The annual UCCS Goodwill Project is scheduled from May 9 through May 14. Goodwill trucks will be parked on campus, ready to receive donations 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.- noon Saturday.
The two Goodwill trucks will be parked by Summit and Alpine Villages. Housing residents, along with students and university employees, are invited to donate recyclable and reusable items to Goodwill Industries. Non-perishable food items in boxes and cans will also be collected for the local Care and Share organization. Large bags and boxes, as well as receipts for tax deductions are available on the trucks.
According to Nancy Gadachy, office manager, Student Health Center, the project supports sustainability and the UCCS Strategic Plan. Gadachy organizes the campus-wide project, with assistance from the Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability. SEAS members and other volunteers staff the Goodwill trucks.
“Prior to 2008, during housing resident move out, huge trash bins overflowed and were hauled away, daily,” Gadachy said. “Thanks to everyone’s interest and commitment to this project, this is no longer the case.”
UCCS now has a very successful campus-wide sustainability project in place at this time of year, she explained.
“Our housing residents, particularly, have convenient places to donate unwanted items that might not fit in their vehicles when they’re ready to leave for summer break. If we will continue to commit to this worthy program each year, we not only avoid filling more landfills, but help serve so many others in our local community.”
Gadachy annually recruits campus volunteers to staff the trucks in one- and two-hour shifts during the donation hours. With two trucks on campus this year, more volunteers are needed. Those who wish to help may contact Gadachy at 255-4444.
She lauded members of the campus community for recycling, donating and participating in a service to the community. She acknowledged Goodwill Industries for bringing trucks and supplies to the campus.