges and universities to eliminate waste on campuses, divert usable items from landfills and provide job services for people in their community. Goodwill Campus Move-Out 2018 built upon smaller donation drives at a handful of college campuses in recent years.
“The 2018 move-out drive totals on the Armstrong Campus were impressive,” said Georgia Southern University Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator David Roberts. “We collected more than 14,875 pounds of goods, which were donated to Goodwill — and kept out of landfills. The program encourages students to donate responsibly and think about the social and environmental impact of their actions in the community.”
Today’s students are more environmentally conscious and are looking for sustainable ways to repurpose their items when they are getting ready to leave campus. Goodwill’s program is a valuable service to the student-donors, colleges and our local community, providing a win-win situations for all those involved.
“These donated items will be sold in one of our 17 local retail stores with the revenue helping to fund job training and placement services for people overcoming employment barriers in our community,” said Michael Winckler, president and CEO of Goodwill Southeast Georgia. “We are very appreciative of the support of SCAD and GSU Armstrong over the last few years. Initiatives like the campus move-out help us continue to place individuals into life changing work.”
The donations truly make a difference in the lives of others in the community. For instance, one box of donated items can mean on-the-job training for a person trying to advance their career; a desk lamp or old laptop can lead to help in writing a résumé for someone who could use a new job. Last year, Goodwill Southeast Georgia funded more than 40,000 services from over half a million donations. Support of the community and organizations like SCAD and GSU Armstrong Campus allows the organization to continue to shape the local workforce and help place individuals into sustainable employment.
For more information on how Goodwill Southeast Georgia impacts the community and how to donate, go to www.goodwillsega.org.