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PennMOVES 2019 Collects Nearly 130,000 Pounds of Donated Goods

Locust Walk during move-out
July 8, 2019

Through the 2019 PennMOVES initiative, nearly 130,000 pounds of donations were collected from Penn students moving out of their on-campus housing. At the close of the 2019 spring semester, these students had the opportunity to donate their furniture, books, clothes, appliances, sporting goods, and nonperishable food items. Instead of ending up as landfill waste, these donated items that the students could not take with them will enjoy extended lives and be reused.

The 129,948 pounds of donations collected this year represent a 21% increase over 2018 collections. A large team of Penn staff and student volunteers worked together to manage the collection boxes stationed around campus, and PennMOVES partnered with two non-profits, Goodwill and Philabundance, to find new homes for the items collected. Additionally, more donations were gathered in coordination with the Netter Center to support the Penn VIPS program, which supplies first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students with dorm necessities.

Because of the success achieved by the PennMOVES program over the past few years, its possible expansion to off-campus donation sites are being considered.

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