May 22, 2014
Kate Dorsey

University's 'Trash to Treasure' Benefits Local Nonprofits

Kate Dorsey, left, with Major K. Kendall Mathews in charge of the St. Louis branch of the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center.
Kate Dorsey (left), AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the Center for Service and Community Engagement, assists Major K. Kendall Mathews, director of the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center. Submitted photo

Saint Louis University's Trash to Treasure program grew again in 2014. The donation drive collected more than 12,741 pounds of materials, valued at $29,668 — a big increase from the 11,826 pounds of materials valued at $28,000 collected last year.

Donations of food, clothing, furniture, books, appliances and many other things were collected from students, staff and faculty during move-out week. Items were then given to the Salvation Army, the Dream Center, Campus Kitchens, the International Institute of St. Louis, Stray Rescue, Better World Books, Connections to Success and the Resale Shop.

The drive ran May 7-13 in seven locations across campus. In addition, the drive kept the campus looking great for commencement weekend by lowering the number of items left unclaimed in and outside of residence halls.

Trash to Treasure was possible because of the hard work of 20 volunteers and the generous support of the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Housing and Residence Life and Facilities Services.

Look for future opportunities to donate to Trash to Treasure, which happens during finals week at the end of every semester.

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