Over 30 years ago, Property Management Director David Maddox saw the need to provide an outlet for the amount of waste being collected during on-campus move out. Maddox decided to partner with local organizations to create Check-Out for Charity, an initiative that gives Auburn students moving out of on-campus residence halls the opportunity to donate any unwanted items.
As the spring semester comes to an end, Property Management sets up donation tents, trucks, bins and boxes throughout campus residence halls for students to easily drop off items. Donatable items include furniture, clothing, rugs, non-perishable foods, mirrors and electronics.
Property Management has partnered with community organizations such as the Food Bank of East Alabama and The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University to donate food items, Big House Foundation for clothing items and Habitat for Humanity for household items.
According to Amy Mosley, office supervisor and overseer of Check-Out for Charity, donations for this year’s event included 25 large boxes of clothing, approximately 30 box trucks with loads of household items and an estimated 2,000 pounds of food.
Not only are students and their families working hard to move out, but the Property Management staff stays busy collecting donations. According to Mosley, she and Katie Lenker, administrative assistant, collectively walked a total of 136.9 miles and worked 197.25 hours during the move out process.
“We are grateful to facilitate the opportunity for the students to give back to the community and the impact of our charity partners,” Mosley said.
Check-Out for Charity will take place again starting on the last day of class in spring semester 2022.