Every year since 2002, Bowdoin has enlisted volunteers from local nonprofits to round up the unwanted clothing, furniture, vacuums, printers, carpets, jewelry, books and other throwaways that students turf at the end of the academic year. After sorting through the mound of things, the volunteers sell them at the popular Give & Go sale in early June.
This year’s Give & Go will be held June 9 at 6 Industry Rd. in Brunswick, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bowdoin employees are invited to shop June 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds from the sale are distributed to participating non-profits.
This year, 21 local groups will split the money, according to Valerie Szewelanczyk, Give & Go’s coordinator. Last year, 27 nonprofits divided nearly $52,000.
A Paw in the Door
American Legion Post 171
Beth Israel Congregation
Bowdoin Central School PTC
Boy Scout Troop #648
Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association
Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue
Coastal Rotary of Brunswick
Compassion Center of Midcoast Maine
Daughters of Isabella #508
Eagles Wrestling Club
First Parish Church
Girl Scout Troop 2208
Habitat for Humanity
Midcoast Presbyterian Church
Odyssey of the Mind – Bath
Pejepscot Historical Society
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
Volunteers have been working since May 16 to organize the items attractively throughout the building, somewhat along the lines of a “department store,” Szewelanczyk says.
Prices range from 5 cents for many toys, art supplies and office supplies to $80 for a sofa bed. This year’s sale includes 150 bicycles, 68 refrigerators, and one pair of shiny tangerine pumps.
Another example of Bowdoin’s commitment to sustainability, Give & Go promotes the reuse of viable items and spares them from the landfill – all while helping non-profit organizations in the community.