JOHNSTON — Central College was one of five Central Iowa college campuses to team up with Goodwill this spring to help students move out of their dorm rooms and apartments while also helping the environment and local communities.

Goodwill Campus Move-Out is the easy way for students to take home what they still want or need and donate what they don’t need to a worthy cause. The college donated 3,200 pounds of items and estimated about 160 hours of training. Drake University, Grand View University, Grinnell College and Iowa State University also participated.

“We know that Generation Z is passionate about our environment and the impact they leave,” said president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa Jackie Norris. “We witness that through their consistent donations to our college town store locations throughout the year. Goodwill Campus Move-Out takes the idea to the next level. Students donate their unwanted items, and Goodwill sells them to help fund job placement and training services in our community. Their donations this year were more than ever, and lives will be changed as a result.”

In total, the partnerships kept 72,800 pounds out of Central Iowa landfills and will provide an estimated 3,640 hours of training for individuals with barriers to employment enrolled in Goodwill programming.

The success of campus move-out events is driven by awareness of the many benefits of the program. By participating, students around the country can prevent tens of thousands of pounds of reusable items from ending up in landfills. They also save their college campuses time and money that would be spent on soaring trash removal fees. Last year, Goodwill organizations across the country collectively created more than 26,000 hours of job training services from the sale of items donated during campus move-out events.