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Goodwill Blue Bines  
Goodwill Blue Bins will be available to UMD students from Tuesday, May 13 through Sunday, May 18.  

With finals right around the corner, it’s time for UMD students to start studying even harder. It’s a week where everyone feels overworked and stressed, and on top of that, many students have to start getting ready to move out.

Campus housing facilities close at 8 pm on Friday, May 16, meaning that all students living on campus need to be moved out beforehand. Although packing isn't something students are looking forward to adding to their to-do list, UMD is working to make it easier.

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UMD's Office of Sustainability is offering many different services for students that are moving out. However, they have organized all options into a three-tier process.

1. Try to sell or trade your stuff

UMD students have become very resourceful and created two different pages for students to work amongst themselves to get rid of unwanted items. UMD Free and For Sale and UMD Furniture Swap are both available on Facebook for students to connect with each other to find things they need and reuse what they don’t. (Login is required to access these pages.)

2. Donate to Goodwill (or some other charity)

UMD is partnering with Goodwill to bring Blue Bins to campus. They will be available from Tuesday, May 13 through Sunday, May 18. These bins are places for students to bring unwanted clothing, small appliances, kitchen utensils, musical instruments, and other household items. Items should be in good repair and be something that one or two people could move.

“As students move out of the dorms and apartments, we’ll have collection locations. The housing department has said that it’s astonishing what is donated. They’ve found brand new appliances in the box, which is great for the next person down the line,” Bryan French, who works with UMD's Office of Sustainability, said.

A Goodwill trailer will also be available in Maroon Lot B for furniture, clothing, and small household items on Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 17 and Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1. The trailer can only accept donations from 11 am through 6 pm.

According to Goodwill Duluth's public relations specialist Valerie Clark, donations are instrumental to their success. “Our main purpose is to serve as a training and job development center for people who have disabilities. We hire people to sort through your donations and get them ready to sell. So in a very direct way, students’ donations support a meaningful work opportunity for someone who might not be able to find a job otherwise. Donations also help us to stock our stores with great inventory, which also benefits our mission. Goodwill is a nonprofit and more than 85 percent of store proceeds go directly back to our mission.”

Even though UMD is partnering with Goodwill there are also other places in Duluth that accept donations, such as the Damiano Clothing Exchange and Life House. The Damiano Clothing Exchange is the only free store in Duluth and relies entirely on donated goods from the community for their inventory. All items are provided free of charge. Life House is making efforts to help at-risk youth break the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and abuse. Information about the donations they accept can be found on the Damiano Clothing Exchange and Life House websites.

3. Use the Furniture Pickup program

UMD also has a furniture pick-up program for those who are looking to get rid of unwanted furniture that they cannot move by themselves. The program will be available, by appointment only, from 8 am to 6 pm on Thursday, May 15, Friday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30. However, anyone who wants to use this program needs to be a current UMD student, and appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.


“It’s nice to know that UMD is giving us ways to help out people in need,” Anna Friedrichsen, journalism student, said. “Moving is a hard time for everyone, but once we learned that there would be Goodwill bins available to us, I knew that it would be a lot easier for me to get rid of clothes that I don’t wear anymore and other things I don’t need to bring home with me.”

"Having a program like this gives a relief valve,” French said. “It’s a way for students to make their moves easier, and hopefully it makes people more inclined to be respectful about what they have.”

For more information about services offered during move out here.

Find a list of what Goodwill can and cannot accept here.

UMD's Office of Sustainability Move Out Poster
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Written by Brilynn Janckila, May 2014.


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