'Trash' becomes treasure with Salvation Army donations from UTSA

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UTSA students donating items on move-out day

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(May 7, 2010)--To put unwanted items to good use, reduce costs on campus and practice UTSA's community engagement, public service and environmental missions, the UTSA Office of Housing and Residence Life is accomplishing something important. Spearheaded by employee Steven Walker with the assistance of Paula Robbins, Housing and Residence Life has unofficially partnered with the Salvation Army to collect furniture donations from student residents leaving for the summer.

Three large covered trailers were placed strategically at the Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Chisholm Hall residence facilities on the Main Campus, and students leaving for the summer have been encouraged to donate items they don't need or don't want to take home, including items such as bookshelves and other furniture.

"Over the years that I have worked here, I have seen a lot of waste," said Walker. "As they move out for the summer, the kids would throw their items in the dumpster or even leave them behind in their rooms."

When dumpsters are filled at the end of the semester as students move out, extra expenses are incurred. Each time a dumpster is emptied, the cost is $360. Additionally, items left in rooms must be properly processed by the UTSA Police Department as abandoned property, adding additional administrative costs.

"By donating furniture and other items, the cost is lowered for UTSA, but it also helps needy families in the area," added Walker. "The Salvation Army does not make a practice of marking up the price on donated items. They focus on providing them for the people that really need them. So, we're helping UTSA departments with better fiscal practices and less waste, and we're helping out some families."

For more information, contact the UTSA Office of Housing and Residence Life at 210-458-6200.