For the 17th consecutive year, Centre College hosted the end-of-year Hope Springs Yard Sale in May, bringing in a total of $10,693.30.
Hope Springs was created to raise money for financial assistance for local citizens with multiple sclerosis. Almost all items in the sale are donated by Centre students as they move out of the residence halls at the end of the year.
Recently, it was expanded to give funds to other local organizations, such as the Humane Society and the Soup’s On Us program. To date, Hope Springs has collected over $75,000 for the local community. In addition to giving financial assistance to individuals and organizations in the area, it also serves as a green initiative in reusing thousands of items and keeping them out of landfills.
The steering committee for the yard sale is comprised of its three founding members: local author Patsi Trollinger; Sarah Scott, director of the Grissom Scholars Program and coordinator of Centre Scholarship Programs; and Ann Young, director of student life and housing.
Other numbers of interest:
- Ninety-nine individuals participated, volunteering a total of more than 1,020 hours. The volunteers ranged from three generations of a Boyle County family to Centre students from Los Angeles and Boston. Some donated three hours of their time, while others worked for thirty hours.
- More than 7,500 items were offered for sale, and approximately 22,000 pounds of goods from the local landfill were diverted.
- Organizers sent 257 pounds of food to a local food pantry and delivered 373 pounds—around 20 boxes—of high-value science and technology books to the International Book Project for use around the world.
by Centre College News
June 6, 2019