3rd Annual "Swap for Good" (2013)
The Office of Sustainability and Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP) are working together to bring this clothing exchange for students, staff, and faculty of Santa Clara University. With this, we seek to serve the needs of local community organizations, such as the women and children of the local Home Safe shelters in Santa Clara and San Jose who would benefit from the collection of women and children’s clothing.
We hope to bring greater awareness and build support for these programs that Santa Clara students already consistently volunteer for through SCCAP's Homelessness department, as well as provide donations for their programs in a sustainable fashion—and with little cost for all parties involved. Participants may trade unwanted clothing (formal dresses, men’s, women’s, and children’s) and other items (sport equipment, children’s books, shoes, socks) in exchange for other clothing and items swapped by others on-campus.
What is a Swap for Good?
It's a grassroots non-profit project that encourages people across the country to host clothing swaps and ask for donations to raise money for local domestic violence shelters. At SCU, we hope to expand the reach of the Swap for Good by serving additional local community organizations that our students, staff, and faculty care about, such as supporting literacy and physical education at the Alma Verde After-School Program, keeping feet warm with Project Open Hand, and supporting teenage girls going to prom with the Princess Project.
Starting on Wednesday, April 17, you can drop off these items in bins in the lobbies of all residence halls and at the "Swap for Good" table in the lobby of Benson. Donations in high-need will be distributed to local community organizations and then sorted and organized in the Benson Parlors and the Swap for Good "store" will open on Monday, April 22nd for everybody to swap and shop for free anytime from 10 am to 10 pm!
When is the Swap for Good?
On Friday, April 19th and Sunday, April 21st, student volunteers will pick up donations from all of the RLCs on campus and will sort and organize the donations in the Swap for Good “store” separating them into men’s, women’s, children’s, and other miscellaneous donations!
On Monday, April 22nd, students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to shop all day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Benson Parlors for “new-to-you” items from the collaborative collection of clothing and other items from the Santa Clara community. The Swap for Good will be open and staffed by volunteers from SCCAP, the Office of Sustainability, and the Retail Management Institute, and there will be music and some information about homelessness so you can learn more about the organizations and the issues the Swap for Good is serving and supporting.
Where should clothing be dropped off?
Clothing and other items can be dropped off in the marked bins in Campus Ministry, the MCC, the lobby of the Support Services Building, and in the lobbies of all residence halls.
Learn about some of the local community organizations the Swap for Good at Santa Clara University serves.
- Home Safe
Home Safe is a part of a larger umbrella organization called Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. Santa Clara University has a very close relationship with both Home Safe shelters in San Jose and Santa Clara, which is very close to our campus. As victims of domestic violence and homelessness, the women and children of Home Safe are allowed to stay in the shelter for three years or more as they transition into a new life and attain a more stable economic situation. The shelter offers a multitude of support including job training, resume reviews, and even poetry classes. Many Santa Clara students help with the child care programs that Home Safe offers, allowing women time for themselves to benefit from other Home Safe programs.
- Princess Project
The Princess Project holds its Giveaway Events each spring in preparation for prom season, usually in March or April. The Princess Project receives new and nearly new dresses and accessories from women, teens, and companies from across the Bay Area – all intended for Bay Area high school girls to receive free of charge. There are two sites in the San Francisco Bay Area — San Francisco and Silicon Valley — and a site in San Diego. To receive regular updates on the annual giveaway—including dates, times, and location—register for the Princess Project newsletter.
- Hope Services
HOPE Services delivers a range of employment and job training programs, developmental activities, professional counseling, children's services (age 0-3), senior services, community living services and mobility training for over 2,500 children, adults and seniors. Hope Services will collect donation items to be resold at their HOPE Station store in Fremont (39418 Fremont Blvd), or at the chain of Savers thrift stores throughout California. Proceeds from the HOPE Station Store directly benefits HOPE clients with job training, job placement and independent living services.
- Alma Verde
The Alma Verde After-School Program provides education and enrichment with themes like environment, culture, nutrition, and gardening at the Alma Community Center in San Jose. The program began in the August of 2010 as a collaboration between Bronco Urban Gardens and Arrupe Partnerships for Community-based Learning of Santa Clara University and the City of San Jose.
- Project Open Hand
Project Open Hand supports people with terminal illness by delivering dinners to them and helping spread awareness about life in the tenderloin. Project Open Hand is also involved in planning and participating in AIDS walks and other educational on-campus events.