Students donate over 11 tons of clothing and household items at annual Chuck-it for Charity event
Author: Campus Sustainability Office
Posted: July 5, 2017

Last month students moving out of Portland State University residence halls donated more than 23,000 pounds of used clothing, household goods, furniture, and nonperishable food to local charities and the PSU community.

The annual donation drive, Chuck-it for Charity, began in 2005 and is jointly led by the Campus Sustainability Office and Housing and Residence Life. This event saw record numbers of donations with over 3,000 pounds more than last year’s totals.

“This year we introduced new yellow donation bins, new signage, and added additional donation sites across campus,” said Jenny McNamara, director of the Campus Sustainability Office. “This and the hard work from staff and volunteers helped make this year’s Chuck-it for Charity so successful.”

Many of the items donated this year were shared with the campus community through a reuse pop-up swap in the South Park Blocks through the week-long event and by stocking the Reuse Room daily with office supplies, lamps, dishes, and other household items. Additionally, PSU partnered with Cascadia Gaia Movement to donate clothing and textiles. With 1,301 students moving out, donations amounted to nearly 36 pounds of clothing and other goods per student. Here’s a breakdown:

  • 9,957 pounds of clothing and textiles were donated to Cascadia Gaia Movement,
  • 13,288 pounds of household items and furniture were collected and distributed to the pop-up swaps and the Reuse Room, and
  • 445 pounds of nonperishable foods was donated to the ASPSU Food Pantry.

Items that were not redistributed have filled the Reuse Room’s overstock room and will be distributed via summer pop-up swaps and through the Reuse Room over the next few months. So if you are looking for dishes, lamps, cleaning supplies or office supplies, be sure to stop by.