College Students Produce 72,800 Pounds of Donations in 2019 Campus Moveout Program

  • Alison Cate |
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End of Year Student Housing Donations Will Provide Estimated 3,640 Hours of Training to Goodwill Program Participants

Goodwill of Central Iowa teamed up with Central Iowa college campuses this spring to help students move out of their dorm rooms and apartments while also helping the environment and local communities. Participating in this year’s partnership was Central College, Drake University, Grand View University, Grinnell College and Iowa State University. 

Goodwill Campus Move-Out is the easy way for students to take home what they still want or need — and donate what they don’t need to a worthy cause.

“We know that Generation Z is passionate about our environment and the impact they leave. We witness that through their consistent donations to our college town store locations throughout the year,” said Jackie Norris, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa. “Goodwill Campus Move-Out takes the idea to the next level. Students donate their unwanted items, and Goodwill sells them to help fund job placement and training services in our community. Their donations this year were more than ever, and lives will be changed as a result.” 

This year’s program yielded: 

  • Iowa State University – 47,200 pounds donated yielding an estimated 2,360 hours of training 
  • Grinnell College – 18,400 pounds donated yielding an estimated 920 hours of training 
  • Central College – 3,200 pounds donated yielding an estimated 160 hours of training 
  • Drake University – 2,400 pounds donated yielding an estimated 120 hours of training 
  • Grand View University – 1,600 pounds donated yielding an estimated 80 hours of training

In total, the partnerships kept 72,800 pounds out of Central Iowa landfills and will provide an estimated 3,640 hours of training for individuals with barriers to employment enrolled in Goodwill programming.

The success of campus move-out events is driven by awareness of the many benefits of the program. By participating, students around the country can prevent tens of thousands of pounds of reusable items from ending up in landfills. They also save their college campuses time and money that would be spent on soaring trash removal fees. And the social impact alone makes it a worthwhile endeavor. Last year, Goodwill organizations across the country collectively created more than 26,000 hours of job training services from the sale of items donated during campus move-out events.

About Goodwill of Central Iowa
Goodwill of Central Iowa is a social enterprise, using a donated goods retail infrastructure from 17 stores to fund services improving the quality of life for anyone facing a barrier across its 22-county region. Through workforce development programs, the organization is dedicated to inspiring all individuals to achieve independence through meaningful employment, believing that by improving lives, we improve our communities. These efforts contribute to an improved social and environmental outcome, impacting the global community at large. Learn more about Goodwill of Central through our websiteFacebookInstagramTwitter or LinkedIn.

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