The end of the academic year always brings an exodus from the ten residence halls at Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus.
But this year, as students boxed and bagged up their possessions, a concerted effort by the University’s office of Residential Life and the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice steered the gently used clothing, furniture and house wares that might have otherwise been discarded toward the Bronx’ neediest residents.
Elizabeth Amico, Assistant Director for Housing Operations estimated that eight lounges around campus were filled with donations, reflecting a more concerted effort to let students know, about the effort before they began packing up the summer.
“Some lounges, you could not even walk into and we had to break stuff up into multiple lounges,” she said.
Betamia Coronel, the Dorothy Day Center’s associate coordinator of community service, said the groups that accepted donations this year included the Salvation Army, Thorpe Family Residence, P.O.T.S. soup kitchen, Fordham Bedford Community Services , Fordham University RETC – Center for Professional Development, Concourse House, and the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter.