For the past seven years, the Colleges have hosted a Community Barn Sale to give back to the community while helping to prevent gently used items from ending up in a landfill. At the close of the spring semester, students are encouraged to donate items to the Barn Sale, which are then priced and sold by student volunteers in May. All proceeds from the sale are donated to the United Way of Ontario County.
This year’s Barn Sale was held on May 17. There were a vast amount of student donations including clothing, mini-fridges, lamps, mirrors, toasters, books, rugs, and fans. Since the annual sale began in 2005, more than $33,000 has been raised for the United Way, including $5,500 raised at this year’s event.
“The seventh annual sale was a huge success, with hundreds of shoppers lining up long before the doors opened, ready to find a bargain. United Way staff visited during the sale and were thrilled with the results,” said Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL).
She notes items remaining at the conclusion of the sale went to the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store Center, the Beverly Animal Shelter, or to a garage sale hosted by the New Visions Students of the Finger Lakes Technical & Career Center and Finger Lakes Health, to benefit Geneva General Child Care Center.”
This year’s organizational team was led by Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of CCESL, and student volunteers, rising juniors Emily Vollo, Sarah DePillo, and Jessica Lynn.