GREAT NEWS for our current students and their families!

The Southern Exchange is happy to announce that we will welcome shoppers without appointments starting on Tuesday, May 4. We will be open from Tuesdays through Fridays from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Temperature checks will no longer be required but masks are requested until further notice.

Students/spouses may shop up to once a day but must be currently enrolled in classes. Our usual guidelines apply with four garments/shoes per family member per day as well as up to four household/toy items and 2 books from the book room. We have lots of 90 day items that can be taken or reserved for later pick up but shoppers may only have one such item every 90 days. Details about our policy are posted on our webpage. E-mail us at with any questions.

If you will graduate in May, you will not be eligible to shop at the Southern Exchange after May 7. If you will be moving out and donating items, please be mindful that we get a windfall of donations when students move out. PLEASE be sure that what you are donating is very usable and if not, please place those items in the dumpster and not in the donation pods!

Donations will continue to be collected in the pods in the parking lot through July 30. We ask that all donations be left undisturbed until we can process them and place them in stock.

Appointments, masks and temperature checks are still required through April 30!

The Southern Exchange

The Southern Exchange serves students and student families through the distribution of free used clothing, shoes, household goods and furniture. Join the Southern Exchange team in their essential work needed to sort and organize donations, serving and encouraging our students and their families.

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Quick Facts about The Southern Exchange

The Southern Exchange is a collection of clothing, shoes, household goods, electronics and furniture.

Donations to The Southern Exchange are being accepted at Fuller Hall, and after hours donations may be left in the hallway.

Conveniently located on campus in Fuller Hall, Rooms 10-11. Look for the sign posted near the entrance door on the northeast corner of the building.

We are delighted to reopen and look forward to serving students and families even better than before. Please read these guidelines carefully.

  1. You must be a current student or student spouse/child. This will be verified by your Shield card number at checkout.
  2. On any given day, you may checkout with up to:
    • FOUR clothing items per person
    • FOUR household items per family—including toys
    • TWO books per family
  1. Every 90 days, you may reserve a furniture item, appliance, large toy, bike, etc. We will tag what we consider to be 90 day items with a Southern Exchange tag. You must reserve these items by request from one of our volunteers. Once you are verified to be eligible, you may take the item that day but you have up to 7 days to make arrangements to pick it up. After 7 days, the reservation will be removed if the item is not picked up.
  2. Husbands and wives may each receive a 90 day item but children may not.
  3. Some especially nice 90 day items are tagged as “couples” items. These items count as a 90 day item for both the husband and the wife meaning that neither one can take another item for 90 days. We will allow 2 roommates to reserve these items as well but they are reserved under both names.
  4. We have limited food items in the kitchen room. We can provide additional items based on need. See a volunteer for details!
  5. We are open on TUESDAY-FRIDAY from 2-5 PM. We will be busy sorting on Mondays but will not be open for students.
  6. It is our joy to offer this ministry to SBTS and Boyce families….but it is a privilege for you to shop here.  That privilege will be suspended if our policies are not followed. We require you to show us how many items you have at checkout. You must stop at the checkout every time you are taking items from The Southern Exchange.
  7. Our donation bins are under surveillance. Any students who take items from the hallway before they are processed will lose their privilege and be reported to the Dean of Students. 

Volunteer at The Southern Exchange

Please contact us if you have an interest in serving with The Southern Exchange team. We have a stellar group of individuals who serve each week to help provide for seminary students and their families.

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Contact the Volunteer Coordinator

If you want more information about volunteering at Southern Seminary, contact our Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: (502) 897-4258


Visit The Southern Exchange

Please stop by The Southern Exchange or call (502) 897-4258 anytime during our hours of operation (Tuesday through Friday, 2 – 5 p.m.).

Current volunteers will be happy to get you connected and answer any questions that you have.


Changes to be made starting on May 3:

  • Three storage pods have been placed outside the main entry. They are clearly labeled so donors will know to place furniture or large items in Pod #1 and bagged items in Pod #2 (Pod #3 will be unlocked for overflow bags if Pod #2 is full).
  • Pods are unlocked from dawn to dusk each day.
  • Donations should only include good quality clothing, toys, household goods, furniture, etc. We cannot accept mattresses of any kind nor non-flat screen televisions. Please do not leave broken or stained furniture!
  • Donors who would like a receipt should leave their name and mailing address firmly attached to their donations and we will be glad to mail a receipt.

Volunteers and donors, please note the following:

  • We gladly accept donations of gently used clothing & shoes (no undergarments or lingerie)
  • We gladly accept extra kitchen & household goods (clean and in good working order)
  • We are always in need of boys’ clothing
  • We provide tax receipts upon request
  • We depend on volunteers to staff the facility each afternoon
  • We have an orientation guide on site to answer questions that volunteers might have
  • We can be contacted by email at
  • We have an onsite phone number: (502) 897-4258

The Southern Exchange accepts food items between 2-5, Tuesday-Friday. Donors should bring the items during these hours so that a volunteer may store them to keep for seminary families in need. Canned food is accepted and may be left in the donation bins. Families in need who would benefit from these donations must contact The Southern Exchange at and arrange an appointment for picking up food items.


  • We are in need of good quality clothing, especially for older girls and boys.
  • We are particularly in need of gently used furniture and toys.
  • We regret that we are no longer accepting mattresses, mattress pads, or large back televisions.

Volunteers can access the schedule below