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Give+Go

Give and Go programWhat you don't want, someone else might need. Give+Go is an annual program designed to gather gently used goods students leave behind at the end of the year and bring them to local and regional nonprofits, where they can be reused or resold. This program diverts tons of material from the landfill and gives Skidmore students an opportunity to give back to their community. Since the start of the program in 2007, more than 100 tons of material have been diverted from entering the landfill and are instead donated to local, regional and international agencies. 

May 2021 

To make Give+Go safe for our community, all collection will take place at pop-up, outdoor collection locations. We are accepting donations of unopened non-perishable food items, home goods, bedding, mini-fridges, appliances, clothing, and accessories. Please note the complete list of accepted items below. These items will be donated to our community partners,  Capital City Rescue Mission, Trinity Alliance, and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.).

Donations can be made at the following times and locations. Each location will have a table and volunteer sporting our yellow Give+Go t-shirts to recieve your donations. Students living off campus are encouraged to stop by these on-campus locations to donate as well.
Drop off locations are central outdoor spots, including south quad, by DHall, by Sussman Village at Can Crossing intersection, and by Moore Apartments.

Please reference the list below for items we can and cannot accept. Please note that WE CANNOT ACCEPT TEXTBOOKS this year. 
We cannot accept textbooks, broken goods, or perishable items.

We encourage you to start packing early, especially if you live in the apartments and have a lot to move! More tips here:

  • For the things we cannot accept at Give+Go...
    • For broken and unwanted, dated electronics, you can drop off these items to e-waste recycling by contacting Campus Safety to escort you to the collection shelves in Wait Hall basement. We accept broken TVs, laptops, printers, and more. We also have an electronics recycling day on May 6. 
    • Batteries and printer cartridges can be recycled in the Post Office in Case Center. A tall green collection unit is located at the north end of the Post Office.
    • Textbooks can be sold back to Skid Shop bookstore, online, or amongst peers in your major/minor.
  • You can post your books, furniture, etc to Skidmore's Swap and Sell page on Facebook.
  • Save boxes from the Post Office to make moving easy! Reference our Green Guide on Move-Out for a more thorough guide to moving out.

At the end of the year, collection bins are placed around campus and students are asked to donate unwanted clothing, furniture, household items, books, and food. Then approximately 50 staff, faculty and student volunteers collect the items and coordinate with our partners to donate and reuse them.

In years past, Skidmore has partnered with the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Skidmore-Haiti Initiative, CAPTAIN Program, Capital City Rescue Mission, Trinity Alliance, and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) to collect and donate goods.

Check out our video below to learn about this program, which has redistributed food and gently used goods from move-out to the Saratoga Springs community for over a decade.

The video above features Skidmore volunteers collecting and sorting donations, and it includes footage from one of our partner organizations, Backstretch Employee Service Team.

We offered a limited donation collection this fall of unopened non-perishable food items, unopened toiletries, and clothes. Food donations were used to stock a temporary Winter Break Food Pantry, a new program coordinated with Sustainability, SGA, Challah for Hunger, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Clothing and toiletries were delivered to our partner organizations, including Franklin Community Center, Backstretch Employee Service Team, Saratoga EOC, Shelters of Saratoga, and Noah's Attic.

We encourage students to pack or store their goods this fall, as we anticipate moving back to campus this spring. You will need your lamps, dishes, home goods, and organizers again in a couple months!

Accepted Donation Items*

  • Unopened non-perishable food items (individually wrapped items  in an open box are acceptable).
  • Unopened toiletries (including laundry pods, dish soap, body soaps, shampoos, deodorant, toothpaste, PPE like gloves and masks).
  • Unopened menstrual products (individually wrapped pads and tampons in an open box are acceptable).
  • Clothing and shoes (any season of clothing is acceptable).

*We do NOT accept books, notebooks, binders, furniture, home goods (plastic storage units, lamps, etc.), or appliances.

Donate, Recycle, Sell or Swap What You Don't Need

  •  For home goods items we cannot accept at Give+Go, we suggest you drop off your donation to these local non-profits...
    • Rebuilding Together Saratoga at 132 Milton Ave in Ballston Spa, accepts tables and chairs, solid-color sofas, accent tables, floor lamps, jewelry, and shelving.
    • Noah's Attic at 10 West High St, Ballston Spa, accepts dishware, non-textbooks, and home goods. 
    • Unwanted bicycles or bike accessories can be donated to Bikeatoga at 241 N Broadway in Saratoga Springs during open hours.
  • On campus...
    • For broken and unwanted, dated electronics, you can drop off these items to e-waste recycling by contacting Campus Safety to escort you to the collection shelves in Wait Hall basement. We accept broken TVs, laptops, printers, and more.
    • Batteries and printer cartridges can be recycled in the Post Office in Case Center. A tall green collection unit is located at the north end of the Post Office.
    • Textbooks can be sold back to Skid Shop bookstore in Spring 2021, online, or amongst peers in your major/minor.
  • You can post your books, furniture, etc to Skidmore's Swap and Sell page on Facebook.