Spirit of Giving is a campus tradition to support local families during the season of generosity - now until Dec 13th

At the Center for Community Engagement, we believe that stable housing, food security and access to essential household goods support a positive growth environment for youth scholars. We invite the Seattle University community to join us for our annual campus tradition: the Spirit of Giving. There are two aspects of the tradition: an Essential Goods Drive and the Online Gift Registry. 

Donate Essential Goods

Here's what we are collecting:

  • Soap (hand, laundry, dish etc.)
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper, pads/tampons
  • Shampoo/conditioner 
  • Dental care items
  • Cleaning supplies 

Look for boxes around campus OR ship/drop off to the CCE

Give Gifts to Local Residents

  1. Sign up and select a gift online! Each item on the registry was requested by local families and community partners in the Seattle University Youth Initiative
  2. Bring or ship your unwrapped gifts any time between Nov 12th and Dec 13th to the Center for Community Engagement.

Ship Directly: 901 12th Ave, DOUG 100, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122 

Drop off in person at the CCE: 1223 E Cherry St. between 8:30am-5pm


See All Gift Requests

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Community Partners

With more than 150 community partners, our placed-based approach to service spans every neighborhood in Seattle. Explore the interactive map or visit ConnectSU to search for organizations that match your interest areas. 

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Kent Koth explains the role of the Center for Community Engagement as a part of the Seattle University Youth Initiative.

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Seattle University Youth Initiative

The Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) unites the University and the wider Seattle community.

The Initiative strives to strengthen education and support systems for 1,000 neighborhood youth and their families while enhancing the University by providing service, learning and research experience to students, faculty, and staff. Launched in February 2011, the Youth Initiative has quickly become the largest community engagement project in the institution’s history and a signature element of the University. 

The Seattle University Youth Initiative provides campus—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—with opportunities to lead for a just and humane world. 

Seattle University is nestled in the midst of historic and dynamic neighborhoods, each of which has tremendous leaders who make Seattle a wonderful place to live, learn and serve. 

The Center for Community Engagement is committed to a place-based approach along with campuses all across the country. 

When families are engaged in their child’s formal school experiences, their children often show improved performance in all grade levels, regardless of a family’s background or socio-economic status. 

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With more than 150 partnered organizations and service-learning courses, we offer students many opportunities to get involved and serve local. 

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