Campus California is a non-profit organization operating a clothing collection program in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Bakersfield area in California. The proceeds from the sales of collected clothing are used to provide grants for non-profit organizations fighting poverty in the US and abroad.
Campus California, a Richmond, CA based non-profit organization, has announced its end of the year results. The organization collected over 8,000,000 pounds (3500 tons) of clothing in 2011 for reuse and recycling. Based on the EPA's Green House Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this is equivalent to preventing the release of 12,600 tons of CO2 in the air, or taking 2200 cars off the road for a year.
Campus California operates the largest clothing donation box program in the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to expand. Most recently new donation boxes were placed in Bakersfield, CA. Donations of clothing, shoes, books, toys, and DVD or other media items are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The proceeds Campus California raised from the sale of donated goods in 2011 allowed them to donate $320,000 in grants to support the training and placement of volunteers in development projects in Africa, Central, and South America. Volunteers work with impoverished communities to improve living conditions in many different ways; projects include creating small community gardens to promote sustainable growing practices and increase local food security.