A mountain of futons, rugs, clothing, appliances, electronics and other items was distributed to Oneonta charities and community members this week during SUNY Oneonta’s first Move-Out Donation & Reuse Program.
From May 5-16, as students moved out of their residence halls for the summer, the college placed special donation Dumpsters near the 15 halls to collect gently used items that students no longer wanted.
On Monday, May 19, at the St. James Church in Oneonta, the items were dispersed to 10 area nonprofit organizations—Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Opportunities for Otsego, Catskill Area Hospice, RSS Inc., Spirit and Truth Christian Assembly, Northeast Parent and Child Society, St. Mary’s Church, Elm Park Church, Literacy Volunteers of Otsego & Delaware Counties, and the College Assistance Migrant Program. Once staff from the charities had selected the items they wanted, members of the community were invited to take the remaining items at no charge. Approximately 150 community members attended the event.
“Our first donation distribution event was extremely successful,” said SUNY Oneonta Sustainability Coordinator Hannah Morgan. “The college allocated two days to give away all the items, but they were gone within four hours! We hope to build on the partnerships created with the community agencies to expand the program next year.”
More than 90 cubic cards of cast-off items—including 25 futons, 50 rugs and 75 pairs of shoes—were given away through the program. Other donation items included clothing, bags, linens, office supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, sporting goods, storage containers, appliances, electronics, nonperishable food items, books, toys and kitchen appliances. The program was coordinated by the college’s Office of Sustainability and the Move-Out Committee.
SUNY Oneonta’s Office of Sustainability coordinates energy- and waste-reduction initiatives on campus and engages the campus community in sustainability programs. The office also works to integrate sustainability into the residential and academic experience.
More information about the Move-Out Program or other campus sustainability initiatives is available from Hannah Morgan at (607) 436-3312 or Hannah.Morgan@oneonta.edu.