PennMOVES

Since 2008, Business Services has operated PennMOVES which collects items that Penn students can’t take with them when they leave campus in May – clothes, furniture, appliances, books, housewares, toys, sporting goods and nonperishable food, etc. To divert them from landfill, these items are collected and donated to Goodwill. On average, over 52,000 pounds of items are collected each year.

PennMOVES 2016 will run from April 27 - June 1. We continue to support Philabundance, collecting nonperishable, unopened food in support of programs to address hunger. With The Vietnam Book Drive Project, books of all kinds will be collected to be shipped to Vietnam for use in classrooms and free libraries.

For a map of PennMoves locations and hours of operations, click here

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  • PennMOVES 2016 highlights
    • We are again coordinating with Philabundance to collect non-perishable, unopened food items to support their programs. Donation sites and times are listed below 
    • We continue to work with Goodwill; in addition to handling housewares, clothing and other items, they partner with an e-waste recycler and will accept all of our electronics, functional or not
    • The Vietnam Book Project will again be collecting books of all kinds at locations listed below. The books, in an education initiative, will be shipped for use in classrooms and free libraries in Vietnam
    • Faculty and staff may deposit their items in Goodwill bins across campus as well as the trailer in Hamilton Village
    • Off campus residents may bring their items to campus to one of the donation sites
  • Items that are accepted
    • Clothes: should be clean and dry. No undergarments except unused in original packaging, or bras that are clean and in good condition.
    • Soft goods: towels, sheets, pillowcases, comforters, clothes etc. should be clean and dry
    • Shoes, boots, jewelry and accessories: matching items should be kept together, shoes can be tied together or rubber banded together
    • Household items: coffeemakers, microwaves, fans, etc: tape or rubber band all parts together so they remain usable; box or wrap dishes & silverware in sets. Please make sure all donations are in working order. Refrigerators should be cleaned out.
    • Office items: paper, pencils, pens, folders: Clean and in usable condition
    • Electronics: phones, printers, computers, routers, scanners, e readers, etc, functional or not.
    • Storage containers: Keep lids, drawers and so on together
    • Other items: Toys, sports equipment; books, musical instruments, luggage, backpacks
    • Unopened, non-perishable food items – Philabundance will be collecting these items at locations listed below.
  • Items that are not accepted
    • Broken, dirty appliances, housewares, etc. 
    • Foam egg crate mattress toppers, mattress pads
    • Soft goods that are dirty, damp, torn, stained
    • Open or used toiletries
    • Any cleaning supplies
    • Perishable food
    • Open non-perishable food
    • Bona-fide trash
    • Any furniture that came with your room/apartment or from your College House or Sansom Place residence
    • Socks or underwear (with the exception of clean bras and items unused in the original packaging)
  • Collection locations
    • Hamilton Village – Trailer located adjacent to Locust Walk, just south of Harnwell, staffed by student volunteers and monitored by professional staff. The trailer will be removed on 5/16 before 5 am and returned at noon after Commencement activities have ended. It will be removed for the end of the drive on May 18.
    • Hill House (gently used clothing and shoes only at this location) – One Goodwill-provided donation bin located under the bridge adjacent to dining level entrance. This location will be monitored by professional staff. Drop box will be removed 5/12. Items other than shoes and clothing will need to be taken to KCEH Class of 38 Lounge.
    • Sansom Place – Two Goodwill-provided donation bins located in the lobbies of each tower. These locations will remain open until 6/1.
    • The Quadrangle – There will be donation locations inside the Quad near both the upper and lower Quad gates. These locations will close at 6pm on 5/12.
    • Kings Court/English House – A rolling bin collection site will be managed at this location in Class of 38 Lounge.
    • Gregory and Dubois – (gently used clothing and shoes only at these locations) – Goodwill-provided donation bins located outside of both Du Bois and Gregory
  • Hours of Operation
    • Quad
      • April 27 - noon - 8pm
      • April 28 - May 12 - 10am - 8pm
      • May 13 - 10am - 6pm
      • May 14 - locations closed and removed
    • Hamilton Village Trailer
      • April 27 - noon - 8pm
      • April 28 - May 15 - 10am - 8pm
      • May 16 - noon - 8pm
      • May 17 - 10am - 2pm
      • May 18 - trailer removed
    • Hill, KCEH, DuBois, Gregory
      • Open and receiving donations from April 27 - May 18
    • Sansom Place East & West
      • Open and receiving donations from April 27 - June 1
  • Volunteer for PennMOVES and earn a free housing extension 
    • Interested in earning a free housing extension in return for 20 hours of your time supporting PennMOVES?
      • Fill out the survey here to indicate your interest
      • You'll be asked to commit 20 hours of your time between May 6 and May 17
      • You may be contacted for a brief interview
    • Graduate students and residents of fraternities and sororities are not eligible