Moving Out Means Giving Back

Moving Out Means Giving Back

Coordinated by the Department of Housing & Residential Life, four Goodwill trailers were placed outside of each residential area during the weeks leading up to spring move-out.
By Mike Piacentino

Coordinated by the Department of Housing & Residential Life, four Goodwill trailers were placed outside of each residential area during the weeks leading up to spring move-out.

Moving Out Means Giving Back

By Mike Piacentino
In moving out of their on-campus housing, many UM students chose to donate unwanted items to one of the four conveniently located Goodwill donation collection trailers on campus - setting a new all-time high for total pounds of donated items.

In addition to studying for final exams, planning for summer internships, or setting sights on life after college, more than 4,000 UM students also packed up their belongings and moved out of their on-campus housing during the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

Oftentimes, students leaving campus don’t want to take some of their items with them. As in the past, many students this year chose to donate their unwanted goods to Goodwill Industries South Florida.

This year’s donation trailers placed outside of each residential area transported a total of 77,160 pounds of lightly used goods to local Goodwill donation centers, an increase of 7,570 pounds from last year.

“We are continually impressed with the volume of goods that our students generously donate at the end of the year,” said Nora Villegas, assistant director for housing operations and facilities, who worked closely with Goodwill to coordinate the donation efforts. “Not only does this program save our resident students the time and money needed to store or ship items, but it also provides a convenient and meaningful way to make a positive impact on our local community.”