UMW Supports Campus Sustainability Through Donation Drive

The University of Mary Washington is co-sponsoring a campus sustainability event to encourage faculty, staff and students to donate old or unwanted clothing and household items. “Drop N’ Go!” a collaboration with the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI), began last week and will continue through Saturday, May 11.

UMW will collect clothes and household items from residence halls in its "Drop N' Go!" donation drive.

UMW will collect clothes and household items from residence halls in its “Drop N’ Go!” donation drive.

“Our goal is to get students to understand the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Joni Wilson, UMW’s director of landscape and grounds.

Bins for the donations are provided in all residence hall lobbies. Commuter students, faculty and staff who wish to participate can drop off their items at the Goodwill Attendant Donation Center located at Eagle Village. Items collected at the Eagle Village Goodwill location will count towards UMW’s total donation weight.

“This is the second year we’ve partnered with Rappahannock Goodwill,” said Chris Porter, director of residence life and commuter student services. “We collected more than 10,000 pounds last year and are hoping to really bump that total up this year!”

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) operates 10 stores, one outlet, a commercial laundry, contract custodial and administrative services, three job help centers, and numerous attended donation centers in the city of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region in Virginia. RGI’s mission is to provide to people with barriers to employment – particularly those with disabilities – an array of quality vocational and educational services so that they can work more independently.

For more information about the drive, contact Chris Porter at (540) 654-1658.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.