The Swap for Good is a clothing exchange with the goal of building awareness and support for the SCCAP Homelessness Department and serving our local community, while also providing a more economic and environmentally friendly alternative to buying new clothes for students and staff.
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 environmental justice adovacy groups, supplying donations for a non-profit that works with adults who have developmental disabilities, offering fun opportunities for LGBTQA youth, and boosting the share economy on our campus.
You can drop off clothing, shoes, and accessories in marked bins in the lobbies of all residence halls. 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 be open for a few days for everybody to swap and shop for free - give something old-to-you and find something new-to-you!! We also encourage you to donate more than you take.
When is the Swap for Good?
Where should clothing be dropped off?
Clothing, shoes, and accessories can be dropped off in the marked bins in the in the lobbies of all residence halls or at the pop-up store itself.
What are some local community organizations that SCU 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.
- 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.
- 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.