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Hoosier to Hoosier Sale Benefits Local Organizations

It is a common site throughout campus in early May: Furniture, appliances, and other items left behind during move-out must be collected and removed. So what happens to all that stuff? If it is in good condition, chances are it will get a new lease on life thanks to IUB’s Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) Community Sale in August.

“The Hoosier to Hoosier initiative aims to reclaim reusable items from IU students during the spring move-out period, which are then sold at Gladstein Fieldhouse [1101 E. 17th Street, next to Assembly Hall] during the fall move-in period,” explained Steve Akers, associate director of RPS environmental operations. Akers and his team have long collected possessions left behind by departing students and in 2010 the idea for H2H was born.

“Beginning last year, all the items collected culminated in a sale that raised $10,400 which was donated to United Way of Monroe County and Habitat for Humanity/ReStore. In addition, we diverted over 20 tons from the landfill in the form of items we sold and ‘reused’ to those in the community,” Akers said.

Beginning April 17, collection boxes will be placed in each residence hall and Greek house, as well as some off-campus apartments. Signage at each location will specify what items are accepted, which includes just about everything except mattresses and perishable food, Akers said. Students should also watch for e-mail announcements and notices around campus.

Most donations occur during move-out in May, but students can donate items throughout the early summer. Volunteers from IUB and the Bloomington community then organize, sort, price, and prepare the items at Gladstein Fieldhouse. This year’s sale will be held Saturday, August 20 and is open to the public. Like last year, 100 percent of the money raised will be donated to nonprofit agencies in Monroe County.

Partner organizations for the 2011 event are United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity/ReStore, IU Office of Sustainability, Residential Programs & Services, IU Athletics, and the City of Bloomington. “In addition to giving IU students another option at move-out time, H2H enables students to help their neighbors in need and engenders a strong sense of volunteerism in the community.”

To learn more, contact H2H@indiana.edu.