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Habitat for Humanity Wants Your Dorm Items
Habitat for Humanity will be collecting unwanted dorm items such as furniture, lamps, etc. from Wednesday, May 7th through Friday, May 9th. To donate items, bring them to the drop sites in Cedar, Scanlon, or Somers where there will be chalked off sites near the dumpsters. The donated items will then be sold by Habitat for Humanity on August 29th (freshman move-in day) to fund their build trip over Spring Break.
Often, in the rush to move out, useable and valuable items (sometimes even TVs!) are thrown away. Not only are these items being wasted, but it is expensive for the school to dispose of them. By donating instead, these items can be kept out of landfills, cut schools expenses, and help fund a student club. Reusing these items also demonstrates the important Benedictine value of Stewardship.
"There's really no downside," said Professor Jane Wattrus, who partnered with Scholastica's Habitat for Humanity club to start the event.
The idea for the donation drive and sale came when Wattrus brought her own son to college two years ago. A club on campus was holding a move-in sale of items recycled from the year before. When she returned home she began doing research, and found that a number of colleges hold similar sales. She began looking for a club on campus that wanted to take on the project, eventually approaching Habitat for Humanity. Working together, they held their first "Triple D" collection at the end of last year, with a sale on move-in day at the beginning of this year. The sale earned Habitat for Humanity about $600, to be used over Spring Break when the club travels south to build a home.
"We do a lot of good with the money," said Breanna Haag, president of the Habitat for Humanity club. She also added that items don't have to big or expensive to donate. Anything from futons to dorm fridges to shower caddies are welcome.
If you would like to get involved with the Triple D Program or with Habitat for Humanity, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. "We still need a couple more people to help us sell the goods over move-in weekend, so any help would be really appreciated," said Haag.Although they are only active as a group during the school year, they also send out emails in the summer about build opportunities, and can add interested individuals to their email list.
Please consider donating your dorm and apartment items as you move out. Not only will you be helping the school and a club, but the environment as well.