A donation trailer is now available near campus, thanks to a partnership between nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul and the University of Oregon.
The trailer can be found on the east side of the Romania warehouse, which also houses the UO surplus furniture program, and will be staffed 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday-Monday. The donation site, off Orchard Street, will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Members of the UO and broader Eugene-Springfield communities are invited to donate items in good condition, including furniture, clothing and household goods.
St. Vincent de Paul offers a broad range of services and programs to serve the diverse needs of low-income community members, particularly those experiencing or at risk for homelessness. In addition to their reuse retail stores, St. Vincent de Paul has developed 1,400 units of affordable housing in Oregon and has staff working on the bigger picture and underlying issues as well.
“Our donation centers, such as the new donation trailer at the university, make it possible for us to keep our essential services running,” program coordinator Daven Stetson said. “Additionally, operating a donation center on campus serves students, staff and neighborhood residents with a convenient way for them to make sure their good reusable items get a second chance to be useful.”
Sustainability director Steve Mital also highlights the value of this “town and gown” partnership.
“It supports St. Vincent de Paul’s innovative programs and keeps useful materials out of the landfill,” he said.
Questions about the partnership can be directed to the UO Office of Sustainability.St.