Students packing up for the summer break. Unfortunately, they usually can't take everything back that they brought with them.
Creighton University is preparing for this annual flood of unwanted household items by participating in a nationally piloted program called Give and Go: Move Out 2013, designed to keep these items out of the trash and instead put to “good re-use”.
Between May 1 - 19, 2013, Creighton University will work with Goodwill® to strategically place special donation bins throughout the campus for students to use while cleaning out their rooms.
The U.S. Department of Education estimates that three million students live in campus housing at 2,100 U.S. colleges and universities nationwide. Each year, students leaving campus encounter storage and car trunks that can only hold so much, and often leave perfectly good clothes, electronics, books and furniture in overflowing campus dumpsters.
“This is a growing problem for Omaha,” said Frank McGree, Goodwill Omaha's CEO. “We know Creighton students are conservation-minded and willing to do something on behalf of the planet if it’s convenient and fun. Give and Go: Move Out 2013 is an easy clean-up solution that offers tangible results.”
The pilot initiative, organized by Keep America Beautiful and Goodwill® in conjunction with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), encourages college students to do something good by donating their unwanted clothing, kitchen items, electronics, books and dorm items as they clean out for summer break.
The purpose of Give and Go is to encourage students to reduce waste and boost existing sustainability practices on campus. After students donate their goods, those items are sold at Goodwill stores, and the revenue is used to fund job training and community-based services for people who face challenges to finding employment.
Creighton is one of five universities chosen for the initiative. The other institutions selected include Franklin College in Indiana, Northern Illinois University, Trinity University in Texas, and University of Toledo.
Goodwill Omaha will drop off large blue containers to be placed in the lobby of each residence hall, and students will be encouraged to donate items that they’re not taking home. When full, containers will be emptied and replaced. This will last through the semester’s end.