Story posted May 24, 2010
Every late May as Bowdoin students pack up their belongings for the summer, there are many items that don't make it into cars or suitcases or storage-including furniture, clothing, appliances, food, and even half-full boxes of laundry detergent. In 2002, in an effort to prevent these things from being thrown in dumpsters, Bowdoin teamed up with local non-profits to collect and then sell students' unwanted items in the Give and Go sale (formerly called "Dump and Run"). Collection boxes are placed in dorms and social houses, and outside college apartments, during exam period, into which students can place items for the Give and Go sale. Once students place donations in the boxes the items become property of Give and Go. Give and Go donates all food items to the MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, and any unsold items from the sale are donated to charities.
This year's sale will take place at Fort Andross, in the space next to the Flea Market, on Saturday, June 12th from 8am -2pm. A two hour pre-sale event is scheduled for Thursday, June 10th for current Bowdoin employees and students and the volunteers who participate in the sale. A Bowdoin student or employee ID or volunteer ticket is required for entry.
The Give and Go Sale benefits, and is run by, over thirty different local non-profits, and volunteers range from teenagers to retirees. Of the participating non-profits, the four Coordinating Organizations for 2010 are American Legion #171, Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue, Daughters of Isabella #508, and the Eagles Wrestling Club. The Give and Go point people for both Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue and the Eagles Wrestling Club are also Bowdoin employees-dining services' Head Baker Joanne Adams and facilities management Carpenter Mike Taylor. Along with Keisha Payson, Bowdoin's Sustainability Coordinator, they help facilitate collaboration been the college and the local organizations for the Give and Go sale. All the proceeds of the sale go to the organizations based on the number of hours their members put into the sale, from collection to clean-up.
Linda Danielson is the volunteer services manager for Sweetser, one of Maine's most comprehensive mental health organizations for children, adults and families, and has been involved in the Give and Go sale since its very first year. Danielson calls participation in the sale a "real pleasure," saying, "it's a wonderful idea to begin with, but the very best part is how it helps out local organizations!" Sweetser has used the funds raised by Give and Go to establish and run a mentor program in the local community. Danielson adds that her favorite part of the sale each year is collecting the items donated by students. "It's fascinating-just fascinating-all the different kinds of things you find!"
This sale has raised over two hundred thousand dollars for local non-profits over the past eight years, and is a great way to promote local recycling. Want more information? Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
"the very best part is how it helps out local organizations"
— Linda Danielson, volunteer coordinator for Sweetser