Benefit Sale and Recycling Project Benefits Two Local Agencies
November 15, 2009
Last May, Mount Union College’s Move-Out Day Benefit Sale and Recycling Project “Trash to Treasure” raised more than $2,300 in cash, and 500 canned food items, 200 pairs of shoes, 3,000 clothing items, 50 pieces of furniture and boxes of school supplies and toiletries were donated to benefit area United Way agencies.
United Way chose to distribute the monetary donation to two local agencies in Alliance – Stuckey Interfaith Child Development Center and the SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) program through the Early Childhood Education Alliance Inc. Each agency was recently presented with a check for $1,172.35.
“We are thrilled to give the proceeds of Mt. Union’s student-led sale back to Alliance community programs,” said Maria Heege, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Greater Stark County. “The Trash to Treasure sale has been a win for everyone involved – the community, the agencies and their clients.”
This sale, sponsored by the Student Senate Purple Raider Empowerment Program (PREP), was instituted to empower every Mount Union student, staff and faculty member to address the issue of waste reduction and recycling as well as serve the Alliance community. As students move out of their dorm rooms, they often throw out mass amounts of food, old appliances and other valuables. This project presented the opportunity to recycle these materials and raise funds to benefit United Way.
Mount Union’s Office of Community Service and Service-Learning and the Center for Public Service organized the sale and members from the Office of Residence Life, Student Senate and Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) volunteered and helped with the project. Students not only donated items for the sale, but also volunteered their time to help see the project through from start to finish.
“We’re excited that United Way chose these two local agencies in the Alliance to benefit from our efforts,” said Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach at the College. “To see our philanthropic donations put to use in our own community benefitting young children is wonderful.”
The second annual “Trash to Treasure” sale has been scheduled for May 5-6, 2010.