This past May, Roosevelt University ran a Move-Out Donation Drive as students emptied their dorms between May 4th and 13th. The donation drive was sponsored by Campus Planning and Operations, Residence Life, and Savers, a thrift retailer. The numbers are in, and we are proud to announce that the program was a great success!
A whopping 960 pounds of unwanted goods were prevented from entering landfills. Acceptable items included clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens, and other household goods, which will be resold in Savers stores and reused by families throughout Chicagoland. Due to Roosevelt being a non-profit university, Savers purchased all donated items on a per-pound basis: 20¢ per pound of soft goods, and 5¢ per pound of hard goods. By simply dropping off their gently used items in the Residence Life Lounge Area, student donations earned our institution a total of $171.30. Not a bad deposit to our piggybank in exchange for unwanted belongings!
This was our first donation drive with Savers, and in light of its success, Campus Planning and Operations hopes to grow the program in the future as an opportunity to reduce waste, reuse existing items, and increase environmental awareness on campus.