"Rummage RAMPage" was the moniker for the event, hosted by the City of Ames and the ISU Office of Sustainability. The VCSC is proud to support this event by coordinating the volunteer opportunities for staffing this multi-day event.
“Around the end of each July, students and community members are often faced with the dilemma of moving residences and discarding personal property,” said Superintendent Bill Schmitt with the Resource Recovery Plant, according to the event's website. “Usable items are thrown in the trash or randomly discarded through dumping, and furniture ends up discarded, abandoned, damaged, and deposited in the landfill.”
Funds generated from the sale of the donated items, benefit participating agencies and community groups. In addition to raising money, the purpose of the endeavor is to keep still-useful items out of the landfill, said Merry Rankin, ISU Sustainability Director and City of Ames Sustainability Coordinator, which can be a difficult task with so many leases turning over and college students moving this time of year.
In the first year over $5,000 was split among 18 participating agencies based on the number of volunteers and hours contributed on behalf of those groups. Over 320 tons of furniture and items were estimated to be diverted from the landfill and 87 volunteers served 489 hours for this event. Special thanks to Iowa Home Consulting for donating their staff time and resources for picking up donated items throughout the community.
Participating agencies included:
Altursa International of Ames
Ames Animal Shelter
Butterfly Freedom House
Campustown Action Association
Collegiate United Mehtodist Church
Creative Counseling Services
Friends of Roosevelt Park
The Green Umbrella
Habitat for Humanity
Legal Aid Society of Story County
Raising Readers in Story County
Sustainable Agriculture Student Association
Unity of Ames
Volunteer Center of Story County