27 November 2018
This month, we hosted a special lunch at Robert Purcell Community Center to thank all of the volunteers who make the annual Dump & Run a success, and we presented checks to the organizations who supply many of our volunteers.
Cornell's Dump & Run program collects items from students leaving campus in May, and resells them to students moving in each August. In addition to diverting tons of reusable items from the waste stream, the annual Dump & Run sale raises money each year for local charitable organizations.
This year, we raised $55,000 for our local non-profits, with more than $475,000 distributed to community partners since 2003.
This important project diverted 30 tons of items and materials from the landfills where they would otherwise have ended up, and more than 3,000 volunteer hours were dedicated to making it all happen. As just one example, 150 minifridges were sold, not to mention countless tons of clothing, household items, school supplies, and furniture.
The proceeds from this year's sale benefit Cops, Kids & Toys, United Way of Tompkins County, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Finger Lakes, and the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League.
Stay tuned! In Spring 2019 we'll again be collecting items students and community members no longer need, and we'll be selling it again in the fall.