All University of Dallas students are encouraged to bring their old clothes to the SALC for the first biannual UD Earth Service (UDES) clothing drive. The drive began on March 19 and will continue through March 30.
All donations will benefit the Salvation Army and the Home Depot recycling center. All donations will be accepted, even clothes that are in poor condition, since the club is looking to recycle any tattered donations.
UDES, which is advised by Dr. Marcy Brown-Marsden, is a fairly new campus organization. It was founded in 2008, under the name “Environmental Alliance.” The club changed its name in 2009 and now has 14 active members who are deeply passionate and proactive about preserving the environment.
The clothing drive is one of the first big campus events that the club has sponsored this year. Club president Stephanie Ossowski states that it was all part of the club’s plans to start “holding events that raise awareness about ways to improve the environment, and educating its members about environmental concerns” on campus. Members have also volunteered at local events in Irving, such as the Community Fest, a Super Bowl tree-planting event and the Irving Arbor Day celebration.
In the past, the club brought in speakers to lecture on what Ossowski describes as “environmental stewardship and the practical side of environmentalism.” The club also is involved in maintaining the recycling program on campus.
“We constantly are concerned about immediate environment, whether it be through our routine campus cleanups or a tree-planting event we held on campus,” Ossowski said. “There is a wonderful solidarity within the club. Our similar interests allow us to come together to improve UD’s campus and the local community, while also learning from our mentors and speakers.”
UDES is looking to have a clothing drive at the end of every semester, giving students a perfect opportunity to donate to those in need as they clean out their own closets. They have already received several bags of donations and are hoping for more. Donations from anyone on campus will be eagerly accepted.