Give & Go
Give & Go is Pacific's end of year move-out event, co-sponsored by the McCall Center for Civic Engagement, Housing & Residence Life, Facilities Management, and Auxiliary Services. 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. Students and members of the Pacific staff and faculty also have an opportunity to "scavenge" unused items.
Managed by the MCCE Civic Action Team, Give & Go is a fantastic way for students to donate items to community members and organizations that might not have as many resources, 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.
Items we typically accept:
- small appliances
- unopened/non-perishable food
- school supplies
- unopened toiletries
- clothing hangers
Items we typically do not accept:
- large furniture
- used undergarments (bras, underwear, socks)
- opened or perishable food
Give & Go 2020:
Give & Go 2020 will take place from May 7-13. Primary drop-off stations will be located in the Walter/McCormick and Vandervelden parking lots (aka Lots G & K), open from 10:30am - 5:00pm every day. A table will be will be located inside the Cascade lobby.
For the first time, we will also be offering support for late-departures (e.g. graduating Seniors) on May 16th and May 17th. More information on this addition will be coming soon.
Please save the date and make plans now to set aside items for donation at Give & Go instead of sending them to the landfill!
Why does this event matter?
In 2019, Give & Go was open 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.