If you’re graduating and looking to downsize, or even just doing some spring cleaning, Goodwill’s Donation Days will be accepting clothing, shoes, books, furniture, electronics and unused gifts this week.
There are four locations where students can drop off their items. One is at the Phi Gamma Delta house on Riverside Avenue. Three others are located within a two-mile radius of Ball State, at Hazelwood Christian Church, Westminster Village Retirement Community and Varsity House student apartments.
Drop-off hours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The donations will go to the two Goodwill stores in Muncie.
Bryan Spellman, the event and community donations manager of Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, said sales of the donated items go toward helping the nonprofit’s causes.
“Those donations are used to help hire people with barriers to employment, and those donations help us serve our mission to help eradicate generational poverty through education and employment,” he said.
Last year, Goodwill employed 2,396 people, two-thirds of whom had disabilities or limited education.
Goodwill has several programs focused on education, employment and health, which sales from the donations help to fund. Among them are The Excel Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School and Nurse-Family Partnership.
The Excel Center provides adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. It has seen 2,240 adults graduate since 2010.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan High School assists students in preparing for college and career life. Five hundred and sixty students have graduated since its opening in 2004.
The NFP supports pregnant mothers through the help of a registered nurse. Goodwill started the program exclusively in Indiana, and has so far helped 1,913 families.
Tuesday’s event is renewing the annual Donation Day that has been running for about seven years, after a gap last year.
Brianna Helm, the account director at Cardinal Communications, said there would be more people spreading word on campus about the event this time around.
“We’ve reached out to the Greek Life organizations and hall directors [to let them know it is happening],” she said.
Justin Concannon, president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, has helped spread the word to the 80 members of the fraternity. He finds the goal of the Goodwill Donation Day matches that of Phi Gamma Delta.
“From a Fiji standpoint, one of our values is service and service to other people,” he said. “In this fashion, we’re helping other people through donating our stuff.”
Besides Ball State, Goodwill partners with eight other universities in Indiana for the Donation Day, including Purdue and Indiana University.