Swap for Good is a FREE, campus-wide clothing swap in which donations from all over campus are pooled in a pop-up store, and for two days people who have donated can come to the store and take home clothes that are “new” to them. Clothing is recycled throughout campus and extra items are donated to Hope Services, a local nonprofit that provides services to those with developmental disabilities. A nationwide movement, Swap for Good focuses on providing a more economic and environmentally friendly alternative to buying new clothes for students and staff while simultaneously serving the needs of local community organizations.
What is 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 Swap for Good by serving additional local community organizations that our students, staff, and faculty care about, such as supporting environmental justice advocacy 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 (including Nobili and Villas), Malley Fitness Center, or off-campus at 862 Market St. The Swap for Good pop-up store will be open May 29-30th from 12 - 9PM in Benson Parlors B&C for everybody to swap and shop. Gift your used clothing and thrift something new!
When is Swap for Good?
The Swap for Good pop-up store is held annually during Spring Quarter in May. This year, it will be on May 29-30 from 12-9 PM in Parlors B & C in the Benson Memorial Center.
Students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to shop in the Benson for “new-to-you” items from the collaborative collection of clothing and other items from the Santa Clara community. Swap for Good will be open and staffed by volunteers and interns from the Center for Sustainability. Swing by to learn more about the effects of the clothing and textile industry as well as the organizations and issues that Swap for Good is serving and supporting!
Where should clothing be dropped off?
Please drop off all clothing, shoes, and accessories in the marked bins located in Residence hall lobbies, Malley Gym, or 862 Market St (off-campus) during Weeks 7 and 8. Or bring your clothing to the store at Benson Parlors B & C, held during Week 9 on May 29-30th from 12 - 9 PM.
How is Swap for Good sustainable?
Swap for Good is a pop-up clothing swap that contributes to the share economy. We encourage participants to take one less item than they donated to create a surplus of clothing for our beneficiary, Hope Services. Thrifting clothing also reduces textile waste generated by the fashion industry and allows us as shoppers to buy and consume less, which saves money for our wallet and helps the planet!
Where does surplus clothing from Swap for Good go?
Swap for Good is partnering with HOPE Services, a local non-profit which provides services to those with developmental disabilities. It delivers a range of employment and job training programs, developmental activities, professional counseling, children's services (age 0-3), senior services, and 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 benefit HOPE clients with job training, job placement and independent living services.