Story posted June 09, 2008
Bowdoin's seventh annual Give & Go fundraiser was the most successful sale in its history. The massive sale, held June 7, 2008, in Dayton Arena, took in more than $39,600.
Proceeds from the sale are distributed among the 38 local non-profit organizations whose volunteers helped collect, sort, clean and organize items for the sale.
"I am incredibly grateful for the time and effort that these non-profit organizations put into managing such a successful sale," says Keisha Payson, Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin and organizer of the Give & Go sale.
"Trying to collect and organize all of those goods in such a short period of time — from the little things like pens, pencils and paper to the thousands of clothing items — it is an enormous achievement. And it's not just me, I've heard from many students about how much they appreciate having an easy alternative during move-out for getting rid of unwanted items rather than sending them to the landfill."
Organizers anticipate an additional $1,000 in buy-back money from textbooks that were taken to the bookstore.
Non-profit groups participating this year:
American Legion #171
American Red Cross
A Paw in the Door
Beth Israel Congregation
Boy Scout Troop 621
Brunswick Coastal Rotary
Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association, Cathance River Education Alliance, and Compassion Center of Midcoast Maine
Daughters of Isabella 508
Eagles Wrestling Club
Lending Light Medical Mission
Merrymeeting Community Shares
Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program
Midcoast Presbyterian Church, Topsham
Saint Mary's Church
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Venture Crew 621
Venture Crew 789
Woolwich Junior Athletics
Give & Go is another example of Bowdoin's commitment to sustainability.
The sale promotes the reuse of viable items and spares them from the landfill - all while helping non-profit organizations in the community.