ABOUT THE MOVE OUT DRIVE
The annual Move Out Drive is Georgetown’s end-of-the-school-year contribution to our community and the environment, inviting members of the community to "re-purpose their packing" at the end of the semester by donating gently used household items to local charities.
Now in its tenth year, the Move Out Drive addresses the environmental challenge of the (literally) tons of unwanted clothing, books, school supplies and household goods that Georgetown students discard each year as they move out of their school-year residences. Applying the university's social justice mission to this challenge, Georgetown partners with local charity KEYS for the Homeless to collect and donate these unwanted items, providing every-day basic household goods to meet real life needs of those living in poverty in the D.C. region.
Through the years, the Move Out Drive has grown to involve the entire Georgetown community, on and off campus, and according to the university’s Office of Sustainability, it has become emblematic of the university's quadruple bottom line approach to sustainability, serving people, the planet, and promoting prosperity for the common good.
In addition to serving some of the most vulnerable members of our community, the Move Out Drive helps to conserve natural resources and protect our region's air, water, and land by repurposing materials that would otherwise end up in local landfills and incinerators.
In 2015, the Move Out Drive diverted 40 tons of goods from the waste stream, providing $45,000 worth of in-kind donations through KEYS for the Homeless.
In 2014, the Move Out Drive diverted 32 tons of goods from the waste stream, providing $36,800 worth of in-kind donations through KEYS for the Homeless.
KEYS for the Homeless distributes donations through the following organizations:
Books for America
Hope and a Home
Community Family Life Services
Share of McLean
The Father McKenna Center
Western Charles County Community Association, Inc.
Mission of Love Charities
So Others Might Eat
Central Union Mission
Cardinal McCarrick Center, Archdiocese of Washington, DC
Turning the Page
WHEN AND HOW TO DONATE
The Move-Out Drive runs throughout the month of May with bulk trash and donation pickups. If you live in the 20007 zip code area, you can sign up for a bulk trash and/or donation pickup at tinyurl.com/SpringPickup. Participants should pick up a Move-Out Drive packet from the Office of Neighborhood Life, located at 1300 36th Street, NW.
HOW TO DISPOSE OF BULK TRASH
- Bulk trash refers to large items such as furniture and/or appliances that cannot be donated. Bulk trash isn’t large bags of trash.
- Bulk trash and donations must be placed in front or behind your house (location to be specified when signing up online) between 9am and 10am on the day of your scheduled pick up.
- Bulk Trash and donations should be differentiated with orange bulk trash tags and pink donation tags. These tags will be in the Move-Out Drive packet.
- Bulk Trash will be picked up every day throughout the month of May; however, donations will only be picked up on specific days.
THE MOVE OUT DRIVE ACCEPTS THESE TYPES OF ITEMS:
- Clothing: Must be in good or excellent condition – please do not donate anything ripped, stained, worn-out, or just plain gross.
- Linens: Must be in good or excellent condition (sheets, blankets). No Pillows!
- Books: any kind
- Furniture: end tables, bookshelves, desks, chairs, beanbag pillows, rugs, etc.
- Household Electronics: lamps, fridges, clocks, stereos, toasters, etc.
- Cookware, Dishes, and Utensils
- Household Cleaning Supplies and Laundry Detergent: Must be TIGHTLY SEALED. Pre-opened is okay.
- Personal Hygiene Supplies: Must be unopened.
- School & Office Supplies
- Storage Bins & Organizers
- Non-perishable Food: Must be unopened.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT THESE TYPES OF ITEMS:
- Broken Items
- Opened or Perishable Foods
- Decorations and Knick-Knacks
- Wet Linens or Clothes
- Dirty, Ripped, or Stained Linens or Clothes
For more information on the Move-Out Drive, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Life at 202-687-5138 or email@example.com.