ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (May 22, 2024) — Augustana College students will move out of residence halls Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25. The college will partner with local organizations to donate gently used items to the community.

Two Salvation Army collection trucks will be on campus during move-out, with one in O Lot near 38th Street between Swanson Commons and Andreen Hall and one in K Lot near 30th Street and Westerlin Residence Center. Director of Residential Life Chris Beyer said accepted donations will include furniture, rugs, small appliances, and other items.

“This partnership with The Salvation Army to save items from going to landfills and to get donated items to those who need them is a great opportunity and is an easy win for doing good for our community,” he said.

Augustana students may also donate clothing items during move-out to Closet2Closet, a local non-profit that distributes clothing to youth in foster care. The organization was founded ten years ago by Augustana professor Dr Allison Haskill, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department co-chair and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program director.

“We at Closet2Closet have appreciated receiving donations following the Augie spring move-out the past two years,” Dr Haskill said. “Many of our clients are young adults, and they truly appreciate receiving donations from similarly aged peers.”

The donation drives align with the “connect through partnership” goal of the college’s strategic plan, Bold and Boundless. The college is committed to working with Rock Island through a number of initiatives to contribute to neighborhood vitality, enhance neighborhoods around campus, and serve as an engaged presence in the region.

To read more about the strategic plan, visit Bold and Boundless.

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