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PennMOVES - When you can't take it with you

March 20, 2013

Since its inception in 2008, PennMOVES has annually collected approximately 90,000 pounds of items that students can't take with them when they leave campus in the summer such as clothes, furniture, kitchen gear, and non-perishable food items. Rather than ending up in the landfill, these items are now made available to individuals and organizations throughout our local community.

This year, Penn is again collaborating with Goodwill Industries to provide technical expertise and logistical support for the effort. Goodwill Industries is one of the world's largest nonprofit providers of employment training services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment including a new partnership with the Philadelphia's Mayor's Office for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RISE).  Launched in 2009, RISE helps get ex-offenders back on their feet and to work by receiving hands-on light industrial skills training while earning a weekly paycheck.

This year's campus collection will start on May 1, but students who want to get a head start can deposit clothing and shoes in two Goodwill collection containers which will be placed on campus as of April 2. One is located outside of Sansom Place West and the other outside of Rodin.

Fact

If each person on campus uses one paper coffee cup each day, Penn would produce 9.6 million cups for waste

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