Donate Your Stuff (food, too!) and SAVE!

Donate Your Unwanted Stuff and Food with SAVE

AMES, IA-Have stuff you don’t need? Donate it during move out! SAVE is a program that collects unwanted items and then donates them to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. It SAVEs you a trip and it’s good for the environment!

Donations will be accepted during the peak moving time of Thursday, April 22, through Wednesday, May 12. Items you can donate include:

• Clean, gently used clothing and shoes (no undies please)
• Small household items in good condition
• Furniture in good condition
• Small appliances and electronics in working order

The end-of-the-year donation program has been in place for several years and was recently renamed SAVE by the Department of Residence’s student sustainability team, the GreenHouse Group. The acronym stands for Simple Action, Vital Effect. The GreenHouse Group renamed the program SAVE so their fellow students could understand the importance of the donation program from a sustainability point of view.

“Our organization is thrilled to be a part of this great project. This not only saves the landfills, but it creates donations for people who can truly use them,” said Kallie Weinand, GreenHouse Group member. “This allows us to give back to the community that we live in nine months of the year.”

By simply donating items no longer wanted, you:
• SAVE hauling stuff home that you really don’t want anymore
• SAVE the landfills by not tossing good items into the trash
• SAVE our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling items

Don’t want to take home that case of water or that applesauce your mom thought you needed? No worries, you can also donate your non-perishable, unopened food items! These items will then be taken to local food pantries and distributed to local families in need.

“This project is among our easiest to do, yet one of the most meaningful. Each year we take carloads of food, donated by our residents who are moving out, to local food pantries. This food would have ended up in the trash.” said Brittney Miller, current chairperson of the Frederiksen apartment organization.

This end of year donation program is in its third year. It continues to be organized by the Department of Residence with assistance from Central Stores and Facilities Planning & Management.

“Our staffs are dedicated to this project and are excited to watch it grow with each year,” shared Pete Englin, Director of the Department of Residence. “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.”

Drop-Off Locations for Items You'd Like to Donate
MWL C2115A & C2115 Commons (Tree House)
BWR Cornerstone
Linden Room A153A (room left of hall desk)
Oak-Elm 2122 Elm Parlor
Helser Room A293 (in front of Hall Director’s office)
SUV SUV Laundromat or Community Center
Wallace C1201 Commons (Projection Room)
Buchanan Room 2012
Friley Room 2414 (north of Hall Desk)
Martin Room 2109
Eaton Room 1132
BLF Freeman 154 (Pool Table Room First Floor)
Frederiksen Court Fitness Room