MLK Day of Service

Repurposing, eWaste, and Shredding Event

Arcadia University students, in conjunction with the University’s Community and Civic Engagement Center, will host the annual MLK Day of Service Repurposing, eWaste, and Shredding event on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Murphy Hall as a way to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Members of the community are asked to bring items to be donated to a number local non-profit organizations, as well as eWaste to be ethically recycled, and shredding to be properly disposed of. Volunteers will help to unload and sort through the items to be given to each organization.  The public is invited to donate gently used items to fulfill the wish lists of local nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, New Life, VeteransMC, and ThrowBack thrift stores, Baby Bureau, Cradles to Crayons, Salvation Army, Women's Humane Society and Philadelphia Reads Items such as clothing, working electronics, housewares, school supplies, new or gently used shoes, prom dresses, and pet supplies are all welcomed donations. A full wish list of what will be accepted is available below.

In particular this year, donations of winter coats (for adults and children), baby formula, diapers, and wipes are needed to support families relocated to the area from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

This Repurposing, eWaste, and Shredding event is a great opportunity for community members looking to properly and securely dispose of eWaste electronic or metal items (with the exception of televisions and CRT monitors). 611 Metals Recycling will be collecting on site. Additionally, ShredOne will provide a maximum security shredding service for documents that contain sensitive information.

Arcadia's CCEC is offering a drive-up service for the Repurposing, eWaste, and Shredding event, with volunteers available to unload cars. Community members are asked to use the Church Road entrance and follow signs to the drop off area. 

Last January we had approximately 1,200 cars and over a hundred volunteers partake in our 2017 MLK Day of Service. This allowed us to collect 16 tons of e-waste that were ethically recycled and 27.5 tons of free shredding. In addition, we were able to fill the trucks of seven non-profits with donations, as well as provide donations to the six other organizations we partnered with. Our 117 volunteers, consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff, contributed 590 total hours of service.

Below are the 2018 wish lists from the organizations that we will be partnering with for the event.

Infant Necessities

Baby Bureau​

  • New Baby Board Books
  • New Baby Rattles

Cradles to Crayons

  • Baby equipment (strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays, etc. No cribs)
  • Baby hygiene items (New wipes, shampoo, lotion, powder, etc.)
  • Children’s winter clothing (sizes 0-14/16, adult smalls)
  • Crib & bassinet bedding (blankets & sheets only)
  • Diapers, diaper bags, baby carriers
  • New socks & underwear 
  • School supplies (New)

Town Watch Integrated Services / HACE

  • Winter coats (for adults and children)
  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes

Thrift Donations

New Life Thrift

  • Clothing for Men, Women and Children
  • Shoes, Purses and Accessories
  • Furniture and Home Decor
  • Dishes and Kitchenware
  • Linens
  • Jewelry
  • Antiques and Collectibles
  • Books
  • Electronics and Stereos
  • CDs, DVDs, Records and Tapes

The Salvation Army

  • Appliances
  • Children's clothing
  • Furniture
  • Household goods: kitchen utensils, lamps (no light bulbs), kitchenware, paintings/art decorations.
  • Men's clothing
  • Women's clothing
  • Working electronics
  • Sports equipment

VMC Thrift Store Wish List

  • Kitchen and Dining supplies:
    • New Pots / Pans
    • Sets of utensils
    • Dish sets (plates, cups, bowls)
    • Knives
    • Large spoon
    • Large bowl
    • Tupperware
    • Small Appliances
    • Giftcard to Stock Kitchen
  • Furniture:
    • Bed and Mattress
    • Dining Table & Chairs
    • Chouch
    • Nightstand
    • Dresser
    • Coffee Table
  • New Toiletries:
    • Deodorant
    • Soap
    • Toothpaste
    • Razors
  • Linens:
    • New Pillows & Pillow Cases
    • New Blankets
    • Sheets (Twin Size)
    • Bath Towels & Washcloths
  • Other:
    • Paper Towels
    • Toilet Paper
    • Laudry Detergent
    • Laundry Basket
    • Cleaning Products
    • Broom or Mop

Throw Back Thrift

Accepts clothing, accessories, jewelry, and houshold items in good condition.
Proceeds benefit animal rescue and the community.

Household Items

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has many different items that are on their wish list.  Please look at their detailed list of Building Materials, Cabinets, Tile, Domestics, Doors, Electrical/Lighting, Flooring, Furniture, Hardware, HAVAC, Insulation, Paint (latex-based only), Plumbing, Sinks/Toilets/Tubs and Showers, Tools, Windows, and Miscellaneous Needs. Tires and light bulbs will not be accepted.  

