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Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hoosier to Hoosier program promotes reuse of furniture and household items

April 28, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An initiative to promote the reuse of furniture and household items discarded by Indiana University students at the end of the school year is expanding to include not only residence halls but also fraternities, sororities and off-campus housing.

Called Hoosier to Hoosier, the program will sponsor a drop-off collection day this Saturday, May 1, to collect items from off-campus students and residents of Greek houses. The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot near Gate 4 of Memorial Stadium.

Hoosier to Hoosier

H2H builds on an effort by IU Residential Programs and Services which has, for several years, collected for reuse furniture and household goods left behind by students moving out of IU Bloomington residence halls. Its goals include:

  • to reduce waste and minimize landfill use
  • to provide useful goods to people who need them
  • to create a community consciousness about minimizing waste

The program enables students to donate reusable items and help their neighbors at the same time. It was organized by John Patishnock, a student intern with the IU Office of Sustainability. Other organizations supporting the initiative include IU Residential Programs and Services, Monroe County United Way and Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.

In addition to a collection this Saturday, Hoosier to Hoosier plans to sponsor additional drop-off days during the summer. It also plans to pilot on-site collection this summer at apartment complexes and expand off-campus collection in future years. Over the summer, people who want to donate large items that they can't deliver themselves will be able to call for volunteer pickup assistance.

Plans call for putting donated items on sale on Aug. 21 at Memorial Stadium. There will be a $5 charge for early-bird admission to the sale from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; admission will be free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will be split between local United Way and Habitat for Humanity organizations. Nonperishable food will be donated to Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Examples of items that will be accepted include clothing, kitchen items, small appliances, working electronics and entertainment systems, household items, books, magazines, toys, sports equipment and games. For a complete list and more information, see

Volunteers are needed to help collect, transport and organize items Saturday and this summer and to help with the sale in August. People with large vehicles can volunteer to help move items. To volunteer, contact Katie Harvey at For information on the sale, contact John Patishnock at