Moving out of the dorms can be a stressful experience for students, as well as a strain on campus resources; especially as students leave unwanted belongings behind or load dumpsters beyond their capacity. As an alternative to students throwing out unwanted belongings, an end-of-the semester clothing and furniture collection could help alleviate stress for both parties while doing some good for the environment and community.
Prep: Call for volunteers three weeks before the end of the semester to help canvas or work a table in or around nine campus dorms.
Event: Two days at the end of each semester.
With enough volunteers, items can be sorted at time of donation. Items that are gently used or in good condition can be donated to a local charity, Goodwill, or Salvation Army. Heavily used or worn out items can then be appropriately recycled. This could be extended to include unused food items, such as canned food, or even plastics (such as bottles, etc.). However, starting small is probably the key to success with this project, therefore additional accepted items could be added to a list for future events. This list could be included in an information packet for in-coming Freshmen and/or students that live on campus, or at orientation, and then posted permanently in dorms as a reminder.
Cost: The University has vehicles for employees to rent, such as 15 passenger vans, however the costs were not listed. For an event of this nature, it might be preferable to rent a U-Haul for a day (approximately $100), or partner with a local charity that has a truck available for pick-ups.