Penn MOVES Puts Donations to Good Use

August 24, 2015

Nearly 47,000 pounds of clothing and household goods were donated by Penn students when they moved out last May – and it all went to Goodwill, thanks to volunteers with PennMOVES. The PennMOVES program began in 2008 to promote the sustainable re-use of clothing, furniture, and other gently used items left behind by students moving out of College Houses.

Other collections over three days at the end of the semester included:

PennVIPS (Volunteers in Public Service) received gently used TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, floor lamps and other similar items which they distribute to West Philadelphia college-bound scholarship students.

More than 2,300 lbs of nonperishable food went to Philabundance, a hunger relief organization operating in the Delaware Valley.

Books for Vietnam, a local nonprofit that collects books to be sent to free libraries and schools in Vietnam, came away with 1,871 books. This new partner to PennMOVES found their collections to be so successful that they hope to model the PennMOVES partnership at other schools across the country.

PennMOVES is led by Penn Residential Services and supported by the Green Campus Partnership, the College Houses, and Student Eco-Reps who assist at donation sites.

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