Goodwill Hunting
Preloved. Recycled. Free.

Celebrating 10 years of goodwill

Goodwill Hunting provides UOW students free household items to help them get established.

The success of our annual Goodwill Hunting initiative has depended on the generosity of UOW staff and the community who have donated household items to the cause.



What to donate

No furniture, please.

We are looking for clean and usable household items, such as ...

  • kitchenware
  • pots and pans
  • tableware
  • blankets
  • towels
  • bed linen (indicate size if donating)
  • small appliances and so on

Where to donate

Materials Engineering Building 1, Room G01, Wollongong campus. 

Enter the Wollongong campus via the Eastern entrance. UniCentre car park (P8) is adjacent to the entry doors to Building 1.

When to donate

Mondays and Tuesdays 7.30 am to 9.30 am, and Saturdays 8.30 am to 12 noon on the following days:

2021 December

 2022 January

2022 February

Have questions 

Call Kay on 0423 265 485.


We need your help with the sorting, cleaning and packing of items ready for transport to Building 11, Wollongong campus.

When you join the team, you may find yourself promoted to highly-coveted positions, such as CEO of Cutlery, or CEO of Pots and Pans.

We will be grateful for any amount of time that you are happy to offer.

Sign up

Call Kay on 0423 265 485.

Watch Goodwill Hunting in action

This dialogue-free video showcases what transpires during the Goodwill Hunting initiative.

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University of Wollongong Australia Goodwill Hunting. Preloved. Recylced. Free.

UOW's Goodwill Hunting initiative provides students with free household items that have been generously donated by UOW staff and the wider community.

Now in its 9th year, Goodwill Hunting has grown from 80 students to well over 1,000 students in 2020. Note to viewers/listeners: Goodwill Hunting is now 10. This video was produced a year ago.

For three months, a small, very dedicated group of wonderful volunteers sort, wash, repair, re-purpose and package donated items. Our volunteers range in age from 18 years to early 80s.

Four hundred and eighteen 120-litre tubs. Two hundred and eighty-two bags of linen. Two hundred and forty-eight bread crates.

An army of student volunteers help unpack donated items.

Goodwill Hunting Day for students to access donated items

Friday 25 February 2022 starting at noon. Learn more