Earth Week Clothing Drive a College-Village Effort

Release Date:
April 8, 2012
Matt Heidt,

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Hilbert College Student Government Association is partnering with the Village of Hamburg to collect used clothing from the community to benefit two local charities as part of SustainU’s oneShirt Challenge, the nation’s largest collegiate clothing drive.

OneShirt challenges college students from across the country to collect and donate used clothing during Earth Week 2012, which takes place from April 16-22. Donations may be dropped off in bins around Hilbert’s Hamburg campus at 5200 South Park Ave., the Village of Hamburg Youth Center at 200 Prospect Ave., and Village Hall at 100 Main St. Donated items will benefit the St. Vincent De Paul Society and Operation Good Neighbor.
Building on momentum from last year when nearly 100 schools participated, SustainU, a leading producer of 100 percent recycled clothing made in the U.S., expects more than 200 schools throughout the country to join the inter-school competition.
Collected clothes will be weighed and schools with the highest total and per-student amounts will be declared the Big Shirts on Campus winners. At Hilbert, the class year of students, from freshmen to seniors, that collects the most donations will receive a Very Eco People pizza party.
For more information or to arrange for a clothing pick up, contact Jean MacDonald, SGA advisor and director of student activities, at 926-8932 or e-mail

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.