GCF’s 2016 Give & Go Program Keeps Over 39,000 Pounds of Household Goods Out Of Landfills

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Since 2010, Donation Drive on College Campuses Has Netted 121,400 Pounds Of Goods To Help North Carolinians

Goodwill Community Foundation® has just completed its Give and Go program on 12 college campuses in and around Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville, NC. The Durham-based non-profit collected over 39,000 pounds of clothing and household goods as college students moved out of dorms beginning in April of this year.

The revenue generated from the donations at the 37 GCF Donation Centers & Stores in eastern North Carolina will be used to make grants that support employment and benefits for over 370 people, fund free online education for millions of people in English, Spanish and Portuguese, provide food from the GCF Farm, create 5,000 school kits to marginalized communities in eastern North Carolina, support to NICU families, provide free accounting services to youth-oriented organizations and fund grants with a focus on young people throughout eastern North Carolina as well as internationally.

“Give and Go perfectly represents how GCF supports the community,” says Rev. Dennis McLain, president, GCF®. “This allows students on campuses to redirect items from the landfill, encourages social responsibility, brings in donations to GCF and allows us to continue the vision of Creating Opportunities for a Better Life.”

The program began in 2010 with just one school. This year, at the 12 colleges and universities, the mission remains the same – recycle and reuse by diverting dorm room leftovers from the landfill and create a sustainable donation stream. The experience was customized to the needs of the campus, with trailers being utilized as donation sites in some instances, and collection boxes deployed in smaller venues.

For more information about GCF and how it supports students, families, and the people of eastern North Carolina, please visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org or call 919-941-9600.

About Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®)
Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®) continues to be a leader in an era of change by providing the training required for the emerging world where technology is integrated into everyday life. The mission of GCF® is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.

The GCF Community Foundation, a Durham-based tax-exempt organization, provides employment, fresh produce and volunteer opportunities, family services for parents with children with disabilities and free accounting services to youth programs across eastern North Carolina. GCFLearnFree.org and GCFAprendeLibre.org have provided free lessons for people in North Carolina since 2010 to improve their technology, math and English skills.

All GCF programs are funded from the value of salable clothing and household items donated at the 39 GCF donation centers located throughout eastern North Carolina. GCF employs more than 400 people who earn an average of $20 per hour with benefits at these stores. For more information on GCF®, visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org.

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