Dump and Run organizers put out call for volunteers

Dump and Run organizers put out call for volunteers

CHAMPAIGN —  The annual Dump and Run has always been interested in a good couch or set of plates, but this year the emphasis is on volunteers.

The University YMCA is gearing up for donations to sell in August, a win-win situation with money going to a good cause rather than things going into a Dumpster when people could have used them.

Last year, the drop-off and storage was at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, while the campus YMCA facility at 1001 S. Wright St. underwent renovation.

"It's much more convenient for our staff to have it in our building, and it's more centralized for students," Director of Development Becca Guyette said.

Six hours of volunteer time gets you early pickings, she said.

"We are trying to get the community more engaged in the volunteer aspect," Guyette said. "Every year, people say they wish they'd known they could help out. We're doing a push to recruit as many people as possible at the sale in August."

Guyette said the YMCA is also teaming up with the city of Champaign to encourage people to pitch in rather than pitch out.

The sale is Aug. 20 and 21 at the Stock Pavilion.

Collection begins this month. From May 9-14 and May 16-20, collections run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with late collection until 7 p.m. on May 12 and 19.

Dump and Run collects reusable items that students and others would otherwise throw away during the May move-out period. The YMCA sells the collected items at a time when the students come back.

The aim is to cut litter and consumer waste, save space in landfills, lower dumping costs for certified housing and apartments and provide inexpensive items for folks to purchase in the fall, Guyette said.

The effort doesn't take stoves, washers, dryers, nonworking electronics and computer parts, sleeper sofas, mattresses and large exercise equipment.

The Habitat for Humanity store in downtown Champaign may be able to take some of these items.

The group does take clothing in nearly new condition, furniture, working electronics, backpacks, bicycles, school supplies, jewelry, winter clothing, shoes, kitchen appliances, glassware, CDs/records, books, working computers, artwork, toys, sporting equipment, nonperishable food items, toiletries, lawn and garden items and other household goods.

For more information about Dump and Run, other special projects and ways to give to the University YMCA, contact Guyette at becca@universityymca.org

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