Rugged volunteers needed for Trash to Treasure

May 17, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State is gearing up for a huge Trash to Treasure event on Saturday, June 2. Due to an overabundance of rug donations this year, the sale committee is making a special request for extra volunteers to roll rugs. This will be a special opportunity for a few hours on the morning of May 19. Interested volunteers should arrive between 9 a.m. and noon at Gate C at Beaver Stadium on Penn State's University Park campus.

Any volunteers younger than 18 will need a chaperone. No previous experience is necessary and all volunteers will receive a coupon that can be used to purchase items on sale day. Volunteers should be sure to dress appropriately for a working morning.

Trash to Treasure is Penn State's biggest town/gown recycling effort. Annually, the program raises about $50,000 for the Centre County United Way and saves more than 60 tons of usable goods from the landfill.

Entering its 11th year, the program has raised $490,000 for the Centre County United Way and has saved more than 600 tons of goods from being shipped to a landfill. Each year, hundreds of volunteers from individuals to community groups take time during the month leading up to the spring sale to volunteer. Thousands attend the sale day to find great deals on donated items, including a large selection of clothing, furniture, electronics, rugs and more.

This year's event begins with a $5 early bird admission at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Beaver Stadium (Gate B) on the University Park campus. The regular sale starts at 9 a.m.

  • State College Area High School students Kevin DiSanto, left, and Josh Stine, right, prepared a piece of carpet for sale before a Trash to Treasure event in 2009. The pair were among hundreds to help out the Penn State Office of Physical Plant and the Centre County United Way by sorting, pricing and organizing goods.

    IMAGE: Andy Colwel

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Last Updated May 18, 2012