University Collaborates with Catholic Charities to Benefit Those in Need
SPOKANE, Wash. – Through a new program called “ZAGiving,” Gonzaga University students will donate their used furniture, clothing, non-perishable food and other vestiges of college life to Catholic Charities in a recycling program to benefit others and avoid filling dumpsters on campus and in the Logan neighborhood.
Greg Simons, Gonzaga’s residence director of off-campus properties, says the program is being promoted to students living on- and off-campus. A half-dozen campus locations will be open starting Wednesday, May 4, where students living on campus can drop off their items from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., daily.
Simons also is asking the estimated 1,900 students living off-campus to simply put their donations to Catholic Charities on their front lawns in the Logan neighborhood from 1-6 p.m., May 7-9. University crews in pickup trucks will then pick up those goods daily May 7-9. Undergraduate commencement this year is Sunday, May 8.
“In a world of limited resources and lots of need, it’s so important to recycle and to share useful items with those who can use them,” Simons said. “These items will directly help low-income and homeless members of our community, thanks to our partnership with Catholic Charities.”
The program follows Gonzaga’s mission statement that calls for loving service to the community and being men and women for others. The program also fits with Gonzaga’s dedication to environmental stewardship as part of its Jesuit identity. Earlier this academic year, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, reflecting Gonzaga’s dedication to environmental stewardship as part of its Jesuit identity. Gonzaga is among some 650 institutions of higher education nationwide to sign the commitment.
President McCulloh has asked Gonzaga’s Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability – a Gonzaga committee made up of faculty, students, and staff – to work collaboratively within the University community to craft a plan to monitor and reduce Gonzaga’s carbon footprint.
Gonzaga and the Society of Jesus have stepped up efforts in recent years to embrace sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship, along with heightened awareness of both, as a keystone of Jesuit identity. These efforts broaden the Jesuit vision by bringing critical problems of the environment into sharpened focus to facilitate strategic action steps.
For more information about the program, please contact Greg Simons at (509) 290-2072.