Auburn University has a long history of giving back to the community, and Check-Out for Charity has been a part of that giving for over three decades. The event allows students who are moving out of their residence halls to donate furniture, clothing and canned goods. The event began as a partnership among Auburn, the Salvation Army and the Food Bank of East Alabama. When Amy Mosley, officer supervisor in Property Management, took over coordination of the event in 2010, Auburn Cares Food Pantry and the Campus Kitchen partnered with them to help grow the program.
In 2014, Habitat for Humanity joined Check-Out for Charity and assisted in expanding Auburn’s reach in the community.
“We feel very honored and blessed to be able to participate in Check-Out for Charity each year,” says Brandon Dixon, executive director of the Alabama Association of Habitat Affiliates. “This is not something that we take for granted, as Auburn gets to choose who it wants to partner with. We work very hard to maintain a good relationship with Auburn staff and make the program run as smoothly and efficiently as possible each year.”
Habitat for Humanity received about $15,000 worth of merchandise this year. Over the last six years, more than $100,000 of merchandise has been donated to Habitat with the help of Auburn students. Both Habitat and Auburn acknowledge the growth of the event and encourage more Auburn students will volunteer. They hope the event will grow to include off-campus housing.
“The Check-Out for Charity program is one of my favorite events each year,” Dixon says. “I love that this program is a win-win-win for Auburn Students, Habitat for Humanity and the environment by helping to reduce landfill waste. My belief is that this event will continue to grow each year.”
— By Jayla Coleman, Media & Marketing Intern