Share Our Stuff (SOS) is Washington University in St. Louis’s annual move-out donation drive. Each year during on- and off-campus move-out, our campus community is responsible for the disposal of a tremendous amount of usable goods. These goods can be reused by people in need within our campus community and throughout our surrounding neighborhoods. Share Our Stuff is a university-wide effort designed to make it easy for all students to donate their unwanted items at move out in a manner that benefits our community and keeps usable goods out of the landfill.
What to Donate
Each Share Our Stuff collection site on campus has bins for specific items, each bin designated by a sign. Bins include:
- Appliances and electronics
- Clean clothing and linens
- Unopened, nonperishable food
- Office supplies
- Furniture and furnishings
When to Donate
The 2017 Share Our Stuff on campus will run from late April to early May. Lightening Your Load, the off-campus major donation event, will take place Saturday, May 20. See below for details.
Where to Donate
Collection locations are located on the 1st floor or basement of every dorm, fraternity, and on-campus apartment.
Graduating seniors and WashU students living in off-campus housing north of Washington University can donate their unwanted goods as they move out this May.
There are several ways you can donate your unwanted items:
- Schedule a pick up in advance by filling out this form. On Saturday, May 20, simply bring your items to the curb and a truck will be by to pick them up between 12p and 2p.
- A Goodwill truck will be stationed at the intersection of University Drive and Melville, near the Academy Building. Stop by during the LYL event to donate your items, big and small: Saturday May 20, 12p – 2p.
- On Saturday May 20, A MERS/Goodwill truck and Quadrangle Housing truck will be circulating to pick up curb-side donations along University Drive and Washington Avenue, as well as in the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood. Call or text 314-312-3274 between 12p and 2p to request a pick up for larger items (like furniture).
- Students living in off-campus Residential Life housing can leave their donations in the basement of their building or similar area as directed by Res Life at any point during the move-out process.
- If you move out after the LYL event, you can donate your items to area MERS/Goodwill stores at a number of convenient drop-off locations.
For guidelines on what you can donate, click here (no mattresses, box springs or TVs please!). Items for pick up must be brought outside and be placed at ground level.
How to Help
Help save over 7,000 pounds of appliances, storage bins, shelves, books, and more from landfills by volunteering with SWAP’s May collections! Volunteers are needed May 10 – 13 to collect and store the donated materials. As a thank you, volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunch/snacks, and a $20 gift card for each 3 hour shift. Sign up by filling out this spreadsheet.
Spread the word via social media!
Who Will Benefit
MERS/Goodwill is a St. Louis based not-for-profit association that in 2015 assisted over 69,343 clients in the bi-state area. The agency provides job-training and employment services to individuals who have barriers to employment through disability or economic disadvantage. MERS/Goodwill is committed to reuse and recycling of all usable materials, primarily through resale at Goodwill retail stores. Revenue from Goodwill stores provides funding for MERS/Goodwill services.
Operation Food Search
Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families with a range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. OFS helps feed more than 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis – one-third of which are children – through a network of 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.
Sharing with a Purpose / Trading Post
Sharing With A Purpose (SWAP) is a non-profit student-run business that operates The Trading Post, an on-campus shop that facilitates the reuse of goods. The Trading Post is located on the South 40 and is open for people to donate, take and borrow items at no cost during the spring and fall semesters. SWAP collects and stores the high quality second-hand items generated during the spring move out, then resells the items each fall at Sale on the Swamp. Sales support ongoing operations of the non-profit. Since its opening in September of 2012, the Trading Post has diverted around 4,456lb of items, signed up 481 members, and facilitated 2,121 exchanges of store items.
The Washington University Campus Y is a student-centered organization that provides community service opportunities in 25 student-led programs. Their mission is to develop ethical leaders of exemplary character by applying the principles of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis in partnership with Washington University. In the 2008-09 academic year, 847 students participated in 25 student-led community service programs providing 49,847 hours of service to 10,780 people locally, nationally and internationally in over 30 agencies. The estimated economic impact of these service programs in this year alone was $1,009,401. The Campus Y has been engaging Washington University students in meaningful service for almost 100 years.
Many campus partners make the Share Our Stuff drive a success each year, including Residential Life, Quadrangle Housing, Facilities Planning and Management, Environmental Health and Safety, the Community Service Office and the Office of Government and Community Relations and Sharing With A Purpose (SWAP).