Habitat for Humanity of MontCo & DelCo

  • Furniture – in good, re-sellable condition (cannot take baby or medical furniture, no mattresses)
  • Dining tables, chairs, buffets, hutches under 5’ wide
  • Sofas (no floral or plaid), chairs, end & coffee tables
  • Dressers, bureaus, headboards, bedframes, nightstands
  • Bookshelves, desks, cabinets
  • Kitchen Items – large and small, appliances in good working order
  • Bathroom Items
  • Toilets, sinks, vanities
  • Medicine & wall cabinets
  • Towel and dispenser hardware
  • Building materials
  • Tools & hardware
  • Lamps & light fixtures

School Supplies

Philadelphia Reads

  • New or gently used books for ages pre-school through 12th grade.
  • Picture books
  • Board books

Simply Equal Education

  • New or unused school supplies
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Color Pencils
  • Folders
  • Construction Paper

Food Items

Loaves & Fishes of Jenkintown

Nonperishable items can be donated, such as:

  • Hearty soups such as Progresso, Healthy Choice
  • Tuna packed in water
  • Peanut butter, 16 oz. jars
  • Can beans, low sodium preferred, or dried beans
  • Can vegetables, low sodium preferred
  • Beef and chicken broth, low sodium
  • Can fruit packed in juice
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Pasta, especially spaghetti 
  • Pasta sauce
  • White rice, 16 oz. bags

Animal Shelter

Women's Humane Society

  • Feliway Spray (to help reduce shelter cats’ stress)
  • D.A.P. collars and diffusers (to help reduce shelter dogs’ stress)
  • Through a Cat’s Ear (music for calming)
  • Through a Dog’s Ear (music for calming)
  • MP3 players and speakers
  • Sheets and/or towels (please no comforters, pillows or used dog beds)
  • Kiddie pools (for dogs to play in during the summer months)
  • Small Plastic Watering Cans (for filling cat water bowls)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dawn dish detergent (used for kittens)
  • Bleach for cleaning
  • Baby wipes or hand wipes 
  • Unopened bags and cans of cat and dog food
  • Pellet Food for guinea pigs (large bags preferred)
  • Cat and dog treats (soft treats preferred)
  • New toys for cats and dogs
  • Squeak toys
  • Kongs (large and extra large preferred)
  • Peanut Butter (for Kong stuffing)
  • Kuranda Dog Beds
  • Stretch & Scratch Pads for cats
  • Cat Nip
  • Clay cat litter (no clumping)
  • Low-odor pine chips or Yesterday’s News bedding for our small animal room 
  • (please no cedar chips; they can irritate the nasal passages of small animals)
  • Cardboard cat scratchers
  • Martingale collars
  • EZ Walk harnesses
  • Gentle leaders
  • Old newspaper


611 Metals Recycling

611 Metals Recycling is an ethical eWaste service used for the proper disposal and data destruction of electronics. We will be accepting computers, telephones, DVD players, copiers, cell phones, and so much more! We advise you to look at the detailed list below of what will be accepted. 

TVs will not be able to be taken at this event, but discount coupons will be handed out for TVs to be brought to either one of 611 Metals Recycling's yards. 

In addition, CRT Monitors are subject to a $15 per item disposal fee due to the dangerous metals they contain.

611 Metals will take all other metal commodities Mainframe Equipment such as Copper, Brass, Aluminum, Media Stainless and Steel Microwave Ovens Modems Monitors.

All materials will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations. All data will be destroyed. 

  • Answering Machines 
  • Networking Equipment Batteries (all types EXCEPT Alkaline) 
  • Pagers Cables/Wires
  • PDAs Camcorders 
  • Printers 
  • CDs/DVDs 
  • Printer Circuit Boards 
  • Cell Phones 
  • CD Players 
  • Remote Controls 
  • Computer Equipment
  • Scanners 
  • Computers 
  • Stereo Components 
  • Copiers
  • Stereos 
  • Cords 
  • Tapes Cassettes / VHS Tapes Duplicators 
  • Tape Players 
  • DVD Players
  • Telephones
  • Electronic Typewriters
  • Telecom Equipment
  • Electronic Games 
  • Testing Equipment 
  • Fax Machines
  • Toasters
  • Hard Drives 
  • Transparency Makers 
  • Keyboards/Mice
  • Two-Way Radios 
  • Household Electronics
  • UPS / Power Supplies
  • Ink/Toner 
  • VCRs
  • Lab Equipment
  • Word Processors
  • Laptops
  • Laptop Batteries 



ShredOne provides a safe and guaranteed service that sensitive information contained in documents will be properly disposed of. Bring out your account records, invoices, legal documents, personnel files, and more to be shredded. ShredOne does NOT accept xrays or batteries and their website also has a detailed list of what is acceptable to shred.