When college students leave Ithaca each spring, they leave behind countless belongings they no longer need, no longer want, or don't consider worth moving. This weekend, some twenty tons of reusable items left behind in the spring will be offered for sale at Cornell's tenth annual Dump and Run Sale.
The Helen Newman Gym is transformed into a flea market each August.Cornell is one of over twenty colleges and universities to hold Dump and Run sales since 2000, when students organized the beginnings of a national campaign dedicated to reducing waste. Cornell's effort is run by students with support from the University's Department of Campus Life, in conjunction with volunteers from several local non-profit organizations.
Cornell Campus Life staff present a check for $11,100 to representatives from the Cops, Kids and Toys charity following the 2010 sale. Photos provided."Last year's Dump and Run program enabled Cornell to contribute $50,000 to local charities," says Karen Brown, director of marketing and communications for Campus Life at Cornell. "Over the last ten years, nearly $300,000 has been raised for non-profit organizations."
Items collected as students left campus in the spring range from clothes and furniture to electronics, school and office supplies, small appliances, and sporting goods. Non-perishable food items collected in the spring were donated to the Friendship Donation Network in Ithaca, which distributes food to local food pantries and charities.
Organizations benefiting from this year's Dump and Run Sale will include Cops, Kids, and Toys; the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; Loaves & Fishes; Shelter Outreach Services; and United Way of Tompkins County. Volunteers from these organizations and the Tompkins County Probation Department have collectively put in hundreds of hours over the summer, sorting collected items for this weekend's sale. Cornell provides storage space, payment for truck rentals and other operating expenses, and staff time.
The sale, which is open to the public, as well as to students moving onto campus and into the community this weekend, is this Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th, at the Helen Newman Gym on Cornell University's North Campus. The hours are 8:30am-4:00pm on Saturday the 24th, and 9:00am-2:00pm on Sunday the 25th.