May 17, 2007 -- During move-out weekend, students’ furniture can go home with you, instead of being discarded into dumpsters or left on the side of the road. Students discard plenty of furniture and household goods in good condition, and this year community members can choose from a collection of it in one location — the parking lot of the Management Services Corporation Clubhouse at 780 Madison Avenue. Anyone can donate items, and all collected items, including computers, household goods, etc. will be given away, free of charge, to anyone who picks it up on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All items left over will be taken by the Salvation Army.
Since 2004 the U.Va. Community Relations Office has worked to manage and transfer discarded student furniture when students move out. This year’s inaugural Sofa Shuffle will be the first time that furniture is collected and distributed at one central point more convenient for students living off-Grounds. This recycling effort is modeled after an on-Grounds recycling program called “Chuck It for Charity,” which has collected, in past years, about 70 tons of material from students as they leave U.Va. housing.
The Sofa Shuffle is sponsored by Community Relations, Off-Grounds Housing and several local partners. Learn more at: www.virginia.edu/communityrelations/sofashuffle.html.