Top donations received during ShareFest 2018,  from 67 item types and 97 tons of items donated.
Top donations received during ShareFest 2018, from 67 item types and 97 tons of items donated.

Moving out? Tidying up? Help others and donate to ShareFest May 15-21

15 years of helping others in need: Record 97 tons of items donated in 2018

By Susan Meikle, university news and communications

sharefest-logoMoving out or decluttering your home? Donate furniture, clothing, kitchenware and other items to the 15th annual ShareFest during Miami’s Move-Out Week May 15-21.

Collected items — many of which might otherwise end up in the landfill — are given to area social service agencies.  Recipient groups give their donations to families in need or sell them to help fund services for their clients.  

During ShareFest 2018, Miami students and the Oxford community donated:

  • A record 97 tons of items,
  • generating more than $65,000 for recipient groups, and
  • directly benefitting more than 40 families in need.

 How to donate: 


Donation collection truck at Chestnut Fields.

Check the list of needed donations (not accepted: mattresses, sofa beds) at

  • DIY: Drop off your donation at Chestnut Fields parking lot (101 W. Chestnut Street) between 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • On-campus students: donate at the designated area in each residence hall.
  • Have a heavy item? Schedule a donation pick-up: Anyone in the 45056 zip code area may fill out the online form and ShareFest volunteers will come to pick up your items. 

Where do the donations go?

Recipient groups for 2019 include: 

Butler County Educational Service Center Success Program: ShareFest 2018 donations helped more than 40 families.  

Habit for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati: 20 truckloads of items were collected during ShareFest 2018 with an estimated retail value of $15,000-$20,000.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries: ShareFest 2018 donated 79,305 pounds of goods that generated $35,100 in revenue.

Oxford Community Choice Pantry:  3,908 pounds of food received during ShareFest 2018.

Talawanda School District Social Work Team.

New this year: Microrecipients

Several groups will receive small targeted items:

ShareFest is a service and environmental nonprofit corporation dedicated to the collection and redistribution of items donated by Miami students and the Oxford community at the end of the academic year.

Representatives from Miami University on the ShareFest board of directors include Rob Abowitz, associate director of residence life, and Adam Sizemore, director of sustainability.  

Volunteers and sponsors from many groups in the Miami and Oxford communities, nonprofit agencies and area businesses contribute to the success and growth of ShareFest each year.

What donations are trending up?  Lawn chairs, toaster ovens and crutches:

sharefest items that-doubled-2017-to-2018