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YSU Clothing Drive Benefits Goodwill

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University expects thousands of items of clothing to be donated during the YSU Greek Life Clothing Drive on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

For the last five years, the university’s Office of Student Activities has partnered with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to identify a local nonprofit organization to benefit form the annual clothing drive. This year, students in sororities and fraternities at YSU will donate an estimated 10,000 clothing items to Goodwill of the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys.

“Each year, the Greek Week drive grows, and we knew we needed to identify a partner agency that has the capacity to take this sizable donation,” said Bob Hannon, president of the United Way. “Goodwill is not only equipped to do so, but they serve as such an amazing resource in our community. We are proud to partner with both Goodwill and YSU.”

The YSU clothing drive will be held in Kilcawley Center on campus. Clothing will be sorted, hung and processed by workers at Goodwill’s central location at 2747 Belmont Ave.

“Each of our fraternities and sororities work hard throughout the year to raise money and awareness for their individual philanthropies set forth by their inter/national headquarters. It’s during Greek Week that the YSU Greek Community has the opportunity to combine efforts to support the United Way in serving the Mahoning Valley and its partner agencies, such as Goodwill,” said Carrie Anderson, assistant director and Greek advisor in the YSU Office of Student Activities. “We are proud of their ongoing commitment to give of their time and resources. Each year they manage to make this effort bigger and better than ever.”

For more than 125 years, Goodwill has provided jobs and job training to Mahoning Valley residents who face barriers to employment, such as individuals with disabilities.

“We are so grateful to be the recipient of this clothing drive. Donations are the lifeblood of our organization,” said Jim Freeze, Goodwill executive director. “They allow us to employ over 250 people in the Mahoning Valley, most of whom are overcoming various challenges in the workforce.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.