SPOKANE, Wash. – Clothes, mini-fridges, TVs. College students rid themselves of an enormous amount of clutter each year. Gonzaga’s Housing and Residence Life continues its “Zagiving” program, allowing for donations to Spokane Community Warehouse, a project of Catholic Charities Spokane, managed by St. Margaret’s Shelter.
During Gonzaga’s final weekend of school, May 9-12, there will be six moving PODS placed on campus for GU students to unload useful items they no longer want. The PODS were donated by Dave Henry, area manager for Spokane PODS. For off-campus students, a moving truck will visit the Logan Neighborhood on Monday, May 14 to pick up second-hand goods left outside and labeled “For Zagiving.”
Last spring Zagiving collected 12,000 pounds of material that benefited 435 families. The material included 40 TVs, 15 mini-fridges, 30 sofas or chairs, more than 100 shelving units and dressers, and countless small appliances, gadgets, clothes and linens.
Zagiving follows Gonzaga’s mission statement that calls for loving service to the community. The program also fits with Gonzaga’s dedication to environmental stewardship as part of its Jesuit identity. In the 2010-2011 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 asked Gonzaga’s Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability – comprised of faculty, students, and staff – to collaborate on a plan to monitor and reduce Gonzaga’s carbon footprint.
Gonzaga and the Society of Jesus both have intensified efforts recently to be more responsible environmental stewards, and to heighten awareness of sustainability as a keystone of Jesuit identity. These efforts broaden the Jesuit vision by bringing critical environmental problems into focus to facilitate strategic action steps.
For more information about Zagiving, contact Nicholas Grainger at (509) 313-4106 or via e-mail.