Every semester, student employees at the University Store and Text Rental make suggestions for which organization to donate the contents of their change jar to, encouraging shoppers to give their loose change to charity.
The jar sits at the checkout area of the store, making it easily accessible for shoppers to drop their leftover change from transactions.
“Many times, people even dig into their purses or wallets specifically to donate,” said customer service supervisor Danielle Wroblewski. “A lot of parents appreciate that we are a business out to make a profit, but we are also looking to make a profit for other clubs and organizations.”
The chosen organization is not alerted while the drive is in progress. It is usually a surprise when Wroblewski calls the recipient.
The most recent organization that received this donation is Schmeeckle Reserve. The donation was started last April in honor of Earth Day and that donation ran through the orientation sessions this summer to ensure enough change was collected. In total, $95 was donated.
“We were quite surprised to hear that we had been chosen as the recipient of the Change 4 Change donation proceeds,” said Megan Espe, a Schmeeckle outreach coordinator. “It is an honor for the reserve, and it shows that the natural area means a lot to the campus and the community. We plan to use the donation to buy new birdfeeders to create some excellent bird watching spots around the visitor center for this upcoming winter.”
In the past, Change 4 Change proceeds have been donated to The Cupboard, Veteran Affairs and the Family Crisis Center.
Wroblewski said it is fun for employees to see how fast the jar is filled.
“I think this is definitely a good idea,” said freshman employee Ryan Ertl. “It is cool to see people drop their change in the jar for a cause.”