Students hoping to get rid of unwanted items, while also helping the less fortunate at the same time will have to look no further than the annual Give and Go event.
The Give and Go event is happening from 12-5 p.m. May 13-17, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18. There will be two pods, one located in G lot next to Walter Hall, and the other in K lot behind Gilbert Hall, where students can bring unwanted items from their dorms to then donate to charity. Items being accepted include anything from coat hangers to unopened canned foods to broken electronics or even working electronics, Items and possessions that college students no longer want or need.
The Center for Civic Engagement, International Student Services, Housing & Residence Life, Facilities Management, and Auxiliary Services are working together to help Pacific reach as close to zero waste as possible for the school this year.
“Give and Go is an event where we encourage people to not throw things away as they are moving out, but rather to donate them to us, to donate them to non-profit organizations to use them,” said senior Tyler Gilmore.
Students will have an opportunity to look through items other people have donated and take one or a few items. This is called the “scavenger hour”.
“We try to maximize the amount of stuff that goes to our community partners, because if we can get it to people who are less fortunate, it will encourage students to buy less,” explained Gilmore.
The local community organizations partnering with Give and Go are Home Plate St. Vincent De Paul, Hillsborough School District, CREATE, Closet Green, Salvation Army and the Aloha Community Library Association
The Civic Engagement Center has been very successful over the years and are always looking to improve the number of items donated. CGE has partnered with Center for Sustainability this year to broaden the sustainability options this event can help with.
Students are invited to come donate and possibly even select some items for their own taking.