Department of Residence collects more than three tons of student donations for local nonprofits


AMES, IOWA — Before Iowa State students left campus this spring, they discovered that some things just wouldn’t make the return trip home. Thanks to a Department of Residence partnership with Central Stores and Facilities Planning & Management, two-and-a-half tons of unwanted items, plus more than 1,500 pounds of food donations, were diverted from the landfill and donated to local organizations.

The partnership, known as Simple Act, Vital Effect (SAVE), encourages students living in campus housing to drop off furniture, small appliances, clothing, household items, and non-perishable food to donation centers within their own community, making the process easy.

"Our staff members are dedicated to this project,” shared Pete Englin, Director of the DOR. “It happens at a time when we’re able to reallocate the resources to make it happen. It is clearly the right thing to do and an educational opportunity for our residents.”

This year, food donations were added to the Live United Food Drive Campaign and delivered to Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA). Additional food donations from the Frederiksen Court apartment community were added to the Bethesda Lutheran Church Food Pantry. Non-food items were donated to Goodwill of Central Iowa’s Ames facility.