Union College, Goodwill partner to save items from landfills

Union College partnered with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky for a successful donation drive, collecting 1,750 pounds of donated items from residence halls across campus.

“The donation drive gave our students an alternative for unneeded items, saving thousands of items from the landfill. The bonus is that items collected support employment services that Goodwill provides in our local community,” said Barbara Teague, Assistant Dean of Students.

Items were collected at residence halls across campus April 28-May 11. Donated items included small appliances, books, towels, bedding, clothing, shoes, lamps and décor, music, movies and other household goods. Goodwill collects and sells donated items to provide jobs and job training and to fund its literacy and workforce development programs for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

“It’s exciting to see young people get behind this donation drive, and we appreciate the support of a new generation of donors,” said Kristel Fitzgerald, vice president of Goodwill’s eastern Kentucky operations. “Donations help us provide critical employment services for people with disabilities or other challenges to finding and keeping a job.”