April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31
Making your move-out lighter by lightening the burdens of Philadelphians in need.
Business Services is launching a new initiative —PennMOVES—Move Out Volunteers Engaging in Service, which will take place this May during Penn’s traditional Move-Out activities.
When students graduate or leave campus for the summer, large amounts of used furniture and household goods are left behind to be thrown away, even though much of it is still in useable condition. PennMOVES was created because staff recognized that it would be better for our local community as well as the planet if the abandoned items could be shared with people who could really use them, rather than being transported to landfills.
The goal of the project is to collect students’ cast-offs—clothes, furniture, kitchen gear, non-perishable food items, and the like—and distribute these items to organizations who help West Philadelphians and other nearby communities in need.
The project is being spearheaded by Penn Business Services, led by the Housing team. Our partners include the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Facilities and Real Estate Services, College Houses and Academic Services, the Penn Environmental Group and the Residential Advisory Board. We would also like to recognize PhillyCarShare, Philip Rosenau Company and Sinclair Moving for agreeing to help us box and transport the collected items.
For 2008, we have selected several primary organizations to which we will donate the items we receive: AchieveAbility, Uhuru, and the PennVIPS Scholarships Program. Items not donated to these primary organizations will be donated to other community organizations and persons in need.
Donate your used-but-usable items, May 1 through June 1. There will also be volunteer opportunities available for students who wish to help with collection, sorting and distribution. Students living off-campus may also participate.
For information about PennMOVES see www.business-services.upenn.edu/housing/pennmoves/ or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Glenn Stieffenhofer at (215) 898.8610.
—Marie Witt, Vice President, Business Services