Buffalo State College is partnering with Goodwill of Western New York to help students move out of their residence halls and campus apartments - while also aiding the environment and the community.
“Goodwill Campus Move-Out,” which will take place on the Buffalo State campus Wednesday through Friday, is a way for students to “lighten their load” by taking home what they want or need – and donate the rest to a worthy cause.
“Our students take stewardship of the environment and helping the less fortunate very seriously,” said Timothy Gordon, Buffalo State vice president for student affairs. “This partnership with Goodwill of Western New York provides the perfect opportunity for residents to donate their gently used items rather than discarding them during the busy moving-out week.”
“Goodwill Campus Move-Out” builds on several years of success of similar programs at select colleges and universities around the country. This is the second year for “Campus Move-Out” to take place at Buffalo State.
Each day, Goodwill representatives will be available to accept donations between noon and 4 p.m. in various locations on campus at a mobile donation center. They are as follows:
√ Wednesday, May 18, in Lot I-37 between Upton Hall and the Science and Mathematics Complex
√ Thursday, May 19, in the Rockwell Road parking spots in front of Neumann Hall
√ Friday, May 20, in the parking loop in front of STAC
“We are excited about the chance to team up with Goodwill again and the chance to give our students an effortless and convenient way to donate items that might otherwise end up in the landfill,” said Philip D. Badaszewski, Buffalo State assistant dean of residence life. “And what better way than to partner with such an esteemed organization as Goodwill that continually helps people in need.”
The convenience of “Campus Move-Out” is key, both for students and the colleges and universities where they reside, which is one reason it is such a popular program, noted Erin Casillo, Goodwill’s director of operations and logistics.
“Students can do good and feel good, knowing that they are preventing reusable items from ending up in landfills while having a social impact in our community,” Casillo said. “At Goodwill, we help people prepare for, find and keep jobs. And it all starts with donations.”
To find more information on the items Goodwill of Western New York currently accepts, along with hours and locations of all its donations centers, visit Goodwillwny.org/donate.
A press release noted, “Goodwill of Western New York is striving to be a trusted workforce development leader in the region, recognized for embracing next and best practices. We’re applying creative and innovative approaches to establish high-performing programs. Data, best practices and trusted metrics drive our decisions to improve outcomes for those we serve. Flexibility is important to our organization as we continually adapt to the needs of Western New York residents and businesses.
“A leading not-for-profit agency in Western New York with an operating budget of $11 million and 200-plus employees, Goodwill of Western New York improves the lives of individuals and families by connecting people with quality employment so they can achieve economic stability and self-sustainability. They help individuals act upon their full potential by providing the right tools needed to build successful careers and make the most of their strengths. In doing so, Goodwill develops productive employees, helps businesses in the WNY community grow and helps position the region for success.”