Goodwill Columbus and Ohio State Students To “Clothes Out” Semester

Goodwill Columbus is joining forces with students at The Ohio State University to gather donations of clothing, household goods and electronics at the close of autumn semester.   The “BuckeyeClothesOut” is a first time partnership between Goodwill and The Ohio State University Office of Student Life. Students are encouraged to donate their unwanted items to Goodwill, rather than sending items to a landfill.

The program will run from Monday, December 1 through Thursday, December 18.  Students will be encouraged to place gently used items in marked, unmanned donation bins distributed in 24 locations on or around campus.  Donations will be accepted at sites on and around campus including Student Life’s Ohio Union, and RPAC and the Barnes and Noble at The Ohio State University.

All donations will be sorted and sold in Goodwill stores or responsibly recycled. A list detailing items Goodwill can and cannot accept can be found by visiting www.goodwillcolumbus.org/donate. In 2013, Goodwill’s donated goods retail business generated $9.2 million to the agency’s annual budget. Goodwill recycled 5.9 million pounds of donated goods not sold in stores, generating $1.2 million to support programs. The initiative reflects a passionate commitment from University officials to instill a culture of environmental responsibility at the school. The President and Provost's Council on Sustainability has approved a goal to divert 90 percent of the university's materials from the landfill by 2030.

Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 75 years. Since 1939 the agency has dedicated itself to transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work. Goodwill Columbus is the sixth largest nonprofit in central Ohio and is among the top 100 largest employers central Ohio.  Goodwill Columbus provides nearly 2 million hours of service to more than 3,800 participants with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information on Goodwill Columbus, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.

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