On March 1, Southern Oregon University (SOU) students in the Green House program took a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how Southern Oregon Goodwill turns donations into jobs by recovering the most value from every donation.
The Green House is a freshman seminar that helps students study and solve real-world problems by meeting with businesses and organizations outside of SOU. Students learn about the impacts of environmental change and how to develop a plan that prioritizes sustainability.
During the tour, the students learned how a pair of donated jeans is processed and turned into support for the broader community. Students saw one of our donation yards and adjacent warehouse where items are bailed and shipped. They also toured our nearby “As-Is” store and had an opportunity to shop some good deals.
Students left with an impactful message, “The power of work changes peoples’ lives, and the power of your donations makes this possible.”
The article was featured in Goodwill Industries International’s weekly digest for April 1-5, 2019.