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Bowdoin Invites Local Non-Profit Organizations to Benefit from "Dump and Run"

Story posted April 13, 2004

Bowdoin College invites volunteers from local non-profit organizations to participate in this June's "Dump and Run" sale, and raise funds for their organizations in the process.

As part of Bowdoin's efforts to increase on-campus waste reduction and reuse of materials, the Sustainable Bowdoin Office will again sponsor its end-of-the-school-year "move out yard sale," known as Dump and Run. This event entails collecting unwanted furniture, electrical appliances, and other items during student move-out, and then selling the items in a public yard sale, to be held this year on Saturday, June 12.

After covering expenses such as newspaper advertising and truck rental, Bowdoin will distribute all remaining proceeds from the sale to those local non-profit organizations providing volunteers to help with the event. The proceeds will be divided based on the total number of hours worked by each organization.

Two years ago, the sale raised $11,000. Last year's event raised $19,000, a record for Dump and Run sales across the country.

Requiring over 100 workers staffing 23 eight-hour days, Dump and Run is a large operation, and volunteers from local non-profit organizations have proven to be critical to the sale's success.

Workers will be needed to collect items from student housing and designated Dump and Run collection sites, deliver items to Dayton Arena, sort and price items, staff sales tables, assist with purchases, and clean up. Heavy lifting may be required for some tasks.

Volunteer dates are May 21-26 and May 28-June 13.

The deadline to sign up is Saturday, May 1.

For more information, contact Keisha Payson, coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin, at 725-3086 or

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