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Goodwill Manasota collects more than 7,000 pounds of donations | Community Spirit

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Goodwill Manasota collects more than 7,000 pounds of donations
Goodwill Manasota collects more than 7,000 pounds of donations

Manatee County, Florida -- Goodwill Manasota recently partnered with Ringling College of Art & Design to host a donation drive during the week students spend time packing for their summer vacations, April 25 through May 6, 2013.

According to Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota, the organization collected more than 7,000 pounds of goods during the move-out period. "This was inspired timing because the students needed to eliminate some of their belongings in order to pack everything—and we were able to take their excess clothing and other goods and turn that into good deeds for the community." He says that to facilitate the drive, four Goodwill pods were placed around the campus.

“Donation drives like this one are a fun and easy way to educate students about commitment to sustainability by encouraging reducing, reusing and recycling," says Rosinsky.

“In studying sustainability efforts on other campuses, we believed we could expand our students’ donations by providing convenient, ample space while reducing our impact on local landfill. As usual, our students exceeded our expectations,” says Tracy Wagner, chair of Ringling College's Sustainability Committee.

Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College, was very pleased with the partnership and the outcome. “We are mindful of our commitment to be leaders in area sustainability efforts," he says. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Goodwill in these efforts."

Rosinsky says the bottom line is to turn donations into jobs and job training for people with disabilities and other special needs in the community and he encourages other entities to host drives. "We're making a special call-out to area businesses, schools, churches, synagogues and non-profit organizations to host donation drives. They're an easy way to give back to the community while clearing out the clutter and keeping items out of local landfills." 

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