“Give+Go” is thrifty and green

“Give+Go” is thrifty and green

May 9, 2014

Skidmore and community volunteers are again collecting what students would otherwise leave behind as they head home.  Instead of going to a landfill, the items go to local charities.

At the end of each academic year when students leave campus, an enormous amount of used but usable goods get left behind. So Skidmore has again partnered with Goodwill of Greater NY and NJ and the Saratoga racetrack’s Backstretch Employee Service Team to put the discards to good use.

Give+Go will take a wide variety of items, including clothing and shoes, unopened food, bedding and towels, computer printers, refrigerators, and small appliances in working condition. Unacceptable items include anything that is broken, opened food, or soiled items. 

Give+Go is run almost entirely through volunteers, who, along with Sustainability staff, began collecting goods on May 5 during lunchtime drop-offs at Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. There are also two pick-up days at the residence halls: Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 to 4pm, in the Jonsson Tower parking lot.

Last year's Give+Go was a big success, with over 60 tons of furniture and household items donated, according to Sustainability Coordinator Rachel Willis.

For details or to volunteer, e-mail Willis right away .

Tags: Community, Sustainability, Give+Go, Sustainable Skidmore, Civic Engagement