Students at Youngstown State University have stepped up during the holiday season and their Greek Week festivities, and this year is no exception. For the last five years, the Office of Student Activities has partnered with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to identify a local nonprofit organization that can benefit from the annual clothing drive held by the sororities and fraternities on campus. This year’s recipient of nearly 10,000 pieces of clothing will be 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 sizeable donation,” said Bob Hannon, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “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.”
For over 125 years, Goodwill has operated as a nonprofit organization, providing jobs and job training to people in the Mahoning Valley 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,” stated Jim Freeze, Goodwill’s Executive Director. “They allow us to employ over 250 people in the Mahoning Valley, most of whom are overcoming various challenges in the workforce.”
The clothes donated through this drive are sorted, hung and processed by individuals at Goodwill’s central facility on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown.
“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.” shared Carrie Anderson, Assistant Director and Greek Advisor, 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.”
The YSU Greek Life Clothing Drive takes place on Friday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. in Kilcawley Center on the campus of YSU. The media is invited to get photos, video and interviews as the YSU students pack up trucks with all the clothing donations.