Student move-out is a time of goodbyes, exciting new beginnings, but also frenzied packing. For the past seven years, Skidmore has partnered with local and regional organizations to capture and donate unwanted items left behind by students during the end of the year move-out. This year, Skidmore students donated several truckloads of material to area organizations.
Each year as a part of the Give+Go, Skidmore places collection bins around campus and asks students to donate unwanted clothing, furniture, household items, and food to local and regional groups in need. This year, like in the past, Skidmore partnered with Goodwill of Greater NY and NJ to handle a large portion of the donations, and also worked with the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T), which supports the workers at the Saratoga Race Course. Students left any unwanted items in the collection bins located in each residence hall or apartment complex. Then, over 30 staff, faculty, and student volunteers collected these items and brought them to outdoor collection bins provided by Goodwill. From there, donated items were collected and taken off campus to be delivered to local and regional communities.
In addition to the many items donated by students, the college also donates furniture and appliances that are being replaced as a part of renovations to classrooms and student housing. This year, Skidmore donated more than 1,300 pieces of furniture (beds, chairs, tables, dressers, desks, classroom furniture, etc.), diverting 55 tons of usable items from the landfill. In the last two years, a total of 3,800 pieces of furniture and 131 tons of material have been diverted from the landfill as a result of these donation programs. There are several ongoing renovation and construction projects on campus, including the demolition of the aging Scribner Village that housed approximately 150 students. Thanks to a partnership between Skidmore and the Institutional Recycling Network (IRN), the large majority of the usable furniture and appliances are collected and donated to national and international agencies. IRN works with Skidmore to handle the logistics and removal of furniture, and to identify which agencies need the donated items. In addition to the items donated through IRN, Skidmore also donated nearly 300 beds to B.E.S.T., continuing an ongoing tradition and growing relationship.