Goodwill not Landfill
This year sustainability@BU once again partnered with Goodwill for move out collection. Last spring BU diverted 90.04 tons of reusable items. This year we improved on last years accomplishment, diverting 101 tons of clothing and household items from landfills!
Pick-ups began on April 28th, and continued through May 19th, giving old stuff new life. Check out the complete list of things to bring to the bins next year, things not to bring, and area locations.
Supporting Lifelong Sustainability
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries strives to provide exemplary job training and related services to help individuals with special needs and other barriers to self-sufficiency; to achieve independence and dignity through work. Not charity, but a chance.
Since BU Graduate Rev. Edgar Helms founded Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in 1895 in Boston’s South End, he called what he was creating work as a way for people to lift themselves from poverty.
“The way out of poverty is productive work. People deserve to be able to work. People need a chance, not charity,” Rev. Helms said.
Rev. Helms conceived the idea of collecting unwanted household goods and employing impoverished immigrants to refurbish the goods for resale. The work provided local residents with jobs while the sale of goods provided low-cost items for the community and paid the workers’ wages.
The system proved a success, and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries became the first in what is today a worldwide network of 166 organizations in the United States and Canada and 16 affiliated organizations in 14 countries that has helped more than seven million people facing barriers to employment. They have also become one of the region’s first successful social enterprise models.
Over the years, the range of Goodwill’s work has broadened significantly. Today, they serve individuals who face a variety of barriers to self-sufficiency such as physical, intellectual and developmental challenges; homelessness; limited education and job skills, and welfare dependency. Through training and work programs, career services, youth outreach, and retail and other social enterprises, Goodwill helps to equip individuals with the tools necessary to meet new challenges and create more rewarding and independent lives. Goodwill is one of the largest employers of people with special needs in New England. Each year Goodwill serves more than 7,200 low-income, unemployed, and underemployed adults through job training and career services programs and more than 1,000 young people in its youth services programs.
Goodwill is a major employer of individuals with special needs in the social enterprises in which it operates, such as retail, housekeeping, maintenance, food service and light assembly. It is also a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with a staff of 296 and an operating budget of more than $28 million.
If you’re looking for some new clothes or to furnish your apartment, Goodwill has a great selection of clothing and household goods at very reasonable prices at their numerous Goodwill Stores.