From Dorms to Community
Collection, Sorting and Donation of Clothing, Food, and General Items
Operation S.A.V.E. was initiated by the CIAC and Facilities Services at the end of the 1996-97 academic year. While it did not begin in partnership with the Tacoma Public School District, its strongest level of success has been with TPS and their programs for families.
There are many organizations that come together to make this a success. The Operation S.A.V.E. pickup crew is comprised of young people from Metro Parks Special Populations program led by Professor Emeritis David Droge. More than six hundred 60-gallon bags were donated this year by Simpson/Tacoma Kraft and our own Facilities Department added additional resources for recycling. During move-out, bags are filled by students as they prepare to leave campus for the summer. The pick up crew, with the assistance of members of our staff, alumni, students and other community partners pick up the bags from the residential facilities and deliver them to Kilworth Chapel basement where the items are then sorted by even more community volunteers, Puget Sound faculty, staff and students.
Arrangements are made for the Tacoma Public Schools to pick up all of the sorted items and take them to be cleaned and then delivered to various sites. This year, Operation S.A.V.E. involved many organizations. They included Tacoma Public Schools, New Connections - Irma Gary House, Campfire Teen Outreach, Salvation Army Tacoma, Peace Community Center, Lincoln High School ROTC students, St. Vincent DePaul, Tacoma Rescue Mission Need-A-Break program and the Tacoma Catholic Worker. In all, it has been calculated that more than 600-60 gallon bags worth of items were donated to various community recipients. Operation S.A.V.E. is truly a collaborative effort between the university and our community partners.
The Tacoma Public Schools Tone Resource Center sends out a Thanks for Operation S.A.V.E.