Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Press Release/PSA: 2013 Dump & Run: A Community Event with an Environmental Focus

What: University YMCA's Dump & Run environmental recycling program and annual garage sale.

Who: University YMCA at the University of Illinois and International Student and Scholar Services.

Where: May collections are located at the University YMCA at the University of Illinois and International Student and Scholar Services. There will also be collections in August at the U of I Stock Pavilion.

When: Collection of items will begin on Monday, May 6, 2013 and the specific dates and times are:

May 6-8
from 9:00am - 4:00pm

May 9
from 9:00am- 6:00pm

May 10-11
from 9:00am - 4:00pm

May 13-17
from 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Sale is on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25

About Dump & Run: Dump & Run is a fundraising program that the University Y has been doing for the past 11 years. Its basic concept is simple: we collect reusable items, which students would otherwise dispose of as they move out, and then sell the collected items at our Annual Garage Sale in late August. This project reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing units, provides inexpensive items for students to purchase in the fall, and acts as a great fundraiser for the University YMCA, Champaign County's oldest charity.

We do NOT collect: stoves, washers, dryers, non-working electronics and computer parts, sleeper sofas, mattresses, and large exercise equipment. The Habitat for Humanity store downtown Champaign may be able to take your donations of stoves, washers, dryers, sleeper sofas, and exercise equipment.

We collect:  We will only accept clothing that is in nearly-new condition. Other than that, we will take just about anything ranging from furniture, working electronics, backpacks, bicycles, school supplies, jewelry, winter clothing, shoes, kitchen appliances, glassware, CDs/records (vinyl!!), books, working computers, artwork, toys, sporting equipment, non-perishable food items, toiletries, lawn and garden items, and other household goods. If you think an item may not be in good enough condition to be resold, give it to us anyway. Hopefully we can find it a home!

Additional Information: Volunteer for 6 hours or more and receive first dibs on all Dump & Run items! For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please  

Editor's Note: To pre-arrange interviews, please contact Becca Guyette at 217-337-1500 or

Media Kit:
Video clip: Becca Guyette, University Y Development Director explains Dump & Run:

4 Photos:
Dump & Run volunteers at the Big August Sale at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion

          During the Big August Sale, the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion is the perfect 

          place to find great deals on gently used furniture, clothing, and household goods, 
          and so much more.

Dump & Run volunteers during May 2012 Collection Days

One of the many boxes our Dump & Run volunteers sort during May Collection Days

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