Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP) Program
Dates for 2017
||June 5 - June 13
||Most residence hall lobbies|
The Demon Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP) program is an
initiative that aims to educate students on the ways in which
upcycling their items can help reduce waste while also providing materials for
others and helping sustain a Vincentian mission here at DePaul. This initiative
began in 2009 and raises
money for the Office of Mission and Values' Vincentian Assistance Fund,
which goes to directly help students in emergent need. All items
left over are donated to
an array of nonprofits in the Chicagoland area.
Past Year Recaps
Thanks to collaboration between Housing Services, Office of Mission and Values and Residential Education, yearly Demon SWAP events have been very successful. In 2016, the SWAP shop raised $4,362.58, a new record! In 2015, the SWAP shop raised a total of $3,155.05, also up from $2,039.53 in 2014. Money raised each year went to the Vincentian Assistance Fund, and the remaining items that were unsold were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and local charities.
Each year we look for individuals who can volunteer time during finals week to gather and sort items that are received. We also look for student, faculty and staff volunteers to work the actual event. This volunteering is eligible for most fraternity/sorority, school or work service hours. Watch for details posted in residence halls and on social media.
For additional information, contact Housing Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 325-7196.
Watch this video to learn more about the mission of the SWAP program!