Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Community Event

Organize A Used Clothing Donation Drive

Establishing a donation drive is a great way for you to unite with others in your area and/or group to clear out unwanted items, while ensuring that these items do not end up in landfills. So why not take your spring cleaning initiatives one step further, and be environmentally proactive?

For this year's community event we encourage you to collect weather-appropriate clothing through a used clothing donation drive. A donation drive provides communities with a mutually beneficial way to inspire teamwork and improve the quality of life for the homeless and low-income families in need.

If you're stuck, here are a few steps you can take to organize your own used clothing donation drive in your local community:

  • Get the support of your co-workers, classmates, neighbors, friends, and family.

    Getting others to pitch in can stimulate the growth and impact of your drive and seed future charitable events.
  • Create a timeline and identify a location for the drive.

    Usually, a two-week period (one week for promotion plus one week for collection) is enough time. Finding a location is easy: it could be your workplace lobby, lunch room or cafeteria, or within departments/classrooms. Be creative. Don't forget to obtain permission to use the space for your collection boxes!
  • Contact a charitable agency.

    Identify and reach out to a local shelter, the Salvation Army, or Goodwill to arrange a suitable date and time for the pickup of collected items. 

Did you know that American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) even accepts clothing remnants that are stained or torn? ATRS states, "Stained blue jeans are ideal for insulation, torn fabrics become cleaning towels or wiping rags and holey sweaters can be rewoven into thread, just to name a few." Find the nearest ATRS recycler in your region.

What else can I do?

  • Host a Science Café on the environmental aspects of the four CCED topics of air, soil, recycling, or water.
  • Perform hands-on activity demonstrations for the public at local venues, such as malls, schools, and libraries.
  • Be creative and organize your own innovative or engaging event. Your section may nominate the event for one of two ChemLuminary Awards. Contact your local section officer for details.


Search Events in Your Community

Search for or submit your local event in the CCED Event Locator.