Swap For Good: Swap Unwanted Clothes, Fight Domestic Violence

Clothes in closet

Photo by Perry Moore

You’re already hip to “swishing” parties and you trade clothes with your pals on a regular basis. So why not step things up a notch and give your clothing swapathons an extra dimension of meaning? Swap for Good is grassroots nonprofit that works to raise money for local domestic-violence shelters through swapping parties. The premise is simple: Hold your swap as usual but ask attendees to throw in some money for your local shelter. You’re already saving money by not buying new, so it won’t be a stretch to donate some of that cash to support members of your community.

Clothes pegs on clothesline

Photo by soylentgreen23


Based in San Francisco, Swap For Good was founded by Orli Cotel and Brianna Cayo Cotter, who work as environmental and social activists by day. After years of hosting clothing swaps, the neighbor-friends decided that they could make them even better by integrating a social aspect to help people in need. 

Their brainwave couldn’t have happened at a better time. Support for victims of domestic abuse is largely underfunded, and with the economic downturn, cases of abuse are on the upswing. In fact, three out of four domestic-abuse shelters are reporting an increase in women seeking assistance since September 2008, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Support for victims of domestic abuse is largely underfunded, and with the economic downturn, cases of abuse are rising.

Supporting the live-saving work of domestic-violence shelters by hosting a swap is easy. Simply enter your zip code into Swap For Good’s shelter-finder to locate a domestic shelter near you. After you’ve made your selection, invite your friends and tell them that the swap also doubles as a fundraiser. Swap For Good doesn’t take any fees and all donations should be sent directly to your shelter.

You’re not limited to clothing, of course; feel free to exchange books, movies, toys, and housewares. Swap For Good is hoping to facilitate 100 swapping parties by the end of May, so register your party online now, get a new wardrobe for summer, and do some good.

+ Swap For Good

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