Goodwill-Big Bend Encourages Students to Donate when Moving Out

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News Release: Goodwill Industries Big Bend
July 8, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Annual leases are about to expire for countless college students in Tallahassee, and Goodwill Industries-Big Bend Inc. is encouraging students to donate unneeded items by placing donation bins at nine student apartment complexes through the end of the month.

Goodwill is partnering with The Collier Companies, owner of numerous student housing complexes around town, to conveniently locate the bins from July 7 to July 31. The Collier Companies has more than 1,800 apartment units in the region. Donation bins will be placed at Campus Walk, Franklin Pointe, The Landing at Appleyard, Polo Club, The Preserve at San Luis, Seminole Grand, Venetian Villas, Villa Del Lago and West 10.

“More than most people, college students understand the value of affordable, working items. We’re always trying to get more people to understand the importance of donating items that can then have a second life,” said Fred Shelfer, CEO and president of Goodwill Industries-Big Bend Inc. “We appreciate the Collier Companies working with us to spread this message and hope that many of their departing tenants choose to donate items rather than trash them.”

Goodwill bins at the apartments will help make the move-out process easier. For larger items, students are asked to call Goodwill, whose employees will go out to the apartment to pick up the bulky items.

“We are excited to partner with Goodwill and help educate students on the importance of donating,” said Peter Surette, District Marketing Manager for The Collier Companies. “The Collier Companies and has a history of commitment to giving back to the cities where our communities are located, and we believe that our partnership with Goodwill will build opportunities for education and career advancement for many Tallahassee residents.”

By selling donated items, Goodwill is able to offer services and programs for Big Bend residents. The recently opened Prosperity Center – which includes family and financial strengthening services, a full-service gym and a music program – is an example of how donations help drive the programs Goodwill is able to offer to community members.

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