Departing Students Urged to Give Their 'Stuff' a Second Life

May 5, 2009 — University of Virginia students leaving at the end of the academic year once again have a sustainable option for recycling many of the poseesions that they are unable or unwilling to move. The University offers options for both off- and on-Grounds residents.

The "Sofa Shuffle" encourages departing off-Grounds students to donate furniture and household items to local charities benefiting area residents. Household items must be in working condition and the furniture should not have major damage. 

Items will be collected May 9, 18 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Salvation Army and Habitat Store collection trucks at:

•    780 Madison Ave.
•    516 Brandon Ave.
•    Jefferson Park Avenue at Maywood Lane;
•    303 14th St. NW (St. Edwards Court)
•    1885 University Circle
•    Crossroads Apartments at the intersection of Jefferson Park and Fontaine avenues.

Items will be accepted from students, faculty, staff and community members.

The Sofa Shuffle is sponsored by U.Va.'s Community Relations Office, the Blue Ridge Apartment Council, the Office of Off-Grounds Housing, the Salvation Army and The Habitat Store.

For information, call 434-924-1321 or e-mail Information is also available on the Community Relations Web site.

On-Grounds students can also contribute their cast-offs through "Chuck it for Charity," which collects fans, electronics, furniture, microwaves, clothing, household supplies, non-perishable food and other reusable items to donate to local charities.

This service is sponsored by U.Va. Sustainability, the Recycling Division and the Housing Division, as well as local non-profits and charities, including Advancing Native Missions, Afton Area Home Schoolers, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Church of Incarnation, The Clothing Center, Emergency Food Bank, Goodwill Industries, The Habitat Store, Monticello Area Community Action Agency, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Chuck it for Charity items are being collected now through May 12 at:
•    the lounges of the McCormick Road and Alderman Road residence halls
•    Malone and Weedon house lounges in Hereford Residential College
•    Gooch/Dillard lounges at the Stadium Road residence area
•    Tucker kitchen at Brown Residential College
•    Gwathmey Game Room at the International Residence College
•    the computer lab in Building 836 at the Copeley Residence Area
•    basement lounge at Bice Hall
•    Younger Computer Lab at the Faulkner Residence Area
•    the Commons Assembly Room at Lambeth Field Residence Area.

For information on Chuck It for Charity, visit

— By Matt Kelly