Louisville, KY— Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and the University of Louisville this month introduced indoor donation bins at nine on-campus housing locations, providing a more permanent, year-round option for students wishing to repurpose useful clothing or other household goods.
The university’s commitment to sustainability – in particular, diverting items from landfills – supports Goodwill’s longstanding efforts to collect and sell donated items. In addition to the retail program that provides jobs and training for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment, Goodwill operates more than 17 programs that help Kentuckians find and maintain a job. Last year, Goodwill partnered with 694 employers across the state to place Kentuckians into more than 3,400 jobs. In addition, the Louisville-based nonprofit organization paid nearly $18 million in wages to Kentuckians with disabilities or other disadvantages.
Goodwill previously partnered with UofL for three-week periods in 2014 and 2015 to collect approximately 11,575 pounds of clothing and other household goods as students moved out of dorms for the summer. Goodwill was able to sell or recycle a majority of the items donated.
“Fashions may change, but UofL’s core value of sustainability never will,” said Justin Mog, UofL’s assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives. “We’re thrilled that our campus community will now have a new, convenient way to keep useful items out of the waste stream. Goodwill’s efforts are an excellent complement to our own volunteer-powered Free Store in Unitas Tower, which will continue to accept donations and provide an opportunity for the free exchange of stuff right here on campus.”
The co-branded, low-profile donation bins are approximately six feet tall by four feet wide and intended for spaces like lobbies and laundry rooms. They will accommodate clothing, shoes, books, linens, household décor, and other items. Goodwill’s transportation team will make regular pickups and track the number of pounds collected.
“We’re very proud to serve as a local partner for the university as they work to reduce waste on campus,” said Amy Luttrell, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “Donations from UofL’s students, faculty, and staff will be made available right here in our Louisville stores, and that revenue will directly support our programs for Kentuckians who want the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck.
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
As one of the largest Goodwill organizations in the country, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky accepts a variety of donations, including clothing and other household items, which are sold locally in its stores. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available. In fiscal year 2015, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 3,434 jobs and paid nearly $18 million in mission-related wages. Kentucky’s Goodwill has 64 stores throughout the state that provide jobs and hands-on job training. Goodwill also provides employment services and post-employment support to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. For your nearest donation center and retail store, visit www.goodwillky.org.
About the University of Louisville
The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area.