13 August 2013
Think of it as recycling on a grand and unusually visible scale. For the eleventh year in a row, Cornell University's Dump & Run program gives students who are leaving campus in May the opportunity to donate items they no longer need, rather than discarding them, and then offers them for sale in August to benefit local charities.
Stop by Helen Newman Gym, on Credit Farm Road on Cornell's north campus, on Saturday, August 24th from 8:30am-4pm or Sunday, August 25th from 9am-2pm for terrific deals on donated items such as clothing, shoes, furniture, electronics, school and office supplies, organizers, and sporting goods. Everything is available at much lower prices than the same items when purchased new, and everything's in usable (or even perfect) condition.
We're still looking for volunteers to help pre-sale, on sale days, and post-sale. The week of August 19th-23rd, we need loaders and sale setup people. On Saturday and Sunday we need greeters, floor patrol, re-stockers, specialty table volunteers, pricers, and cashiers. And, after the sale, on Sunday afternoon and Monday the 26th, we need site clean-up and warehouse clean-up volunteers.
Last year's Dump & Run collected approximately 20 tons of reusable items, keeping that material out of landfills, and raised more than $50,000 at a weekend community sale that featured clothing and jewelry, lamps and TVs, kitchenware, and furniture.
Countless sorts of reusable items are available, including clothing, shoes, shelving and organizing units, working appliances and electronics, sporting goods, coat hangers, new toiletries, decorations, and textbooks. The program does not accept donations of mattresses, pillows, underwear, socks, or anything broken. Donations of unopened and non-perishable food were passed along to area food pantries this spring.
Students and staff volunteers collected items this spring that departing students might otherwise have thrown away, sorted and organized them over the summer, and resell them when students return to town in August. Admission to the sale is free; the sale is open to all area residents.
Proceeds from Dump & Run this year will benefit Cops, Kids & Toys; Loaves & Fishes; Shelter Outreach Services; Greater Ithaca Activities Center; Finger Lakes ReUse; and the Cornell United Way Student Campaign. Since the program began in 2003, Cornell has contributed nearly $250,000 to Ithaca-area charities, and donated many tons of reusable goods to local human service agencies.
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