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Students Give Back as They Move Out

By Amanda Morad | May 14, 2013

Resident assistants Alicia Moseley and Athena Nuessmeier contribute to the Goodwill donation bins in the Regent University Commons.

As the semester ended in the days before Commencement, "spring cleaning" took over the Regent University Commons and Regent Village where hundreds of students cleaned their dorm rooms, packed their bags, and prepared to head home or to internships for the summer.

With moving out comes plenty of closet-purging, and with that often come bags of clothes, shoes and housewares that may be waste to one person, but could be used by others in need. Regent and Goodwill partnered this year to collect students' unwanted and gently used items for redistribution to the Hampton Roads community. Large blue bins sat on every floor in both buildings of the Commons and several large outdoor bins were placed in the Regent Village.

"The Office of Residence Life and Regent University are pleased to partner with Goodwill this year," said Adam Williams, director of residence life for the Commons. "We strive to continually educate our students on how they can go beyond the campus and reach the local community. Working with Goodwill will provide students living in campus housing with a very accessible and practical way to impact the lives of others."

The result showcased the generosity of Regent students. Nearly every bin was overflowing with clothes and household essentials that were able to find a second life through being donated.

"It's really important to not only be in the community but to be a part of the community and to really help people by giving what we no longer have use for or no longer need," said resident assistant and College of Arts & Sciences junior Alicia Moseley. "A lot of us don't live in Virginia, so when we go home, we can't always take everything with us, so it's a lot better—instead of throwing it away or giving it to somebody else we know who really doesn't need it—to really bless people that aren't necessarily able to get all the things we just give away."

But the impact of Regent's donations doesn't end at a second life for the items themselves, but in what the sale of those items can do.

"Donations collected at Regent will be sold in Goodwill's retail stores locally to help fund job training programs and career development services designed to get more individuals in our communities to work," said Danielle Cronin, community relations manager at Goodwill Virginia. "Regent quickly recognized the value of Goodwill's mission to the local community. Thanks to the students and faculty of Regent University, Goodwill collected just under 3,000 pounds of donated items on campus, keeping them out of our area landfills."

The Goodwill drive is just a piece of Regent's community service efforts, but reflects the heart of students to touch the world around them.

"It's great that Regent is partnering with Goodwill because it really supports our mission to reach out into community and change the world," said Athena Nuessmeier, resident assistant in Foundation Hall and recent graduate. "Goodwill strives to change the world. In this small way, we're changing the world with them."

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