Berea College, Goodwill Partner to Save Items from Landfills — More than 3,000 Pounds Collected

Berea College partnered with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky for a successful donation drive, collecting 3,237 pounds of donated items from students moving out of residence halls as the spring term ended.

“Sustainability is very important to Berea College, and this donation drive allows students an easy alternative for items no longer needed, saving thousands of items from the landfill. They also get to help others, because items collected support employment services that Goodwill provides in our local community,” said Joan Pauly, Berea College sustainability coordinator.

Items were collected at residence halls across campus April 27 – May 4. Donated items included small appliances, books, towels, bedding, clothing, shoes, lamps and décor, music, movies and other household goods. Goodwill sells donated items to provide jobs and job training and to fund its literacy and workforce development programs for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.

“It’s exciting to see young people get behind this donation drive, and we appreciate the support of a new generation of donors,” said Erin Gold, vice president of Goodwill’s central Kentucky operations. “Donations help us provide critical employment services for people with disabilities or other challenges to finding and keeping a job.” 

About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

As one of the largest Goodwill organizations in the country, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky accepts a variety of donations, including clothing and other household items, which are sold locally in its stores. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available. In fiscal year 2014, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 2,881 jobs and paid nearly $18 million in mission-related wages. Kentucky’s Goodwill has 64 stores throughout the state that provide jobs and hands-on job training. Goodwill also provides employment services and post-employment support to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. For your nearest donation center and retail store, visit

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.