Volunteers needed for annual Trash to Treasure event

April 02, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State faculty, staff and students can sign up to help organize this year’s Trash to Treasure spring sale on the University Park campus. Beginning on Wednesday, May 9, many flexible shifts will be available. No previous experience is necessary and volunteers can receive a coupon that can be used to purchase items on sale day. It's fun and helps out a great cause. Check the website for days volunteers will be sorting donations.

Trash to Treasure is Penn State's biggest town-gown recycling effort. Annually, the program raises approximately $50,000 for the Centre County United Way and saves more than 60 tons of usable goods from the landfill. Beginning the week before finals, collection bins will be placed in residence hall lobbies to collect student donations.

"Trash to Treasure is an excellent activity for everybody on many levels," Trash to Treasure creator Al Matyasovsky said. "Each set of helping hands saves perfectly usable goods from the landfill. It’s also a great place for people from all over our community to work together."

Entering its 11th year, the program has raised $490,000 for the Centre County United Way and saved over 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 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 an early bird sale 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 17, 2012