Don't Dump, Donate helps local agencies

Wingate, N.C. - Wingate University recently held a two-day community give-away event called Don’t Dump, Donate to assist local human services organizations and support the University's recycling efforts.

Before students left campus at the end of the school year, they donated their unwanted items from their campus residence halls instead of throwing them in the dumpsters. Some 214 students volunteered 438 hours of community service collecting items such as furniture, clothing, shoes, books, food and appliances.

The event benefitted 50 clients from 13 local agencies who came to campus May 5 to select free items. Students collected voluntary donations for electronics which raised $259 for a student-led service organization on campus called UCAN.

“Several agencies also selected items for their clients who were unable to attend the event,” said Caroline Twiggs, director of service at Wingate University.

After opening the doors the following day to the University community, remaining items were donated to Turning Point and Operation Outreach in Monroe. Don't Dump Donate is one of several service projects that has qualified Wingate University to receive the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.

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