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The annual Trash-to-Treasure initiative will be taking place May 8 - 31, 2019 on our College campus. This is a collaboration between the Office of Community Development, Facilities & Planning, and Residential Life and is an opportunity for our students to donate their unwanted used and new clothing, household items and food & toiletries before leaving campus for the summer months.

Every item that is collected is donated to local non-profit organizations and agencies. There are 3 ways to get involved with Trash-to-Treasure: 

  1. Donate your unwanted new or used items
  2. Volunteer to be a donation collector and/or sorter
  3. Accept donations as a non-profit organizations/agency 


Trash to Treasue Collection Room with Donated ItemsDonations are being collected May 8th, 2019 through May 20th, 2019. For on campus students, collection boxes are located in the foyer of every residence hall, including the Community Center of the town homes. For staff, faculty, off-campus/commuter students, and members of the Village donations can be dropped off at the Cooper Hall gymnasium by appointment (contact or call (585) 395-5896 for a drop-off time).  

We are looking for the following donations (but we accept all donations):

  • Clothing (children, teen and adult sizes), belts, and accessories (i.e. jewelery)
  • Bras and socks 
  • Professional clothing 
  • Bags, purses, backpacks, suitcases, etc. 
  • Shoes, boots, slippers, etc. 
  • Dresses (formal, casual, etc.)
  • Winter clothing (jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.)
  • Food (i.e. canned goods, pasta/sauces, peanut butter, rice, boxed potatoes, macaroni, oatmeal, ramen noodles, drinks (drink mixes, hot cocoa, etc.), desserts, granola bars, nuts and seeds, and snacks)
  • Household items (bedding, towels, furniture, kichenware, lamps, refrigerators, mirrors, decorations, pillows, mattress pads, towels, shower curtains, etc.)
  • Electronics (TVs, laptops, cell phones, printers, etc.)
  • Books (including textbooks)
  • Art and Craft supplies 
  • Storage bins 
  • Bicycles
  • Small Appliances
  • Furniture/Mattresses 
  • School supplies (writing utensils, binders, office supplies, paper, notebooks, etc.)
  • Toiletries (unused shampoo/conditioner, soaps, lotions, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products, garbage bags, cleaning products, paper towels, etc.)
  • Medical supplies (i.e. gauze, band-aids, un-used ointments, etc.) 
  • Items for animals (old mattress pads, bedding and towels can be used for all animals, dog toys, etc.) 


Volunteer Application

There are two areas where we are looking for volunteers:

  • Donation Collectors: Collecting all the items from the residence halls. These volunteers travel across campus to the 13 residence halls to collect the donated items. Items are bagged, collected and put in a vehicle to be brought over to the Cooper Hall gymnasium. Some volunteers, if interested, may be asked to drive these vehicles to help transport the items across campus. Please be prepared to do some semi-heavy lifting (i.e. canned goods, larger household items, etc.). This is our "move-out" process and will take place May 8th through May 20th. 
  • Donation Sorters: Sorting the donations once they have been collected. These volunteers will spend their time in the Cooper Hall gymnasium sorting through thousands of donations and preparing them for display. The organizations/agencies appreciate a well organized donation room because it is much easier to find what they need. Volunteers will need to set up the donations like a department store, so that the organizations/agencies can come and "shop" for free. This will take place from May 8th through May 24th.  

Accepting Donations 

If you are an IRS non-profit organization, as defined under Section 501(c), interested in accepting some of these donations, please complete the application below.

Donation Acceptance Application 

Last year, we collected and sorted 45,384 items.

The items were then donated to the following organizations:

  • Brockport Clothing Center
  • Aurora House
  • Life Solutions
  • Baden Street Settlement
  • Nutts for Mutts
  • Brockport First Baptist Church Teen Closet
  • Monroe Community Hospital
  • Brockport Food Shelf
  • Intervol
  • Loop Ministries
  • Ibero-American Action League
  • Dimitri House
  • First Community Interfaith Institute
  • Person Center Housing Options
  • Compeer Rochester
  • PUC Achieve
  • Rescued Treasures
  • Bethany House

Last Updated 7/1/20

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