Give & Go

Give & Go is Pacific's end of year move-out event, co-sponsored by the McCall Center for Civic Engagement, HousingResidence Life, and Facilities Management. At the end of each school year the MCCE invites students to donate usable clothing, furniture, toiletries, electronics and books they no longer need as they are moving out of residence halls. The MCCE partners with nonprofit organizations in Washington and Multnomah counties to keep those items out of the landfill and get them to people in need.

Managed by the MCCE Civic Action Team, Give & Go is a fantastic way for students to donate items to community members and organizations in need, as well as to encourage the sustainable reuse of goods. Past partners of Give & Go have included organizations such as Adelante Mujeres, CREATE, Forest Grove Family Resource Center, Foster Closet Inc, HomePlate, St. Vincent de Paul, and New Avenues for Youth.

Give & Go 2021:

Give & Go 2021 will take place from May 6-12. A single drop-off location will be located in the Walter/McCormick parking lot, open daily from 12:00pm - 5:00pm every day. COVID precautions will be in place.

Please save the date and make plans now to set aside items for donation at Give & Go instead of sending them to the landfill!

Items we can accept:

  • clothing
  • hangars
  • books
  • unopened toiletries
  • unopened, non-perishable food
  • electronics (both working and broken)
  • kitchen utensils and small appliances
  • shoes
  • towels
  • bedding
  • school, office, and crafting supplies
  • small dorm decorations

Items we typically can not accept:

  • large furniture
  • used undergarments (bras, underwear, socks)
  • opened or perishable food

Why does this event matter?

In 2019, Give & Go was open daily from Thursday, May 9th through Tuesday, May 14th, 2019. 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.  During that time, the MCCE collected 4,390 total donations from over 300 participants.  The donations included:  

  • 1,694 donations of clothes
  • 167 donations of accessories
  • 433 donations of clothes hangers
  • 99 donations of shoes
  • 96 donations of toiletries
  • 634 items of donated food   
  • 128 donations of books
  • 325 donations of craft/school supplies
  • 153 donations of linens/bedding/towels
  • 51 donations of electronics
  • 82 donations of toys
  • 28 donations of small furniture 
  • 358 donations of small appliances/housewares
  • at least 6 mini-fridges 

All of these items ran the risk of entering the waste stream without efforts of the Give & Go staff and the collaboration of all event sponsors. We deeply appreciate everyone who helped make this event possible!

We know a sustainable move-out will be most effective if it is preceded by a sustainable move-in, and education and action throughout the year pertaining to sustainability. Our efforts include reducing, reusing, and recycling, and an overall cultural shift away from over consumption and toward conservation and good stewardship of our resources. If you are interested in helping with this important work, please contact us to learn more.