Goodwill by the pound

More than 13,000 pounds of items have been diverted from landfills and will end up in the homes of savvy shoppers thanks to a partnership between NIU and Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois.

The Goodwill Move-Out campaign encourages Huskies to donate items such as gently-used clothing, linens, decor, kitchen items and working electronics that they no longer want. Large blue donation bins were placed in the lobby of each NIU residence hall and at the apartments in Northern View Community.

Huskies responded.

“The campaign provides an easy way for students to take home what they need and donate what they no longer want to a worthy cause,” Dawn Montgomery, facilities coordinator, NIU Housing and Residential Services, said.

NIU originally piloted the move-out program for Goodwill in 2012, and since then, Huskies have donated more than 70,000 pounds of items during the Campus Move-Out campaign.

“We are so happy to have NIU as a partner and supporter of Goodwill,” Mary Ann Matus, Goodwill’s Corporate Donations Manager, said.

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a nonprofit organization that strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals by helping them reach their full potential through education, skills training and employment. Part retailer and part recycler, Goodwill puts all of their sales revenue back into the communities they serve, which includes 18 counties in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

“By hosting their annual Campus Move-Out drive, not only is NIU helping their students get rid of their unwanted items and keep them out of area landfills, they are helping to provide individuals with the opportunity to experience the power and dignity of work through Goodwill’s employment programs,” Matus said.

Learn more about coordinating a donation drive at any time of the year with Goodwill.

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