Residence Hall Association

Closet Clean-Out 2019


The end of the semester is here and that means that it is almost time for you to move out of your home away from home on campus. While you are packing, take a moment to determine if there are any items you no longer need.  Consider donating the items during our “UNCW Closet Clean-Out” donation drive.  UNCW Closet Clean-Out is a collaborative initiative between Sustainability Stewards, Catholic Campus Ministry, Office of Student Leadership and Residence Hall Association that will collect new and gently used items to be repurposed through local organizations to assist those in need in our area.  As North Carolina’s coastal university, UNCW defines itself by our environment. We have a responsibility to preserve the beauty of our natural areas while also helping our community members. This program is an all-around win by:


1.       Helping those who live in poverty: UNCW Closet Cleanout is an opportunity for UNCW students to outreach into the local community to help local families who are economically disadvantaged.

2.       Reducing Landfill Waste: Producing new clothes, bedding, furniture, and such items uses our Earth’s natural resources and throwing them away adds more to our already large landfills. The earth can only tolerate so much waste, so donating reduces production and landfill usage.

3.       Raising Consciousness: It is always a great practice to consider what you have accumulated and evaluate what you really need. It then gives you the opportunity to donate to good causes and get involved in serving the larger community.

4.       Saving Money: The University has to pay a fee for disposing of the trash thrown dumpsters.  Ultimately students pay, this is senseless when the items students are throwing away are still in good condition and could be used by others.


Housing and Residence Life staff will soon be providing you with special bags where you can place your donations.  Item donations can be left in the “Closet Clean-Out DonationPODS®" from April 26 through May 12.   If you are unsure of your closest location then ask your RA or desk worker.  RA's and the service desk also have donation bags for any clothes, shoes and beddings.  Please understand that the donation area is not a swap shop as all donated items belong to the university to provide to the charities.  Should you have items not fit for donation, you will find large roll-off dumpster containers distributed around the residential areas brought in to handle the large volume of end-of-year trash.  We ask that you put your move-out trash in these receptacles.  Recycling should still be taken to the designated recycling drop-off containers. 


All of the donations collected at the PODs will be given to St. Mary's Tileston Outreach of Wilmington and the Habitat for Humanity Restore. For more information about items to donate or about the program in general please contact Kat Pohlman at




A volunteer accepting donations for Closet Clean-Out