April 26, 2010

JH-U-Turn launched to collect unwanted clothing, other items

Through the end of May, the university’s Student/Community Liaison Office is asking students, faculty and staff to donate unwanted clothing, furniture, books, electronics and other household items for a sale benefiting the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, part of the United Way campaign. The sale, called JH-U-Turn, will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, in the O’Connor Recreation Center.

In keeping with the university’s mission of demonstrating smart, sensible and creative actions promoting sustainability and community strengthening, the first JH-U-Turn sale is designed to help reduce waste and support nonprofits near our campuses.

Student donations may be placed in specially marked boxes in Homewood residence halls, and faculty and staff may make an appointment for drop-off at one of the designated outdoor containers on campus. Donation receipts and estimated values for tax purposes will not be provided.

Faculty, staff and community volunteers will be needed from late May through the day of the sale to sort, check, clean and organize the items. For more information, to schedule a drop off or to sign up to volunteer, contact Carrie Bennett at liaison@jhu.edu, or go to the JH-U-Turn Web site, http://web.jhu.edu/liaison/UTurn.html. Details are also available on the Facebook page JH-U-Turn 2010.