When students move out of residence halls at the end of the academic year, they donate carpets, lamps, ironing boards, chairs and hundreds of other items through the DEACS Donate program.
Organized by students in cooperation with Residence Life and Housing staff, DEACS Donate makes it easier for students to recycle clothing, small appliances and household items they plan to discard. Wake Forest partners with The Salvation Army to collect the items for the community.
Last year, they collected more than 7,000 pounds of donated goods.
Resident Student Association volunteers set up donation bins in each residence hall lobby, as well as bulk item donation areas outside of each residential building. Wake Forest and Salvation Army volunteers will pick up collected items from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 to 10 and again on May 20.
“It is not only a great learning opportunity for the Resident Student Association volunteers, but we are able to save a lot of items from the landfill and allow a great community organization to put them to good use,” said Ashley Jones, coordinator of residence education at Wake Forest.
“It is such a good story of community partnership, embracing the joy of donating and the lessons of recycling,” said Ellen Bliven, director of marketing and public relations for the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem and Greensboro. “All of the donations to The Salvation Army go to our Family Store in Winston-Salem. The proceeds from our store sales fund the programs in our community, like our shelter, emergency financial assistance program, and our Boys and Girls clubs.”
Wake Forest’s Office of Residence Life and Housing also works with Facilities & Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability to collect recyclable paper and books.
To arrange an interview with Ashley Jones or Ryan Gutschick, Resident Student Association president, contact the Wake Forest news office. Ellen Bliven with the Salvation Army can be reached at her office: (336) 245-2081 or cell: (336) 462-1215.
About Wake Forest University: Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.
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