SPOKANE, Wash. – Clothes, mini-refrigerators, TV sets. College students rid themselves of a vast amount of clutter each year and Gonzaga University Housing and Residence Life is expanding its “Zagiving” program, now in its third year, to ensure more Spokane families benefit from students’ donated goods. Zagiving is a partnership with the Spokane Community Warehouse, a program of Catholic Charities Spokane.
Zagiving is expanding from four to seven days during Gonzaga’s final week of school, May 8-14. Seven portable storage units – PODS – will be placed around Gonzaga’s campus for students to donate useful items they no longer need. The PODS are donated by Spokane PODS.
For off-campus students, Spokane Community Warehouse trucks will visit the Logan Neighborhood May 13-14 and May 29-30 to pick up second-hand goods left outside and labeled “For Zagiving.” Last year, off-campus pick-ups occurred on only one day. To arrange for a pick-up, GU students must call (509) 991-9345.
Last spring, Zagiving collected 40,000 pounds of material to benefit more than 350 families. Zagiving reflects Gonzaga’s mission statement, which 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. This year, President McCulloh approved the University’s first comprehensive Climate Action Plan, which aims for climate neutrality – zero emissions – by 2050.
On Earth Day, April 22, Gonzaga announced its honor to be ranked among the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks Gonzaga among the top green-power universities in the Pacific Northwest.
Gonzaga and the Society of Jesus are committed to responsible environmental stewardship. A heightened awareness of sustainability is 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 email.