Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Think Green and Give

Think Green and Give


Think Green & Give – Annual Year-End Charitable Donation Drive

Students: Do you need service hours by the end of the semester?  Or, need a study break?  Sign-up to volunteer for Think Green & Give, our campus-wide charitable donation drive where we collect students’ gently used clothing and unopened, non-perishable food and toiletries as students move out of the residence halls for the summer.  Collected items will be donated to local charities to help those in need.  See below for volunteer details:

Type of Service (duties/tasks):  Volunteers will help by collecting donated items from the res halls, moving boxes and bags throughout campus, and/or sorting and packing collection items to send to local charities in central collection rooms. Volunteers are needed every day between May 7st and May 12th on the Lake Shore Campuses.

Service Needs:  Volunteers should have a positive, can-do attitude and a concern for social justice. 

How do I sign up? Sign up here.

Think Green and Give is a charitable collection event in which gently used, clean clothing, household items, and nonperishable unopened food/toiletries are collected at the end of the academic year when students move out of the residence halls for the summer.

PROBLEM: Colleges and universities nationwide generate up to 100 tons of additional trash during spring move-out. Many of those items can be donated/reused.

SOLUTION: Students are given the opportunity to drop off unwanted and REUSABLE items.

  • Donations—Go to those in need
  • Students pack a lighter load as they head out for summer
  • REUSE—go green and be part of the solution

In 2018, Loyola donated almost 8,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, food, and household goods through TG+G.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Sustainability at sustainability@luc.edu.

Donations will go to Catholic Charities, A Just Harvest and other local charities.

Think Green and Give is organized by Loyola’s Office of Sustainability, Residence Life, and Facilities Management Departments.

Off-Campus Donations

Live off-campus but want to donate items? There are several Chicago organizations that will take your unwanted clothing or household items.

Type of Materials AcceptedName of Organization
Clothing and Household Items
Food and Toiletries
Cell Phones and Electronics
  • Cell Phones for Soldiers
    • 312.994.5830
    • By mail only
  • Staples
    • various locations
    • Accepts: laptops, wireless routers, ink and toner cartridges, old computers, printers, keyboards, fax machines, etc.

Bring expired medications to various locations throughout Chicago to have them disposed of properly. See each website for details on location.