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Community Benefits from WCU's "Leftovers"

The University warehouse contains such surplus items as office furniture, anti-static mats, file cabinets and lamps. But there's only so much on-campus storage.

Now, as Wayne Hall continues its conversion from a student residence hall to academic and faculty offices, the University is finding new homes for some residential furniture with Habitat for Humanity. Among the furniture from Wayne so far donated to Habitat (and the donations continue):

  • 5 standalone wardrobe closets
  • 12 dressers
  • 33 night stands
  • 7 desks
  • 3 chairs
  • 2 sofa chairs
  • 1 couch
  • 4 bedframes with drawers underneath

The donations continue: The Philadelphia Furniture Bank is collecting additional furniture through early July.

It's part of the "Pack It Up, Pass It On" initiative coordinated by the offices of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs and Off-Campus & Commuter Services. Now in its third year, the collaboration enlists student volunteers to setup collection spots in their residence halls and encourage their peers to recycle rather than trash nonperishable food, household items, clothing and more.

Chester County Food Bank was the recipient of 1,244 pounds of nonperishable food (and not all Ramen noodles!) from students in the traditional residence halls, while 16 55-gallon bags filled with clothes were donated to The Salvation Army.

This has already generated additional ideas about how to recycle/upcycle students' leftover items next year. For a look at some of the students involved in "Pack It Up, Pass It On," click here and read the May issue from the archive.