Got stuff? Donate it!
Collegiate donation drives are abundant and each year save hundreds of thousands of tons of usable goods from going into the waste stream. And, not only is it good for the environment, it also is putting needed cash into the hands of local charities.
Remember way back in the fall when you packed your car to go to college? It was probably filled to the gills. And when you arrived on campus, family and friends helped you carry everything up to the dorm room or apartment, you settled in, bought a few new things you needed, put a rug down, decorated, got gifts for various occasions….and now you have to move out.
So you’re probably wondering what you are going to do with all of this stuff?
Don’t worry, if you
check out the bulletin board in your dorm or student activity center, there’s probably a donation drive going on during exam week on campus where you can take your “stuff” so that it will benefit a local charity and stay out of the dumpster!
Dump and Run, Ytoss, Give & Go, Don’t Dump It
Collegiate donation drives are abundant and each year save hundreds of thousands of tons of usable goods from going into the waste stream. And, not only is it good for the environment, it also is putting needed cash into the hands of local charities. Throughout the country, from Virginia Tech (Ytoss?) to University of Illinois (Dump & Run), colleges are teaming up with non-profits for this win-win model. Most organizations collect the gently use furniture, knick-knacks, clothing, and household goods, store them over the summer, and host gigantic “yard sales” when students return to school in the fall. And if you are thinking this can’t be much of a fundraiser, read more about Cornell and Penn State’s events – they raise over $40,000 each year from the sale of donated goods.
If you college doesn’t participate in an on-campus donation drive, take the initiative and pack your car early with things you would like to donate and drive them over to a local thrift shop. They’ll be happy to see you coming. Or, better yet, talk to your student association and get a donation drive going at your school. It’s the green, and neighborly, thing to do.
Remember to Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. And have a great summer!
Gail Billingsley is COO of Smart College Visit. She frequently writes about travel, technology, and college life.