Put Your Clothes to Work


Here’s an opportunity for you to help BU, the environment, and the Greater Boston community, as the proceeds fund job training and career services for over 10,000 adults annually.

This year we plan to break 100 tons at move-out. To kick this off, we will host Goodwill’s “Put Your Clothes to Work Day,” a day for all of you to donate your old work clothes. This effort will support Goodwill’s job training graduates as they choose business clothes for interviews and work

So clean out your closets and bring those clothes to one of our donation centers:

  • Talbot Green on April 17 at BUMC Earth Day Festival,
  • The GSU Link on April 22nd, or
  • The GSU Plaza on April 24th at Earth Day Festival

Boston University has collaborated with Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries since Spring of 2010 to collect clothing and goods when students move out, but the BU name has been associated with Goodwill for over a century.  It began in 1902, when School of Theology graduate, Reverend Edgar Helms, started Goodwill to provide clothing and goods to immigrants who found themselves in a new country without jobs and sometimes without food, clothing, or shelter.

This tradition also lives on through our Goodwill, not Landfill program where Goodwill picks up all the stuff that the students leave behind when they move out.  As you can see, each year we improve the program. We have collected a total of 248 tons of perfectly good stuff.

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